15 March 201119:07

South Africa books quarter-final berth

​South Africa beat Ireland by 131 runs in its penultimate Group B match and qualifies for the quarter finals

South Africa books quarter-final berth - Cricket News

JP Duminy of South Africa in action.

South Africa registered yet another clinical performance on Tuesday at Kolkata's Eden Gardens when it beat Ireland by 131 runs in its penultimate Group B match.

South Africa became the first team from Group B to qualify for the quarter-final stage and Ireland was knocked out of contention from the second stage.

Batting first South Africa was struggling at 117 for 5, before JP Duminy (99: 103b, 6x4, 1x6) and Colin Ingram (46) added 87 runs for the sixth wicket.

Duminy and Johan Botha then added a further 65 runs to pull South Africa to a challenging 272 for 7 in 50 overs.

For Ireland, George Dockrell (1-37) and Paul Stirling (1-45) were the best bowlers on view.

Ireland's chase never took off with only Gary Wilson (31) offering any resistance. For South Africa, Morne Morkel (3-33), Robin Peterson (3-32) and Jacques Kallis (2-20) shared the wickets around.

Wicketkeeper Morne van Wyk picked up four catches to back up his brisk 42 at number three to contribute to South Africa's win.