Andy Balbirnie’s century saw Ireland achieve their first ODI victory in South Africa on Tuesday.© Twitter
Irish captain Andy Balbirnie led the way from the front as his team beat South Africa for the first time in a one-day international on Tuesday when they achieved their 43-year success in Malahid. Balbirnier’s 102nd, the seventh percentage at this level, was central to Ireland’s 290-5. South Africa could only manage 247 in response, as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in a series restricted to two games after Sunday’s clean-up, even though Protea equalized on Friday’s winning campaign. The Irish victories gave them 10 points in the World Cup Super League, which will qualify the teams that will play India over 2023 in 2023.
The Irish white rider beat the established Test nations, once limited to the World Cup, they are no longer with the old shakes on Tuesday’s victory, after England’s defeat at Southampton last year.
Balbirnie, opening the innings, baptized Harry Tector until he was 42, pushing more than 79 balls for 68 balls, including six four and six six.
Tector and George Dockrell (45) finished fourth in the 90s.
South Africa did not help itself by dropping four catches, and Balbirnie was recovered.
Quinton de Kock’s star-studded rest also rested for a successful second game and left out fastball player Lungi Ngidi.
Janneman Malan (84) and Rassie van der Dussen (49) shared a 108-run spot, but Proteas ’tickets fell after the pair were thrown inside each other’s eight balls.
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