Before their second World Cup campaign UAE has played 18 ODI internationals. They chose the World Cup match vs Zimbabwe today to score their highest ODI total of 285/7 in the Pool B match. But due to lack of support from bowling they struggled and superior batting from Zimbabwe saw UAE lose by 4 wickets.
- MOM: Sean Williams
285/7 is the highest score of UAE in 19 ODIs now.
43 year old Khurram (UAE) is 3rd oldest to play in WC after Nolan Clarke (47, Netherlands) and Traicos (44, Zimbabwe)
50s: Shaiman Anwar 67, Sean Williams 76
Maidens: 2 (Chatara, Mohammad Naveed)
Most Economic and Successful: 3/42 Chatara (10 overs)
UAE Scores 285
Sent to bat first, the innings of UAE saw their highest total ever in ODI with three 50+ partnerships and a quick half-century. UAE started with caution but lost opener Amjad Ali (7) in 6th over to Chatara and Berenger in 11th over to Mire as the score reached 40/2. Krishna Chandra (34) and Khurram Khan (45) added valuable 82 runs for third wicket. But both went within 3 overs and at the start of 31st over, they reached 134/4. Wicketkeeper Swapnil Patil (32) and Shaiman Anwar (50-ball 67 runs) added 82 runs for 5th wicke and they looked good at 216/5 in 42nd over. Roshan Mustafa (4) and Shaiman Anwar were packed by start of 44th over.
Amjad Javed (19-ball 25* runs with a six and 3 4s) and Mohammad Naveed (23*) added unbeaten 53 runs for 8th wicket and took UAE to 285/7.
Zimbabwe used 8 bowlers. Chatara (3/42) and Kamungozi (0/53) completed their spells of 10 over each. Panyangara (0/66 in 9 overs) was the most expensive. Solomon Mire (2/39 in 8 overs) was again impressive. Even Williams (2/43 in 8 overs) was among the wickets. Sikandar Raza (0/11 in 3 overs), Chigumbura (0/12 in 1 over) and Masakadza (0/9 in 1 over) also rolled their hands.
Zimbabwe Chase Without Much Challenge
A 64-run opening wicket partnership between Sikandar Raza (44-ball 46) and Chakabwa (35 runs) gave Zimbabwe a confident start. But wicket of Masakadza (1) in 16th over appeared a setback. Brendon Taylor (44-ball 47) and Williams got them back on track. Solomon Mire (9) could not score much, but Ervine (32-ball 42 runs) thwarted any challenge that UAE bowlers could have thrown adding the biggest partnership of the match. He and Williams added 83 runs for 6th wicket. Captain Chigumbura (14*) in the company of unbeaten Williams (65-ball 76 runs with 7 4s and a six) added unbeaten 36 runs for the 7th wicket as Zim reached 286/6 in 48 overs to win by 4 wickets.
For UAE, bowling was a major concern. None of them were economic. Mohammad Naveed (1/60) bowled the only maiden of their innings but went for runs. With him Nasir Aziz (1/53) was the other bowler to complete his quota of 10 overs. Amjad Javed (1/49) Mohammad Tauqir (2/51) and Krishna Chandran (1/59) bowled 9 overs each. Mustafa (0/8) had one over.