ICC Cricket World Cup, 8th Match, Pool B: United Arab Emirates v Zimbabwe at Nelson, Feb 19, 2015
ICC Cricket World Cup - 8th match, Pool B
Zimbabwe won by 4 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
Played at Saxton Oval, Nelson (neutral venue)
19 February 2015 (50-over match)

11.00am Right. We've had the build-up, we've had the anthems. It's time for some cricket. Amjad Ali and Andri Berenger will open for UAE, and Tinashe Panyangara has the first new ball.

10.50am What's the pitch like? It's the same one they used for the Ireland-WI game. A bit of wear, Shaun Pollock says, but they've watered it recently and it may help the seamers early on. After that, it should be a "really good surface for batting".

Muhammad Uzair: "Mohammad Tauqir from UAE becomes the oldest captain (43 Years 35 Days) now in World Cup history, beating Misbah ul Haq from Pak. (40 Years 266 Days)"

Sanjeewa Dias: "I'm from Sri Lanka but living and play cricket in the UAE. I will not be surprised if the UAE made any upset over Zimbabwe. I'm looking at Andre Berenger and Manjula Guruge. They are capable to do something special." Guruge, unfortunately, isn't playing today.

10.30am Toss time! Elton Chigumbura tosses, Mohammad Tauqir calls tails, it's heads. Zimbabwe choose to bowl.

Tauqir says it looks like a good pitch to bat on, and that UAE are targetting a score of 280-300. Most of the nervousness is gone, he says, having played their warm-up game against Australia at the MCG.

One change for Zimbabwe. Regis Chakabva comes in for Chamu Chibhabha, who made 64 against South Africa. Not sure why just yet.

Pitabash: "I could smell an upset here, UAE looks good as a batting unit in warmups."

Sukhendra: "Thanks to Cricinfo Fantasy, I am awake all night to make the changes" Ooh, an inadvertent plug. You can try it too, folks!

Mark: "Zimbabwe were expected to be sacrificial victims for everyone in this World Cup, but they have surprised more than a few in warm-ups and their first game. Can they sustain this form? Certainly the UAE should not over-inconvenience them. I would expect a big, big win for Zim."

10.05am Morning, everyone. Big day for UAE, who return to the World Cup after 19 years. It won't be an easy re-initiation by any means. They take on an impressive Zimbabwe side that performed brilliantly in the warm-ups, where they had New Zealand 157 for 7 before rain interrupted and beat Sri Lanka, and continued their impressive form into their first game of the tournament against South Africa.

A couple of things for you to read as we build up to the toss, both by the tireless Brydon Coverdale: the preview, and this interview of the allrounder Amjad Javed, who, when he isn't playing cricket, oversees the loading of cargo flights.

0.1

Panyangara to Amjad Ali, no run, fullish ball, angling across the left-handed Amjad, whose feet don't move too much while defending this towards mid-off

0.2

Panyangara to Amjad Ali, no run, slanted a little wider this time, and Amjad leaves it alone

0.3

Panyangara to Amjad Ali, no run, similar, wide of off stump, inviting the drive. This time Amjad goes hard at it and is beaten by the angle

0.4

Panyangara to Amjad Ali, 2 runs, a bit of swing in towards middle stump and Amjad closes his bat face too soon, looking to play through the leg side. Leading edge pops high up in the air, and Amjad is lucky that it's out of reach of mid-off, running towards the boundary

0.5

Panyangara to Amjad Ali, no run, full, a bit of inswing again, and this time he plays with a nice straight bat to defend down the ground

0.6

Panyangara to Amjad Ali, no run, a bit wider now and he reaches out to drive. Plays a touch too early and it runs off the inside half of the bat, towards mid-off

End of over 1 (2 runs) United Arab Emirates 2/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • Amjad Ali 2 (6b)
    • AR Berenger 0 (0b)
    • T Panyangara 1-0-2-0

Here's Chatara

1.1

Chatara to Berenger, 2 runs, dropped! Taylor puts down a fairly easy catch behind the wicket. Berenger pokes at a back of a length ball that leaves him off the pitch, and Taylor has to reach across to his right, at shoulder height, but he got both gloves to it and it simply popped out

1.2

Chatara to Berenger, no run, back of a length again, fourth-stump, defended off the back foot

1.3

Chatara to Berenger, no run, fuller and wider, left alone

1.4

Chatara to Berenger, no run, length ball outside off and he comes forward to defend into the covers

1.5

Chatara to Berenger, no run, angles this in towards off stump and he comes forward again, defends towards cover point

1.6

Chatara to Berenger, no run, length ball on a fifth-stump line, left alone

End of over 2 (2 runs) United Arab Emirates 4/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • AR Berenger 2 (6b)
    • Amjad Ali 2 (6b)
    • TL Chatara 1-0-2-0
    • T Panyangara 1-0-2-0
2.1

Panyangara to Amjad Ali, no run, oh my. More good fortune for UAE. This is back of a length, angling across into the channel, and the uncertain push from Amjad produces the edge, falls just short of Masakadza at slip

2.2

Panyangara to Amjad Ali, no run, now he goes for a big drive outside off. Wasn't a half-volley, and again the angle beats him

2.3

Panyangara to Amjad Ali, 1 run, length ball on a fourth-stump line. Comes forward to push through the off side with an open face, gets a thick edge that rolls past the diving second slip fielder

2.4

Panyangara to Berenger, no run, full, angling in towards off and middle. Berenger defends towards mid-off

2.5

Panyangara to Berenger, FOUR, full on middle stump and Berenger clips it uppishly, lots of bottom hand, and he gets it into the gap to the left of mid-on

2.6

Panyangara to Berenger, 1 run, full outside off. Goes for the big cover drive, ball doesn't quite come on, hits the inside half of his bat and runs away towards mid-on

End of over 3 (6 runs) United Arab Emirates 10/0 (RR: 3.33)

    • AR Berenger 7 (9b 1x4)
    • Amjad Ali 3 (9b)
    • T Panyangara 2-0-8-0
    • TL Chatara 1-0-2-0
3.1

Chatara to Berenger, no run, length ball angling into the body, gets a bit of extra bounce and it hits the thigh pad and drops into the leg side

3.2

Chatara to Berenger, 1 no ball, oh my. What's happening here? Chatara gets a wicket off a no-ball. This time Taylor took a simple catch behind the stumps after Berenger pushed at a length ball outside off, but they check the front foot and it's landed just in front of the crease.

3.2

Chatara to Berenger, FOUR, free hit, and Berenger backs away, exposing all his stumps. Chatara tries to follow him with a shortish ball and ends up feeding a short-arm pull to the midwicket boundary

3.3

Chatara to Berenger, no run, fullish outside off, defended to short extra cover

3.4

Chatara to Berenger, no run, length ball outside off, straightens and gets some extra bounce. Berenger presses forward and defends towards backward point. Got his head well over that one

3.5

Chatara to Berenger, 4 leg byes, angling into the legs this time and that's more runs. Berenger can't connect with the flick but it runs off his thigh pad to the fine leg boundary

3.6

Chatara to Berenger, no run, a bit fuller along the same angle and Berenger misses another flick. Hit on the pads, a polite appeal. Was clearly going down leg.

