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World T20 Qualifiers, Zim vs UAE: as it happened


Cricketnext Staff
Mar 21, 2014 at 02:24pm IST

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Toss: Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to field against UAE.

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Zimbabwe stand a slim chance of qualification into the main event but first they have to win convincingly against UAE. Then hope for a favourable result in the last qualifier between Ireland and Netherlands later in the day.

World T20 Qualifiers, Zim vs UAE: as it happened

Chasing 117 to win, Elton Chigumbura scored 53 from just 21 balls as Zimbabwe beat UAE by five wickets to stay alive in World Twenty20.

Teams:

Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor(w/c), Elton Chigumbura, Sean Williams, Vusi Sibanda, Timycen Maruma, Prosper Utseya, Tinashe Panyangara, Tendai Chatara, Natsai Mushangwe

United Arab Emirates: Amjad Ali, Faizan Asif, Khurram Khan(c), Swapnil Patil(w), Shaiman Anwar, Amjad Javed, Rohan Mustafa, Shadeep Silva, Ahmed Raza, Kamran Shahzad, Manjula Guruge

Commentary (Zimbabwe 1st Innings)

Elton Chigumbura is given the Man of the Match award for his scintillating batting. That's all we have from this match. Do join us in a short while for the last qualifier game between Netherlands and Ireland. See you then!

It was a shaky start for Zimbabwe in the chase with plenty of wickets falling quickly. Then came Elton Chigumbura and he completely turned the game on its head. We witnessed some awesome power-hitting by him as he took the UAE bowlers to the cleaners. He was nicely supported towards the end by Maruma and Zimbabwe managed to get what they wanted from this match. A win, a big win!

Outstanding batting by Chigumbura has powered Zimbabwe to a comfortable win and that too in 13.4 overs, which has boosted their NRR. They now move to the top of the points table and will now rely on the outcome of the Netherlands vs Ireland match for their qualification to the main draw.

13.4 K Shazad to E Chigumbura, SIX! Finishes it off in style and reaches his fifty as well! Gets a full ball in the zone around middle and sends it many a mile over long on for a biggie. Zimbabwe win by 5 wickets! 118/5

13.3 K Shazad to T Maruma, Full and on the pads, Maruma smacks it to wide long on for three runs. 112/5

13.2 K Shazad to T Maruma, Angles in a full ball, Maruma heaves it to deep mid-wicket for a couple. 109/5

13.1 K Shazad to T Maruma, FOUR! Bonus runs! Zimbabwe are on course for a win before 15.4! Touch short in length on off, Maruma goes for a big heave across the line but top edges it down to third man. 107/5

12.6 A Javed to E Chigumbura, SIX! Bang! Slower delivery from back of the hand, touch short and on middle, Chigumbura goes deep inside the crease and thwacks it over the bowler's head. 103/5

12.5 A Javed to E Chigumbura, Goes back and punches it to covers. Dot ball. 97/5

12.4 A Javed to T Maruma, Another run on the leg side. 97/5

12.3 A Javed to E Chigumbura, Flicks a full ball to the leg side and takes a single. 96/5

12.2 A Javed to T Maruma, Full on middle, lofted over mid-wicket for a single. 95/5

12.1 A Javed to E Chigumbura, Drama! Angles in a full ball on middle, Elton flicks it to mid-wicket for a single and there is confusion over the second run. Maruma wants it but is send back. It would have been a run out but the throw came in at the wrong end, which is the bowler's end. Javed fails to collect it and now they cross for a couple of runs. The bowler is furious with the fielder as he needed to throw it to the keeper. 94/5

11.6 M Guruge to T Maruma, Outside off, pushed to point. Another dot ball. 26 needed off 48 balls! But Zimbabwe need to scale it down in 15.4 overs for a better run-rate! 91/5

11.5 M Guruge to T Maruma, Played to the point region by the batsman. No run. 91/5

11.4 M Guruge to E Chigumbura, Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single. 91/5

11.3 M Guruge to E Chigumbura, Dropped! Length delivery on off, Chigumbura flashes his blade through the line, connects well but fails to keep it down. It goes straight in and out of the hands of the cover fielder. 90/5

11.2 M Guruge to E Chigumbura, Goes back and punches it to the off side. 88/5

11.1 M Guruge to E Chigumbura, FOUR! Down the leg side, Chigumbura deflects it off his pads to the fine leg fence. 88/5

10.6 A Raza to E Chigumbura, Played to the point region by the batsman. They have run through for a single. 84/5

10.5 A Raza to T Maruma, Turns it through mid-wicket for a single. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses and they take a couple of extra runs. The last run was a bit dicey as the bowler took the bails off but the replays showed that Maruma was in. Third umpire confirmed the same! 83/5

10.4 A Raza to T Maruma, Gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it. 80/5

10.3 A Raza to E Chigumbura, Tries to heave it across the line but misses. The keeper fumbles and they cross for a bye. 80/5

10.2 A Raza to E Chigumbura, FOUR! Rickets a full ball over covers for a wonderful boundary. 79/5

10.1 A Raza to E Chigumbura, FOUR! Cracking shot! Tossed up delivery on middle, powered over wide mid on for a boundary. 75/5

9.6 K Khan to T Maruma, Plays a reverse sweep but finds point. 71/5

9.5 K Khan to T Maruma, Once again comes rushing down the track but the bowler bowls it quicker on off and Maruma has to defend. 71/5

9.4 K Khan to T Maruma, FOUR! Fine footwork! Dances down the track, reaches to the pitch of the ball and chips it over the cover fielder for a boundary. 71/5

9.3 K Khan to T Maruma, FOUR! Leans forward and crunches it through covers for a boundary. 67/5

9.2 K Khan to T Maruma, Maruma gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads. 63/5

Timycen Maruma walks in next. Zimbabwe need to chase down the total in 15.4 overs to give themselves some hope of qualifying for the big stage. And of course then they will rely on the outcome of the next match.

