About the Match
It’s been a dream run for Ireland till now as they won both matches and occupies the 3rd position on the table with 4 points; they will face South Africa, who have 4 points from 3 matches and are at the 2nd position, on 3rd March at the Manuka stadium, Canberra. The Irish were magnificent against West Indies and UAE and they are eager to continue with their winning momentum. South Africa on the other hand, suffered defeat against India but won with a huge margin against the Windies in their last match; both teams will be ruthless when it comes to executing their strategy and move towards victory on Tuesday.
Winning the match against UAE, the batsmen once again proved their strength; they chased down target of 279 with 4 balls to spare and claimed victory by two wickets to remain unbeaten in Pool B. Man of the match Gary Wilson hit 80 off 69 while Kevin smashed 50 off 25 balls; Ed Joyce and Porterfield scored 37 runs each to take the team safely home. On the bowling front, Stirling was the pick of the bowlers, registering figures of 2-27 while Sorensen, Cusack and Kevin picked up 2 each but they were expensive. Ireland’s first win against West Indies was outstanding with Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien notching up fluent 70+ scores to help their team emerge victorious. Overall, Ireland will bank on the firepower of Kevin O’Brien, the experience of William Porterfield and Ed Joyce, and impressive fielding and all-round talents of Stirling and Sorensen, who are capable of taking wickets consistently. This team packs a punch when it comes to taking on the giants and they surely have the fire-power and ability to win upcoming matches.
They set a record as they beat West Indies by the highest margin 257 runs; they posted World Cup’s second highest total of 408 and then went on to demolish Windies for a measly 151 in 33.1 overs. Skipper AB de Villiers hammered the fastest 162 off 66 as he recorded the highest individual score for a number 5 batsman in ODIs. South Africa had a solid start with Hashim Amla scoring 65 off 88 and Faf du Plessis posting an effective 62 off 70. Imran Tahir returned career-best figures of 5-45 to add insult to the West Indies’ injury; Kyle Abbott and Morne Morkel took 2 wickets each to reign in the opponents. Although they suffered a massive defeat against India, their recent victory has surely boosted their morale; the team has many top-ordered batsmen like Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis being in terrific form. Their bowling line-up is the best attack in the world and possesses the ability to smother any opponent; Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Kyle Abbott and Imran Tahir will be expected to put up a collective effort to win the upcoming match.
It will be a tough encounter between Ireland and South Africa because both sides have their own set of positives. South Africa is a well-balanced side comprising of the best fast bowler and the best batsman in the world right now; and although Ireland will put up a stiff challenge, we feel that South Africa with their immense experience will emerge victorious here.
South Africa, 1.015 @ Bet365