Andy Balbirnie I andy balbirnie hit century against south africa becomes first irish player to do so IRE vs SA
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- Andy Balbirnie scored a century against South Africa
- Balbirnie scored 102 runs in 117 balls with the help of 10 fours and two sixes.
- Balbirnie becomes first Irish batsman to score a century against South Africa
Dublin: Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie created history by scoring a century against South Africa on Tuesday. In the second ODI played in Dublin, Balbirnie came to the opening and scored 102 runs in 117 balls with the help of 10 fours and two sixes. The Irish captain scored the 7th century of his ODI career. With this century, Andy Balbirnie made a very special achievement in his name.
Andy Balbirnie has become the first Ireland batsman to score a century in ODIs against South Africa. With this, Andy Balbirnie also became the Irish player to score the highest individual score against South Africa. Earlier, the record of making the highest individual score for Ireland against South Africa was held by former captain William Porterfield, who scored 64 runs.
Ireland accepted the invitation to bat first. Paul Sterling (27) and captain Balbirnie gave the team a strong start with a partnership of 64 runs. Keshav Maharaj bowled Sterling to give the Proteas their first breakthrough of the day. After this Andy Balbirnie got the support of Andy McBrian (30) and both added 60 runs for the second wicket. Shamsi gave another blow to Ireland by dismissing McBrien lbw.
From here Andy Balbirnie got the support of Harry Tector (79). Both took the news of South African bowlers fiercely and shared a 70-run partnership for the third wicket. During this, Balbirnie completed his record century. At the same time, Harry Tector became the second batsman to make the highest individual score for Ireland against South Africa. Kagiso Rabada ended Andy Balbirnie’s innings by being caught out at the hands of Bavuma.
Harry Tector then added 90 runs for the fourth wicket with George Dockrell (45) to put Ireland in a strong position. Andil Phehlukwayo dismissed Tector and Dockrell in the final over. Tector scored 79 runs in 68 balls with the help of 6 fours and four sixes. Dockrell scored 45 runs in 23 balls with the help of 5 fours and two sixes. Andil Phehlukwayo got two wickets for South Africa while Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj and Tabrez Shamsi got one wicket each.
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