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Sam Sheringham and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    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.

  2. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    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.

  4. 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."

  5. 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."

  6. 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."

  7. 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
  8. Post update

    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."

  9. Join the debate at #bbccricket

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

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Post update

    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."

  12. Post update

    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.

  13. Champagne moment


  14. WICKET

    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
  15. 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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    Former 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.

  17. WICKET

    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.

  18. Post update

    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."

  19. 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.

  20. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    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.

  21. 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?

  22. 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.

  23. Text 81111

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

    Ireland fans
  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. Post update

    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."

  28. 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.

  29. WICKET

    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.

    South Africa
  30. 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?

  31. Post update

    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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. Post update

    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."

  37. 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.

  38. WICKET

    Mooney b De Villiers 8 (Ire 151-7)

    What was I saying...

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

    John mooney
  39. 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.

  40. Ire 146-6 (O'Brien 38, Mooney 6)

    The cameras capture De Villiers blinking repeatedly. Is he struggling to stay awake? O'Brien tries to stimulate the senses by crashing a full toss through the covers.

  41. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "You know the game has lost its edge when the height of entertainment is a Mexican Wave. We still see it in England at the end of the summer Test matches at places like the Oval or at Headingley when the drinks are flowing."

  42. Ire 137-6 (target 412)

    Tahir continues to probe without reward. Mooney dabs him for a couple. This game is morbidly moribund.

  43. Text 81111

    Al in Cambs: I take Stephan Shemilt's point re short boundaries but haven't most of Afridi's shots gone straight to hand for the last 10 years? WC average of 12!

  44. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's very slow going now. When the result is not in doubt it can be a tedious afternoon for everyone involved.

    "I'm sure Ireland are thinking about their run rate, but if they were to attack the South Africans it would convince their own players they can score well and that will stand them in good stead for when they have to play Pakistan."

  45. Ire 135-6 (O'Brien 31, Mooney 2)

    John Mooney is the new man, nicknamed "mad Mooney" by Graeme Swann because of his angry reaction to getting out earlier in the tournament. It doesn't take him long to take a risk, ramping du Plessis over the keeper's head. But there's no pace on the ball so he only gets a single for his efforts.

  46. WICKET

    Ire 129-6

    Balbirnie is right on the attack. Four through the off side, but a pull shot doesn't have the legs and he picks out Rossouw on the deep square leg boundary.

    Rilee Rossouw
  47. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Napier

    "Before tomorrow's game between Pakistan and the UAE in Napier, I went along to McLean Park, which is another of New Zealand's rugby grounds that is used for cricket. The dimensions of the playing surface mean that one of the square boundaries is very, very short - a rough measurement of about 53m. A Shahid Afridi forward defence carries further than that."

  48. Ire 124-5 (Balbirnie 54, O'Brien 27)

    Time for O'Brien to open his shoulders. In some style. He launches Faf du Plessis for a big six wide of long-on. Is the spirit of Bangalore still burning somewhere under that ginger barnet?

  49. Balbirnie 50

    Ire 115-5

    Back to frontliners now as Morkel returns. Balbirnie gets a thick edge that flies past slip for four then cuts the next ball to the fence to bring up a plucky old half-century off 66 balls.

  50. Email

    Simon Clarke re 07:31: "Comments like Broad's infuriate me. Accept that you're not good enough and accept that work needs to be done. The supporters at least deserve that.

    "The mentality needs to change, we need to put our confidence in some of the proven limited-over batsmen we know we have and lose the likes of Bell and Ballance, who just aren't right for ODIs, especially with teams pushing 400 more frequently. We're nowhere near that."

  51. Ire 107-5 (target 412)

    Faf du Plessis's part-time leg-spin is being introduced. Ooh. Ugly start as he drags one down the leg side and gives away five wides. If South Africa do have a weakness, it is in the fifth bowler department so looks like AB wants to size up some of his options.

