2015 World Cup – Game 24 – South Africa v Ireland

After the stupidity and rancour of the last 36 hours, let’s get back to cricket. Tonight’s game looks like a walkover, with AB the Unstoppable in prime form, and with Ireland looking a little over-matched. But this Irish bunch is a resilient team I think we all get a lot of fun from watching, and who we want to see a lot more of. Canberra can mean runs……lots of them.

Any comments from those who can should be left here.

If anyone is interested, John has followed up my blog post with a comment. You can read his views. I’m not particularly interested in responding, if truth be told. I made my point. He made his. Would I prefer restraint in the comments? Probably. Do I moderate? As little as possible. I’m not The Guardian BTL, that’s for sure. I would, actually, prefer if you all just left it where it is, and didn’t chip in now. But I won’t stop you. Keep it clean.

Enjoy the game, for those who can get to watch it.

10 thoughts on “2015 World Cup – Game 24 – South Africa v Ireland

  1. d'Arthez Mar 2, 2015 / 11:51 pm

    AB is not that unstoppable. I certainly would not bank on him bailing South Africa out each and every time. He is human, he can fail too. As outrageous as his knock was against the West Indies, he had far more modest returns against Zimbabwe and India.

    The rest of the team also has to come to the party, including whomever is picked at #7. Especially the #7, which is a pivotal position in the South African team. If that person (probably Behardien, since he hardly did anything wrong last game), can come to the party with bat and ball (I don’t demand miracles, but a decent economy rate should not be beyond him), then South Africa might get to the semis, and maybe even the finals.

    Still not holding my breath.


  2. Benny Mar 2, 2015 / 11:51 pm

    Re Etheridge, I’ll just repeat that recent polls have shown that the public regards the least trusted professions to be:

    1. Politicians
    2. Journalists

    Mr Etheridge might care to ponder on why that might be

    Keep up the good work Dmitri.


  3. SimonH Mar 3, 2015 / 12:03 am

    Anything out of tonight’s match for Ireland is a bonus – their crucial game is the one against Zimbabwe at the weekend.

    Also a thought about England’s fixtures – England get to play Afghanistan after they’ve played Australia (in Perth – nice scheduling!) and New Zealand. That would be a tough schedule for any team, let alone an associate.

    Finally, what would it mean for Australia and the tournament if Australia lost to Sri Lanka? They meet at the SCG and the Lankans have a good recent record there (won four of the last six).


    This wretched format means they’ll still qualify (although some more rain….) but an Australia vs South Africa QF is not all improbable.


  4. SimonH Mar 3, 2015 / 9:07 am


  5. d'Arthez Mar 3, 2015 / 9:18 am

    Nice to see that everyone contributed, with the exception of Quinton de Kock. He really needs to start performing, or else I can even see it happening that AB is going to take the gloves again, and Rossouw gets sent out alongside with Amla (though I don’t think that is a particularly smart idea).

    Bizarrely, there is only one team against whom Amla has not scored a ton: Kenya (2 games in 2008). Against all other teams he has scored at least one ODI ton, even if he has had as few as 2 games (Netherlands, Ireland).


  6. SimonH Mar 3, 2015 / 9:43 am

    Ireland’s NRR taking a battering here – not 100% sure but I think this may mean they’ll need to beat both Zimbabwe and Pakistan to qualify.

    In other news, England are now 6th in the ODI rankings having fallen below NZ.


  7. d'Arthez Mar 3, 2015 / 10:27 am

    Beating Zimbabwe was always required. They may still be allowed a (small) loss against Pakistan, but it is too soon to call that, since there are still quite a few games to play. Ireland still have to face India, and Pakistan still have to face South Africa. Especially if South Africa get to bat first against Pakistan, that could mean another hammering. Pakistan have not conceded fewer than 215 runs (against Zim), and have not made more than 235 (also against Zim).

    A washout could see Ireland through as well, but that is still in the future.

    But I am not even 100% convinced that Pakistan will do that well against the UAE either.


    • SimonH Mar 3, 2015 / 11:43 am

      Pakistan’s bowling is showing signs of improvement (picking Rahat Ali was a good move) but their batting is still very fragile – they desperately need Shehzad to fire.

      Ireland recovered a little so their NRR wasn’t as hammered as once looked likely. There is also of course the issue of how satisfactory NRR is as a tie-breaker – but let’s not go there just yet!


      • d'Arthez Mar 3, 2015 / 11:55 am

        Assuming Pakistan lose to South Africa, but beat the UAE, and Ireland lose to India, but beat Zimbabwe, chances are any win will suffice for Pakistan. In which case the NRR tie-breaker would have the same result as the result between the teams.

        If it is a washout, the teams are unlikely to be on the same number of points, and Ireland will go through then (it is possible if say Pakistan beat SA, or Ireland lose to Zimbabwe).

        If Ireland win, then almost all the other results will have to go against them, for that of itself not being enough to qualify (Pakistan can only collect a maximum of 6 points then, and Ireland will have at least 6 points then).

        Even West Indies could miss out, since they still have to play India, and probably will collect the points against UAE. Their NRR is markedly better than that of the Irish and Pakistian though, courtesy of that trashing they handed out to Pakistan.

        It seems quite likely that Jamshed will be dropped after a string of shockers, both in the field as well as with the bat. Since Younis is also hopelessly out of form (some even suggest that he is not even available to be picked), how the Pakistani batting order looks is anyone’s guess.


  8. Rooto Mar 3, 2015 / 11:57 am

    Before other sites and posters start talking about South Africa and their experimental bowling, I’ll take it upon myself to point out that SA would’ve bowled out their big 4. The experiments were only with Berhardian’s allowance. That’s not good news for Farhaan…

    Going to work, so won’t be around to right any misinformation this afternoon.


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