End of over 4 (9 runs) United Arab Emirates 19/0 (RR: 4.75)

    • AR Berenger 11 (16b 2x4)
    • Amjad Ali 3 (9b)
    • TL Chatara 2-0-7-0
    • T Panyangara 2-0-8-0
4.1

Panyangara to Amjad Ali, no run, full on off stump. Amjad looks to work it towards mid-on, leading edge rolls into the covers

4.2

Panyangara to Amjad Ali, no run, nice length, angling across into the corridor. Amjad gets a good front-foot stride out to defend into the covers

4.3

Panyangara to Amjad Ali, FOUR, genuine width this time, and although that isn't a half-volley, he can free his arms to drive that through cover, got his wrists into that, drove that in a manner vaguely reminiscent of Salman Butt

4.4

Panyangara to Amjad Ali, no run, a bit of shape in now, quite full again, and he shows the full face to drive it to mid-off

4.5

Panyangara to Amjad Ali, no run, bouncer now, and Amjad ducks safely under it. Replays show he bowled that cross-seam

4.6

Panyangara to Amjad Ali, no run, length ball on off, defended to short extra cover

End of over 5 (4 runs) United Arab Emirates 23/0 (RR: 4.60)

    • Amjad Ali 7 (15b 1x4)
    • AR Berenger 11 (16b 2x4)
    • T Panyangara 3-0-12-0
    • TL Chatara 2-0-7-0
5.1

Chatara to Berenger, 2 runs, onto the pads again and it's clipped away to the left of the long leg fielder

5.2

Chatara to Berenger, no run, fifth-stump line this time and Berenger shoulders arms

5.3

Chatara to Berenger, 1 run, shortish ball, angling into the body. He waits on it, gets on his toes, gets on top of the bounce and knocks that down towards third man

5.4

Chatara to Amjad Ali, no run, good ball, goes wide of the crease and exaggerates the angle across the left-hander. Amjad skips back and across and leaves it with a flourish

5.5

Chatara to Amjad Ali, OUT, and finally the wicket. Amjad waves his bat at a full ball angled across him, away from his body, and the edge flies to second slip, who takes it well, close to his body, falling to his right

Amjad Ali c Ervine b Chatara 7 (23m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.17

Here's Krishna Chandran Karate.

5.6

Chatara to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, length ball angling in towards off, straightens just a touch as Chandran pokes nervily at it. Thick edge runs away towards third man

End of over 6 (4 runs) United Arab Emirates 27/1 (RR: 4.50)

    • Krishna Chandran 1 (1b)
    • AR Berenger 14 (19b 2x4)
    • TL Chatara 3-0-11-1
    • T Panyangara 3-0-12-0
6.1

Panyangara to Krishna Chandran, no run, length ball fairly close to off stump. Well left by Chandran

UAE have won a World Cup game, of course. They beat Netherlands by seven wickets in Lahore back in 1996

6.2

Panyangara to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, fullish, angling in towards middle stump, and Chandran clips it towards mid-on

6.3

Panyangara to Berenger, 1 run, again it's angled into the pads and he tucks it to the left of short midwicket for another quick single

6.4

Panyangara to Krishna Chandran, no run, length ball on a fourth-stump line, and he comes forward to block into the off side

6.5

Panyangara to Krishna Chandran, no run, fullish on off stump, and he uses the angle to nurdle it into the on side

6.6

Panyangara to Krishna Chandran, 1 wide, short ball, he was looking to angle it in and tuck the batsman up but he didn't quite get it right and it slid down the leg side

6.6

Panyangara to Krishna Chandran, no run, back to the fuller length, angling into off stump. Chandran pushes it to mid-on

End of over 7 (3 runs) United Arab Emirates 30/1 (RR: 4.28)

    • Krishna Chandran 2 (6b)
    • AR Berenger 15 (20b 2x4)
    • T Panyangara 4-0-15-0
    • TL Chatara 3-0-11-1
7.1

Chatara to Berenger, no run, length ball, wide-ish line, left alone

7.2

Chatara to Berenger, no run, beauty. Angles it in from wide of the crease, forces the batsman to play at it this time and it leaves him off the pitch and beats his outside edge

7.3

Chatara to Berenger, no run, again that angle but this time it doesn't move so much and Berenger gets a good stride out to defend into the covers

7.4

Chatara to Berenger, 1 wide, short now, and this time Chatara slides down the leg side. It's quite quick, and it beats Berenger's attempt at a pull

7.4

Chatara to Berenger, no run, shortish again, outside off this time, and Berenger leaves it alone

7.5

Chatara to Berenger, no run, full outside off, driven to mid-off

7.6

Chatara to Berenger, no run, pulls his length back just a touch. Berenger presses forward and makes a good leave

End of over 8 (1 run) United Arab Emirates 31/1 (RR: 3.87)

    • AR Berenger 15 (26b 2x4)
    • Krishna Chandran 2 (6b)
    • TL Chatara 4-0-12-1
    • T Panyangara 4-0-15-0

Solomon Mire.

8.1

Mire to Krishna Chandran, no run, back of a length outside off, punched to short cover

8.2

Mire to Krishna Chandran, no run, a bit wider and Chandran lets it go through to the keeper

Srini: "Yes.. I remember that match... names like Dukanwala, Sultan Zarawari, Tim de leede, Leefebre, Bas Zuiderent gives me happy memories of my childhood... :) "

8.3

Mire to Krishna Chandran, no run, back of a length on off stump, punched back to the bowler

8.4

Mire to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, back of a length on off stump. Skips across and works it off the hips through backward square leg

8.5

Mire to Berenger, no run, fullish on off stump. Berenger pushes forward to defend into the off side

8.6

Mire to Berenger, no run, fifth-stump line now and Berenger leaves it for the keeper

End of over 9 (1 run) United Arab Emirates 32/1 (RR: 3.55)

    • AR Berenger 15 (28b 2x4)
    • Krishna Chandran 3 (10b)
    • SF Mire 1-0-1-0
    • TL Chatara 4-0-12-1

Here's the legspinner, Tafadzwa Kamungozi. Slip and a leg gully

9.1

Kamungozi to Krishna Chandran, no run, quickish, angling in towards middle stump, defended into the on side

9.2

Kamungozi to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, length ball on middle and off. Stays on the back foot and works it towards midwicket

9.3

Kamungozi to Berenger, no run, length ball, angling in towards off stump, defended off the front foot towards mid-off

9.4

Kamungozi to Berenger, no run, a bit of loop now, fuller, presses forward to defend

9.5

Kamungozi to Berenger, 1 run, slides on with the angle towards off stump, goes on the back foot to punch down the ground to long-on

9.6

Kamungozi to Krishna Chandran, no run, a bit fuller, angling in down leg. Plays back again, looking to work it leg side, and it hurries through to hit him on the pads

End of over 10 (2 runs) United Arab Emirates 34/1 (RR: 3.40)

    • Krishna Chandran 4 (13b)
    • AR Berenger 16 (31b 2x4)
    • TP Kamungozi 1-0-2-0
    • SF Mire 1-0-1-0

SM Arsalan : "In the 1996 WC UAE also reminded us and Allan Donald why helmets are important."

10.1

Mire to Berenger, FOUR, full on off stump and Berenger punches hard at it, hits it on the up, very firmly, over the umpire's head and too quick for Mire, who reaches out with his right hand but has no chance of catching it

10.2

Mire to Berenger, 2 runs, shuffles across now to the full ball on middle, and clips the ball uppishly through midwicket

10.3

Mire to Berenger, no run, short down leg, and he's way too early into the pull. Hits him on the glove, ricochets onto the helmet

10.4

Mire to Berenger, no run, length ball on off stump, and he gets a good stride out to defend towards mid-off

10.5

Mire to Berenger, OUT, gone! Another short ball, this time it's outside off, rising, and he has to drag that pull from well over shoulder height. Only manages a thin edge through to Taylor

AR Berenger c †Taylor b Mire 22 (46m 36b 3x4 0x6) SR: 61.11

Khurram Khan, UAE's ex-captain and their best batsman

10.6

Mire to Khurram Khan, no run, full, wide tempter, slanting across, inviting the drive. Khurram declines the invitation

End of over 11 (6 runs) United Arab Emirates 40/2 (RR: 3.63)

    • Khurram Khan 0 (1b)
    • Krishna Chandran 4 (13b)
    • SF Mire 2-0-7-1
    • TP Kamungozi 1-0-2-0

Here's Chigumbura.