  52. Ire 98-5 (K O'Brien 19, Balbirnie 42)

    There is not much riding on this game now, but Andrew Balbirnie is closing in on a little bit of personal glory as he moves into his 40s, approaching his half-century. Part-time off-spinner Rilee Rossouw concedes eight off the over.

  53. Ire 91-5 (target 412)

    Ireland continue to plod along, doing their best to make this respectable and stay in for as long as they can.

  54. Scorecard update

    Ireland 87-5 (20 overs) - target 412

    Batsmen: Balbirnie 36*, K O'Brien 15*

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Stirling 9), 21-2 (Porterfield 12), 21-3 (Joyce 0), 42-4 (N O'Brien 14), 48-5 (Wilson 0)

    Bowling figures: Steyn 5-0-31-2, Abbott 5-0-13-3, Morkel 4-0-10-0, Tahir 3-0-14-0, Berhardien 2-013-0, Rossouw 1-0-5-0

    South Africa 411-4: Amla 159, Du Plessis 109, Rossouw 61*

    Full scorecard

  55. Ire 87-5 (K O'Brien 15, Balbirnie 38)

    Three for Kevin O'Brien and a single for Balbirnie from that over.

  56. Ire 82-5 (target 412)

    Only one single off Imran Tahir's over. A drive from Balbirnie in the direction of long-off.

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    The Cricket Wolf: Clever move from England getting trounced by Sri Lanka. Now they'll likely avoid a rampant South Africa in the quarter-finals.

    The only problem is that if England avoid South Africa, they will probably face India, who thrashed South Africa by 130 runs. Assuming Eoin Morgan's side qualify of course.

  58. Ire 81-5 (K O'Brien 12, Balbirnie 33)

    A desperate dive from Morne Morkel at the end of the 18th over is unsuccessful as the ball picked up pace on a quick outfield and went into the rope. That takes the partnership up to 33, Ireland's best of the match so far.

  59. What you may have missed

    Well, it started so brightly for Ireland. They claimed the wicket of Quinton de Kock in only the third over, but two dropped catches cost Ireland dearly.

    Hashim Amla was dropped by Ed Joyce on 10 and went on to make 159 and Kevin O'Brien missed an opportunity to dismiss Faf du Plessis on 19. He was eventually out for 109.

    A rapid 61 off 30 balls from Rilee Rossouw and 46 from 23 deliveries from David Miller saw South Africa reach 411-4, their second successive score of more than 400.

    Chasing a highly-improbable 412 to win, Ireland have lost five wickets cheaply, with three for Kyle Abbott and two for Dale Steyn.

    South Africa v Ireland
  60. Ire 72-5 (K O'Brien 7, Balbirnie 24)

    The camera focuses on a young Irish fan, with his face painted. The match may be over as a contest, but he is still having a great time. He is very happy to see Balbirnie score a boundary, as he swept a full toss away over square leg for four runs. Seven off the over for Ireland.

  61. How they stand

    So any Irish hopes of winning the match have long blown away with the wind. But with net run rate likely to play a part in who makes the quarter-finals, Ireland will be desperate to build the best score they can do.

    This is how things stood before the start of this match, and you could see a scenario where at least two out of Ireland, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Pakistan end up on the same amount of points. So still a lot to play for, for William Porterfield's side.

    Pool B table
  62. Ire 65-5 (Balbirnie 24, O'Brien 5)

    It's a double change as Behardien enters the attack with his medium pace. A chance for Ireland to cash in perhaps? Not yet. The batsmen are very respectful as they pick off some singles.

  63. Ire 61-5

    Googly early doors. Driven to long-on. Then Tahir lands one on Balbirnie's toes, but the batsman reads it well and swishes to the square leg boundary for four.

  64. Ire 54-5 (target 412)

    I've got a feeling this could just limp along for a few overs now. Single to O'Brien among five dots. Here's Imran Tahir to try to spice things up.

