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  1. South Africa beat Ireland by 201 runs
  2. SA 411-4: Amla 159, Du Plessis 109
  3. Ireland 210 (45): Balbirnie 58; Abbott 4-21
  4. SA score 400 for second successive ODI
  5. Pool B, Canberra: SA won toss

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By Sam Sheringham and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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And so, it's time for an emotional farewell after a brief reflection on another

big statement from South Africa.

Five of their batsmen have now scored centuries at this tournament, while Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw have proved more than able replacements for the recovering Vernon Philander and JP Duminy.

The attack looks in good working order too, although there remains a question mark over the fifth bowler and they can be sure that the better teams in the tournament will exploit any weakness.

As for Ireland, they really shouldn't dwell on this for too long. A quick dust down and then straight into prep mode for Zimbabwe on Saturday.

As for us, we'll be back at about 00:30 GMT on Wednesday for Pakistan-UAE, with Australia-Afghanistan kicking off at 06:30. Toodle-pip.

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JdeSatge: South Africa to cruise to victory here, but their inability to wrap up the tail quickly will come back to haunt them vs better opposition.

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Ed Fondue: Plusses: Spinners, Balbirnie & Dockrell highest ODI scores, K O'Brien. Minuses: Pace attack, fielding, top-order batting.

South Africa captain AB de Villiers

"It was a good game. We did it our way. We follow our game plans and the guys set it up very nicely up top for our middle order. We have made a lot of hundreds over the past 12-15 months and we are very proud of that.

"Amla is still the rock and will always be that for us. Hopefully that form can continue for the rest of the tour."

On the balance of the side: "That is decided very much on a match by match basis. I'm very comfortable with whatever balance we create and as long as I'm comfortable and the other's follow all is well."

Player reaction

SA 411-4 bt Ireland 210 by 201 runs

Ireland captain William Porterfield said: "It was a difficult evening, they played very well. We had one early breakthrough and wanted more but then it was hard for us.

"You want to be taking your chances, that's cricket, but they played very well after that. It was a very good pitch and it was difficult to muster up those wickets. We tried to put some pressure on, but we would've liked a few more wickets early on.

"All credit to our lower order for the way they stuck it out batting at the end and they were up against some pretty aggressive bowling.

"Obviously the match against Zimbabwe is a big one so we will be looking to take the two points."

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Player reaction

SA 411-4 bt Ireland 210 by 201 runs

South Africa's Hashim Amla, who scored 159, said: "Fortunately we got off to a good start. We had wickets in hand so that gave us the luxury of being able to go for it, to see what happened and fortunately it paid off.

"The guys have been batting well, it was a good wicket today. It is always nice to win a game of cricket, no matter who you are playing against.

"Any hundred is a good hundred. I'm just happy to get some runs and set it up for the boys at the back end. The bowlers bowled very well and fortunately we walk away with a comfortable victory."

Pool B table

Here's the Pool B table, with South Africa closing in on India in top spot and Ireland still clinging on to the fourth quarter-final spot before that crucial showdown with Zimbabwe at the weekend.

Group table

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"South Africa's confidence grows and grows. They have had two incredible games in a row. From about over 20 overs onwards we knew they were going to get 400 again. They have strength in depth and the stuffing was knocked out of Ireland by the opening spell from Dale Steyn. They did well to get to 200 but this game was over the second South Africa got to about 320. They will be thinking that if they were to lose a game, this was the one to lose."

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OptaJim on Twitter: There have been 19 centuries in 23 games at #CWC15, highest proportion at any World Cup (0.83 per game). Plenty.

Both of these teams will be back in action on Saturday. South Africa face Pakistan and Ireland take on Zimbabwe in a game they badly need to win.

Alan Lewis

Ex-Ireland captain on BBC Test Match Special

"It might have not been the most exciting of games, but it's interesting to see the celebrations from the South Africa team and this win means something to them.

"AB de Villiers said he would give Ireland the respect they deserved and they gave them one hell of a going over. They thoroughly deserved their win and I'm sure they will be very pleased with where they are at this point of the World Cup."

Handshakes all round. South Africa are purring now and they know it. No team had ever made 400 in back-to-back ODIs before today and in Steyn, Abbott, Morkel and Tahir they have a highly enviable attack. For the Irish, it's a first defeat of the 2015 World Cup, but they are still very much in the mix for a quarter-final place.

Champagne moment



Dockrell b Morkel 25 (Ireland 210 all out)

That'll do it. Dockrell misses one from Morkel and loses his off stump. A comprehensive win for the South Africans in Canberra.

George Dockrell
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Ire 203-9

Andy McBrine is Ireland's last man, squeezing two on the leg side to get off the mark. Abbott rounds off the over with a quicker one that beats the bat.

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South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs on Twitter: "Lots of talk of a team getting to 450. Would be more interesting if teams could chase down 400 more often than not.


Sorensen c de Kock b Morkel 22 (Ire 200-9)

More for the Blarney Army to cheer as Dockrell clips a half-volley away for a single to bring up Ireland's 200. But the joy is short-lived as Sorensen turns his back on a Morkel bouncer and gloves it through to the keeper.

