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Zimbabwe bowl in must-win game

espncricinfo | Posted on 2014-03-21 05:23 AM

Toss Zimbabwe chose to bowl v UAE Live scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In a match that holds much higher significance for Zimbabwe, they won the toss and asked UAE to bat. Zimbabwe not only need to win the match, but also ensure that they do enough to transform that 0.5 net run-rate deficit to Ireland to something that works in their favour if - and a big if - Ireland lose to Netherlands later in the day. The decision to bat second was driven by that need of improving the equation.
UAE have looked every bit an amateur side among professionals and while that makes for a good story, it doesn't really translate to good cricket. But they don't have to flick through volumes of cricket history to find inspiration. Only yesterday, Hong Kong, a team not too dissimilar in composition, surprised Bangladesh with an unlikely performance. They won in the last over, but at the halfway stage, they actually gave Bangladesh fans the fright of a possible ouster.
If UAE cause an upset, they would automatically take both teams out of the competition. They made two changes in the team, bringing in Shadeep Silva and Manjula Guruge. Zimbabwe went unchanged.
This being the first morning match in the competition, the conditions are likely to stay the same throughout - read no dew.

Zimbabwe: 1 Hamilton Masakadza 2 Sikandar Raza, 3 Brendan Taylor (cpt, wk), 4 Vusi Sibanda, 5 Sean Williams, 6 Elton Chigumbura, 7 Timycen Maruma, 8 Prosper Utseya, 9 Tinashe Panyangara, 10 Tendai Chatara, 11 Natsai Mushnagwe

UAE: 1 Amjad Ali, 2 Faizan Asif, 3 Khurram Khan, 4 Swapnil Patil, 5 Shaiman Anwar, 6 Amjad Javed, 7 Rohan Mustafa, 8 Ahmed Raza, 9 Kamran Shahzad, 10 Manjula Guruge, 11 Shadeep Silva

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