  65. Ire 53-5

    The sun is setting on the Manuka Oval, the clouds tinged with orange. The sun went down on this match quite some time ago. We've got to go through the motions though and Ireland appear to be knuckling down now. A single apiece for Balbirnie and O'Brien off Steyn's latest.

  66. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Former India batsman Aakash Chopra on Twitter says: South Africa playing such cricket is bad news for Sri Lanka. Not the ideal team to run into in the quarter-finals. To avoid them Sri Lanka must beat Australia.

  67. Ire 51-5 (target 412)

    Balbirnie helps one on its way past his hips and picks up two to fine leg. The goal for Ireland here has to be to bat out as many overs as possible, but that's easier said than done against this fearsome attack.

  68. Ire 48-5 (Balbirnie 13, K O'Brien 0)

    Now then, Ireland need to reach 122 runs to avoid the heaviest ever ODI defeat. I'd say it's in the (Gary) balance. And Imran Tahir - the destroyer of the Windies - hasn't even bowled a ball yet. It's a hammer blow to the Irish net run rate too.

  69. WICKET

    Wilson lbw Abbott 0 (Ire 48-5)

    Wilson misses a straight ball from Abbott and is trapped in front of leg. The finger goes up immediately. Worth a review? They have a chat, but opt against it. Three wickets for Abbott. Ireland are five down.


    Kyle Abbott
  70. Scorecard update

    Ireland 47-4 (10 overs) - target 412

    Batsmen: Balbirnie 13*, Wilson 0*

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Stirling 9), 21-2 (Porterfield 12), 21-3 (Joyce 0), 42-4 (N O'Brien 14)

    Bowling figures: Steyn 4-0-29-2, Abbott 4-0-12-2, Morkel 2-0-6-0

    South Africa 411-4: Amla 159, Du Plessis 109, Rossouw 61*

    Full scorecard

  71. Ire 47-4

    Morkel is topping 90mph but Balbirnie anticipates the short ball and pulls it in front of square for four. Good response from Morkel. A much fuller ball spears past the outside edge.

  72. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Tim Lloyd: Is it only me seeing England as slow starters? Only flowering when it really matters and others have burned out?

  73. Ire 42-4

    Gary Wilson is the new lamb to the slaughter. 370 runs still needed. Good luck Gaz.

  74. WICKET

    N O'Brien c Amla b Abbott 14 (Ire 42-4)

    O'Brien pulls Abbott for four then perishes trying to launch him over point. A thick edge is brilliantly taken by Amla at first slip. De Kock dived right across him and even got a glove to it, but Amla somehow clung on to the ball with a combination of arm, wrist and midriff.


    Niall O'Brien
  75. Post update

    John Kenny

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Ireland have to just bat. When you look at the conditions and the favourability of them, you see that the pitch is good and the outfield is quick. They have to just build a partnership between these two."

  76. Ire 37-3 (target 412)

    Morne Morkel is on for Abbott. Hardly a let up for the Irish with 90mph bullets raining down from the sky. As it happens, a slower ball bamboozles Balbirnie and he scoops one which only just loops over the outstretched arms of square leg.

  77. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Rob Murphy: The run rate could be crucial for our quarter-final hopes so an unmerciful beating could cost us dearly. #BackingGreen

    Kishin Mahtani: Pakistan need to buy the South African boys a beer if they make it out of this group. Really this result suits Pakistan.

  78. Ire 36-3 (O'Brien 10, Balbirnie 5)

    Niall O'Brien shows there's still some fight in the Irish as he drives Steyn off the back foot for four. Then a pull shot sails into the sky, but lands safely short of the fielder at fine leg. The Irish run through for a second, much to Steyn's obvious ire.

  79. Ire 26-3 (target 412)

    Not seen much of Abbott. Looks a fine bowler. Too good for Balbirnie, who gropes at one outside off stump. Still only three down. For now.

  80. Ire 25-3 (Balbirnie 4, O'Brien 0)

    Andrew Balbirnie decides the best form of defence is defiance as he clips Steyn for four.

