The first ODI of the three-match series between Ireland and South Africa was called off due to rain after 40 overs of play. Ireland batting first, did pleasantly surprise quite a few people as fifties from William Porterfield and Andrew Balbirnie got them to 190/4 with 10 overs left to play. That’s where the rain interrupted, and it eventually led to a ‘No Result’. South Africa might not take Ireland too lightly, considering the fight they displayed in limited time. Here are a few key players from both camps who could have a major influence in the 2nd ODI.
The Irish skipper played a well constructed innings of 65 runs from 79 deliveries, and led as an example. Andrew Balbirnie has featured in 79 ODIs, having scored 2267 runs, which includes 12 fifties and six hundreds. His recent knock will give him confidence to score big in the second ODI as well.
Andrew Balbrine in ODIs
The premium fast bowler was one of the standouts with the ball in the first ODI, as he bagged two wickets for 43 runs in 8 overs. Kagiso Rabada has been on of the most pivotal figures four South Africa in the last five years, and has picked up 121 wickets from the 78 ODIs so far.
Kagiso Rabada in ODIs
Porterfield is one of the veterans of Irish cricket and displayed his class against South Africa in the 1st ODI as well. The 36-year-old scored a solid knock of 63 runs, in what was his 18th fifty for Ireland. William Porterfield has been a part of 142 ODIs, and has scored 4159 runs in the process, with an average of 30.6.
Rassie van der Dussen
Rassie van der Dussen has been one of, if not the most consistent batsman in recent time. The top order batter has featured in 24 ODIs for South Africa, and has scored 890 runs with a staggering average of 80.9. He’s also struck eight fifties and a hundred, and the Ireland bowlers will be vary of the threat van der Dussen possesses.
The right arm medium pace bowler has been one of the key wicket takers for Ireland, and can pack a punch in the second ODI versus South Africa. Young has featured in 26 ODIs so far, and has picked up 44 wickets at an economy rate of 5.25 per over.
Craig Young in ODIs
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