Twitter Reactions: Andrew Balbirnie’s brilliance gives Ireland maiden ODI win over South Africa
Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma accepted that his team was outplayed in all three departments.
Updated - Jul 14, 2021 8:16 am
After the first ODI was washed off due to rain, Ireland had a day to remember on Tuesday, July 13 at The Village in Dublin. The hosts registered their maiden ODI win against South Africa, beating them by 43 runs. Skipper Andrew Balbirnie’s unbeaten century helped the Irish team script history.
Ireland got off to a steady start courtesy of a 64-run opening partnership between Paul Stirling (27) and Balbirnie (102). Once Keshav Maharaj separated them, Balbirnie and Andrew McBrine carried the good work with a 60-run stand. Harry Tector and George Dockrell didn’t flatter to deceive either.
Tector was impressive as his 68-ball 79, decorated with six fours and four sixes, came at a strike rate of 116.18. Dockrell was brutal as he scored 45 at a rate of 195.65. In the meantime, Balbirnie notched his seventh ODI century and took Ireland to a formidable score of 290 in their 50 overs.
Bowlers step up for the hosts
The Proteas stuttered at the start of their run-chase as Craig Young and Joshua Little got rid of Aiden Markram and Temba Bavuma cheaply. However, Janneman Malan (84) and Rassie van der Dussen (49) put on 108 for the third wicket. But once, Dockrell removed Malan, the visitors lost their way.
Kyle Verrynne, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, and Maharaj got into double figures, but couldn’t convert. Mark Adair, Andrew McBrine, and Little shared two wickets each, even as the others got one scalp each to their name. The Proteas were eventually shot out for 247 nine balls short of 50 overs.
Following the thumping win, Balbirnie was over the moon and he lauded the efforts of his teammates, especially Tector. Bavuma, on the other hand, accepted that South Africa were outplayed in all three departments.
We created chances but our fielding let us down: Temba Bavuma
“The way our guys bowled at the death and the middle was amazing. It was a win that we really needed. I thought we out fielded them today, which made the difference. Tector’s freedom while batting was match-winning. We’ll enjoy this – it’s the first time we have beaten them and it’s a huge day for Ireland,” Balbirnie said after the match.
“We didn’t take it lightly, but they outplayed us in all facets. Their fielding was impressive. They nailed their batting and bowling skills too, and we need to do a lot of work. The plan for us in the first PP was taking wickets and we couldn’t do so. We created chances but our fielding let us down,” Bavuma stated.
Here’s how the netizens reacted to Ireland’s win:
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) July 14, 2021
We've done it!
— Cricket Ireland (@cricketireland) July 13, 2021
Making room: A view of Ireland fast bowler Josh Little's footwear
— Annesha Ghosh (@ghosh_annesha) July 13, 2021
Get in Ireland, this will be a remarkable win for them, all thanks to ODI Super League for helping them to play more. #IREvSA
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 13, 2021
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 13, 2021
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) July 13, 2021
Historic win for Ireland – their first ever against South Africa in ODIs.
SA have already lost 15 Super League points this series that could prove massive in the end. They are scheduled to play England in home and tour India, Australia & Sri Lanka. Tough times ahead.#IREvSA
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) July 13, 2021
Stunning and gutsy innings from Harry Tector. Given a right going over by the SA quicks early on and took a nasty blow on the lid. Ends up with 79 off 69 balls 6×4 4×6. Brilliant support from George Dockrell (45 off 23). Ireland finish 290/4. Game most definitely on. #IREvSA
— Peter O'Reilly (@petersuntimes) July 13, 2021
Ireland beat South Africa in an ODI! A convincing 43-run margin at that. #IREvSA
— Ayan (@ayan_acharya13) July 13, 2021
Many congratulations 💗 @cricketireland on your maiden and historical first ever ODI win against @OfficialCSA.
You have repeated and shown your habit of beating big lads yet again which was truly a deserving one well led by the captain @balbo90too. #IREvSA@niallnobiobrien pic.twitter.com/lJNkbWkICN
— M.ibrahim Momand (@IbrahimReporter) July 13, 2021