More than 500 fans at Malahide Cricket Club Ground witnessed a historic moment as Ireland beat South Africa by 43 runs in the second ODI of the three-match series. It was Ireland’s first win over the Proteas since making their debut in international cricket in 2006.
Sent out to bat first, Ireland set the visitors a target of 291 thanks to captain Andy Balbirnie’s seventh ODI hundred and a quickfire 90-run stand between Harry Tector and George Dockrell for the fourth wicket. South Africa, in reply, was in a comfortable position with Janneman Malan registering his second ODI fifty. But once he departed, the home side grabbed the control and overpowered the Proteas to a comfortable 43-run win.
We take a look at some of the reactions to Ireland’s memorable win:
We’ve done it!
— Cricket Ireland (@cricketireland) July 13, 2021
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) July 13, 2021
I have been lucky to work in the box for a few years now working on Irish games. Not many more authentic emphatic victories than today. Talk about leadership and high skill and execution. Just simply amazing today by all 11 lads on the park @cricketireland 👍👏👌☘️Game 3 Friday.
— Niall John O Brien (@niallnobiobrien) July 13, 2021
Another huge performance from Ireland, now back into an auto-qualification spot for the next WC. Sure, a long way to go in the league, but they’ve just taken 290 off a South African attack of Rabada, Nortje, Phehlukwayo, Maharaj & Shamsi and defended it easily. #IREvSA https://t.co/5ztKIT06uO pic.twitter.com/jOR88zMmA6
— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) July 13, 2021
Brilliant win for Ireland against South Africa in the Super League – after beating England last year, would be right in the mix for a top 8 berth had they not only managed 1 win from 6 games against Afghanistan and Netherlands
— Tim Wigmore (@timwig) July 13, 2021
We all know how important this victory is. Well done to all.👏
— Sandeep Lamichhane (@Sandeep25) July 13, 2021
Ireland’s last three men’s ODIs against South Africa before today’s win:-
Lost by 206 runs
Lost by 201 runs
Lost by 131 runs#IREvSA
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) 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
Ireland’s greatest ODI wins..
1. Pakistan at Kingston 2007+
2. England at Bangalore 2011+
3. West Indies at Nelson 2015+
4. England at Southampton 2020
5. South Africa at Dublin 2021
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 13, 2021