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Bavuma makes memorable debut as South Africa crush Ireland by 206 runs

Temba Bavuma scored 113 off 123 deliveries on his debut
Temba Bavuma scored 113 off 123 deliveries on his debut
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South Africa 354-5 (Bavuma 113) beat
Ireland 148 (Duminy 4-16) by 206 runs
Only One-Day International in Benoni
Scorecard

Temba Bavuma scored a fabulous century on his debut and shared a 159-run opening stand with Quinton de Kock as South Africa went on to post 354 in 50 overs following which the Proteas bowlers restricted Ireland to 148 in the only One-Day International between the two teams in Benoni.

Ireland won the toss and elected to bowl first. South Africa handed debuts to Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius and Bavuma.

Bavuma (113) had an early reprieve as he was dropped by Kevin O'Brien in the second over. On the other hand, Quinton de Kock (82) went berserk smashing four boundaries and a six in the next three overs.

The pair needed only 49 deliveries to bring the 50-run opening stand and by the end of the first powerplay, South Africa were well placed at 69 for naught.

De Kock was the first to reach his fifty off 41 deliveries while Bavuma brought his own half-century off 54 balls. By the end of the 20 overs, South Africa reached 129 for naught. After some reckless fielding from Ireland, the 159-run stand finally ended when Kevin O'Brien (2-66) castled de Kock, 18 runs short of a deserving century.

However, Bavuma failed to relent as he came the second Proteas batsman to score a century on his debut while South Africa reached 211 for one after 34 overs.

A double strike from Craig Young (3-81) to remove Bavuma and Faf du Plessis (21) pegged South Africa back a little bit, but JP Duminy (52 not out) and Farhaan Behardien (50) ensured South Africa reached 354 for five in the 50 overs.

Ireland were rattled early in the chase when William Porterfield (0) was trapped LBW by Kagiso Rabada (1-22) in the first over.

Even though Paul Stirling (40) kept the chase going at one end, Ireland lost John Anderson (5) and Gary Wilson (3) and were reduced to 41 for three.

Stirling added 36 runs for the fourth wicket with O'Brien (41) but the rest of the batting capitulated to spin with Duminy (4-16), Aaron Phangiso (2-33) and Wayne Parnell (2-36) sharing eight wickets between them.

Stirling added 36 runs for the fourth wicket with O'Brien (41) but the rest of the batting capitulated to spin with Duminy (4-16), Aaron Phangiso (2-33) and Wayne Parnell (2-36) sharing eight wickets between them.

South Africa eventually claimed a massive 206-run win while Bavuma bagged the man of the match award.

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