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This is the last pool game for both the teams and UAE will complete their journey.This game has some significance because it will determine position of south Africa at the end of league stages.If they want to avoid NZ or Aussies in knock-outs,this game turns to be must win game for them.
South African skipper AB de Villeres had claimed that his men are the best in the world cup.To be honest their performance so far has been below par this tournament.They lost battles against Sub continent nations India and Pakistan.The only positive for them ABD’s sublime form.Hashim Amla,who is regarded as best batsmen in modern day cricket is also under rough patch .Faf du plesis has performed sporadic.Quinton De kock is probably going through worst phase of his career.This is an good opportunity for all the players who are out of form to regain some confidence.
Dale Steyn is a utter dissapointment this tournament.Morne morkel ,who picked up 11 wicketsis their leading wicket taker in South African attack .They are still pondering about whom to play between JP Duminy and parnell.This is the oppertunity for them to include both the players and vet their abilities.
South Africa (likely) 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Faf du Plessis/Rilee Rossouw, 4 AB de Villiers (capt), 5 David Miller, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Farhaan Behardien/Wayne Parnell, 8 Vernon Philander/Kyle Abbott, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Aaron Phangiso
UAE (likely) 1 Amjad Ai, 2 Andri Berenger, 3 Krishna Chandran, 4 Khurram Khan, 5 Shaiman Anwar, 6 Swapnil Patel (wk), 7 Rohan Mustafa, 8 Amjad Javed, 9 Mohammad Naveed, 10 Mohammad Tauqir (capt), 11 Manjula Guruge
“A couple of guys need to get into form. I’d like to see a few players score some runs tomorrow. And bowling, it will be nice get one or two of the part-timers to get a few extra overs, because we might need that in the knockouts.”
AB de Villiers outlines the areas South Africa want to work on against UAE
“We’ve had a few close games, one bad game against India, but overall a good learning experience for our team. We’d like to do well in the coming two games. We’ve got a few good cricketers who would like to prove a point.”
Mohammad Tauqir hopes UAE will leave with their heads held high