Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
48 | 16 Runs | ZIM: 286/6 | RR: 5.95

  • Sean Williams76 (65b)
  • Elton Chigumbura14 (15b)
  • Mohammad Naveed10-1-60-1
  • Krishna Chandran9-0-59-1

6.45pm That's it from us. Enjoyed bringing you a high-scoring game that proved more competitive than a lot of us may have expected at the start, and we hope you enjoyed our coverage too. We'll be back tomorrow for what promises to be a cracker between New Zealand and England. Do tune in, and keep sending in your comments. Until then, ta ta!

Elton Chigumbura: "Disappointed about the fielding, but our guys played well with the bat. I thought when Craig Ervine went into bat he was positive and brought the run-rate down and it made the job of the guy coming in easier. That's where we went wrong against South Africa. It's good to take the momentum from this game into the game against West Indies. Hopefully we can polish our fielding and have a good game in all departments."

Mohammad Tauqir: We played some good cricket but we were expecting a different result. I think this wicket, we saw the last game also, even 300 was not enough. We know our limitations. They batted well, had some good partnerships. Both the left-handers played well, and they won the game. I think overall the bowlers bowled well. One crucial partnership, I think it saw them through the game. If one of them got out it would have been a different result. It was a good learning experience, and I think we would like to put up a positive performance in the upcoming games."

Shwet: "#stragestat: MO Odumbe of Kenya got hit wicket twice in his career and both in the World Cup. Once in 1996 and once in 2003."

Rutul: "This is type of temperament that Zimbabwe lacking previously. Stupendous stuff from Williams and Ervine to build a formidable partnership to not let the chase get out of hand and then good job by Chiggy to ensure the team got the W with ease. "

Lakshman Kumar: "Gotta feel for Naveed..! His first 8 overs went for just 27 runs and the decisive last 2 went for 33..!" I know. That too right after I called him the best bowler in their team.

Williams is the man of the match. "I tried not to feel the pressure," he says. "We lost wickets at the wrong stages, but the wicket was very good just to keep knocking the ball down the ground. The coach and I have been trying to talk about the sweeps [not playing them so much]. I've been trying to punch it down the ground and build innings. Some of their guys bowled really well to us, credit to them for making it difficult for us. Wicket was very good, to play straight. Anything across the line was difficult. Started to lose pace towards the end."

6.35pm For a while it looked like a tricky chase, but the partnership between Sean Williams and Craig Ervine took the game away from UAE. A comfortable win in the end, with 12 balls remaining, but this was still the closest game of the World Cup so far. UAE can be proud of the way they played, especially with the bat. Their bowling looked pretty good in patches, but there wasn't enough threat in it to break down this experienced Zimbabwe team.

47.6
4
Mohammad Naveed to Williams, FOUR runs, what a glorious way to win it. It's a length ball on off stump and he simply shows the full face to send it skimming smoothly down the ground, past the stumps, and into the straight boundary
47.5
4
Mohammad Naveed to Williams, FOUR runs, short again, this one sits up, and this is the best pull of the lot, cracked off the middle of the bat, in front of square, and races away to the straight midwicket boundary
47.4
4
Mohammad Naveed to Williams, FOUR runs, short again, but this one's over leg stump, and he can easily swivel and swat it over the gap to the left of short fine leg
47.3
2
Mohammad Naveed to Williams, 2 runs, short ball outside off, has to go against the angle to pull it. Doesn't quite time it but it drops safely near the midwicket boundary
47.2
1
Mohammad Naveed to Chigumbura, 1 run, full on middle stump, driven down to long-on
47.1
1
Mohammad Naveed to Williams, 1 run, fullish on off stump, pushed to mid-off for a quick single

16 from 18. Naveed is back in the attack.

END OF OVER:
47 | 7 Runs | ZIM: 270/6 (16 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.74, RRR: 5.33)

  • Elton Chigumbura13 (14b)
  • Sean Williams61 (60b)
  • Krishna Chandran9-0-59-1
  • Amjad Javed9-0-49-1
46.6
0
Krishna Chandran to Chigumbura, no run, another slower ball, closer to off stump this time, and he looks to flat-bat it towards long-on, but short midwicket moves quickly to intercept it
46.5
4
Krishna Chandran to Chigumbura, FOUR runs, slower ball, but lots of width outside off, and he stands tall and slaps it to the backward point boundary
46.4
0
Krishna Chandran to Chigumbura, no run, length ball on middle stump and he goes on the back foot to punch it to short midwicket
46.3
1
Krishna Chandran to Williams, 1 run, full on middle stump and he makes room to drive it down the ground to long-off
46.2
2
Krishna Chandran to Williams, 2 runs, slower ball on off stump and he's initially surprised but quickly adjusts to chip it back over the bowler's head
46.1
0
Krishna Chandran to Williams, no run, back of a length on leg stump. Tucks it off his pads but can't beat short fine leg

END OF OVER:
46 | 8 Runs | ZIM: 263/6 (23 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.71, RRR: 5.75)

  • Elton Chigumbura9 (11b)
  • Sean Williams58 (57b)
  • Amjad Javed9-0-49-1
  • Krishna Chandran8-0-52-1
45.6
4
Amjad Javed to Chigumbura, FOUR runs, lovely shot. Finally he gets a bit of width and he waves his hands through this drive to place it between backward point and cover point
45.5
0
Amjad Javed to Chigumbura, no run, fullish offcutter on off stump and Tauqir dives to his left at short midwicket to stop that swipe from Chigumbura
45.4
1
Amjad Javed to Williams, 1 run, fullish outside off, driven down to long-off
45.3
1
Amjad Javed to Chigumbura, 1 run, length ball, comes in off the pitch and he tucks it away off the pads towards square leg
45.2
1
Amjad Javed to Williams, 1 run, full outside off, driven down to long-off
45.1
1
Amjad Javed to Chigumbura, 1 run, back of a length outside off, and he can't time the punch through cover, ends up squirting it down into the pitch, rolls back towards the keeper

Akshay: "I think i have found the perfect jinx against any player - picking them in my fantasy team. Always works."

END OF OVER:
45 | 4 Runs | ZIM: 255/6 (31 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.66, RRR: 6.20)

  • Elton Chigumbura3 (7b)
  • Sean Williams56 (55b)
  • Krishna Chandran8-0-52-1
  • Amjad Javed8-0-41-1
44.6
1
Krishna Chandran to Chigumbura, 1 run, fullish legcutter on middle and leg. Chigumbura shows the full face to drive to long-on
44.5
0
Krishna Chandran to Chigumbura, no run, back of a length on off stump, no pace on it, punched back to the bowler
44.4
0
Krishna Chandran to Chigumbura, no run, length ball on middle stump, Chigumbura clips it but can't beat short midwicket
44.3
2
Krishna Chandran to Chigumbura, 2 runs, length ball outside off, and he slaps it away towards deep point
44.2
1
Krishna Chandran to Williams, 1 run, full-toss outside off, heaved down the ground to long-on

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19

Years since UAE last played in a World Cup. This is the second longest gap between World Cups (Canada, 24 years).

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