Player of the Match
Player of the Match

South Africa win by 206 runs and, it has to be said, it was rarely a proper contest today. The home side very efficient, but were hardly tested. Once the openers, de Kock and Bavuma, had added 159 there was unlikely to be a way back for Ireland. They slowed the run rate for a while, before JP Duminy and Farhaan Behardien plundered 87 in the last seven overs. With the ball, the quicks struck early the the spinners did the rest. And it means Ireland's last two completed ODIs have been huge defeats: 255 runs v Pakistan and now this result. What can they do against Australia in two days?

William Porterfield "It's disappointing, those two early chances could have made a difference. No one means to put anything down, but the young attack kept coming back. You have to be taking wickets early in this format. Once they had a platform it was going to be difficult. Chasing a big total we had to go at it, but Stirling and O'Brien played well. You have to keep moving forward and learning otherwise it's a pointless exercise."

Faf du Plessis "Very happy, very excited to see what the young guys brought to the table. It was about making sure everyone is in good touch before a big series. It's about trying to challenge the guys and get something from it, put ourselves under pressure. Australia will be a really good series."

Man of the Match is Temba Bavuma for his hundred on ODI debut: "I just wanted to be out there, put on the shirt. I'm not really accustomed to batting up top, but it's where the team needs me. I'll try my best to take it with both hands. I enjoyed batting with Quinny. I'm pretty delighted with my performance."

And that just about wraps things up for today. South Africa ticking a few boxes, Ireland with plenty of questions to answer. For now, from Gnasher and Alan, it's goodbye and thanks for joining us.

Duminy to Chase, OUT, and that's that! As quickly as that it's all over. Chase pulls his first ball limply to midwicket as Duminy finishes it with two in two balls

PKD Chase c Miller b Duminy 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Duminy to Young, OUT, cleaned him up! That's reward for tossing it up. Grips, turns back through the gate as Young aims to the leg side and strikes top of leg stump. Easy as you like. Three for JP

CA Young b Duminy 0 (5m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Duminy to Young, no run, getting some decent revs on the ball, this spins quite sharply into Young and takes the pad
Duminy to Young, no run, swift work down the leg side from de Kock to try and get a stumping...think the batsman is okay, but we'll see. Yep, he keeps a foot firmly ground
Duminy to Murtagh, 1 run, down the pitch and drives to deep cover

And some more heartfelt thoughts from DC: "Lastly we have no A series whatsoever, so our young and budding cricketers get thrown straight into the deep end e.g Poynter who has excelled in any A games he has had incl a 100 vs SL A. Irish cricket isnt dead IMO, given time and patience we will improve, but if as tends to go in cricket a poor run of form = instant calls for some form of demotion which strangely none of the FM's seem to get, then yes we will disimprove. We need regular games vs Zim/AFG/WI to find our place in cricket, throwing us out altogether just leaves us nowhere. CI need to schedule more matches vs fellow neighbours Scotland and Netherlands too, even to blood some youngsters. "

30 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | IRE: 147/8 (208 runs required from 19.1 overs, RR: 4.90, RRR: 10.40)

  • Craig Young0 (4b)
  • Tim Murtagh12 (11b)
  • Aaron Phangiso7-0-33-2
  • Jean-Paul Duminy4-0-15-2
Phangiso to Young, no run, comes forward and drives to the cover ring
Phangiso to Young, no run, prodded to the leg side
Phangiso to Young, no run, flicked into midwicket

DC: "We're not as bad as we're being made out but we play to our weaknesses. Our batting is still decent, lots of guys today got starts but fell having to play for ridiculously high RR's. If we bat first we can set decent totals IMO because we never look uncomfortable when we go at a RR of say 5, but we bowl first and bowl terribly, committing the same mistakes every single match which leaves our batsmen with hopeless tasks. If we bat first I feel we can set 250 odd maybe plus and this would in turn help our bowlers as they'd have some form of scoreboard pressure to make use of. But we ask our batsmen to go at 7 an over from ball 1 instead. Such stupid management IMO."

Phangiso to Young, no run, driven to the off side
Phangiso to Dockrell, OUT, goes back to pull, the ball skids on, perhaps wasn't quite short enough in truth for the shot and demolishes the stumps

GH Dockrell b Phangiso 16 (23m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

Phangiso to Murtagh, 1 run, driven in the air, square through the off side

29 | 6 Runs | IRE: 146/7 (209 runs required from 19.1 overs, RR: 5.03, RRR: 9.95)

  • George Dockrell16 (21b)
  • Tim Murtagh11 (10b)
  • Jean-Paul Duminy4-0-15-2
  • Aaron Phangiso6-0-32-1
Duminy to Dockrell, no run, punched to mid-off
Duminy to Dockrell, FOUR runs, short and swung behind square on the leg side
Duminy to Dockrell, no run, pushed to the off side
Duminy to Murtagh, 1 run, dropped, and that's a very average piece of cricket. Nicely bowled by Duminy, who tossed it slightly wider, which meant Murtagh had to reach for it and sent a simple chance to long-off. It popped out of Rabada's hands for no reason other than he took his eyes off it
Duminy to Dockrell, 1 run, comes down the pitch and drives to the left of mid-off who makes goods ground to cut-off
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Ireland 2nd innings Partnerships

0WTS PorterfieldPR Stirling
26J AndersonPR Stirling
15GC WilsonPR Stirling
36KJ O'BrienPR Stirling
24KJ O'BrienSP Terry
14KJ O'BrienSW Poynter
7KJ O'BrienGH Dockrell
25TJ MurtaghGH Dockrell
1TJ MurtaghCA Young
0TJ MurtaghPKD Chase