Haris: "UAE vs South Africa in 1996 world cup at Rawalpindi was my first experience of watching international cricket at stadium. Kirsten played a gem that day." Oh yes. He made 188 not out.

11.1

Chigumbura to Krishna Chandran, 5 wides, full down the leg side, and Chandran can't connect with the flick. Taylor doesn't collect cleanly either. It rolled under his gloves, and he didn't bend low enough

11.1

Chigumbura to Krishna Chandran, no run, back of a length outside off, punched off the back foot towards mid-off

11.2

Chigumbura to Krishna Chandran, no run, straighter this time and he goes back and across to defend towards short midwicket

11.3

Chigumbura to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, fuller now, on middle stump, and he shows the full face and plays it with the angle, to the right of mid-on

11.4

Chigumbura to Khurram Khan, 1 wide, back of a length, would have been the perfect line to the right-hander but it's down the leg side to the left-handed Khurram

11.4

Chigumbura to Khurram Khan, FOUR, very full outside off, too full for the cover drive, and Khurram gets a thick inside edge that just misses off stump and races to the fine leg boundary

11.5

Chigumbura to Khurram Khan, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump, tucked off the hips to the left of square leg

11.6

Chigumbura to Krishna Chandran, no run, back of a length outside off, punched to mid-off

End of over 12 (12 runs) United Arab Emirates 52/2 (RR: 4.33)

    • Krishna Chandran 5 (17b)
    • Khurram Khan 5 (3b 1x4)
    • E Chigumbura 1-0-12-0
    • SF Mire 2-0-7-1
12.1

Mire to Khurram Khan, no run, back of a length on off stump, blocked towards cover

12.2

Mire to Khurram Khan, FOUR, full and the angle gives him a lot of width. Khurram drives it crisply, on the up, to the right of the cover fielder

cover drops back, extra cover comes in, and there's a man at gully

12.3

Mire to Khurram Khan, no run, back of a length outside off, dabbed to gully

12.4

Mire to Khurram Khan, FOUR, short now, sits up, and he swivels on his toes to pull that away to the backward square leg boundary

The list of '96 UAE memories grows longer. Adarsh: "Who can forget Neil Smith throwing up the previous night's pizza in the match between England and UAE at Peshawar in the '96 World Cup?"

12.5

Mire to Khurram Khan, no run, back of a length on the hips, tucked to short midwicket

12.6

Mire to Khurram Khan, no run, back of a length on middle stump, defended to mid-on

End of over 13 (8 runs) United Arab Emirates 60/2 (RR: 4.61)

    • Khurram Khan 13 (9b 3x4)
    • Krishna Chandran 5 (17b)
    • SF Mire 3-0-15-1
    • E Chigumbura 1-0-12-0

Sean Williams, to bowl his left-arm spin

13.1

Williams to Krishna Chandran, no run, tossed up slow on off stump, defended into the on side

13.2

Williams to Krishna Chandran, no run, a touch shorter now and he goes back and plays with the angle towards short midwicket

13.3

Williams to Krishna Chandran, no run, slow and flighted outside off, pushed back to the bowler. No turn again

13.4

Williams to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, back of a length outside off, punched down to long-off

13.5

Williams to Khurram Khan, 1 run, loopy delivery on off stump, got some drift away from the left-hander there, but he comfortably drives it to long-on

13.6

Williams to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, tosses it up again, angling in towards off stump. Chandran clips it to long-on

End of over 14 (3 runs) United Arab Emirates 63/2 (RR: 4.50)

    • Krishna Chandran 7 (22b)
    • Khurram Khan 14 (10b 3x4)
    • SC Williams 1-0-3-0
    • SF Mire 3-0-15-1
14.1

Kamungozi to Krishna Chandran, no run, flighted delivery on middle stump, driven down the ground, straight into the stumps at the other end

14.2

Kamungozi to Krishna Chandran, FOUR, short and wide and he reaches out to cut, ends up slicing it into the gap to the left of backward point

14.3

Kamungozi to Krishna Chandran, no run, back of a length, sliding in towards off stump, defended into the off side

14.4

Kamungozi to Krishna Chandran, no run, slower now, fuller, and he comes forward to block it back to the bowler

14.5

Kamungozi to Krishna Chandran, no run, slow again, this time he waits for it and punches firmly to mid-off

14.6

Kamungozi to Krishna Chandran, FOUR, back of a length, some width outside off this time, and he gets it into the gap, punching it between point and cover

End of over 15 (8 runs) United Arab Emirates 71/2 (RR: 4.73)

    • Krishna Chandran 15 (28b 2x4)
    • Khurram Khan 14 (10b 3x4)
    • TP Kamungozi 2-0-10-0
    • SC Williams 1-0-3-0
15.1

Williams to Khurram Khan, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, worked away to the left of midwicket

15.2

Williams to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, tossed up nice and slow on off stump, driven to long-off

15.3

Williams to Khurram Khan, 1 run, on the pads, tucked away to the right of short fine leg

15.4

Williams to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, length ball, sliding in with the angle towards middle and leg. It tucks up Chandran for room as he goes on the back foot to punch through the off side, but he adjusts and punches it to long-on

15.5

Williams to Khurram Khan, no run

15.6

Williams to Khurram Khan, FOUR, down the track comes Khurram now, skipping away from the line to give himself a bit of room and drive it up and over the covers. Excellent shot

End of over 16 (8 runs) United Arab Emirates 79/2 (RR: 4.93)

    • Khurram Khan 20 (14b 4x4)
    • Krishna Chandran 17 (30b 2x4)
    • SC Williams 2-0-11-0
    • TP Kamungozi 2-0-10-0

I don't know if anyone really wants to see this, but here's a photo of the Neil Smith incident.

16.1

Kamungozi to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, length ball on off stump, driven to long-off

16.2

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, no run, back of a length now, blocked to short midwicket

16.3

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, no run, fuller this time, on off stump, and he gets forward to defend into the covers

16.4

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, 1 run, short ball, pulled away to deep backward square leg

16.5

Kamungozi to Krishna Chandran, no run, tossed up on off, and that drive was going for a single to long-off but Kamungozi throws himself to his left and makes an excellent save

16.6

Kamungozi to Krishna Chandran, no run, back of a length, hurries through towards middle and off. Defended towards short midwicket

End of over 17 (2 runs) United Arab Emirates 81/2 (RR: 4.76)

    • Krishna Chandran 18 (33b 2x4)
    • Khurram Khan 21 (17b 4x4)
    • TP Kamungozi 3-0-12-0
    • SC Williams 2-0-11-0

Rakesh Misra: "I'm betting on Krishna Chandran today, he's my fantasy league captain. Hopes he gets at least a half century and 2-3 wickets :-)"

Stephen: "Blimey! That Neil Smith photo link is one I certainly regret clicking on!" You're welcome!

An entirely unconnected bit of news - they've taken a drinks break.

