Captain Andy Balberni marked a century in style as Ireland posted their first one-day international win over South Africa by winning 43 points in the second game of their five-game streak in Malahide on Tuesday.
Balberni hit 102 of 117 balls as the hosts scored 290 to 5 in a 50-plus, before limiting the Tourists to 247 in his response to secure the historic win and a 1-0 lead in the series after losing the opening game on Sunday. .
Serving up the racket, opening player Balbirnie received excellent support from Harry Tector (79 of 68 balls), while there was also a boom from George Dockrell (45 of 23) at the end.
South Africa, which once again rested master batsman Quinton de Kock, struggled to keep up their running rate throughout, when opener Janiman Malan (84 of 96) and Rassi van der Dousen (49 of 70) fell in quick succession with the score. 160, her chances of victory waned. The third game in the series will be held at the same venue on Friday.