Rain plays spoilsport after Ireland post 195
The first ODI between Ireland and South Africa in Dublin was rained out due to persistent rain. Only 40.2 overs were available in the match, which Ireland won with a score of 195 for 4.
Ireland’s Two Dependent Players
With only 28 runs on the powerplay, Ireland’s two most reliant players, William Porterfield and Paul Stirling took a cautious approach early on. Stirling struggled to regain the rhythm he had for Middlesex in the T20 Blast and was eventually dismissed for 13 off 40. With consecutive boundaries against Andile Phehlukwayo in the 11th over, Porterfield stepped up the tempo.
Porterfield and Andrew Balbirnie put on a second-wicket stand of 87 off 105 to set the tone for Ireland’s total. Aiden Markram at first slip lost the Ireland captain on 15 against Keshav Maharaj as the partnership methodically built on and carried the total past 100 in the 25th over. Porterfield reached his half-century in the following over, but he was unable to maintain the momentum.
Balbirnie got to his half-century off 68 balls
Balbirnie reached his half-century off 68 balls, but the rain slowed Ireland’s progress. Rain fell for more than an hour, with only a brief respite, leaving Ireland with eight overs remaining in their innings. The hosts came out firing in the 38th over, with Phehlukwayo leaking two boundaries before Kagiso Rabada removed Balbirnie for 65 in the 39th.
In the same over, Harry Tector hit a six and a four, but he was bowled by Rabada for a promising 25 from 28. Mark Adair got off to a good start with a six on his second ball, but the rain returned, to to the disappointment of the thin crowd. Adair hit 16 off eight balls, including two sixes against Rabada, to provide his team a late attempt to improve the DLS score.
Ireland 195/4 in 40.2 overs (Andrew Balbirnie 65, William Porterfield 63; Kagiso Rabada 2-43) vs South Africa. No result.