    South Africa's 257-run victory over the Windies was the joint-biggest by runs in World Cups, equalling India's win over Bermuda in 2007. The biggest in all ODIs is 290 by the Windies against Ireland in 2008.

  81. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's the best player gone. Well bowled from Dale Steyn. He bowled a couple of bouncers then a full one, with the seam shaped so the ball went across the batsman. It probably moved half an inch."

  82. WICKET

    Joyce c Amla b Steyn 0 (Ire 21-3)

    Disaster for Ireland. They've lost their top three and we're still in the fifth over. Joyce is the next to go, staying back to full delivery and edging it into the spacious palms of Hashim Amla at first slip. We could be in record ODI defeat territory here.


    Hashim Amla
  83. WICKET

    Porterfield c Du Plessis b Abbott 12 (Ire 21-2)

    Oh dear, another one gone, and John Kenny is already talking about an early finish. Porterfield, three balls after hooking Abbott for four, chips him to short midwicket, where Du Plessis takes a sharp low catch.


    Kyle Abbott
  84. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I saw it move. It deviated off his edge. But you might as well stand there with Martinez - he missed an edge off De Kock earlier. Big nick and Stirling knew. He was just exercising his option not to walk."

  85. WICKET

    Stirling c de Kock b Steyn 9 (Ire 17-1)

    It was a huge nick and Snicko confirms it. Rising delivery, shaping slightly away from the batsman. A bit of a howler that from umpire Martinez.


    Dale Steyn
  86. Umpire review

    Sterling - stocky and powerful - punchy the first two balls of Steyn's over for four. But like all great bowler's Steyn issues a tellnig riposte. Bowler and keeper are up for a caught behind. The umpire says no. This time there is a review...

  87. Appeal - not out

    Ire 7-0

    Abbott swings one into Porterfield's pads. The umpire turns down the appeal. No review. Poor decision from the Proteas. That would have uprooted leg, according to the technology. Two from the over.

  88. Ire 5-0 (target 412)

    Morning all. Sam Sheringham taking over as the formidable Dale Steyn steams in to Ireland captain William Porterfield. A couple of sighters then Porterfield middles one through cover for four. An encouraging start.

  89. Post update

    Right then folks. Can Ireland make 412 to beat South Africa at the World Cup? Why not?

  90. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Kevin Pietersen: Cricket lovers - if you don't believe that world cricket has changed, then you never will! SA just scored 400 again in a 50-over game!

  91. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Former India batsman Aakash Chopra: Politically incorrect to say this but if there are more mismatches than matches, the format needs to be reviewed.

  92. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    Kevin O'Brien's and Max Sorensen's economy rates against South Africa are the most expensive in ODI history (minimum five overs):

    13.57 runs per over: Kevin O'Brien, 7-0-95-1

    12.66: Max Sorensen, 6-0-76-0

    12.52: Lasith Malinga, 7.4-0-96-1, Sri Lanka v India, Hobart, 2012)

    Kevin O'Brien
  93. Spinner, streakers and England were right...

    Monday was a rare rest day in the tournament - the only one in the entire group stage, which is just over halfway through.

    A good time, therefore, for Stephan Shemilt - our man down under - to take a look at what we have learned from the first 23 games.

    Tantalisingly, it features Chris Gayle, spinners, streakers, why you should bat first in Australia, and most incredibly of all, the notion... were England's tactics right all along?

    Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers
  94. Post update

    Hashim Amla
  95. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Alexander Ridgers: Where does this South African batting line-up fit in the greatest of all-time list?

  96. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Phil Walsh: The England cricket team are so naive. They keep talking about 300 runs like it's a world record. It's not even par these days!

  97. The Kevin Pietersen debate

    Stuart Broad: "I must admit the timing of this press coming out is not ideal for us as a team. We've had our toughest fortnight for some time. We don't want external influences breaking into our group. It would be wrong for me to comment and create any headlines.

