South Africa overpowered Ireland by 70 runs in the third one-day international at Malahide on Friday to end the series all level at 1-1.
Ireland were eyeing their first ODI campaign success against a top eight nation after a 43-run win on Tuesday put them 1-0 up following a washed out opener.But Janneman Malan’s career-best 177 not out was the centrepiece of the Proteas’ imposing 346-4 on Friday.
Together with Quinton de Kock, who made 120, he shared a first-wicket partnership of 225.
Ireland needed to surpass their previous highest successful chase, of 329 against England last year, for victory. It was a task that proved beyond them, despite Singh’s innings of exactly 100 not out (his first ODI century) in a total of 276. South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo and Tabraiz Shamsi took three wickets apiece.
SA vs IRE scores:
South Africa 346-4, 50 overs (J Malan 177 no, Q de Kock 120)
Ireland 276, 47.1 overs (Simi Singh 100 no, C Campher 54; T Shamsi 3-46, A Phehlukwayo 3-56)
Singh’s innings marks the second brilliant peformance in men’s ODIs this year batting that low. Sam Curran’s valiant 95 not out that went in vain as India sealed the ODI series 2-1 by winning the third and final match in Pune. It was an innings that made England stand-in skipper Jos Buttler see shades of the ‘great finisher’ Mahendra Singh Dhoni in Curran.
In a tense series decider, Curran, coming out to bat at No 8, led a fine England fightback after they were 200/7 to revive the visitors’ hopes of chasing down 330 but eventually fell short by seven runs.
Curran held the record jointly with fellow English all-rounder Chris Woakes.
Highest scores in men’s ODIs batting 8 or lower
|Simi Singh (IRE)||100*||109.89||2||v South Africa||Dublin||16 Jul 2021|
|Chris Woakes (ENG)||95*||103.26||2||v Sri Lanka||Nottingham||21 Jun 2016|
|Sam Curran (ENG)||95*||114.45||2||v India||Pune||28 Mar 2021|
|Andre Russell (WI)||92*||143.75||1||v India||North Sound||11 Jun 2011|
|Nathan Coulter-Nile (AUS)||92||153.33||1||v West Indies||Nottingham||6 Jun 2019|
|Ravi Rampaul (WI)||86*||130.30||1||v India||Vizag||2 Dec 2011|
|Thomas Odoyo (KENYA)||84||86.59||1||v Bangladesh||Nairobi (Gym)||13 Aug 2006|
|Darren Sammy (WI)||84||168.00||2||v Australia||Gros Islet||25 Mar 2012|
|Lance Klusener (SA)||83||107.79||2||v Australia||Johannesburg||22 Mar 2002|
|Daniel Vettori (NZ)||83||107.79||2||v Australia||Christchurch||22 Feb 2005|
|Jacob Oram (NZ)||83||207.50||1||v Bangladesh||Napier||5 Feb 2010|
Here are the reactions to Singh’s innings:
You can check out the highest scores batting at eight or lower in women’s ODIs here.
With AFP inputs