Written By Jason Humphries | At SuperSport.com
South Africa confirmed their place in the ICC World Cup quarter-finals as they eased to a 146-run win over the UAE in their Pool B match in Wellington in New Zealand on Thursday.
AB de Villiers scored 99 before taking two wickets as the UAE could only muster 195 all out off 47.3 overs after South Africa had posted 341-6 after being asked to bat.
The victory sets up a likely showdown with Sri Lanka for the Proteas as they move to the quarter-finals.
South Africa had been in a spot of bother as they slipped to 96 for three. But De Villiers, who eventually faced 82 balls while striking five fours and four sixes, and David Miller (49) steadied the innings with a 108-run fourth-wicket stand.
Farhaan Behardien then finished the innings off with a dashing 64 not out off just 31 deliveries with five fours and three sixes.
The UAE were content to bat time rather than chasing the victory total with Swapnil Patil top scoring with 57 not out off 100 balls.
De Villiers picked up 2-15 with his medium-pacers while the pace duo of Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander ended with figures of 2-23 and 2-34 respectively.
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