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Match Highlights of South Africa vs UAE, Pool B Match at Westpac Stadium, Wellington (Mar 12): ICC World Cup 2015
After the somewhat shock defeat at the hands of Pakistan last week, South Africa returned to their winning ways with a solid 146-run victory over UAE at the Wespac Stadium in Wellington in a Pool B match of the ICC World Cup 2015. The win was build on their tried and tested formula of batting first and putting up a big score on the board. The architect of their victory was again the same. South African skipper AB de Villiers continued his great run with 99, and picked up a couple of wickets as well with his dibbly dobbly medium pace. This time, he was well supported by Farhaan Behardien, who chipped in with a quick-fire half-century at the backend of the innings as South Africa posted 341 for 6. All the bowlers then contributed to restrict UAE to 195.
Above photo: WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – MARCH 12: Hashim Amla (L) and AB de Villiers of South Africa are all smiles after winning the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and the United Arab Emirates at Wellington Regional Stadium on March 12, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
South Africa retained opener Quinton de Kock, who replied with his highest score of the tournament. But, it was a disappointing 26, which came off 45 balls, with two fours. Earlier, Hashim Amla was dismissed by Mohammad Naveed for 12. AB de Villiers, again was the standout performer, with 99 from 82 balls, which featured 6 fours and 4 sixes before Kamran Shahzad sent him back. There were good contributions from various batsmen during the course of South Africa’s innings. Rilee Rossouw made 43 from 49, David Miller contributed 49 from 48, before Farhaan Behardien came in and delivered the finishing touches. He blasted an unbeaten 64 from 31 balls, with 5 fours and 3 sixes.
Above photo: South African captain AB de Villiers lifts his bat to the fans as he walks from the field after being caught by UAE’s Amjad Javed during a Pool B Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and UAE (United Arab Eremites) at Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington on March 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE / GETTY IMAGES
In response, UAE did not attempt to chase down the target. Actually, the South African bowlers did not allow them to. Morne Morkel and JP Duminy combined to send back Amjad Aji, Andri Berenger and Khurram Khan. Yet again, it was Shaiman Anwar, who looked in great touch. It again seemed like he would be the team’s top scorer. But, he fell for 39, succumbing to the guile of leg-spinner Imran Tahir. The middle and lower order collapsed, and it was only wicket-keeper Swapnil Patil, who stood firm with an unbeaten 57 from 100 balls, with the aid of 5 fours. Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and even AB de Villiers claimed two wickets each for South Africa as UAE collapsed to 195 all out in 47.3 overs.
Above photo: UAE’s batsman Amjad Ali (R) is hit by a delivery from South African bowler Morne Morkel (L) during a Pool B Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and UAE (United Arab Emirates) at Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington on March 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE / GETTY IMAGES