Summary of SA vs India in Ireland

South Africa faced India in Ireland in a best of 3 contest losing 2-1. They went to Ireland missing captain Graham Smith and veteran Shaun Pollock. Jacques Kallis was appointed captain for the series. In the first ODI Hall and Nel were the pick of the bowlers. Hall picked up 2-40 whilst Nel claimed 3-47 in their 10 overs. India posted 242 with Tendulkar making 99 and Dravid 74. SA lost their first wicket with 56 on the board, a rarity these days which set up a solid platform for Kallis to come in and work off the runs. Kallis made 91, Morne van Wyk made a solid 44 opening in place of Smith. SA won by 4 wickets.

In the second ODI SA were sent it to bat and were struggling after losing De villiers and Kallis early, soon followed by Gibbs leaving SA at 46/3 with the inexperienced JP Duminy and Morne van Wyk to battle against the Indians. The pair on 85 runs before Duminy was out for 40. van Wyk made 82 before getting caught behind. Boucher managed to add some respect to the total with 55 off 55 balls. SA made 226 which was always going to be too few as India coasted home with 6 wickets in hand. Tendulkar made 93 and was supported by Ganguly on 42 and Singh on 49*.

The 3rd ODI was interrupted by rain and again the side winning the toss chose to field and again were rewarded with their decision. SA were struggling at 28/4 after 12 overs in a 31 over match. Gibbs and Kemp managed 99 for the 5th wicket which enabled SA to post 148 off 31 overs. Ntini bowled beautifully going for 18 in his 7, but the total was too low and India were too good to be beaten.

The tour was good for SA as the talent of Morne van Wyk and Philander was unearthed and hopefully they will feature in the future of SA cricket