Zimbabwe’s bid for world cup qualification went terribly wrong after suffering a narrow 3 run defeat at the hands of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at Harare Sports Club today.
Zimbabwe will have to watch from the sidelines as other nations compete at the 2019 cricket world cup following the Chevrons failure to progress to cricket’s biggest competition.
The Chevrons had won the toss and opted to bowl first with the hope of restricting the UAE.
It however did not go according to the script with a free flowing UAE outfit showing aggression in an innings which saw Rahmeez Shazad top scoring with 59 runs from 61 balls.
Ghulam Shabba scored 40 with Shaim Anwar chipping in with 33.
With the UAE having scored 235 runs for the loss of 5 wickets play was stopped due to rain in the 48th over.
Given time lost, Zimbabwe’s target was revised to 230 to win from 40 overs.
In chasing the required target the Chevrons got off to a woeful start with Solomon Mire perishing for only 6 runs while trying to go for the pull.
Hamilton Masakadza then capped off a miserable tournament by being bowled for 7.
With the Chevrons now pinning their hopes on Brendan Taylor, it was disappointment for the hosts when Zimbabwe’s number 3 batsman was bowled by Ahmed Raza for 15.
Peter Moore and Sean Williams then embarked on a rebuilding phase combining for a 4th wicket partnership stand of 79.
Moore eventually fell for 39 with Williams going on to reach 50.
Sikander Raza fell for 34 with the backbone of Zimbabwe’s innings Williams perishing for 80.
Craig Ervine and Kyle Jarvis then had the task of scoring 15 runs in the final over but the UAE held their nerve to win the contest by 3 runs.
Defeat asserted the UAE’s abilities, as the Chevrons were eliminated from the competition in what ended Zimbabwe’s hopes of competing at the 2019 world cup.