Proteas to clash with Sri Lanka in quarterfinals

The Proteas beat the United Arab Emirates by 146 runs in their final Pool B match.

Proteas players celebrate with Morne Morkel after taking a wicket during their Pool B match against United Arab Emirates on 12 March 2015. Picture: CWC.

JOHANNESBURG - After beating the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by 146 runs in their final pool game in Wellington, the Proteas have set up a quarterfinal clash against Sri Lanka.

Morne Morkel walked away with figures of 2/23 while AB De Villiers, who starred with both bat and ball, picked up 2/15 as the minnows were bowled out for 195.

After winning the toss and putting the Proteas in to bat, the UAE claimed the prized wicket of Hashim Amla early on for 12 as he skied a short ball which easily taken by Amjad Ali.

Fellow opener Quinton de Kock who has been struggling for runs, looked out of sorts.

He made 26 before being caught behind off the bowling of Amjad Javed.

Rilee Rossouw, batting at number three after Faf du Plessis was ruled out with a back injury, made 43.

But once again captain de Villiers steadied the Proteas ship.

The skipper struck 99 and Farhaan Behardien finished off with a quick-fire 64 from 31 balls to see the Proteas post 341 for 6.

He hit six fours and four sixes in his 82-ball 99 missing out on his 21st ODI century as he was caught by Javed off the bowling of Kamran Shazad.

David Miller made 49 and Duminy 23 before Behardien played a fantastic cameo at the end to boost what looked a par batting performance to a good one.