Tuesday, March 15, 2011

World Cup 2011 : South Africa vs Ireland...

Finally a World Cup match at the famous Eden Gardens, Kolkata. This one between South Africa, looking to seal the quarterfinal place and Ireland, looking to end the tournament with a high.

Ireland won the toss & put the Proteas into bat. Amla & Smith started well, but did not last long & in the 10th over the score read 52 for 2. Next in van Wyk & Kallis too struggled, as South Africa reached 100 runs for 4 wickets, in the 22nd over. Duminy took charge of the middle order & along with Ingram who had replaced an injured AB de Villiers for this match, scored fluently to take South Africa to safety. When Ingram left for 46 off only 43 balls, missing out on a well deserved fifty, the score read a healthy 204 for 6 in 40 overs, with Batting Power Play still to come. Duminy was now with Botha & together they tore into the bowling attack to take the score to 272 for 7 in 50 overs. Duminy sadly missed his century, getting caught out to a brilliant catch by Kevin O'Brien in the deep, for 99 runs in the last over of the innings. Considering, they were at 117 for 5 around the 27th over, 272 was a good score for South Africa to end up at. Keeping in mind the drift in the air towards the evening in Kolkata, Irish batting could find Steyn & Morkel too hot to handle. For Ireland, every bowler, except Dockrell got hit all over the park.

In reply, Ireland lost their Captain Porterfield in the very 2nd over, as Morkel got him to edge into slips, where Smith made no mistakes, as the score read 8 for 1. Morkel however, dropped a straightforward catch in the very next over at third man off Steyn, as Stirling escaped with a boundary. The dropped chance did not help the Irish batting, as they lost wickets in quick succession, & at the drinks interval the score read, 67 for 4, in 15 overs, the required run rate going beyond 6 per over. With Kevin O'Brien getting out in the 3rd & Wilson in the 5th delivery of the 22nd over, at 92 for 6, Ireland were staring into the barrel, without respite. In fact it would have been worse, had Kallis not dropped Mooney in the last delivery of the same Peterson over. Wickets kept falling ahead as well, & in the final outcome, Ireland were all out for 141 in the 34th over. No Irish coffee to savour today, as South Africa completed a convincing win by 131 runs, & assured themselves of a quarterfinal berth, with one match against West Indies still pending. They seem to be peaking well in this tournament, & look good to go the distance.

Man of the Match : JP Duminy for his selfless 99 runs, which took the South African innings total to safety.