Amla-Plessis ‘double’ ton crashes Ireland

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Amla-Plessis 'double' ton crashes Ireland

South Africa 411/4 (50 ov)
Ireland 210 (45.0 ov)
South Africa won by 201 runs

Sydney: Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis hit centuries, while Dale Steyn shone in his 100th one-day international, as South Africa showcased their prowess with a 201-run rout of Ireland in the World Cup on Tuesday.

Amla scored 159 off 128 balls to become the fastest man to reach 20 ODI centuries and du Plessis made 109 as the Proteas piled up a massive 411 for four after taking first strike at Canberra`s Manuka Oval.

Steyn put aside worries of mountain fires near his home in Cape Town as he bowled a hostile opening spell to wreck Ireland with two wickets in his first three overs.

The fast bowler, who had grabbed just three wickets in South Africa`s first three pool matches, finished with two for 39 and Kyle Abbott grabbed four for 21 as Ireland were bundled out for 210 in 45 overs.

The Irish were reduced to 21 for three by the fifth over and slipped to 48 for five by the 11th before Andy Balbirnie (58) and Kevin O`Brien (48) led a late revival by adding 81 for the sixth wicket.

South Africa`s third win in four matches brought them level on six points with defending champions India, who have played one less match, in Pool B.

Ireland have four points from three games.

Amla and du Plessis put on 247 off 217 balls for the second wicket to lift South Africa to the second highest total in World Cup history, just two runs behind India`s record 413 for five against Bermuda in 2007.

It was the second successive 400-plus total for the Proteas in the current tournament, following their 408 for five against the West Indies in Sydney last week in which skipper AB de Villiers hammered 162 off 66 balls.

With victory almost assured, de Villiers used eight bowlers — including himself — ahead of tougher games.