9.1 K Khan to V Sibanda, OUT! Caught and bowled! Sibanda falls to a full toss, a rather soft dismissal, have to say. Sibanda tries to hit it straight but fails to keep it down and hands a simple return catch to the bowler. 63/5

Khurram Khan brings himself into the attack.

8.6 A Raza to V Sibanda, A single down to mid on to end the over. 14 off the over! 63/4

8.5 A Raza to E Chigumbura, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They pick up a single. 62/4

8.4 A Raza to E Chigumbura, FOUR! Boom! Again the bowler is on the shorter side, Chigumbura goes on the back foot and whacks it through covers for a boundary. 61/4

8.3 A Raza to V Sibanda, Steers a shortish ball through point for a single. 57/4

8.2 A Raza to V Sibanda, SIX! High and handsome! Tossed up delivery on middle, Sibanda gets inside the line and hoists it over long on for a maximum. 56/4

8.1 A Raza to E Chigumbura, Dropped! Slower delivery on off, Chigumbura goes back with the cut shot and edges it behind. The keeper fails to collect it and they cross for a run. 50/4

7.6 K Shazad to V Sibanda, Cracks a full ball through the line but finds the cover fielder. 15 runs off the over! 49/4

7.5 K Shazad to E Chigumbura, Very full in length on middle, nudged to mid-wicket for a run. 49/4

7.4 K Shazad to E Chigumbura, FOUR! Smashed away! Chigumbura is looking in killer mood! Full and wide outside off, Elton latches onto it and muscles it over extra cover. 48/4

7.3 K Shazad to E Chigumbura, Length delivery outside off, Elton once again aims to power it through the line but misses. 44/4

7.2 K Shazad to E Chigumbura, FOUR! Belligerence! Back of a length delivery on off, Chigumbura holds his ground and smacks it through extra cover for powerful boundary. 44/4

7.1 K Shazad to E Chigumbura, SIX! Gets off the mark in style! Full length delivery on middle, Chigumbura clears his front leg and powers it over square leg for a biggie. The intentions are pretty clear. 40/4

Kamran Shazad into the attack.

6.6 A Raza to V Sibanda, Full on off, driven to covers. Dot ball. 34/4

Elton Chigumbura is the new batsman.

6.5 A Raza to S Raza, OUT! Raza throws his wicket away! Floated ball on middle and off, Raza comes down the track to play the inside-out shot over extra cover but ends up slicing it in the air towards the deep cover region. Shazad in the deep moves swiftly to his right and takes a fine running catch. They are fielding brilliantly at the moment. Zimbabwe in deep trouble! 34/4

6.4 A Raza to V Sibanda, Sliding down the leg side, Sibanda initially looks to sweep it but then just paddles it down to fine leg for one. 34/3

6.3 A Raza to V Sibanda, Flighted ball on off, skidding on after landing, Sibanda tries to defend it off his front foot but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 33/3

6.2 A Raza to S Raza, Shorter delivery on off, Raza goes back and punches it through covers for a single. 33/3

6.1 A Raza to V Sibanda, Slow loopy ball on off, Sibanda dabs it down to covers and crosses for a quick single. 32/3

Ahmed Raza comes into the attack.

5.6 M Guruge to S Raza, Full length delivery in the line of the stumps, Raza tries to play it past point but fails to find the gap. 31/3 in the Powerplay! At this stage, UAE were 31/2! 31/3

5.5 M Guruge to V Sibanda, Back of a length delivery on middle, some extra bounce, Sibanda punches it wide of mid off for a run. 31/3

5.4 M Guruge to V Sibanda, Taps down a length ball to covers. Dot ball. 30/3

5.3 M Guruge to V Sibanda, Angles across a full ball, around off, Vusi opens the face of the bat and dabs it to short third man. 30/3

5.2 M Guruge to V Sibanda, Picks a full ball from outside off and heaves it over mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 30/3

5.1 M Guruge to V Sibanda, Fullish ball on off, Sibanda gets forward and pushes it to point. 28/3

4.6 S Silva to V Sibanda, Hits a shortish ball to point and retains strike with a single. 28/3

4.5 S Silva to V Sibanda, Leans forward to a full ball on off and defends it watchfully. 27/3

4.4 S Silva to S Raza, Goes on the back foot and punches it wide of the cover fielder for a quick single. 27/3

4.3 S Silva to S Raza, Turns it off his pads to the leg side but finds the mid-wicket fielder. 26/3

4.2 S Silva to S Raza, Slower loopy ball on middle, Raza walks forward to work it across the line but misses and is hit high on the pads. 26/3

4.1 S Silva to V Sibanda, Knocks a full ball down to long on for a single. 26/3

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