Balbirnie leads Ireland to first ever win over South Africa

    Balbirnie leads Ireland to first ever win over South Africa
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    Captain Andy Balbirnie marked an elegant century as Ireland recorded their first one-day International Day victory in South Africa with a 43-run victory in the second game of the five-game series at Malahide on Tuesday.

    Ireland beat South Africa for the first time in seven ODIs and took 10 points in the World Cup Super Cup to move up to fifth place in the standings.

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    Having upset England last year and lost a string to the Netherlands earlier this year, Ireland’s ambitions for the 2023 World Cup have returned somewhat along the way.

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    They have also pioneered the ODI series, which has been reduced to two races since Sunday’s clearance.

    The third match of the series will be held at the same venue on Friday, something that South Africa must win to avoid conceding the trophy.

    Balbirnie scored 102 of 117 points as the home side scored 290 for five of the 50 over, before limiting the tourists to 247 all in their response to secure a historic victory and a 1-0 lead in the series after Sunday night’s open.

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    After being sent off to win, the Balbirnie received excellent support from Harry Tactor (79 out of 68 balls), while there was also a boom from George Dokrel (45 out of 23) at the end.

    South Africa, which once again rested key bowler Quinton de Kock, struggled to keep up with the pace throughout when opener Janneman Malan (84 of 96) and Rassie van der Dussen (49 of 70) fell in quick succession with a score of 160, their chances of winning were reduced.

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