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Bat first to stop another South Africa 400, quips UAE skipper

Napier: United Arab Emirates captain Mohammed Tauqir Wednesday said his side only had one way of stopping South Africa from piling up their third 400-plus World Cup total -- bat first.

South Africa have posted two 400-plus totals in their emphatic wins over the West Indies and Ireland and look in threatening form.

Asked what will be their strategy to stop South Africa in Wellington on March 15, Tauqir quipped: "It seems the only way they cannot score 400 runs is (we) win the toss and bat."

"The way they are going, they`re scoring 400 runs against West Indies and Ireland. I think we need to bowl well, need to field well to restrict them.

"Now even considering 400 is not an embarrassing total, you know. So, yeah. We will be putting in a lot of effort against South Africa."

The UAE lost by 129 runs to Pakistan on Wednesday -- their fourth loss in four games at this World Cup.

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