South Africa booked their place in the World Cup quarter-finals with a thumping 146-run victory over UAE in Wellington. AB de Villiers (99 from 82 balls) and Farhaan Behardien (64 no from 31) helped the Proteas club their way to 341-6 from their 50 overs at The Westpac Stadium.
The out of sorts Quinton de Kock managed to produce his highest score of the whole tournament when he scored 26 runs at number 1. His flawless performance as wicket-keeper has not done much to eclipse his lack of contribution to the top order with bat in hand, thus raising a great debate about the need to keep him in the team, or weather to drop him for a player with a more bankable batting form.
In an interview after the UAE match, Captain AB de Villiers said that there’s no doubt in his mind that Quinton de Kock is a match winner. “I’ve said it before that he’s going to play a big part in us winning this World Cup” said AB de Villiers.
When asked about the possibility of de Kock not making the team in the quarterfinals, de Villiers said that keeping wickets put a lot more pressure on him as a captain. He said the gloves limited him from communicating with the bowlers and setting the field. “But for now Quinny is still my first pick, and like I said, he’s going to win – I really believe he’s going to play a big knock for us” de Villiers said.
Proteas have set up a quarterfinal clash against Sri Lanka with the win against UAE, as they take on the enormous challenge of winning the first knockout match in a World Cup since 1999.