Ireland take first ODI victory over South Africa

Captain Andy Balbirnie marked a stylish century as Ireland recorded their first ever international one-day victory over South Africa with a 43-point win in Game 2 of their five-game series at Malahide on Tuesday .

Balbirnie hit 102 of 117 balls as the home side posted 290 for five in their 50 overs, before narrowing Tourists to 247 in his response to secure the historic victory and a 1-0 lead in the series after Sunday’s first game was won. .

After being sent to bat, opener Balbirnie received excellent support from Harry Tector (79 of 68 balls), while there was also a flourish from George Dockrell (45 of 23) at the end.

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South Africa, who again rested key batsman Quinton de Kock, struggled to keep pace with the race throughout and when opener Janneman Malan (84 of 96) and Rassie van der Dussen (49 out of 70) fell in quick succession with the score out of 160, his chances of victory soar. The third game of the series will be played at the same location on Friday.

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