    "We've got the 15 of us here who are the only people who can make a difference. I couldn't care less at the moment what happens in June and July. We don't need guys focusing on other things."

  98. Can England still win the World Cup?

    Stuart Broad: "At the end of the day we need to win two games and we are in quarter-finals. We need to not focus so much on the opposition, we need to focus on our own strengths and putting in a powerful performance.

    "The only experience I've had of winning an international tournament was the World Twenty20 and we very nearly went out in the group stage.

    "Our form wouldn't suggest we had a chance but it is all to do with players coping with pressure of a particular day."

  99. Post update

    England bowler Stuart Broad: "We've not fired with all three of our disciplines in the same game yet. We can't say it's definitely our bowling or batting that has let us down. We have fired at different times, which you can't do in cricket.

    "We should have defended 310 the other day and we walked off very angry with ourselves. It wasn't the sort of wicket you were going to get too many edges on but we didn't create enough pressure to make them make mistakes."

  100. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    On Twitter: Stuart Broad tells @tmsproducer that he still believes England can win the World Cup.

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    Mr Pratik Patel: SA scores back to back 400+ & England team is more than happy with 300 in every match & are expected to win the World Cup.

    Not many people are expecting anything from this England team.

  102. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "South Africa have reached 400 five times in ODIs (three times in their last eight matches), which equals India with the most 400-plus totals."

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    England all-rounder Luke Wright on Twitter: Fair to say Ed Joyce has got a bit of batting to do against South Africa. #goodgametowin.

  104. SA 411-4 (50 overs)

    South Africa's Faf du Plessis, who scored 109, says: "We did the basics really well. That's what we want to do as a top order. I'm really proud of the boys. The hard work up front is to get us into a position and then let the other guys have some fun.

    "We know as a batting unit that if we get a good foundation we have some really good power hitters. It's great to bat with Hashim Amla. He's so experienced, and I can learn so much from him."

  105. End-of-innings scorecard

    South Africa 411-4 (50 overs) after winning toss

    Batsmen: Miller 46*, Roussow 61*

    Fall of wickets: 12-1 (De Kock), 259-2 (Du Plessis 109), 299-3 (Amla 159), 301-4 (De Villiers 24)

    Bowling figures: Mooney 7-2-52-1, Sorensen 6-0-76-0, K O'Brien 7-0-95-1, Dockrell 10-0-56-0, Stirling 10-0-6-0, McBrine 10-0-63-2

    Full scorecard

    Faf du Plessis
  106. Post update

    Alan Lewis

    Ex-Ireland captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Ireland have just got to bat. That's an easy thing to say. It's a different ball game when you are facing Steyn, Abbott, Morkel and Tahir, but Ireland are a resilient bunch. They don't get over-fazed by things."

  107. SA 411-4

    Rossouw 61, Miller 46

    So Ireland, an easy task for you. All you have to do is get 412 to win.

    The carnage ends with 24 runs coming off Kevin O'Brien's last over. It includes two sixes and two fours. If only Ireland had held on to those two early chances. Just to remind you, Amla was dropped on 10 and Du Plessis spilled on 19, both men went on to score hundreds.

    Rilee Rossouw ends unbeaten on 61 from 30 balls, with David Miller 46 not out off 23 deliveries. An absolutely stunning performance from the South African batsmen.

  108. SA 402-4

    I mocked one fan for dropping a shot. Well, some fella in a bright pink shirt does a lot better holding on to Miller's slog over the mid-wicket area. He responds by high-fiving everyone he can see. The supporter that is, not Miller.

    South Africa then reach 400 with three off the second ball and a six off the third one.

  109. Post update

    Alan Lewis

    Ex-Ireland captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Rossouw has had a good tournament. For someone who has just come into the team he'll be well pleased with his contribution. He's had full licence here, coming in at a wonderful time, and has hit the ball with great power."

  110. 50 for Rossouw

    SA 387-4

    Rilee Rossouw reaches his fifty, in only 27 balls. He is helped by a waist-high full toss, which is swatted away for four, before another full toss adds a further two.

