04
Apr
07

South Africa sail past Ireland

South Africa 165 for 3 (Kallis 66*, Prince 47*) beat Ireland 152 for 8 (White 30, Langeveldt 3-41) by seven wickets (D/L method)

Jacques Kallis helped himself to a steady half-century as South Africa boosted their Super Eights position with a handsome seven-wicket win against Ireland. An adjusted target of 160 offered few challenges after a competent performance from the bowlers in a match cut to 35 overs by a two-hour rain break early in Ireland’s innings.

Ireland were on the backfoot from the start, asked to bat on an overcast day, and their innings was twice reduced. Having struggled against the new ball they had no momentum to build on. Shaun Pollock created the early pressure then Andrew Hall and Charl Langeveldt showed their experience in the closing overs.

This match brought together some old foes, the coaches are both good friends, while Andre Botha grew up in South Africa. Botha, though, fell to one of the numerous pieces of sharp field – this occasion AB de Villiers at cover – as the experience of Hall and Langeveldt shone through with four wickets falling for eight runs. Langford-Smith and Johnston enjoyed slightly more success, adding 28 off 22 balls, with that Irish spirit which has been their hallmark. But their giant-killing of the opening phase has turned into a harsh reality check about the demands of living at the top table.

Today’s match will be between England and Srilanka at 6:30 pm (Pak Standard Time) live from Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua

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