CHENNAI (Agencies) - Smarting under the shock defeat at the hands of Ireland, England take on traditional foes South Africa in a must-win group league game here on Sunday to keep their quarterfinal hopes alive in the World Cup. Andrew Strauss-led England, who have just three points from as many matches, having tied their encounter against India after the hard-fought win over the Netherlands, need an outright win in todays (Sunday) battle to seal the issue as otherwise their qualification for the knockout stage will depend on the outcome of other remaining two matches and other group matches. If they stutter, they may well have to pack their bags. England play Bangladesh next on March 11 at Chittagong and West Indies here on March 17. However, the South Africans have displayed their wares to good effect and are keen to grab the opportunity to avenge their 3-1 series loss at home in 2009. Going by the current form, Proteas batsmen and bowlers are much better placed than the English, whose bowling and fielding are below par. Moreover Graeme Smith's side is placed at the top of the group table at the moment with two confident wins over the West Indies and the Netherlands. Backed by solid all-round strength, especially the varied bowling attack, which has been sharpened with the addition of Pakistan-born leg spinner Imran Tahir. Their batting has also come good with AB de Villers among the leading run scorers and JP Duminy in form, besides Smith and Hashim Amla being there at the top to provide a solid platform. South Africa captain Graeme Smith says his team is expecting England to be fired-up for their Group B World Cup encounter today (Sunday). South Africa have two wins in two games after comfortable victories over West Indies and the Netherlands. However, England have a good recent record against the Proteas, winning seven out of their past eight completed one-day internationals against South Africa. "I think England-South Africa's always a big game," Smith told reporters at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.