    Also in the over, David Miller had been going a bit slow by South African standards. With his 25 off 16 balls. He remedies the situation with successive fours.

  111. SA 371-4 (Miller 25, Rossouw 44)

    Rossouw dances down the wicket to meet Andrew McBrine's delivery. And sends it for a low, flat six. From the next ball Roussow is again dancing on his toes and gets a bottom edge, which races away off a fast outfield.

    Rossouw's 44 have come off only 23 deliveries. South Africa. Most exciting team in this World Cup? Maybe. Potential winners? They certainly have a chance with this batting line-up.

  112. SA 360-4 (Miller 24, Rossouw 34)

    Max Sorensen gets an attempted yorker wrong, and it is dispatched over mid-wicket for six by Rilee Rossouw. To make it worse for the Irish fans, one of them in the crowd drops a dolly. Come on lad, you have to do better than that.

    Ten off the over.

    Rilee Rossouw
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    Former Australia all-rounder Andy Bichel: "Du Plessis 109 and Amla 159 sending another message of how important that platform at the top of order. SA here comes 400 again."

  114. SA 350-4 (Miller 22, Rossouw 26)

    Four overs to go. Don't go anywhere. They are likely to be explosive.

  115. Post update

    Alan Lewis

    Ex-Ireland captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The review system has worked for both sides, with Ireland's successful review of De Kock earlier. It was such a big bottom edge though, I'm surprised there wasn't a bigger mark on Snicko."

  116. Not out

    The umpire is wrong, David Miller is right. Snicko says he hit it. Paul Stirling thought he had his first wicket of the day. He is wrong.

  117. Umpire review

    David Miller is given out lbw. He says he hits it. It is time for the television cameras to tell us.

  118. SA 347-4 (Miller 21, Rossouw 23)

    Two more boundaries for South Africa. They are happening faster than I can type them. A slower ball from Kevin O'Brien is punished, as is a full toss.

  119. SA 336-4 (Miller 20, Rossouw 14)

    South Africa got 400 in their last match, a 257-run win over the West Indies. They are on course to do the same again here.

    Another 13 off the over, including a four from Rossouw into fine leg, and two successive threes, one from each batsman.

  120. Post update

    Alan Lewis

    Ex-Ireland captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Two or three twos, a single, a free-hit that goes for six and suddenly an over has gone for 14. Ireland are really up against it."

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  121. Scorecard update

    South Africa 323-4 (43 overs) after winning toss

    Batsmen: Miller 16*, Roussow 5*

    Fall of wickets: 12-1 (De Kock), 259-2 (Du Plessis 109), 299-3 (Amla 159), 301-4 (De Villiers 24)

    Bowling figures: Mooney 7-2-52-1, Sorensen 4-0-51-0, K O'Brien 5-0-60-1, Dockrell 10-0-56-0, Stirling 8-0-52-0, McBrine 9-0-52-2

    Full scorecard

  122. SA 323-4 (Miller 16, Rossouw 5)

    John Mooney would have loved his first spell of bowling. And hated the second. A front-foot no ball sees the extra ball slapped away for six by David Miller. From 1-9 off five overs to 1-52 off seven for the Irishman. Another 14 to the total from the over.

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    Frank Meehan: Cricket is supposed to be a contest of bat versus ball. It's now just a batting slogfest. Kids will not want to be bowlers..

    I don't know. A few youngsters may just be pretending to be Andrew McBrine if he carries this on.

  124. Post update

    Alan Lewis

    Ex-Ireland captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "McBrine will take this to this grave. AB de Villiers, one of the great batsmen of his time... Ireland are probably still going to be looking down the barrel of 350. It's hard to say Ireland are back in the game at 301-4 but it's certainly a bonus after what we've seen."

  125. WICKET

    AB de Villiers c N O'Brien b McBrine 24 (SA 301-4)

    No matter what else Andrew McBrine does in his cricketing career, he will never forget the time he got the wickets of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, ranked second and first in the one-day international batting rankings, inside three balls.

