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Zimbabwe Win Match, United Arab Emirates Win Hearts at Saxton Oval

February 20
09:11 2015

icc wcNew Delhi, Friday, February 20 – In an attention-grabbing match of World Cup 2015 held at Saxton Oval, Nelson a day ago, Zimbabwe beat United Arab Emirates by 4 wickets. The two squads met in the Game 8 of the cricket carnival to contest and earn winning points at the end. Victory was crucial for both to go up in the points table and secure position in the next round. Despite the fact that it was the men in red caps that pocketed success, UAE players grabbed eyeballs for scoring big. Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bowl first.

UAE got an early jolt as Amjad Ali (7 runs of 17 balls), the opening batsman, had to go back to the pavilion when Tendai Chatara’s bowl left him in sheer surprise. Andri Berenger and Krishna Chandran brought a little bit stability in the team’s score by playing 22 and 34 runs, respectively, before succumbing to Solomon Mire. The duo struck three boundaries apiece, giving upcoming batsmen the confidence to go for biggies without being scared by different bowling style of Zimbabwe. Khurram Khan was dismissed by Chatara, however, he did hit bit by adding 45 runs in the team’s total. UAE wicketkeeper Swapnil Patil had to depart when Sean Williams trapped him during 42nd over. 4 gorgeous drives made the batsman accumulate 32 runs. Rohan Mustafa was out for 4.

In spite of losing wickets at different time intervals, UAE camp believed of putting best foot forward. And this got proved as soon as Shaiman Anwar came to bat. The destructive hitter changed whole equation by sending the ball into the fences for 9 times and going for a distant shot in his 67-run knock. Williams finished his spellbinding play when Craig Ervine took a good catch in the death overs. The unbeaten pair Amjad Javed and Mohammad Naveed correspondingly scored 25 and 23 runs, lending a hand to their squad to put a total of 285 runs on the scoreboard in opposition to Zimbabwe for the loss of 7 wickets in 50 overs.

The start was quite impressive as the Zimbabwe opener Sikandar Raza pocketed 46 runs of 44 balls; which included 6 fours and a six prior being stunned by an amazing delivery by Mohammad Tauqir. Regis Chakabva though lost his wicket at 35 to the same man but he clearly let rivals know that they are going to perform as a strong ‘playing XI’. His short innings comprised 4 classy boundaries. The new batsman on the crease Hamilton Masakadza (1 runs of 4 balls) failed to create any magic since he couldn’t read the ball by Amjad Javed and got his legs before wicket. Wicketkeeper-batsman Brendan Taylor was out in the similar way in Nasir Aziz’s over, however, he imparted crucial role in taking the run slots up by playing a 47-run knock of 44 balls, together with 5 fours and 1 six.

Sean Williams, who played an amazing innings of 76 runs (6 x 1 & 4 x 7), stole the show.  The kind of shots he hit post coming into the attacking mode made United Arab Emirates take a back seat for a while. Conversely, wickets kept falling from other end. Solomon Mire was out at 9 runs at a beautiful spell by Mohammad Naveed. Craig Ervine enabled Zimbabwe score faster since he struck a couple of sixes and boundaries to score 42 runs. Had Krishna Chandran not taken a striking catch of his on the final ball of 42nd over, Ervine would have been at the 22 yards pitch along with Williams to get the winning run. Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura scored a brilliant 14 runs of 15 balls, along with two 4s, helping his group taste the success with 12 balls remaining.

Even though UAE lost the match but they certainly made other participating squads aware about the kind of game the inexperienced cricketers could play in the slated matches. Most of UAE cricketers confidently struck fours and sixes. No wonder if they defeat the powerhouses in the Pool B. Teams like India, Pakistan and South Africa will have to play attentively given that a bit of carelessness may cost much. Interesting competitions are on the cards and audiences are all set to witness the action live as World Cup fever has gripped cricket fans residing at different corners of the planet. Who makes it through the semi-finals and who fails will get clear after few days as big tournaments are all set to bring massive chances on the points table.