Alan Lewis

Ex-Ireland captain on BBC Test Match Special

"I had a bet with Graeme Swann whether I would be back here in the commentary box for the 43rd over - and I won. But I honestly felt I wouldn't be back and I went and sat among the Irish supporters. They are still in good voice."

Ire 199-8

Sorensen continues to make Tahir look like a club bowler. Two thrashes down the ground, the first for four, and the second for six. A young man in pink lets it slip through his fingers and holds his head in his hands in self-loathing.

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Hugh in France on Twitter: Spot on "Tattz in Nottingham". Same was true with the Oz against NZ. England would have conceded, NZ would have won by 10 wkts.

Ire 186-8

Even a wide gets a big cheer as Ireland creep closer to the 200 mark. De Villiers looks disgusted with himself as a shy at the stump misses by a whisker. I reckon I'll stop including the target in the headline, don't you reckon?

Ire 184-8 (Dockrell 14, Sorensen 11)

Huge cheers from the Blarney Army as Sorensen clatters Tahir for back-to-back fours, the first over mid-on and the second through cover. Cracking stuff from the number 10. And Tahir is now wicketless through nine overs.

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Tattz in Nottingham: Ireland are hanging in there. Great credit to them. England would have folded by now.

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Dropped catch

Ire 176-8

Dockrell cuts hard and Miller puts down a very tricky chance at backward point.

Sorensen is struck on the wrist by a Steyn bumper. That must have hurt, but he's not showing it. Ireland just need to bat as long as they can here as whatever their final score is, it will be divided by 50 overs to work out their net run rate.

Ire 172-8

Sorensen musters two off Abbott, who will be eyeing up a first five-wicket haul here. Quite the stand-in for Vernon Philander.

Ire 169-8 (target 412)

Just a single off Steyn. Dockrell has 10 from 30 balls, and six of those runs came in a single blow.

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport in Napier

"I was out for dinner earlier on today in a Napier Irish bar (every city has one). Obviously, the cricket was on TV, but of more interest was the presence of Wasim Akram, who left soon after I arrived (I don't think the two were linked). Quite some time later, I caught a sight of Wasim, still standing at the door. He had been politely humouring a quite inebriated local for more than 20 minutes."

Ire 168-8 (Dockrell 9, Sorensen 0)

Just to remind you that Ireland were 48-5 earlier, so it's been some effort to get to this point. Max Sorensen is up next, and he keeps out his first ball.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"We have seen the short ball get a couple of wickets and Ireland will not be used to the pace that the South Africans have and will have not seen it much."


O'Brien c Rossouw b Abbott 48 (Ire 167-8)

Short from Abbott, O'Brien piles into a pull shot, but can't keep it down and Rossouw trots in from deep midwicket to take the catch baseball-style.

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Ire 166-7

And still we trundle towards the inevitable. The third and fourth spots in this group are looking like a straight fight between the Windies, Ireland and Pakistan. Who's going to be the odd man out?

Alan Lewis

Ex-Ireland captain on BBC Test Match Special

"The crowds are still here and the Irish contingent are still warmly packed in. It's very pleasant surroundings here, short-sleeved shirt weather and it's a lovely day."

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Rakesh Pradhan: He bats, keeps wicket, fields on the boundary and takes wickets. AB de Villiers has to be the greatest ever.

Ire 163-7 (O'Brien 45, Dockrell 8)

Dockrell dances down the wicket and launches Tahir over mid-off for six. There are plenty of Ireland fans in Canberra (there always are) and they are loving that shot.

Ire 157-7

De Villiers even has the cheek to bowl a bouncer with the keeper up in a bid to intimidate new man Dockrell. Any thoughts on our "Is there anything AB de Villiers couldn't do?" conundrum? First man on Mars? Look no further.

Ire 155-7

I take Alan Lewis's point but South Africa have a valid reason for trying out some new bowlers. They are trying to work out whether they can afford to carry on with only four frontline bowlers, even when JP Duminy is fit again. Maiden from Dockrell.

Alan Lewis

Ex-Ireland captain on BBC Test Match Special

"John Mooney will be very disappointed with that. But this is not something I like to see in an innings when the non-bowlers come on, although it is their prerogative to do what they want. They have 411 on the board and Ireland are where they are.

"It's not so much that's it's insulting, the opposition can do what they like. But I played in a lot of 'Jazz Hat' games where we were cannon-fodder for Australia or West Indies when they were in their pomp. As much as I enjoyed playing in games against them, to see part-timers coming on is not that edifying."

Ire 155-7

What else can you say about De Villiers? Growing up, he was a football, rugby, tennis, swimming, badminton and athletics champ. Is there anything South Africa's golden boy couldn't do? Feel free to let us know.

He thinks he's got another one here as De Kock whips off the bails, but the third umpire says O'Brien's foot was back in time.


Mooney b De Villiers 8 (Ire 151-7)

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Flighted outside off stump and Mooney chops it onto his timbers. Seven down.

John mooney
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Ire 150-6

Four singles to the Irish off Tahir. Now then, De Villiers has decided that the best way to fight off sleep is to have a bowl himself. This should be interesting. He'll probably take a five-fer.