Fixture: South Africa vs Ireland
Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
Umpires: Steve Davies, Ranmore Martinesz, Ian Gould (Third Umpire), Aleem Dar (Fourth Umpire)
Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama
The Proteas will enter their encounter against Ireland full of confidence. Their massive win over the West Indies ensured that they now have a superior net run rate and the favourites tag back.
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis will be key to the South African batting department. AB de Villiers’ magnificent knock of a 162 from barely 66 deliveries makes him the X Factor for the contest against Ireland. The Proteas will also be hoping that Dale Steyn and co. fire, something they have failed to accomplish thus far. Vernon Philander injury could keep him out for the second straight game.
Rilee Roussow’s mature innings puts him in contention for the opening spot currently occupied by de Kock.
Probable XI: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c), David Miller, JP Duminy, Wayne Parnell, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Kyle Abbott and More Morkel.
The luck of the Irish has prevailed thus far in the ICC Cricket World Cup. Since 2007, Ireland has beaten at least one big team, thus earning them the tag of ‘giant killers’. They have lived up to their expectations with their win over the West Indies. Despite their most recent win over the UAE, the Irish face their first big challenge.
Although it would seem that the Proteas are clear favourites, there is a certain degree of uncertainty, thus making it a quintessential David vs Goliath affair.
Much will rest on the likes of William Porterfield, Kevin O’Brien and Paul Stirling, if Ireland have to create more upsets in this World Cup.
Squad: William Porterfield (c), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Kevin O’Brien, John Mooney, Alex Cusack, Niall O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Craig Young, Max Sorensen
Previous World Cup Meetings: South Africa vs Ireland
The head to head in World Cup Cricket is in favour of South Africa as they lead the head to heads 2-0.
2007, Georgetown: South Africa won by 7 wickets
2011, Kolkata: South Africa won by 131 runs
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