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Ireland v South Africa
Guyana, 3 April 2007

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Groundstaff pull the covers onto the square in Guyana

The predicted morning showers in Guyana delay the start of Ireland's innings after they are put in by South Africa

South Africa's Shaun Pollock (right) is congratulated after removing Jeremy Bray (centre)

Shaun Pollock strikes in his second over, trapping Jeremy Bray leg before without scoring before the rain returns

Groundstaff bring the covers back onto the pitch

A brief break in the drizzle allows six more balls, but the players are then off again as the rain falls with avengence

Ireland's William Porterfiled and Eoin Morgan leave the field with rain falling

Following an hour's delay, Ireland face 10 more balls and move the score to 23-1 off 11 overs before the heavens open again

Rain falls in Guyana

The downpour keeps the supporters in the ground in limbo for nearly two hours - the game is reduced to 35 overs per side

Ashwell Prince takes the catch to dismiss Eoin Morgan

Will Porterfield is caught by Jacques Kallis off Pollock after the restart and Eoin Morgan fends Makhaya Ntini to Ashwell Prince

Niall O'Brien reacts to his dismissal in Guyana

And when Niall O'Brien gloves a Charl Langeveldt delivery to Herschelle Gibbs, Ireland are struggling on 78-4

Ireland's Andrew White hits a shot through the covers

Andrew White adds a run-a-ball 30 but tamely lobs a Graeme Smith full toss to Gibbs at mid-wicket to leave Ireland 116-5

Charl Langeveldt (left) celebrates taking the wicket of Paul Mooney

With overs running out, Paul Mooney gloves Langeveldt to Mark Boucher for a World Cup debut golden duck

Dave Langford-Smith plays a shot

David Langford-Smith and Trent Johnston add a useful 26 in the last three overs as Ireland post a respectable 152-8

Boyd Rankin celebrates taking the wicket of AB de Villiers

Defending a Duckworth-Lewis revised target of 160 Ireland's Boyd Rankin has AB de Villiers caught by Porterfield third ball

Ireland skipper Trent Johnston (centre) celebrates taking the wicket of Graeme Smith (left)

Smith and Kallis steady the innings, but Johnston pouches a sharp return catch to dismiss the Proteas captain for 41

Boyd Rankin (right) celebrates dismissing Herschelle Gibbs (left)

Rankin then has Gibbs caught at mid-wicket by White as Ireland reduce their more illustrious opponents to 85-3

South Africa's Jacques Kallis (right) guides the ball down to third man

Johnston drops a return catch off Kallis though and it proves to be costly as the in-form batsman reaches his half century

Ireland captain Trent Johnston watches a ball go to the boundary

And Ireland's captain can do little as Kallis and Prince guide the Proteas to a seven-wicket win as the light fades


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