New Delhi: Welcome to the live coverage of the Pool B match between South Africa and United Arab Emirates at Wellington.
Over 38 | Score 216/4
David Miller fell just one run short of his half-century when he tried to pull a short of a length delivery from Mohammad Naveed, got an edge which hit the stumps. JP Duminy is the new man in. Amjad Javed committed a blunder in the 38th over of the innings where he dropped de Villiers’ catch off his own bowling. The right-hander was batting on 63 then and he hit a six off the next ball. Big opportunity missed by UAE.
DA Miller b Mohammad Naveed 49 (48b)
Over 35 | Score 198/3
So without taking too many risks, South Africa have already scored 198 runs. AB de Villiers reached his half-century off 54 balls. The partnership is now worth 102 runs and with power play to come in the next five overs, we can expect plenty of fireworks from these two big hitters.
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Over 30 | Score 158/3
UAE missed out on another opportunity when David Miller was dropped by skipper Tauqir for just 20 runs. Tauqir was casual at short cover where he went for the catch one-handedly and spilled it. Miller has got yet another life after he survived a run-out chance early in the innings. These missed chances could prove to be very costly for UAE as Miller is a big hitter and when required, he can hit sixes at will.
Over 25 | Score 134/3
After the loss of three wickets, Miller and AB have stabilised the innings and currently they are not playing risky strokes. These two need to bat for atleast ten more overs after which they can go for the kill.
Over 20 | Score 104/3
After playing yet another scratchy innings, de Kock was dismissed in the 16th over of the innings where he edged a delivery from Amjad Javed behind the stumps. The ground umpire didn’t think it was out post which the decision was reviewed and de Kock had to walk back towards the pavilion. Rossouw was the next man dismissed as he was deceived by the flight offered by Tauqir. Skipper Tauqir has bowled extremely well so far. AB de Villiers and David Miller are the two new men at the crease.
RR Rossouw c & b Mohammad Tauqir 43 (49b)
Q de Kock c Saqlain Haider b Amjad Javed 26 (45b)
Over 15 | Score 82/1
Mohammad Tauqir brought himself into the wicket in the 13th over of the innings and after a very impressive first over, he almost bowled de Kock in the 15th over where the left-hander was playing for spin and the ball went straight, inches over the stumps. The run-rate has slowed down to an extent in the last five overs.
Over 10 | Score 61/1
Quinton de Kock is still struggling to find runs however he scored two boundaries in the tenth over. This partnership is now worth 44 runs.
Over 6 | Score 41/1
Rilee Rossouw is the new man in and while de Kock continues to struggle for gaps, Rossouw is in sublime form and he has already scored four boundaries. There has been some poor bowling from UAE as well.
Over 3 | Score 17/1
Mohammad Naveed got UAE their first major breakthrough when he surprised Hashim Amla by a short ball which he skied in the air and was caught. Big blow for the Proteas, dream start for UAE.
UAE won the toss and invited South Africa to bat first.
United Arab Emirates: Amjad Ali, Andri Berenger, Krishnachandran Karate, Khurram Khan, Shaiman Anwar, Swapnil Patil(k), Rohan Mustafa, Amjad Javed, Mohammad Naveed, Mohammad Tauqir(c), Manjula Guruge, Nasir Aziz, Fahad Alhashmi, Kamran Shazad, Saqlain Haider
South Africa: Quinton de Kock(k), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers(c), David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Farhaan Behardien, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander
PREVIEW: AB de Villiers wants consistency and commitment in South Africa`s final pool match against the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, aware the Proteas` stop-start form cannot continue as the tournament`s knockout phase looms.
At their best, de Villiers` men have looked like world beaters, becoming the first team in history to post successive one-day international totals of 400-plus in Pool B wins over the West Indies and Ireland.
But they have also been skittled out for 177 and 202 in losses to India and Pakistan respectively, reviving memories of the hated “chokers” tag that has haunted previous World Cup campaigns.
The Proteas were many pundits` tip to lift a maiden World Cup this year but their inconsistency means bookmakers are now ranking them behind co-hosts Australia and New Zealand.
With a quarter-final against a dangerous Sri Lanka appearing likely, the UAE match presents a final chance for some South African fine-tuning.
It also has the potential to provide crucial practice for seamer Vernon Philander, who has missed the past three games with a hamstring injury.
De Villiers was at a loss to explain the Pakistan defeat and said he wanted to see an improvement against the UAE.
Victory against the UAE would most likely see South Africa finish second in Pool B behind India, setting up a last eight showdown with Sri Lanka.
The amateurs of the UAE, many of them Pakistani expatriates, are winless so far in the tournament and should not present a hurdle if South Africa are anywhere near their best.
The teams have met only once before, when South Africa posted a 169-run win at the 1996 World Cup.
UAE`s best performance so far at this year`s tournament was a gutsy two-wicket loss to fellow non-Test nation Ireland and captain Mohammed Tauqir admitted he was wary of South Africa`s batting power.
Tauqir said there would be no shame in conceding 400-plus runs to a line-up that includes the likes of de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis, who are all in the top 10 run-scorers at the tournament.