South Africa Defeats Ireland by 131 Runs to Reach Quarterfinals

South Africa beat Ireland by 131 runs to reach the quarterfinals of the Cricket World Cup and eliminate the Irish.

Ireland won the toss and decided to field. JP Duminy’s 99 led the South Africans, who looked in trouble at 95-4 when Jacques Kallis was run out for 19. Duminy combined with Colin Ingram for 87 runs and Johan Botha for 65 to settle the victors, who finished their 50 overs on 272-7.

The Irish couldn’t match South Africa’s batting. They fell to 51-4 at one point, and finished 141 all out after 33.2 overs. Morne Morkel took 3 wickets for 33 runs for the South Africans.

South Africa moves past India to the top of the Group B after today’s win at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India. South Africa has 8 points from 5 games, with India on 7 points from 5. The West Indies is on 6 after 4 games, tied with Bangladesh, which has played 5 matches. England is in fifth on 5 points after 5 games, and wouldn’t make the quarterfinals. That would send them home along with Ireland, on 2 points, and the Netherlands, which has no points.

The top four teams in each of seven-member groups make the quarterfinals. The event ends April 2.

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