Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla scored his career best of 159 runs against Ireland.[Getty]

South Africa will take on the United Arab Emirates in a Group A clash of the 2015 ICC World Cup at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, on Thursday.

Where to Watch Live

The match starts at 1am GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for the live streaming link.

Overview

South Africa come into this fixture after suffering a 29-run defeat (D/L method) at the hands of Pakistan in the fifth Group B clash. The Proteas won the toss and AB de Villiers elected to field first.

The first innings was interrupted by rain twice, resulting in the match being reduced by three overs. Pakistan were bowled out for 222 runs and the target for the African side was extended to 232 runs (D/L method).

South Africa were bowled out for 202 runs after their batting order collapsed. De Villiers was the only player to shine with the bat, scoring 77 runs.

AB de Villiers
South Africa's batsman AB de Villiers celebrates after reaching a century against West Indies.[Getty]

Meanwhile, UAE are without a win in this tournament and their chances of sealing a victory over South Africa look very slim. They have already suffered four defeats in the first four matches played in the tournament.

A win for South Africa will assure them a second place finish, unless Pakistan manage a massive victory over Ireland in the final game.

Prediction

South Africa to win

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • South Africa to win: 1/100
  • United Arab Emirates to win: 25

Team News

South Africa

Possible XI: L Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers (C), David Miller, JP Duminy, Kyle Abbott, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Possible XI: Amjad Ali, Andri Berenger, Krishna Chandran, Khurram Khan, Swapnil Patil (wk), Shaiman Anwar, Rohan Mustafa, Amjad Javed, Mohammad Naveed, Mohammad Tauqir (c), Manjula Guruge