On Thursday, UAE return to the World Cup after a long period of 19 years. Unfortunately they lost their match against Zimbabwe , Zimbabwe defeated the United Arab Emirates by four wickets.
UAE looked well in the field specially in batting they set their highest ODI target 285 on the score card in 50 overs,. The openers, Amjad Aliand and Andri Berenger didn’t start off very well scoring 5 and 22 respectively, but Krishna Chandran played very smartly to score 34 and was with his partner Khurram Khan who scored 45 and was scoring runs very fluently.
Swapnil Patil scored 32, but it was Shaiman Anwar who gave the UAE innings real boost by smashing 67 off 50 deliveries propelling UAE to a fighting total. Zimbabwe’s response started off quite well with Sikandar Raza scoring 46 off 44 balls and fellow opener Regis Chakabva scoring 35 off 62.However, things started looking difficult for Zimbabwe after Hamilton Masakadza got out cheaply for just a 1 run . With the wicket of Brendan Taylor(47), Zimbabwe were left in a tough spot at 144 for four and Solomon Mire got out soon after, leaving Zimbabwe in a s position of 167 for five.Sean Williams top-scored with 76 not out,reached their target with remaining 2 overs at Saxton Oval.
MATCH SUMMARY– Zimbabwe 286 for 6 (Williams 76, Taylor 47) beat UAE 285 for 7 (Anwar 67, Khurram 45, Chatara 3-42) by 4 wickets
MAN OF THE MATCH- Sean Williams