Little Temba Bavuma stood tall at Willowmoore Park in Benoni yesterday.
Making his ODI debut for the Proteas against Ireland, Bavuma was also selected to open the batting by coach Russell Domingo and did so with aplomb, scoring a maiden century as SA cruised to victory by 206.
Bavuma and opening partner Quinton de Kock got the South Africans off to the perfect start after being sent in to bat by the visitors, scoring 159 before De Kock finally departed for 82.
Bavuma, though, carried on and scored 113 off 123 balls before losing his wicket to Craig Young, caught by William Porterfield.
His innings included 13 fours and a six, much to the delight of the crowd who gave the 26-year-old a standing ovation when he finally lost his wicket.
With Bavuma, one of three debutants in the team – the others being Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phelukwayo, setting the foundation South Africa, set Ireland a total of 355 to win the match.
JP Duminy came good with an unbeaten 52 and took 4/16.