SOUTH AFRICA TOUR OF IRELAND, 2021 by Cricbuzz Staff • Published on Share Tweet Andrew Balbirnie (r) scored a half-century in the 1st ODI. © Getty South Africa may have returned to Ireland after nearly 14 years but on the day of their first ODI they ended up spending more time at the Village ground in Dublin waiting for the rain to stop than actually being involved in the contest on the field. Between multiple rain breaks, Andrew Balbirnie and William Porterfield scored fifties to take the hosts to 195 for 4 in 40.2 overs. Even Harry Tector and Mark Adair made handy contributions, giving strong indications for the rest of the series. What could have been of their innings if not for the interruptions remains unknown, but given the forecast for Tuesday of the series, they are more likely to encounter similar challenges in the second ODI. Having returned from West Indies with a T20I series win, South Africa are looking to cash in on their form in limited-overs cricket. The visitors’ batting, which was under the microscope for the series, was untested in the first one-dayer and will continue to remain under the lens. The bowling department, which… Read full this story
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