Recent Match Report – Ireland Women vs South Africa Women, South Africa Women tour of Ireland, 1st ODI

South Africa 70 for 1 (Goodall 32*, Steyn 21*) beat Ireland 69 (Dempsey 19, Ismail 3-16, Luus 3-16, Khaka 2-6) by nine wickets

Ireland crumbled to 69 all out against South Africa on Saturday, with eight of their 11 batters falling for single-digit scores. There were four ducks in the innings, which lasted only 27.2 overs, as fast bowler Shabnim Ismail and legspinner Sune Luus went on a wicket-taking spree. Their combined figures read 13-4-32-6.

The carnage began almost as soon as Ireland won the toss and opted to bat and soon enough they were 14 for 4. Shauna Kavanaugh (15), Sophie MacMahon (13) and Georgina Dempsey (19) were the only players to get into double- figures as South Africa took control and simply never let up. Ismail was responsible for three of the four ducks in the innings, even as her new-ball partner Ayabonga Khaka proved herself to be unhittable, getting through 5.2 overs for just six runs (one of those was a wide) and picking up two wickets. Luus took care of the middle and lower order to bowl Ireland out in 27.2 overs.

The chase was little more than a formality, although Ireland did manage to pick up an early wicket – Laura Wolvaardt out for 8 in the fifth over. Andrie Steyn (21 not out) and Laura Goodall (32 not out) ensured there were no other hiccups as South Africa secured victory with nine wickets and 204 balls to spare.

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