With victories over the West Indies and UAE, Ireland have so far proved that they are no pushovers but their dreams of making it to the knockout stage will face a tough test against South Africa.

It is mighty de Villiers, who poses the biggest threat, especially after his annihilation of the West Indies bowlers with a 66-ball 162-run knock which was studded with 17 fours and eight sixes in Sydney.

Pre-tournament favourites South Africa’s 257-run win against the West Indies has boosted their campaign after their stunning 130-run loss to defending champion India at the MCG a week ago.

During the match, South Africa’s top-order batsmen Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and Rilee Rossouw—all got runs and it will take a special effort from the Irish bowlers to tame the Proteas applecart tomorrow.

Ireland has improved by leaps and bounds under their West Indies coach Phil Simmons and they will take heart from their last two performances to give South Africa a run for their money to keep their campaign on track.

The fact that Ireland comfortably chased down a huge 304-run target against the West Indies with four wickets and 25 balls to spare will give them a lot of confidence.

Ireland batsmen -- Paul Stirling (92), Ed Joyce (84) and Niall O'Brien (79 not out), too got runs under their belt during the victory over the West Indies and they will look to pose a good total if they get a chance to bat first at the batting friendly Manuka Oval wicket.

For South Africa, poor form of their pace spearhead Dale Steyn is a big worry even though leg-spinner Imran Tahir have made himself counted with nine wickets so far in the tournament.

"It excited me the way we played against the West Indies," said Ireland coach Simmons.

"They played four fast bowlers, thinking we would not be able to cope with the speed. It's the best I've seen the team play and it augurs well for the future."

Ireland, who had crossed the first round in their inaugural World Cup appearance in 2007, have lost all their three encounters against South Africa so far.

Teams (from):

William Porterfield (capt), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Andrew McBrine, John Mooney, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.

South Africa: AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Farhaan Behardien, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Rilee Rossouw.

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