The one-day streak of three matches between South Africa and Ireland is a must-have for both teams as they attempt to qualify for the men’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Ireland – South Africa, 1st ODI
The village, Dublin
July 11; 10:45 am local time, 9:45 am GMT
Ireland has played nine games in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League and only won two, which means they are 10th overall with 20 points. However, they are only 10 points away from making the top eight – the automatic qualifiers – and are hoping for a series of wins to strengthen their position.
South Africa are at the bottom of the table after winning one of their three games in the series to date. Their tour of Ireland gives them the chance to score 30 points, a return that puts them in fifth place in the table.
South Africa has won all of its last five games against Ireland and will be prepared to take maximum points after a successful tour of the Caribbean.
Remember the last time
The two teams last met in 2016 in an ODI for a one-off game in Benoni. Temba Bavuma, the current captain of the South African ODI, cracked 113 runs alongside Quinton de Kocks 82 of 66 when the Proteas scored a scary 354/5.
Ireland stuttered in their hunt and failed to get a partnership going. They were eliminated in the 31st round for 138, with JP Duminy bringing back his career highs of 4/16 and South Africa helping them to victory with 206 runs.
What they said
Rassie van der Dussen (South Africa player): “With the new competitive structure, every game becomes important. Eoin Morgan [England captain] said there is no dead rubber because you get points from every game and that is the qualification [route] for the World Cup. The priority is to win games and you have to choose your strongest team. “
Andy Balbirnie (Ireland Captain): “It gives us two chances to qualify for a World Cup. A lot of outside people will look at it and say that there is only one team to win this series and that’s fair enough because they are a really impressive South African team I don’t have to keep talking about how good they are – I think everyone knows there is a big gap between teams. But we have match winners on our team. “