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Amla, Du Plessis feast on Irish cream

Amla,  Du Plessis feast on Irish cream
Top order batsmen Hashim Amla (159) and Faf du Plessis (109) cracked centuries to help South Africa thrash minnows Ireland by 201 runs in a World Cup Pool B game at the Manuka Oval on Tuesday.

Driven by the 247-run partnership between Amla and du Plessis, their highest in World Cups for the second wicket, South Africa posted 411/4 in 50 overs, the highest total of the current showpiece event. In their pursuit of the monumental target, Ireland were bowled out for 210 in 45 overs as they crumbled against the pace, swing and bounce generated by three right-arm fast bowlers, Dale Steyn (2/39), Kyle Abbot (4/21) and Morne Morkle (3/34).

Abbot removed skipper William Porterfield (12), Niall O’Brien (14) and Gary Wilson (0), while Steyn, playing his 100th ODI, got rid of Paul Stirling (9) and Ed Joyce (0) to reduce the minnows to 48/5 by the 11th over.

Andy Balbirnie (58) and experienced Kevin O’Brien (48) exercised damage control, putting up a 81-run stand till Morkel dismissed the former. Skipper AB de Villiers even rolled his arm to get the wicket of John Mooney (8) before Abbott returned to scalp Kevin. Morkel completed the formalities as he took the wickets of lower order batsmen George Dockrell (25) and Max Sorensen (22).

With the win, the Proteas registered their third victory in four matches, nearing the quarter-finals of the 14-nation tournament. Ireland lost their first match in three games, having beaten the West Indies and UAE. Earlier, after de Villiers elected to bat, South Africa lost left-handed opener Quinton de Kock (1) with the scoreboard reading 12/1 in 2.3 overs. However, du Plessis joined in-form and right-handed opener Amla in the middle and the duo compiled crafty centuries to put their team on top. The Proteas smashed the hapless Irish bowlers all around the park and scored at a very good pace. They upped the ante even more after scoring half-centuries and continued to dominate. The 31-year-old Amla scored a run-a-ball century and also became the fastest batsman to register 20 ODI hundreds in just 108 innings.

On the other end, du Plessis notched up his fourth ODI century in 109 balls with 10 fours and a six. He was bowled off a Kevin yorker but not before putting his team in command at 259/2 in the 39th over. Amla, meanwhile, continued to make merry as he scored his next 59 runs in just 28 balls. He belted 16 fours and four sixes in his 128-ball stay but lost his wicket by offering a catch to Ed Joyce at long-off off a Andy McBrine delivery in the 42nd over. Afterwards, Rilee Rossouw (61*) and David Miller (42*) put up an unbeaten 110-run partnership as South Africa score d131 runs in the last 10 overs.

SA post second highest WC total

As opener Hashim Amla recorded his highest individual ODI score, South Africa with 411/4 posted the second highest total in a World Cup during their encounter against Ireland at the Manuka Oval on Tuesday. Amla hit 159 off 128 balls as he and Faf du Plessis (109) clobbered the Ireland bowling to all parts of the ground. The Proteas posted a mammoth 411/4 in their allotted 50 overs, just two runs shy of India’s 413 against Bermuda in 2007. South Africa finished the formalities bowling out Ireland for 210. The Proteas also hold the record for the third highest score in any World Cup for their 408 against West Indies last Friday. The ton was also the 20th ODI hundred for Amla, who became the fastest player in history to reach the milestone. It was also the fifth win for the Proteas by a margin of 200 or more runs.

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South Africa innings 
HM Amla c Joyce b McBrine 159, Q de Kock† c †Wilson b Mooney 1, F du Plessis 109, AB de Villiers* c NJ O’Brien b McBrine 24, DA Miller not out 46, RR Rossouw not out 61, Extras (b 1, w 7, nb 3) 11; Total (4 wickets; 50 overs) 411 (8.22 runs per over); FoW 1-12 (de Kock, 2.3 ov), 2-259 (du Plessis, 38.4 ov), 3-299 (Amla, 41.1 ov), 4-301 (de Villiers, 41.3 ov); Bowling JF Mooney 7-2-52-1, MC Sorensen 6-0-76-0, KJ O’Brien 7-0-95-1, GH Dockrell 10-0-56-0, PR Stirling 10-0-68-0, AR McBrine 10-0-63-2

Ireland innings 
WTS Porterfield* c du Plessis b Abbott    12, PR Stirling c †de Kock b Steyn 9, EC Joyce c Amla b Steyn 0, NJ O’Brien c Amla b Abbott 14, A Balbirnie c Rossouw b Morkel 58, GC Wilson† lbw b Abbott    0, KJ O’Brien    c Rossouw b Abbott 48, JF Mooney b de Villiers 8, GH Dockrell b Morkel 25, MC Sorensen c †de Kock b Morkel 22, AR McBrine not out 2; Extras (lb 3, w 9) 12; Total (all out; 45 overs) 210; FoW 1-17 (Stirling, 2.5 ov), 2-21 (Porterfield, 3.6 ov), 3-21 (Joyce, 4.3 ov), 4-42 (NJ O’Brien, 8.4 ov), 5-48 (Wilson, 10.2 ov), 6-129 (Balbirnie, 25.5 ov), 7-150 (Mooney, 30.2 ov), 8-167 (KJ O’Brien, 35.1 ov), 9-200 (Sorensen, 42.6 ov), 10-210 (Dockrell, 44.6 ov); Bowling DW Steyn    8-0-39-2, KJ Abbott 8-0-21-4, M Morkel 9-0-34-3, Imran Tahir 10-1-50-0, F Behardien 2-0-13-0, RR Rossouw 2-0-13-0, F du Plessis 4-0-30-0, AB de  Villiers 2-0-7-1

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