Player of the Match
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Match Day

820dThe Report by Alagappan Muthu

De Villiers, Behardien thump UAE

AB de Villiers' rapid 99 and Farhaan Behardien unbeaten 64 off 31 balls took South Africa to 341 for 6 and thumped UAE by 146 runs

1149dPaul Radley

Minnows bashing

Has there been a more triumphant moment for the Associate world? O'Brien's hundred was the ultimate "up yours" from cricket's serfs to its overlords. O'Brien has never been one for backward steps

820dFirdose Moonda in Wellington

Good, but not nearly good enough

South Africa may have come out of the group relatively unscathed, but all their rivals would have taken note of the team's chasing struggles and over-dependence on pace

820dFirdose Moonda in Wellington

'De Kock will play a part in us winning the World Cup'

Despite being the only member of South Africa's top six to have not scored a century in the group stages, Quinton de Kock remains AB de Villiers' "first pick" for the starting XI in the knockouts

820dFirdose Moonda in Wellington

Tauqir heartened by UAE fight

Mohammad Tauqir wasn't impressed by South Africa's short-ball tactics, but he was pleased his UAE side came close to lasting 50 overs against them

820dESPNcricinfo staff

AB de Villiers propels South Africa past UAE

AB de Villiers became the third man in the history of World Cups to be dismissed for 99, but his innings helped South Africa thrash the United Arab Emirates by a 146 runs in their Group B match played in Wellington on Thursday.

Lacking Big-Chase experience

0

instances of UAE successfully chasing down a 300+ target in ODIs.

Bang Bang

20

Sixes hit by de Villiers this World Cup, the most by any batsman in a single World. Hayden hit 18 sixes during the 2007 World Cup.

Nightmare

8.8

Quiton de Kock's batting average this World Cup. He has scored 53 runs in 6 innings, with a top score of 26.

Match No. 1000

1000

Number of international matches played by South Africa. Each of the top-eight teams have now played 1000 matches each.

Starting Trouble

11.5

Average opening stand for South Africa this World Cup, the second-worst for any Test nation - only Pakistan are worse (10.4)