Player of the Match
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Sean Williams ton powers Zimbabwe to series win

Sean Williams shapes up to pull one ICC/Getty Images

Zimbabwe 307 for 4 (Williams 109*, Ervine 64, Moor 58*) beat UAE 176 all out (Usman 49, Rizwan 47, Burl 4-32) by 131 runs

After running Zimbabwe close two nights ago, UAE were put through another tough examination in Harare in the third ODI of their four-match series, and the quality of Zimbabwe's batsmanship was good enough to help them clinch the series 3-0 with one to play.

This was made possible courtesy Sean Williams' third ODI century, an unbeaten 84-ball 109, that helped Zimbabwe post 307 for 4. Williams was helped along the way by Craig Ervine and Peter Moor, the captain, with whom he put together 104 and 145 respectively.

Moor made 58 off 52 balls during the course of the mammoth fifth-wicket stand off just 107 deliveries. That helped the pair add 100 in the last ten overs. They took a special liking to offspinner Rohan Mustafa, whose 1 for 67 was the most expensive spell for UAE.

In reply, UAE slumped to 15 for 3 in the sixth. Zimbabwe were briefly kept at bay by CP Rizwan and Muhammad Usman, who made 47 and 49 respectively, but that served to merely limit the damage. Ryan Burl, the 24-year-old legspinner, first removed Rizwan and then returned to clean up the lower order to finish with a career-best 4 for 32.

The two sides will square off in the fourth and final ODI on Tuesday.

U.A.E. 2nd innings Partnerships

1st9Ashfaq AhmedRohan Mustafa
2nd0Rohan MustafaGhulam Shabber
3rd6Rohan MustafaCP Rizwan
4th46Shaiman AnwarCP Rizwan
5th65CP RizwanMuhammad Usman
6th28Muhammad UsmanMohammad Boota
7th8Mohammad NaveedMohammad Boota
8th0Mohammad NaveedImran Haider
9th3Zahoor KhanImran Haider
10th11Zahoor KhanQadeer Ahmed