    De Villiers tries a reverse sweep, gets a top edge to it to send it high and when it comes down Niall O'Brien is there to take the catch at point.


    Ab de Villiers
  126. Post update

    Alan Lewis

    Ex-Ireland captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a measure in all of this fire how well Andrew McBrine has bowled. It has been the slower bowlers, those who have taken pace off the ball, who have had more success today."

  127. WICKET

    H Amla c Joyce b McBrine 159 (SA 299-3)

    So there is to be no double century for Hashim Amla. The returning Andrew McBrine is back into the attack and he sees Amla sky it high to long-off, where Ed Joyce, who dropped Amla when he was on 10, holds on to this one.


  128. SA 299-2 (Amla 159, De Villiers 22)

    Two fours for Amla and a six for De Villiers.

  129. 150 for Amla

    The boundaries are flowing. The milestones are coming regularly. The next one to mention is Amla's 150, with his last 50 coming off only 24 deliveries. His two off the first ball of the over takes him there. Little in ways of a celebration though. Certainly no shadow boxing at the stumps. He still has work to do.

    Chris Gayle scored 215 against Zimbabwe last week, the first double century in a World Cup. Can Amla beat that?

  130. SA 280-2

    AB de Villiers is next in. George Dockrell wishes he wasn't. A four and a six off the first two balls of the over, before another four. Fourteen off his first five balls for De Villiers, who recorded the fastest 150 in one-day cricket in his last match. Wonder what he will do when he finds some form.

  131. SA 262-2

    Great celebration from Kevin O'Brien. Remember former Everton and Australia attacking midfielder Tim Cahill's goalscoring celebration when he would run to a corner flag and start shadow boxing with it?

    Well, O'Brien has taken it to a new level, by throwing some punches at the stumps. Great scenes. Just not a great score to do it at.

    Tim Cahill
  132. WICKET

    Du Plessis b K O'Brien 109 (SA 259-2)

    Finally the partnership is ended. It was worth 247 and may have won South Africa the match. Incredible effort. It is an excellent yorker from Kevin O'Brien, Du Plessis misses it and his run-a-ball innings is over.


    Faf du Plessis
  133. SA 255-1

    John Mooney's first five overs went for nine. Now he is back in action. And, just like an aging rocker back for one final tour, he should never have come back.

    It is a horror show from Mooney as 27 runs come from it, to take a wrecking ball to his bowling figures. Among the carnage is Amla pulling one over square leg for six, before another maximum, this time over extra cover. Other highlights / lowlights include a four off a short and wide delivery and a waist-high full toss that is a no ball. And slapped for four.

    Not an over to show the grandchildren in future.

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    George Brann: SA proving they aren't all about AB. Amla doesn't miss a trick & they are always backed up by their bowlers.

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    Nick Hebross: I'm at the ground in Canberra. Can't help feel SA have left a few cards on the table. They've left it late to tee off.

  136. SA 228-1 (Amla 114, Du Plessis 106)

    So how do Ireland get back in this one? Is this match all over already?

    All they need to do is get rid of these two. And then Rilee Rossouw. And then AB de Villiers. And then David Miller. And then it might get a bit easier.

    One four each for Amla and Du Plessis in another painful over for the Irish. Du Plessis's effort was exceptional, a scoop straight over the keeper's head. Lovely stuff.

  137. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "This is South Africa's ODI-record partnership for the second wicket, beating 207 by Gary Kirsten and Neil McKenzie against Kenya at Cape Town in 2001.

    "This year, South Africa have broken their ODI records for the first, second, third and fifth wickets."

    Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis
  138. 100 for Du Plessis

    SA 215-1 (Amla 107, Du Plessis 100)

    Hashim Amla has a century, and he is soon joined on three figures by Faf du Plessis. A hundred off 103 balls, including nine fours and one six.

    Faf du Plessis