One of the advantages smaller teams participating in world cup is that they know all their major opponents who in turn don't have much idea about them. Resultant? one upset is easy but when expectations mount, inexperience starts to show and that's exactly what happened with Ireland today as they fell to 131 run defeat at the hands of South Africa. It's no mystry that Ireland are a team on the rise and certainly have a future but having beaten England, cricket fans around the world demand performance from them everytime they take field now and today just wasn't their day..
Electing to bowl first, Irish side dropped could of easy catches which cost them dearly as despite taking first four wickets for less than a hundred on board and Francois du Plessis departed at 117th run, Ireland allowed JP Duminy and young Collin Ingram to put together a match winning 87 run partnership for the 6th wicket. Duminy, in perticular, played a wonderful innings in which he found gaps at ease and guided Ingram as he took his team past 250 run mark.
Chasing the target, Ireland had no answers to Proteas pace attack of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. Captain William Porterfield in second over, Paul Stirling by the 4th over and Niall O'Brien in 9th ~ start was horrible and then spinners spelled their magic. Robin Petersen, having spent good part of his career without selectors faith, is certainly enjoying himself in this world cup as he bowled very well and claimed 3 wickets.
This win now puts South Africa in quarterfinals.