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03.03.2015 South Africa

South Africa thump Ireland by 201 runs at World Cup

By AFP
South Africa's Rilee Rossouw left celebrates taking a catch with David Miller during a World Cup match against Ireland in Canberra on March 3, 2015.  By Peter Parks AFPSouth Africa's Rilee Rossouw (left) celebrates taking a catch with David Miller during a World Cup match against Ireland in Canberra on March 3, 2015. By Peter Parks (AFP)
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Canberra (AFP) - South Africa thrashed Ireland by 201 runs in their World Cup Pool B match at Canberra's Manuka Oval on Tuesday.

The Proteas piled up 411 for four, the second-highest total in the tournament's history, on the back of hundreds by Hashim Amla (159) and Faf du Plessis (109), with the pair putting on 247 for the second wicket.

South Africa's fast bowlers reduced Ireland to 48 for five, with Kyle Abbott finishing with figures of four for 21.

But Ireland resistance led by Andrew Balbirnie's 58 spared the non-Test side a heavier defeat before they were dismissed for 210 as they suffered their first loss in three matches at the 2015 tournament.

Victory gave South Africa their third win in four pool matches, their only defeat so far coming against defending champions India.

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