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323dThe 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

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Best performances - Batsmen

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers
99(82) 6x4 - 4x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 24 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
1 4 13 4 25 13 12 27
F Behardien
F Behardien
64(31) 5x4 - 3x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 16 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 4 8 0 3 12 17 20

Best performances - Bowlers

Mohammad Naveed
Mohammad Naveed
O10
M0
R63
W3
Eco6.30
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W1W
AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers
O3
M0
R15
W2
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: Thilak Gowda | Commentator: Sidharth Monga

And that is the end of it all from today. Barring any washouts or upsets they are going to Sydney to face Sri Lanka in the quarter-final. South Africa are done with their league stages, and have finished second. They have beaten only West Indies among the big four of their group. However, in the last World Cup the team that beat only West Indies among the big four and finished second in their group went on to win the World Cup. Cheers

"We bowled well until 44-45 overs," says Mohammad Tauqir. "In batting it was a good knock by Swapnil Patil. We batted almost 50 overs so it is a big positive. It has given us a lot of confidence. They have got some amazing bowlers. We are not used to playing this kind of bowlers. A lot of confidence almost playing out 50 overs."

"Very happy about today," says AB de Villiers, also the Man of the Match. "It was hard work. They made it difficult for us. I was happy with the way we fought throughout. I won't say it is simple, but I try to keep it simple. Not always easy to play against a team not as good as you usually play. Was important for me to stick to my gameplans. Never a given that you will make the quarter-final so a big moment for us. We are representing our country in a knockout match in a World Cup. I think in Sydney. I'll wait for the crunch time in the knockout to bowl my overs. It was an opportunity to give some of the part-timer bowlers a run so we took it. Not a given that we will play five bowlers in the quarterfinal."

And they are shaking hands at nine down because Alhashmi is injured. This brings to an end arguably the most underwhelming match of the tournament so far. Right from the toss, UAE made no attempt to win. Their only endeavour was to spend as much time out in the middle as possible, which can be the only explanation for their decision to bowl first. Everybody knew the only way to beat South Africa for an Associate team was to put them under the pressure of the chase. UAE didn't want to do that. Owing to a slow pitch South Africa couldn't score yet another 400, and UAE never wanted to go for the chase. They just wanted to bat out the 50 overs, which they nearly did. You can get too critical of South Africa's bowling, but on a slow pitch when the batsmen are showing zero intent it can be hard to create penetration. The most boring match of this World Cup for dragging on for so long without a semblance of a contest

47.3
W
Philander to Kamran Shazad, OUT, it's all over as Shahzad backs away and swings again and lobs it to mid-on

Kamran Shazad c Steyn b Philander 0 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

47.2
0
Philander to Kamran Shazad, no run, swings again, cues it to mid-on on the bounce
47.1
0
Philander to Kamran Shazad, no run, Shahzad also loves to swing then. Plays at this way away from the actual line of the ball

Philander comes back

END OF OVER:
47 | 6 Runs | UAE: 195/8 (147 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.14, RRR: 49.00)

  • Swapnil Patil57 (100b)
  • Kamran Shazad0 (0b)
  • Morne Morkel10-2-23-2
  • Dale Steyn9-1-40-1
46.6
0
Morkel to Patil, no run, digs this in short, Patil gets under it, Shahzad will be on strike next over
46.5
0
Morkel to Patil, no run, on a length, straight, defended with an open face
46.4
2
Morkel to Patil, 2 runs, makes room to loft a length ball back over Morkel's head. Not getting much bat on them but he is going back over his head where there are no fielders
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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)