After the 1st ODI between Ireland and South Africa was abandoned due to rain, things were slightly better for a perfect day of cricket in Dublin on Tuesday. The visitors won the toss and opted to field first, Ireland got off to a steady start and found themselves in a comfortable position with the score reading 143/2 in 33.4 overs. With the hosts looking to build on the momentum in their pursuit of posting a big total, a very scary moment occurred.
Scary moment during 2nd ODI
Anrich Nortje was in the middle of a pacy spell where he was running hard and bowling quick. The South Africa fast-bowler produced a lethal bouncer at 138.9 km/h. Harry Tector, who was still relatively new at the crease, was absolutely surprised with the delivery. Caught in two minds to play or to leave, Tector found himself in a very awkward position as the ball went on to hit the helmet in a very scary moment. The batsman looked slightly shaken up and the physios raced in to check for concussion. Fortunately, he was deemed fit to continue playing.
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Tector responds in style
As Harry Tector resumed his innings, Anrich Nortje bowled another bouncer to scare the batsman. The 21-year-old batsman slowly regained his confidence back and started to take the attack to the opposition. Tector played some glorious shots in his knock, which also included a huge six off Kagiso Rabada as the ball went out of the park.
The Ireland batsman went on to play an outstanding knock of 79 runs from 68 deliveries. He showed great composure to recover from the early blow and respond in style as Ireland went on to post a competitive total of 290/5 in 50 overs.