Even though South Africa captain AB de Villiers broke the record for the fastest ODI 150 in the most destructible manner against the West Indies on Friday, Ireland, who are the Proteas next opponents at the World Cup, are looking forward to the challenge of bowling to arguably the best batsman in the world right now.
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Ireland beat the UAE by two wickets with four balls to spare at the Gabba in Brisbane on Wednesday, as the two teams produced the best match of the World Cup so far.
Ireland and the UAE represent two sides of the Associate coin. The Irish have emerged as the best unit outside of the Test playing nations, many of their players fully professional on the English domestic circuit.