Tamil Diplomat

South Africa beat Ireland by 201 runs

South Africa condemned Ireland to their first defeat of the World Cup as they cruised to a 201-run win in Canberra.Hashim Amla hit 159, Faf du Plessis 109 and Rilee Rossouw a rapid unbeaten 61 in South Africa’s 411-4, the second time in two Pool B games they have passed 400.

Ireland collapsed to 48-5 as they were bowled out for 210 in 45 overs despite Andrew Balbirnie’s 58.Kyle Abbott claimed 4-21 and fellow pace bowler Morne Morkel 3-34.South Africa need to win only one of their remaining two group games, against Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, to reach the quarter-finals.

Ireland remain well placed to qualify, although the margin of defeat at the Manuka Oval had a negative impact on their net run rate before Saturday’s clash with Zimbabwe in Hobart.This game served as another illustration of South Africa’s immense power with the bat, albeit on a placid surface and against an attack lacking penetration.Perhaps more alarming for their rivals, captain AB de Villiers – the star of their 257-run win over West Indies with 162 not out off 66 balls – played a negligible role with 24 off nine deliveries.Amla and Du Plessis shared 247, a South Africa record for the second wicket, before Rossouw and David Miller plundered an unbroken 110 off the last 8.3 overs.