When it comes to competing in the World Cups, the South African cricket team has always had a shaky record. Who can forget the 1999 ODI World Cup, where the Proteas fell to Australia in a fairly humiliating loss? However, years later, on Tuesday, May 9, the weather has finally provided them with a special occasion to cherish.
The most recent event is that South Africa has been given automatic entry into the 2019 world cup in India, which is set to take place later this year. The first One-Day International between Ireland and Bangladesh was postponed due to inclement weather in Chelmsford, Essex, England. As a result, Ireland will not have the opportunity to compete in the ODI World Cup.
Notably, in order to claim the eighth slot that was up for grabs in the ICC Super League table, the Irish team had to thoroughly defeat Bangladesh by a score of 3-0. While the team captained by Temba Bavuma experienced anxiety following their ICC Super League matches in March. They faced the visitors, the Netherlands, in their own backyard, and they prevailed by a score of 2-0 in the domestic ODI series to earn 98 points in the standings.
Even however, other associate teams, including as Ireland and the Netherlands, still had a chance to qualify for the 2017 ODI world cup, leaving the eighth slot for automatic qualifying left open despite their victory. As a result, the outcome of the present ODI series between Ireland and Bangladesh would determine how the case would be resolved. Surprisingly, the ODI series was moved to England to prevent the likelihood that bad weather may interfere with the competition.
Following the cancellation of the first ODI against Bangladesh, Ireland defied automatic qualifying.
Regarding the first One Day International between Ireland and Bangladesh, the hosts invited the Bangla Tigers to bat first after winning the toss. The outcome favored the Irish team, but Mushfiqur Raheem’s remarkable birthday run enabled the visitors to record a respectable total of 246/9. In response, Ireland reached 65/3 after 16.3 overs before the game was called off owing to heavy rain.
Ireland will now have to fight through a 10-team qualifying event that will be conducted in Zimbabwe after weather played the spoiler. Notably, the competition will start on June 18 and end on July 9. Major cricket-playing nations like Ireland and the former world champions Sri Lanka will also be competing for the world cup.
As they prepare for the 2018 World Cup, which will be hosted in India in October, South Africa’s next assignment will be against Australia. They are most likely to play a 5-match ODI series at home in September. Additionally, prior to the ODIs, the Proteas will compete against the Australians in a three-match T20I series in Durban.
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