Clinically and ruthlessly, Sean Williams and Craig Ervine broke the deadlock with a partnership of 83 off 62 balls to help Zimbabwe chase 286
In Nelson, UAE offered further proof, if it was necessary, that the ICC's theory of leaving the Associates out of the next World Cup is a load of rubbish
Sean Williams had felt flustered when he came in with the match in the balance against South Africa, but he quickly learned his lesson against the UAE
Sean Williams bailed Zimbabwe out of trouble with an unbeaten 76 that helped his side beat UAE by four wickets in their World Cup 2015 Pool B encounter played at the Saxon Oval, Nelson on Thursday.
Stats highlights from the Group B match between UAE and Zimbabwe in Nelson
#BendTheRules moments from the Group B match between Zimbabwe and United Arab Emirates
Plays of the day from the group B match between UAE and Zimbabwe played in Nelson
Far from the cavernous MCG, where they played a warm-up match against Australia last week, the UAE will begin their World Cup campaign in the small New Zealand city of Nelson on Thursday
Elton Chigumbura, the Zimbabwe captain, has said his men will enter their match against UAE in Nelson with some confidence after their encouraging performance against South Africa
Years since UAE last played in a World Cup. This is the second longest gap between World Cups (Canada, 24 years).
Khurram Khan's age, making him the third oldest player to play in a World Cup after Nolan Clarke (47) and John Traicos (44)