17.1

Williams to Khurram Khan, no run, length ball outside off. Khurram goes on the back foot and punches towards short extra cover

17.2

Williams to Khurram Khan, no run, slanted across a bit fuller, towards off, and he comes forward to defend back to the bowler

17.3

Williams to Khurram Khan, no run, a touch shorter and he rocks back to punch, straight back to the bowler

17.4

Williams to Khurram Khan, FOUR, short and wide this time and Khurram puts it away with ease, cutting crisply to the backward point boundary

17.5

Williams to Khurram Khan, 1 run, full on middle stump, whipped to the left of midwicket, where the fielder makes a diving stop

17.6

Williams to Krishna Chandran, no run, slowish length ball on off stump, tucks it with the angle to square leg

End of over 18 (5 runs) United Arab Emirates 86/2 (RR: 4.77)

    • Krishna Chandran 18 (34b 2x4)
    • Khurram Khan 26 (22b 5x4)
    • SC Williams 3-0-16-0
    • TP Kamungozi 3-0-12-0
18.1

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, no run, length ball on off stump, defended with the (slight) turn towards midwicket

18.2

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, 1 leg bye, a touch shorter, on leg stump, tucked away towards square leg

18.3

Kamungozi to Krishna Chandran, no run, full outside off, lets it hang in the air a bit, and it's pushed back firmly to the bowler

18.4

Kamungozi to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, on the pads now, worked to the left of square leg

18.5

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, 1 run, length ball angled across the left-hander, who pushes it with soft hands in front of short cover and calls his partner through for the quick single

18.6

Kamungozi to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, shortish outside off and Chandran plays the topspin forehand down the ground to long-on

End of over 19 (4 runs) United Arab Emirates 90/2 (RR: 4.73)

    • Krishna Chandran 20 (37b 2x4)
    • Khurram Khan 27 (25b 5x4)
    • TP Kamungozi 4-0-15-0
    • SC Williams 3-0-16-0

Mire.

Kano: "Gee, look at the averages of the UAE top 4 coming into this match - all over 40!"

19.1

Mire to Krishna Chandran, no run, fullish on off stump, punched back to the bowler

19.2

Mire to Krishna Chandran, no run, length ball outside off, driven on the up to short cover

19.3

Mire to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, angles this in towards off stump and he looks to clip towards mid-on. Mire sprints across quickly to stop it and then gives up an overthrow with an unnecessary throw at the stumps

19.4

Mire to Khurram Khan, 1 run, back of a length, too straight, worked off the hips to long leg

19.5

Mire to Krishna Chandran, no run, short ball outside off, tennis-ball bounce through to Taylor after the batsman leaves it

19.6

Mire to Krishna Chandran, no run, full outside off, and Karate throws his hands at the drive but his feet move too sluggishly for him to get close enough to make contact

End of over 20 (2 runs) United Arab Emirates 92/2 (RR: 4.60)

    • Krishna Chandran 21 (42b 2x4)
    • Khurram Khan 28 (26b 5x4)
    • SF Mire 4-0-17-1
    • TP Kamungozi 4-0-15-0
20.1

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, 1 run, full outside off, driven down to long-off

20.2

Kamungozi to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, a bit of flight outside off and he drives it past the stumps with a lot of bottom hand

20.3

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, no run, nice flight again, a bit of drift away from the left-hander and it continues along that path. Khurram looked to push towards mid-off, gets a thick outside edge towards backward point

20.4

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, no run, full again, driven back firmly, hits the stumps at the other end

20.5

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, no run, length ball on middle stump, turns in and tucks him up for room as he goes back to punch. Has to check his shot and push it back towards the bowler

20.6

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, no run, fuller now, wider, driven to point

End of over 21 (2 runs) United Arab Emirates 94/2 (RR: 4.47)

    • Khurram Khan 29 (31b 5x4)
    • Krishna Chandran 22 (43b 2x4)
    • TP Kamungozi 5-0-17-0
    • SF Mire 4-0-17-1
21.1

Mire to Krishna Chandran, no run, back of a length on a fourth-stump line, whipped to short midwicket from a one-legged prancing position

21.2

Mire to Krishna Chandran, no run, looked to work it from outside off again, and the ball straightened, bounced extra and opened him up, beating his outside edge

21.3

Mire to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, doesn't stop him from shuffling across and working this back of a length ball from outside off, gets it into the gap at square leg

21.4

Mire to Khurram Khan, no run, ooh. That was angled across towards off and it straightened a bit as he came halfway forward to defend. Hit his inside edge, then his pad, and bounced over the stumps

21.5

Mire to Khurram Khan, 1 run, back of a length on off stump. Khurram gets on his toes to steer it to third man

21.6

Mire to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, short ball and it catches Chandran halfway between fending and pulling. Manages to play that away towards backward square leg

End of over 22 (3 runs) United Arab Emirates 97/2 (RR: 4.40)

    • Krishna Chandran 24 (47b 2x4)
    • Khurram Khan 30 (33b 5x4)
    • SF Mire 5-0-20-1
    • TP Kamungozi 5-0-17-0
22.1

Kamungozi to Krishna Chandran, no run, length ball, slides on towards off stump. Chandran tucks it away to short midwicket

22.2

Kamungozi to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, a bit of air and he skips down the pitch to whip it to long-on

22.3

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, no run, length ball on the pads and he walks across to try and help it past short fine leg. Hits it in the air, nearly carries through to the fielder on the full

22.4

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, no run, on the [pads again, tucked towards short midwicket

22.5

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, no run, back of a length on off stump, just enough turn to deny him room, and he punches it down to mid-off

22.6

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, 2 runs, a touch of width this time and he leans back to steer that into the gap wide of point

End of over 23 (3 runs) United Arab Emirates 100/2 (RR: 4.34)

    • Khurram Khan 32 (37b 5x4)
    • Krishna Chandran 25 (49b 2x4)
    • TP Kamungozi 6-0-20-0
    • SF Mire 5-0-20-1

Panyangara returns.

Bharathy: ""Great to see an Indian origin and a Pakistan origin player to bat together for UAE :)""

23.1

Panyangara to Krishna Chandran, no run, length ball angling in towards off stump. Familiar shuffle and clip from Chandran towards short midwicket

23.2

Panyangara to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, another length ball on off and he plays this with a straight bat to mid-on, checks his shot just enough to allow a quick single. Actually, not quite. Direct hit from Mire and he would have been out at the bowler's end.

23.3

Panyangara to Khurram Khan, 1 run, back of a length on middle stump. Khurram stays inside the line and opens his bat face to dab it towards point

23.4

Panyangara to Krishna Chandran, no run, short outside off. Looks to pull, ends up plonking it down into the pitch, and it rolls towards short midwicket

23.5

Panyangara to Krishna Chandran, FOUR, down the track now and he clears his front leg to slog that towards the midwicket boundary

23.6

Panyangara to Krishna Chandran, no run, back of a length outside off, punched to mid-off

End of over 24 (6 runs) United Arab Emirates 106/2 (RR: 4.41)

    • Krishna Chandran 30 (54b 3x4)
    • Khurram Khan 33 (38b 5x4)
    • T Panyangara 5-0-21-0
    • TP Kamungozi 6-0-20-0
24.1

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, no run, length ball slanted across Khurram, who stretches forward and dabs it to short third man

24.2

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, no run, back of a length on off stump, punched to short cover

24.3

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, 2 runs, looks for the sweep and Kamungozi gets some extra bounce, top edge loops over the keeper, goes in a perfectly straight line behind the wicket

24.4

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, no run, nice change of pace, a bit slower on middle and off. Looks to drive with the angle but it dips and turns in and he inside-edges it into his pads

24.5

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, no run, a bit quicker now, turns in again and tucks him up for room, punches it back to the bowler

24.6

Kamungozi to Khurram Khan, 1 run, on the pads now and he tucks it away to short fine leg

End of over 25 (3 runs) United Arab Emirates 109/2 (RR: 4.36)

