About the Match
Placed 2nd on the table in group B, South Africa will go up against UAE in the upcoming match on 12th March at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington. South Africa has 6 points after five games and when it comes to executing their winning strategy to move towards victory, they are quite ruthless. UAE, on the other hand have lost all their matches played so far and are at the bottom of the table; although the players are not in good form, they will try to put up a good show on Thursday.
The loss against Pakistan in a close encounter that went down to them chasing the revised target of 232, would surely have dealt a blow to their confidence; losing the match by a narrow margin 29 runs, despite the fireworks by AB de Villiers, who scored 77 off 58, they endured their first loss to Pakistan in the World Cup. Hashim Amla scored 38 off 27 and Faf du Plessis scored 27 off 29 to combined for a second-wicket stand of 67l however, they were all-out for 202 in 33.3 overs. Earlier, South Africa’s key bowlers, Dale Steyn bowled with great pace, taking 3-30; he was well supported by Morne Morkel, who conceded just 25 runs in his 9.4 overs and picked up 2 wickets. Abbott used the crease and a slew of variations to take a couple of wickets. Although they stand second, South African has made history by becoming the first team to score 400 runs in successive games; Hashim Amla stole the show against Ireland and became the fastest to record 20 hundreds in ODIs, and Kyle Abbott was the pick of the bowlers, picking up 4 wickets. Overall, the team has world-class batting line-up and a threatening bowling attack, which will surely give them the edge in the upcoming games.
UAE has suffered losses till now and their recent match against Pakistan ended in defeat by a big margin of 129 runs. Chasing a mammoth 340 to win, UAE was never really in the hunt against the formidable Pakistani bowling attack as wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Shaiman Anwar hit 62 off 88 and Khurram Khan scored 43 off 54, showing resistance with the bat but it was more about damage control than anything else. Swapnil Patil scored 36 off 68 while Amjad Javed provided his big hits that took him to 40 off 33 as UAE recorded their highest total against an affiliate member; but it wasn’t enough to keep them in the race. UAE’s match against India was a one-sided affair as India thrashed them by 9 wickets; the whole team managed only a 100 runs batting first, which was possible only after Shaiman Anwar’s knock of 35 and the last wicket partnership of 31 runs. Overall, they will try hard to bounce back against South Africa but it will take more than talent to win their first match in the World Cup.
The upcoming contest will clearly be a one-sided affair going by UAE’s dismal performance so far; South Africa is undoubtedly the strongest team in the world with their well established and explosive players and will leave no stone unturned to dominate UAE ad win the upcoming match.
South Africa, 1.11 @ Bet365