Andy Balbirnie hails Ireland’s ‘complete performance’ but targets more

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The captain, who scored a hundred, called Harry Tector’s knock “probably the innings of the day”

Ireland will celebrate their first home ODI win over a team ranked in the top eight with a “few beers,” but captain Andy Balbirnie wants their focus to be on overturning big teams more often in their own backyard.
Their 43-run victory in Dublin is the first time Ireland have beaten South Africa in seven ODIs, and the only the fourth time they have beaten a team in the top five after their victory over Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup and England in 2011 and last year.

“We’ve beaten big teams before but we haven’t beaten them consistently. We don’t have the players these teams have, we don’t have the infrastructure or the exposure. A lot of the South African team have played in the IPL. We don’t get that,” Balbirnie said. “So what we do, when we do play these big teams, we get the most of out of these games and we try to put in our best performance. We are thrilled and beating them once off is great but winning a series at the end of the week will be so important, because it shows we’re making strides.”

Already, Ireland have some claim on that. They have 15 points towards their World Cup Super League tally from the first two matches in this series, which Balbirnie admitted he would gladly have taken if offered pre-series, and put in what he called as “complete a performance since I have been involved,” in the second match.

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