    • Khurram Khan 36 (44b 5x4)
    • Krishna Chandran 30 (54b 3x4)
    • TP Kamungozi 7-0-23-0
    • T Panyangara 5-0-21-0

Faisal: "@Bharathy ... You'll find that in every parking lot big enough for a cricket match on every Friday afternoon in the UAE. :)"

25.1

Panyangara to Khurram Khan, 1 run, back of a length, worked off the hips through square leg

25.2

Panyangara to Krishna Chandran, 1 wide, full, down the leg side. Chandran can't connect with the flick

25.2

Panyangara to Krishna Chandran, no run, length ball outside off and he looks to work it with the angle to mid-on. Raza dives from short midwicket to cut it off and save the single

25.3

Panyangara to Krishna Chandran, 1 wide, bouncer wide outside off, wide enough for the umpire to signal wide

25.3

Panyangara to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, full-toss angling into the pads, whipped away to long leg

25.4

Panyangara to Khurram Khan, 1 run, back of a length outside off, chopped away down to third man

25.5

Panyangara to Krishna Chandran, no run, shortish outside off, doesn't quite come on for the punch through cover. Ends up pushing it to mid-off

25.6

Panyangara to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, full outside off, plays with a straight bat, with the angle, down to long-on

End of over 26 (6 runs) United Arab Emirates 115/2 (RR: 4.42)

    • Krishna Chandran 32 (58b 3x4)
    • Khurram Khan 38 (46b 5x4)
    • T Panyangara 6-0-27-0
    • TP Kamungozi 7-0-23-0

Sikandar Raza, to bowl some offbreaks

26.1

Sikandar Raza to Krishna Chandran, no run, quickish, turns and hits him on the pads as he looked to work it leg side. Turning down leg

26.2

Sikandar Raza to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, on the pads again, worked into the on side

around the wicket to Khurram

26.3

Sikandar Raza to Khurram Khan, 1 run, tossed up outside off, driven to long-off

26.4

Sikandar Raza to Krishna Chandran, no run, a bit of loop outside off, looks to push that to long-off but Raza dives to intercept

26.5

Sikandar Raza to Krishna Chandran, 1 run, down the track now, drives firmly this time to beat the flying Raza and hit it down to long-off

26.6

Sikandar Raza to Khurram Khan, FOUR, clears his front leg this time as Raza bowls it on the stumps and swats it away, on one knee, to the midwicket boundary

End of over 27 (7 runs) United Arab Emirates 122/2 (RR: 4.51)

    • Khurram Khan 43 (48b 6x4)
    • Krishna Chandran 34 (62b 3x4)
    • Sikandar Raza 1-0-7-0
    • T Panyangara 6-0-27-0

Mire is back into the attack.

27.1

Mire to Krishna Chandran, OUT, and he strikes immediately. Down the track comes Chandran, goes for the big hit down the ground. Doesn't middle it at all, and pops a simple catch to mid-off

Krishna Chandran c Chigumbura b Mire 34 (86m 63b 3x4 0x6) SR: 53.96

Swapnil Patil comes in at No. 5.

27.2

Mire to Patil, no run, back of a length outside off and he dabs it with an open face, point dives to his right to stop it, but can't release the ball quick enough to exploit a mix-up that left Khurram halfway down the pitch

27.3

Mire to Patil, no run, short outside off, left alone

27.4

Mire to Patil, FOUR, full and wide and he leans into a sweet-looking drive, simply caressed to the right of the cover fielder

N Swati: "I want Aqib Javed to bowl for UAE, he is younger than Khurram Khan"

27.5

Mire to Patil, no run, length ball now, on a similar line with a bit of outswing. Patil isn't suckered into another drive, leaves it alone

27.6

Mire to Patil, 2 runs, full outside off, and he shows the full face to use the angle and punch it towards the vacant long-on region. Mid-off runs back to cut it off

End of over 28 (6 runs) United Arab Emirates 128/3 (RR: 4.57)

    • SP Patil 6 (5b 1x4)
    • Khurram Khan 43 (48b 6x4)
    • SF Mire 6-0-26-2
    • Sikandar Raza 1-0-7-0
28.1

Sikandar Raza to Khurram Khan, no run, full, angling in towards off stump. Khurram drives to short cover

28.2

Sikandar Raza to Khurram Khan, 1 run, down the track now, drives with a full follow-through down to long-off

28.3

Sikandar Raza to Patil, 1 run, full on off stump, clipped down to long-on

28.4

Sikandar Raza to Khurram Khan, no run, full-toss on middle stump, whipped straight to midwicket

28.5

Sikandar Raza to Khurram Khan, no run, fullish outside off, looks for the drive to long-off but short cover dives across to save the single

28.6

Sikandar Raza to Khurram Khan, no run, a bit of turn and Khurram has to reach away from his body to slap that, can't beat the man at point

End of over 29 (2 runs) United Arab Emirates 130/3 (RR: 4.48)

    • Khurram Khan 44 (53b 6x4)
    • SP Patil 7 (6b 1x4)
    • Sikandar Raza 2-0-9-0
    • SF Mire 6-0-26-2
29.1

Mire to Patil, no run, short rising ball, angling into the body, and Patil does well to get up on his toes and keep that down with soft hands. Hit the handle and he dropped his bottom hand just in time to avoid a nasty finger jam

29.2

Mire to Patil, 2 runs, shortish again, outside off, steered away to deep point

29.3

Mire to Patil, no run, another one banged in outside off. Patil leaves it alone

29.4

Mire to Patil, 1 run, back of a length, angling in, and he tucks it away wristily to long leg

29.5

Mire to Khurram Khan, 1 run, back of a length on off stump and he opens his bat face to use the angle and dab it down to third man

29.6

Mire to Patil, no run, full on off stump, punched to mid-on

End of over 30 (4 runs) United Arab Emirates 134/3 (RR: 4.46)

    • SP Patil 10 (11b 1x4)
    • Khurram Khan 45 (54b 6x4)
    • SF Mire 7-0-30-2
    • Sikandar Raza 2-0-9-0

Chatara.

30.1

Chatara to Khurram Khan, OUT, taken! That's plucked out of the air by Williams, diving to his right from point, as Khurram fails to keep this cut down. It was short and wide, but Charara got that to bounce a little more than the batsman expected

Khurram Khan c Williams b Chatara 45 (77m 55b 6x4 0x6) SR: 81.81

Shaiman Anwar.

30.2

Chatara to Shaiman Anwar, no run, full, angling into middle stump, and he's nearly lbw as he's late on the flick. Gets an inside edge on it

30.3

Chatara to Shaiman Anwar, no run, shortish outside off and he hops and pokes it awkwardly towards backward point

30.4

Chatara to Shaiman Anwar, no run, fuller now, angling in towards off stump. Shaiman gets forward to defend into the covers

30.5

Chatara to Shaiman Anwar, no run, short ball, quick, beats Shaiman for pace as he goes for the hook

30.6

Chatara to Shaiman Anwar, no run, another attempted hook, again it whizzes past him too quick to connect

End of over 31 (wicket maiden) United Arab Emirates 134/4 (RR: 4.32)

    • Shaiman Anwar 0 (5b)
    • SP Patil 10 (11b 1x4)
    • TL Chatara 5-1-12-2
    • SF Mire 7-0-30-2

Williams.

