ICC World Cup 2011: Ireland V South Africa

A must win game for Ireland today against South Africa if they are to have any chance of making it through to the knock-out stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

You can pick up the live radio coverage here, along with the BBC over-by-over text commentary.  RTÉ coverage here.

ESPNCricinfo commentary and scorecard here.

Ireland won the toss and decided to field.

And a good start for Ireland.

South Africa innings

Amla c Dockrell b Rankin for18 (17b 1×4 1×6) FoW 24 for 1 from 4.4 overs

Smith run out for 7 (18b 0x4 0x6) FoW 52 for 2 from 9.4 overs

van Wyk b Dockrell for 42 (41b 7×4 1×6) FoW 84 for 3 from 15.5 overs

Kallis run out for 19 (31b 3×4 0x6) FoW 95 for 4 from 20.3 overs

du Plessis c Johnston b Stirling 11 (19b 0x4 0x6) FoW 117 for 5 from 26.3 overs

Ingram b Johnston 46 (43b 7×4 0x6) FoW 204 for 6 from 39.4 overs

Duminy c KJ O’Brien b Mooney 99 (103b 6×4 1×6) FoW 269 for 7 from 49.4 overs

South Africa 272 for 7 from 50 overs.

After a shaky start South Africa recover, with Duminy making 99 runs from 103 balls, to set a testing target for Ireland to chase.

Target 273.  Required run rate 5.44.

Ireland innings

Porterfield c Smith b Morkel 6 (8b 1×4 0x6) FoW 8 for 1 from 2 overs

Stirling c Kallis b Morkel 10 (11b 2×4 0x6) FoW 19 for 2 from 3.3 overs

N O’Brien c †van Wyk b Kallis 10 (16b 0x4 1×6) FoW 35 for 3 from 8.5 overs

Joyce lbw b Botha 12 (24b 2×4 0x6) FoW 51 for 4 from 11.5 overs

K O’Brien c Amla b Peterson 19 (24b 2×4 0x6) FoW 92 for 5 from 21.3 overs

Wilson lbw b Peterson 31 (48b 4×4 1×6) FoW 92 for 6 from 21.5 overs

Cusack c Smith b Peterson 7 (11b 1×4 0x6) FoW 107 for 7 from 25.5 overs

Johnston c †van Wyk b Duminy 12 (16b 0x4 1×6) FoW 123 for 8 from 29.5 overs

Mooney c †van Wyk b Kallis 14 (28b 1×4 0x6) FoW 137 for 9 from 32.4 overs

Dockrell c †van Wyk b Morkel 16 (12b 3×4 0x6) FoW 141 all out from 33.2 overs

Ireland 141 all out from 33.2 overs

South Africa win by 131 runs.

Disappointing innings from Ireland after a good fielding performance.  South Africa got the early wickets and kept the pressure on throughout to efficiently, and clinically, snuff out any chance of an upset.  And it would have been an real upset. 

South Africa confirming their position as many people’s favourite for the tournament and secure a place in the quaterfinals.

Ireland will need to keep focused for their final match against the Netherlands on Friday.