Twitter Reactions: Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock secure South Africa victory in Dublin

Twitter Reactions: Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock secure South Africa victory in Dublin

Simi Singh's maiden ODI century went in vain.

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock. (Photo By Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

South Africa, on Friday, July 16, managed to win the third and final ODI against Ireland by 70 runs at The Village in Dublin. The victory also helped the Proteas evade a series defeat after their loss in the second ODI at the same venue. Ireland, however, would be a tad dejected by their show in the last game.

Malan, De Kock make hay

After electing to bat first, the Proteas got themselves in a rather commanding position. Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan stitched together an opening-wicket partnership of 225 runs off 36.1 overs. De Kock was the more attacking partner as he notched 120 runs off 91 balls with 11 fours and five sixes.

Malan, on the other hand, went on to stay unbeaten on 177 off 169 balls with 16 fours and six sixes. He also notched his second ODI ton after the one against Australia in 2020. On the back of their knocks, the visitors posted 346 on the board. For Ireland, speedster Josh Little picked two wickets.

Simi Singh shines

In their run-chase, the hosts found themselves in all sorts of trouble after being reduced to 92 for six in 19 overs. However, Curtis Campher and Simi Singh gave their team some momentum with a 104-run stand. Andile Phehlukwayo broke the stand, dismissing Campher, who scored a run-a-ball 54.

Thereafter, Singh carried on with the good work and notched his maiden ODI ton. The right-hander gave the Irish fans something to cheer for as his knock was laced with 14 fours. For the visitors, Phehlukwayo and Tabraiz Shamsi picked up three wickets each. Keshav Maharaj also got two wickets.

The last 10-15 overs of our bowling wasn’t the way we wanted to finish: Temba Bavuma

Following the encounter, Andy Balbirnie, the Irish skipper, seemed satisfied with the overall result. He also lauded Malan and De Kock for their knocks. Temba Bavuma, the Proteas skipper, was a tad disappointed by his team’s bowling.

“If you had been asked we would’ve taken it before the series [on the series result]. They got a pretty formidable total and Quinton de Kock showed his class. We lost quick wickets but the way Simi Singh pulled it back was nice to see. It is always good to be contributing when you are winning games,” Balbirnie said after the game.

“On the game as a whole, probably a better showing from us compared to the previous game. We were able to level the series that’s a positive but the last 10-15 overs of our bowling overs wasn’t the way we wanted to finish,” Bavuma mentioned.

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