31.1

Williams to Patil, 1 run, tossed up on middle stump, whipped away to long-on

31.2

Williams to Shaiman Anwar, 1 run, spears this in towards the pads and he goes on the back foot to nudge it wide of short midwicket

31.3

Williams to Patil, 1 run, a bit fuller and he comes on the front foot and lets it come on to tuck it towards short fine leg

31.4

Williams to Shaiman Anwar, 3 runs, keeps a bit low as he makes a bit of room to punch but he manages to play the shot, into the gap between point and cover

31.5

Williams to Patil, 1 run, slanted into the pads again, worked towards square leg

31.6

Williams to Shaiman Anwar, 1 run, on the pads once more, tucked away to deep square leg

End of over 32 (8 runs) United Arab Emirates 142/4 (RR: 4.43)

    • Shaiman Anwar 5 (8b)
    • SP Patil 13 (14b 1x4)
    • SC Williams 4-0-24-0
    • TL Chatara 5-1-12-2

This is UAE's best score batting first in a World Cup. Previous highest was 136, in that Neil Smith match.

32.1

Chatara to Shaiman Anwar, no run, full outside off, looks to drive through cover, inside-edges it into the leg side

32.2

Chatara to Shaiman Anwar, no run, shortish, angling into the body. He jumps in the air, away from the stumps, to defend into the off side

32.3

Chatara to Shaiman Anwar, 1 run, short again, this time he hooks it from head height, outside off, towards deep midwicket

32.4

Chatara to Patil, no run, another bouncer, this time Patil ducks under it

32.5

Chatara to Patil, no run, full outside off and he opens his bat face to steer it to backward point

32.6

Chatara to Patil, no run, length ball on off stump, defended to cover

End of over 33 (1 run) United Arab Emirates 143/4 (RR: 4.33)

    • SP Patil 13 (17b 1x4)
    • Shaiman Anwar 6 (11b)
    • TL Chatara 6-1-13-2
    • SC Williams 4-0-24-0

Manu: "Why isn't Chigumbura bowling much? He is in the team as an allrounder. He should bowl more and also bat at a higher position than he is now. BTW he is captain in my Fantasy team for today's match. So more reasons for him. :)"

33.1

Williams to Shaiman Anwar, 1 wide, round-arm, goes wide of the crease, angles it too far down the leg side as the batsman looks to sweep

33.1

Williams to Shaiman Anwar, 1 leg bye, full again, slanting down leg. This time Shaiman's front leg is in the way as he misses the flick

33.2

Williams to Patil, 2 runs, sliding down leg again, clipped towards fine leg

33.3

Williams to Patil, 1 run, down the track now, driven down to long-off

33.4

Williams to Shaiman Anwar, FOUR, back of a length and he makes room to slap that away from a middle-stump line and find the cover boundary. Top shot

33.5

Williams to Shaiman Anwar, 2 runs, full and wide and he reaches out to steer it into the gap to the left of point

33.6

Williams to Shaiman Anwar, no run, back of a length again, keeps a bit low and he can only punch it straight to short extra cover

End of over 34 (11 runs) United Arab Emirates 154/4 (RR: 4.52)

    • Shaiman Anwar 12 (15b 1x4)
    • SP Patil 16 (19b 1x4)
    • SC Williams 5-0-34-0
    • TL Chatara 6-1-13-2

Here's Raza again. They're rotating their bowlers at too rapid a pace for me to keep up. He's bowling around the stumps

34.1

Sikandar Raza to Patil, no run, tossed up, looks to drive this to long-off but the diving Raza gets in the way

34.2

Sikandar Raza to Patil, 1 run, wider this time and he drives it to sweeper cover

34.3

Sikandar Raza to Shaiman Anwar, 1 run, on the pads now, clipped to long-on

34.4

Sikandar Raza to Patil, no run, full and flighted, driven back towards the non-striker and Raza quickly moves to his left to cut it off

34.5

Sikandar Raza to Patil, no run, now it's a bit straighter and he looks for the checked drive to long-on. Again Raza is vigilant enough to cut it off

34.6

Sikandar Raza to Patil, no run, tossed up outside off, driven to short cover

End of over 35 (2 runs) United Arab Emirates 156/4 (RR: 4.45)

    • SP Patil 17 (24b 1x4)
    • Shaiman Anwar 13 (16b 1x4)
    • Sikandar Raza 3-0-11-0
    • SC Williams 5-0-34-0

And here's Mire again.

Drinks break.

Ben: "If UAE can get 10 runs an over for the last 15 overs, they will have a competitive score." Sounds simple enough :)

35.1

Mire to Shaiman Anwar, 1 run, short ball, pulled away towards deep square leg

35.2

Mire to Patil, FOUR, short, angling down leg, and he only has to help this freebie along to find the fine leg boundary

35.3

Mire to Patil, no run, back of a length outside off, and he can't quite beat backward point. Was looking to open his bat face and run it down to third man

35.4

Mire to Patil, FOUR, length ball, wide outside off, finds the edge as Patil throws his bat at it, but it races away to the third man boundary

35.5

Mire to Patil, no run, length ball on off stump, dabbed away to cover point, can't get the single he wanted

35.6

Mire to Patil, no run, short outside off, looks to dab that to third man, the ball bounces more than expected and beats his outside edge

End of over 36 (9 runs) United Arab Emirates 165/4 (RR: 4.58)

    • SP Patil 25 (29b 3x4)
    • Shaiman Anwar 14 (17b 1x4)
    • SF Mire 8-0-39-2
    • Sikandar Raza 3-0-11-0

Kamungozi.

36.1

Kamungozi to Shaiman Anwar, FOUR, too short, a bit of width as well, and Shaiman transfers his weight beautifully through the ball to carve that up and over cover point

36.2

Kamungozi to Shaiman Anwar, no run

36.3

Kamungozi to Shaiman Anwar, no run

36.4

Kamungozi to Shaiman Anwar, no run, Fuller now, on off stump, defended into the off side

36.5

Kamungozi to Shaiman Anwar, FOUR, Low full-toss on leg stump and that's swept away easily to the long leg boundary

36.6

Kamungozi to Shaiman Anwar, 1 run, Back of a length outside off, flat-batted to long-off

End of over 37 (9 runs) United Arab Emirates 174/4 (RR: 4.70)

    • Shaiman Anwar 23 (23b 3x4)
    • SP Patil 25 (29b 3x4)
    • TP Kamungozi 8-0-32-0
    • SF Mire 8-0-39-2
37.1

Panyangara to Shaiman Anwar, no run, length ball on off stump, defended to mid-off

37.2

Panyangara to Shaiman Anwar, no run, back of a length outside off, dabbed towards point

37.3

Panyangara to Shaiman Anwar, FOUR, shortish outside off and he leans back and opens his bat face to steer it into the gap to the right of the man at short third man. He dives and gets a hand to it but can't stop the boundary. Not the greatest effort from Kamungozi.

37.4

Panyangara to Shaiman Anwar, 2 runs, length ball on off stump and he walks across to work that away towards deep backward square leg

37.5

Panyangara to Shaiman Anwar, 1 run, on the pads now and it's whipped away to deep square leg

37.6

Panyangara to Patil, 1 wide, slower ball, slides it down the leg side

37.6

Panyangara to Patil, no run, length ball on off stump, looks to clip it for a single but short midwicket is quick to run in and cut it off

End of over 38 (8 runs) United Arab Emirates 182/4 (RR: 4.78)

    • SP Patil 25 (30b 3x4)
    • Shaiman Anwar 30 (28b 4x4)
    • T Panyangara 7-0-35-0
    • TP Kamungozi 8-0-32-0
38.1

Kamungozi to Shaiman Anwar, FOUR, fullish on off stump and he clears his front leg to make room and slices it inside-out over the covers

38.2

Kamungozi to Shaiman Anwar, no run, length ball on off stump and he plonks his front leg forward to sweep, can't beat short fine leg

38.3

Kamungozi to Shaiman Anwar, FOUR, full outside off and once again he clears his front leg and carves it over cover to pick up another four

38.4

Kamungozi to Shaiman Anwar, 1 run, length ball outside off, dabs it to short third man with an open face

38.5

Kamungozi to Patil, 1 run, full outside off, driven down to long-off

38.6

Kamungozi to Shaiman Anwar, 1 run, in the blockhole on middle stump, clipped away to the left of short fine leg

End of over 39 (11 runs) United Arab Emirates 193/4 (RR: 4.94)

    • Shaiman Anwar 40 (33b 6x4)
    • SP Patil 26 (31b 3x4)
    • TP Kamungozi 9-0-43-0
    • T Panyangara 7-0-35-0

Uzair: "Cricket is so unpredictable. The same team, Zimbabwe, beat SL in the warm-up game, yet now they cannot bowl out UAE and are leaking many runs."

