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SAfrica eyes momentum, Ireland knows it's must-win

 Ireland's John Mooney is bowled during a Cricket World Cup match between West Indies and Ireland in Mohali, India, Friday, March 11, 2011. (AP Photo/...
 South Africa's captain Graeme Smith bats during a Cricket World Cup league match between India and South Africa in Nagpur, India, Saturday, March 12,...
 Ireland captain William Porterfield bats during a practice session ahead of their cricket World Cup match in Calcutta, India, Sunday, March 13, 2011....
 Ireland captain William Porterfield gestures as he plays rugby during a practice session ahead of their cricket World Cup match in Calcutta, India, S...
 Ireland's Ed Joyce trains during practice session ahead of their cricket World Cup match in Calcutta, India, Sunday, March 13, 2011. Ireland will pla...
 Ireland's Alex Cusack runs with a rugby ball during a practice session ahead of their cricket World Cup match in Calcutta, India, Sunday, March 13, 2...
 Security officers with a sniffer dog patrol the player's rest area ahed of a practice session of cricket World Cup match in Calcutta, India, Sunday, ...

India Cricket WCup West Indies Ireland

Ireland's John Mooney is bowled during a Cricket World Cup match between West Indies and Ireland in Mohali, India, Friday, March 11, 2011. (AP Photo/...

India Cricket WCup India South Africa

South Africa's captain Graeme Smith bats during a Cricket World Cup league match between India and South Africa in Nagpur, India, Saturday, March 12,...

India Cricket Wcup Ireland

Ireland captain William Porterfield bats during a practice session ahead of their cricket World Cup match in Calcutta, India, Sunday, March 13, 2011....

India Cricket WCup Ireland

Ireland captain William Porterfield gestures as he plays rugby during a practice session ahead of their cricket World Cup match in Calcutta, India, S...

India Cricket Wcup Ireland

Ireland's Ed Joyce trains during practice session ahead of their cricket World Cup match in Calcutta, India, Sunday, March 13, 2011. Ireland will pla...

India Cricket Wcup Ireland

Ireland's Alex Cusack runs with a rugby ball during a practice session ahead of their cricket World Cup match in Calcutta, India, Sunday, March 13, 2...

India Cricket Wcup Ireland

Security officers with a sniffer dog patrol the player's rest area ahed of a practice session of cricket World Cup match in Calcutta, India, Sunday, ...

South Africa has identified momentum as the key to its World Cup effort and Ireland is the next target after victory over co-host India propelled the Proteas toward the quarterfinals.
While captain Graeme Smith says the South Africans are eager to use the India result to get on a roll, their opposition can't look further than Tuesday's match at Eden Gardens.
Ireland has no option but to win to keep hopes of a place in the quarters alive.
Although not quite qualified, South Africa is on the brink of the knockouts and wants to work up to peak form starting against the Irish at Kolkata's 90,000-capacity ground.
Eden Gardens will also have its performance scrutinized after renovation delays led to an earlier World Cup game being moved to another venue.


Updated : 2021-10-19 20:12 GMT+08:00