27-Year-Old Batsman Ireland
Republic of Ireland
March 19, 2018 Andy Balbirnie News
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Balbirnie was named Man of the Match after blasting 105 off 146 including 10 boundaries in Sunday's ODI victory over Scotland in the ICC World Cup Qualifier.
Balbirnie had been far from a man in form in the first four matches of the World Cup Qualifier; however, he found his eye at the right time. In the first four matches, he'd scored just 25 total runs and failed to score in double-digits during that stretch. However, after Paul Stirling was caught and bowled to close the first over, Balbirnie occupied the crease for nearly three hours and 44 overs to record his second ODI century in 46 matches with the first one coming just two months ago against the U.A.E. Balbirnie will need another massive performance in their last match against Afghanistan on Friday.
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Fantasy AnalysisAchieving his personal high score in his career, Balbirnie propelled his team to a challenging and imposing total of 477 for six declared. His innings came from 336 balls, and included 23 fours and two sixes. The double century is Balbirnies second score over 100 in his career.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 26-year-old posted his second unbeaten half-century in his past three matches, though his consistency has been a problem. After a rocky start to his ODI career, he's doubled the number of half-centuries in the past two weeks from two to four. With 11 fours and a six, his quick burst of power have given Ireland a glimmer of hope as they go into the final two matches of the series. He'll look to keep his strong form going in Wednesday's fourth ODI at Greater Noida.
Fantasy AnalysisBalbirnie's entrance at No. 4 at 79/2 in the 21st over spurred a sea change to Ireland's innings. Joining forces with Ed Joyce, the pair produced 138 runs in 18.3 for a 7.54 run rate, turning the match on its heels. After Joyce was cut down in the 39th, Balbirnie then partnered with Kevin O'Brien for 59 runs in the next 5.3 overs. Balbirnie was eventually run out on the first ball of the final over for the eighth wicket, but not before increasing his score for the fourth consecutive game. In as many World Cup outings, he's supplied two 50s while averaging 48.50 at a 97.00 strike rate.
Fantasy AnalysisBalbirnie entered at 21/3 during the fifth over, which is a difficult prospect against a mountainous 411 to climb. He teamed with Kevin O'Brien for the most productive Irish partnership -- 81 in 15.3 overs -- before Balbirnie's pull shot was caught at deep midwicket. The preceding run rate of 5.23 didn't approach the Proteas' 8.22 for the game. Nevertheless, Balbirnie has tallied 9, 30, and 58 as the tournament has progressed, leaving him with a 32.33 average and 80.17 strike rate.