39.1

Panyangara to Shaiman Anwar, no run, length ball on off stump, clipped with the angle to short midwicket

39.2

Panyangara to Shaiman Anwar, no run, length ball outside off and he looks for the flat-batted slap down the ground. Can't beat mid-off, though

39.3

Panyangara to Shaiman Anwar, FOUR, short ball, and that pull is controlled beautifully, moved across past the line of the ball and swivelled to find the gap wide of short fine leg

39.4

Panyangara to Shaiman Anwar, SIX, length ball on off stump and that is a stunning shot. Clears his front leg and launches that down the ground for six to bring up a 37-ball half-century. Super innings this from Anwar

39.5

Panyangara to Shaiman Anwar, 1 run, full on the pads, clipped away through square leg

39.6

Panyangara to Patil, no run, length ball outside off and he presses forward looking for the quick single into the off side. Short cover moves swiftly to rule out that option

End of over 40 (11 runs) United Arab Emirates 204/4 (RR: 5.10)

    • SP Patil 26 (32b 3x4)
    • Shaiman Anwar 51 (38b 7x4 1x6)
    • T Panyangara 8-0-46-0
    • TP Kamungozi 9-0-43-0

48 for 0 in the batting powerplay. Excellent stuff.

40.1

Kamungozi to Shaiman Anwar, 1 run, length ball on leg stump, can't beat short fine leg with the sweep

40.2

Kamungozi to Patil, FOUR, back of a length outside off, and Patil opens his bat face to place it adroitly, just wide of the keeper and it runs away to the third man boundary

40.3

Kamungozi to Patil, no run, length ball outside off, driven to short extra cover

40.4

Kamungozi to Patil, no run, a bit fuller, closer to off stump, driven back to the bowler

40.5

Kamungozi to Patil, 1 run, good length again, on off stump, pushed to mid-off for the quick single

40.6

Kamungozi to Shaiman Anwar, FOUR, back of a length, makes some room and slaps it away to the backward point boundary. Mire, running to his left from the sweeper position, ends up palming it into the boundary in the effort to bend down and scoop up the ball

End of over 41 (10 runs) United Arab Emirates 214/4 (RR: 5.21)

    • Shaiman Anwar 56 (40b 8x4 1x6)
    • SP Patil 31 (36b 4x4)
    • TP Kamungozi 10-0-53-0
    • T Panyangara 8-0-46-0
41.1

Williams to Patil, 1 run, down the track now, and Williams spears it into his feet. Clips it down to long-on for one

41.2

Williams to Shaiman Anwar, no run, length ball, angling in towards off and middle. Goes on the back foot and pushes it back to the bowler

41.3

Williams to Shaiman Anwar, 1 run, a bit straighter this time and he works it away towards fine leg

41.4

Williams to Patil, OUT, Williams breaks through. Patil makes room to go inside-out over cover, wasn't quite to the pitch of the ball, and he ends up scooping it straight into cover's hands

SP Patil c Chakabva b Williams 32 (59m 38b 4x4 0x6) SR: 84.21

The new batsman is Rohan Mustafa

41.5

Williams to Shaiman Anwar, 1 run, on the pads, worked away towards deep backward square leg

41.6

Williams to Rohan Mustafa, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, worked away wide of midwicket

End of over 42 (4 runs) United Arab Emirates 218/5 (RR: 5.19)

    • Rohan Mustafa 1 (1b)
    • Shaiman Anwar 58 (43b 8x4 1x6)
    • SC Williams 6-0-38-1
    • TP Kamungozi 10-0-53-0

Masakadza to bowl his slow-medium

42.1

Masakadza to Rohan Mustafa, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, dabs it with the angle towards third man

42.2

Masakadza to Shaiman Anwar, 2 runs, length ball, a lot of width outside off, slapped away towards deep point

42.3

Masakadza to Shaiman Anwar, FOUR, premeditated the lap-scoop and Masakadza bowled it wide of off stump. Gets an outside edge on it and it loops over the keeper and runs away to the third man boundary

42.4

Masakadza to Shaiman Anwar, no run, full outside off, driven towards short extra cover

42.5

Masakadza to Shaiman Anwar, 1 run, full on off stump and he makes room to slice that in the air towards sweeper cover

42.6

Masakadza to Rohan Mustafa, 1 run, length ball outside off, steered away to third man

End of over 43 (9 runs) United Arab Emirates 227/5 (RR: 5.27)

    • Rohan Mustafa 3 (3b)
    • Shaiman Anwar 65 (47b 9x4 1x6)
    • H Masakadza 1-0-9-0
    • SC Williams 6-0-38-1
43.1

Chatara to Rohan Mustafa, no run, sees him coming down the track and bangs it in short. Goes for a tennis-style smash but can't connect

43.2

Chatara to Rohan Mustafa, 1 wide, very short and it sails high over the batsman's head

43.2

Chatara to Rohan Mustafa, 1 run, length ball on leg stump, tucked away towards short midwicket

Shaiman is on 65. The highest score by a UAE batsman in a World Cup is 84 by Saleem Raza against Netherlands

43.3

Chatara to Shaiman Anwar, 1 run, back of a length outside off, dabbed away towards short third man

43.4

Chatara to Rohan Mustafa, OUT, and that's wicket number three for Chatara. Back of a length, slanting across, and Mustafa looks to run it down to third man with an open face, and can only nick it to the keeper

Rohan Mustafa c †Taylor b Chatara 4 (10m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Amjad Javed.

43.5

Chatara to Amjad Javed, 1 run, back of a length outside off, guided away to third man

Uzair: "Mr. Commentator, this is highest team score by UAE against a full member also." It is, indeed.

43.6

Chatara to Shaiman Anwar, 1 run, slower ball, full on off stump, chipped in the air down to long-on

End of over 44 (5 runs) United Arab Emirates 232/6 (RR: 5.27)

    • Shaiman Anwar 67 (49b 9x4 1x6)
    • Amjad Javed 1 (1b)
    • TL Chatara 7-1-18-3
    • H Masakadza 1-0-9-0
44.1

Williams to Shaiman Anwar, OUT, gone! That was full, angling into middle and leg. He cleared his front leg to launch that down the ground but didn't get the elevation, spooned a simple catch to mid-on

Shaiman Anwar c Ervine b Williams 67 (59m 50b 9x4 1x6) SR: 134.00

Crucial wicket, that. Could be the difference between 270 and 250.

