South Africa vs Ireland match SA seek smooth Passage to Quarters | South Africa Seek smooth Passage to Quarters
South Africa vs Ireland match SA seek smooth Passage to Quarters: in ICC Cricket World cup 2011 match next battle South Africa vs Ireland match SA seek smooth Passage to Quarters. The high of conquering India the other night from a seemingly hopeless position has set South Africa up for a smooth ride into the business end of the World Cup from Group B.
But there could yet be a roadblock, not least because this has become a tricky group, thanks to England’s two unexpected losses (against Ireland and Bangladesh). No team has yet sealed a knock-out berth with all but the Netherlands still in the picture – even Ireland, who South Africa come up against at the Eden on Tuesday.
South Africa Seek smooth Passage to Quarters there is no denying that South Africa will be favorites to win at the Eden. But the fact remains that Graeme Smith’s red-hot Cup contenders can’t afford to relax one bit till they log two more points and take their tally to eight, thereby ensuring a quarterfinal slot. An unlikely slip on the morrow will put unnecessary pressure on them in their last match in hostile conditions in Bangladesh.
The Proteas, who skipped Monday’s match-eve practice to give themselves an extra day off after Saturday night’s draining last-over win against co-favourites India, have a serious problem to contend with. Their leading batsman AB de Villiers – the third-highest run-getter in the tournament thus far with a tally of 318 – underwent a scan on his left thigh, the legacy of an injury he picked up in the India match when he had to bat with a runner.
Coach Corrie van Zyl said the injury was not “major”, but hinted that the Proteas are preparing to go into Tuesday’s contest without De Villiers. The only batsman on the bench is the relatively inexperienced Colin Ingram, who hasn’t got a game yet. And two of their top three in the batting order – skipper Smith and all-rounder Jacques Kallis – are short of runs, having managed 103 and 90, respectively, in 4 innings each. It’s time they came to the party, if South Africa are to make sure they don’t suffer England’s fate at the hands of the Irish.
The policy of fielding three spinners won’t surely be tampered with. Pakistan-born Imran Tahir, the find of the tournament, is still not a certainty because of an injury, but in offie Johan Botha, left-armer Robin Peterson, part-timers Faf Du Plessis and JP Duminy, the Proteas have the resources to test the opposition with 25-30 overs of slow stuff.
The only way Ireland can advance to the second round is to win their last two games and hope against hope that a couple of other results and the net run rate go in their favour.
William Porterfield’s spirited side has easily been the most impressive associate nation on view at this World Cup, but has just one win to show for from four games. Their fielding has been A-class, the bowling – spearheaded by 36-year-old paceman Trent Johnston and teenaged left-arm spinner George Dockrell – disciplined and competitive.
It’s their batting which has lacked depth to make the difference in tight situations. But for that incredible record chase against England, powered by an once-in-a-lifetime 63-ball 113 by Kevin O’Brien, the Irish batsmen have shown a strange reluctance to innovate or improvise.
It’s likely that Ireland will have to do without experienced all-rounder Andre Botha, who had to be hospitalized following dehydration, but Johnston – who missed the last match against the West Indies because of a knee problem – should be back to take the new ball.
But for Ireland to ruffle more feathers, there has to be a fundamental change in the thought process of their batsmen.