44.2

Williams to Mohammad Naveed, no run, flat and full on middle stump, and he nearly plays down the wrong line while defending, off the outside edge to short third man

44.3

Williams to Mohammad Naveed, no run, flat and quick again, and this time he defends to cover

44.4

Williams to Mohammad Naveed, no run, slower now and he presses forward to block into the off side

44.5

Williams to Mohammad Naveed, 1 run, back of a length outside off and he dabs it to short third man, who makes a good diving stop but undoes some of his good work by throwing to the keeper's end when Naveed was struggling to make the bowler's end

44.6

Williams to Amjad Javed, no run, full now, driven to mid-off

End of over 45 (1 run) United Arab Emirates 233/7 (RR: 5.17)

    • Amjad Javed 1 (2b)
    • Mohammad Naveed 1 (4b)
    • SC Williams 7-0-39-2
    • TL Chatara 7-1-18-3
45.1

Chatara to Mohammad Naveed, SIX, length ball on middle stump and he clears his front leg, makes a lot of room, in fact, and frees his arms to launch that high over the long-off boundary. Lovely clean strike

45.2

Chatara to Mohammad Naveed, no run, short ball now as Naveed steps away to make room. Looks to pull but can't connect

45.3

Chatara to Mohammad Naveed, 1 wide, banged in short outside off, Naveed looks to ramp it but it's too far over his head to make contact

45.3

Chatara to Mohammad Naveed, no run, slower ball now, just outside off, and it beats Naveed as he steps away and looks to slog over the leg side

45.4

Chatara to Mohammad Naveed, no run, another slower ball and the flummoxed Naveed can only block it into the off side

45.5

Chatara to Mohammad Naveed, SIX, makes room again and Chatara bowls it short. Naveed swivels through a pull and makes excellent contact, easily clears the leg-side boundary

45.6

Chatara to Mohammad Naveed, no run, slower ball outside off and Naveed, making room to slice through the off side, can't make contact

End of over 46 (13 runs) United Arab Emirates 246/7 (RR: 5.34)

    • Mohammad Naveed 13 (10b 2x6)
    • Amjad Javed 1 (2b)
    • TL Chatara 8-1-31-3
    • SC Williams 7-0-39-2

Rocksallu: "Khurram khan & shaiman Anwar represents wings SRT in UAE A division. Wings is the top team in UAE domestic circuit winning all the tournaments , major leagues & even test series" Ah, yes. Wings SRT. Named after Sachin Tendulkar. I've actually written about the team.

46.1

Williams to Amjad Javed, no run, fullish on off stump, blocked to short extra cover

46.2

Williams to Amjad Javed, 1 run, tossed up slower and he clears his front leg to slice that over cover

46.3

Williams to Mohammad Naveed, 1 run, makes a lot of room, exposes all his stumps, and carves this out to sweeper cover

46.4

Williams to Amjad Javed, no run, sees him make room again and fires it quicker and wider to beat the attempted flat-bat slap

46.5

Williams to Amjad Javed, 1 run, full on middle and leg, clipped towards midwicket

46.6

Williams to Mohammad Naveed, 1 run, on the pads, tucked away towards deep square leg

End of over 47 (4 runs) United Arab Emirates 250/7 (RR: 5.31)

    • Mohammad Naveed 15 (12b 2x6)
    • Amjad Javed 3 (6b)
    • SC Williams 8-0-43-2
    • TL Chatara 8-1-31-3
47.1

Chatara to Mohammad Naveed, 1 run, low full-toss on middle and leg and he gives himself room to poke that away to sweeper cover

47.2

Chatara to Amjad Javed, no run, slower ball, follows the batsman as he backs away outside leg, and he slogs and misses

47.3

Chatara to Amjad Javed, 1 run, slower ball, again he follows the batsman. This time he manages to heave it away towards deep square leg

47.4

Chatara to Mohammad Naveed, no run, excellent yorker now, and he can only dig it back towards the bowler

47.5

Chatara to Mohammad Naveed, 1 run, gives himself room again, drives the leg-stump yorker down to long-off

47.6

Chatara to Amjad Javed, 1 run, low full-toss on leg stump, swiped away towards deep square leg

End of over 48 (4 runs) United Arab Emirates 254/7 (RR: 5.29)

    • Amjad Javed 5 (9b)
    • Mohammad Naveed 17 (15b 2x6)
    • TL Chatara 9-1-35-3
    • SC Williams 8-0-43-2

Here's Tinashe Panyangara.

48.1

Panyangara to Amjad Javed, FOUR, full on off stump and Javed makes room and scoops it over cover and finds the boundary

48.2

Panyangara to Amjad Javed, FOUR, and again, this time it's hit much more cleanly, flatter, and it goes straighter. Long-off didn't have too far to move to his left but he had no chance of cutting it off

48.3

Panyangara to Amjad Javed, no run, in the blockhole on off stump and he pokes it to the man at extra cover

48.4

Panyangara to Amjad Javed, SIX, looks for the blockhole, can't find it, and Javed gets inside the line and lifts it casually over the wide long-off boundary. Made that look so easy

48.5

Panyangara to Amjad Javed, 1 run, slower ball now, angling in and cramping the batsman, who slogged it high in the air over the leg side, falls well out of reach of the fielder running back from midwicket

48.6

Panyangara to Mohammad Naveed, 1 wide, comes down the track and Panyangara bangs it in short. Swings and misses and the umpire calls it wide. Was it really that high? It probably was, as replays from square-on suggest

48.6

Panyangara to Mohammad Naveed, FOUR, full, just a bit of width outside off, and he carves it over cover point and picks up another boundary. 21 off that over.

End of over 49 (20 runs) United Arab Emirates 274/7 (RR: 5.59)

    • Mohammad Naveed 21 (16b 1x4 2x6)
    • Amjad Javed 20 (14b 2x4 1x6)
    • T Panyangara 9-0-66-0
    • TL Chatara 9-1-35-3
49.1

Chatara to Amjad Javed, 4 byes, slower ball and that's some more poor keeping from Taylor. It was the slower one, the batsman swung and missed, and he should have been prepared for the ball to roll through to him. He didn't stay low, and it beat Taylor and ran away for four byes

49.2

Chatara to Amjad Javed, no run, full on off stump, slapped straight to cover

49.3

Chatara to Amjad Javed, FOUR, sees the batsman make room, follows him with a short ball. He goes for the pull, and gets a helpful top-edge over short fine leg

49.4

Chatara to Amjad Javed, no run, full, aiming at the batsman's retreating feet. Another swing and miss

49.5

Chatara to Amjad Javed, 1 run, good yorker, and he manages to squeeze it away towards deep square leg

49.6

Chatara to Mohammad Naveed, 2 runs, another yorker, clipped away to the right of long-on and he ends the innings with a couple

2.55pm Here's a stat for you. Zimbabwe have successfully chased more than 285 only three times in ODIs, and never in a World Cup.

Suido: "Looks like this is going to be a fascinating chase. Zimbabwe chased well against South Africa, but there'll be so much more pressure on them today. I wonder how much those 15 wides are going to hurt..."

Uzair: "This has been an excellent batting by UAE. Full members will surely not be taking associate members easy this World Cup as the upsets continue! This also is highest score ever by UAE, beating 282 vs Afghanistan previously."

2.30pm UAE said they wanted 280-300, and they've got 285. Excellent effort from them, with contributions all the way down the order. They seemed to be in trouble when the Khurram-Karate stand ended, but Shaiman Anwar and Swapnil Patil made merry in the Powerplay before Amjad Javed and Mohammad Naveed carried the momentum through the slog overs. Zimbabwe's fielding was pretty ordinary, and at times they seemed to be bowling within themselves as well - they certainly didn't attack UAE as much as they could have in the middle overs.

End of over 50 (11 runs) United Arab Emirates 285/7

    • Mohammad Naveed 23 (17b 1x4 2x6)
    • Amjad Javed 25 (19b 3x4 1x6)
    • TL Chatara 10-1-42-3
    • T Panyangara 9-0-66-0
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