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20 February 201512:40

Five talking points from Zimbabwe’s win in Nelson

A look back at the game between Zimbabwe and the UAE

Five talking points from Zimbabwe’s win in Nelson - Cricket News

Zimbabwe’s first win of the tournament has kept it in the running for a place in the quarter finals.

1. United Arab Emirates’ batting performance
Confident, calm and determined, United Arab Emirates batsmen did a superb job of handling the pressure in their first innings of the tournament after being sent in by Zimbabwe. Captain Mohammad Tauqir stated he wanted 300 runs before the match and while the total fell just short of that, at 285-7, it was the highest one-day international score in the UAE’s history.
In their 18 previous ODIs, UAE’s highest score was 282-4, scored against Afghanistan in November last year. In a sign of the UAE’s improvement, their seven highest scores were all in 2014 or 2015.
When wickets fell, the UAE batsmen held their nerve, dug in and carried on. It was an excellent lesson on how Associates should bat against stronger opponents and one Scotland and Afghanistan might pay attention too after they each suffered batting collapses this week.
The fifth-wicket partnership of 82 from Swapnil Patil and Shaiman Anwar was also a record for the UAE.






2. Chakabva’s hit-wicket
This unusual dismissal is sure to be discussed at water coolers around the world today. In the 22nd, Chakabva slipped and fell while playing a shot, with his foot striking the wicket, to be out for 35 off 62.
There have only been sevenprevious dismissals by hit wicket in ICC Cricket World Cup history. The most recent was in Kingston, Jamaica in 2007, when fellow Zimbabwe player Vusi Sibanda went out in the same manner against Ireland.
The other batsman to go out hit wicket in World Cups are: Maurice Odumbe (Kenya, twice - 1996 and 2003), Joe Harris (Canada 2003), Gary Kirsten (South Africa, 1996), Franklin Dennis (Canada 1979) and Roy Fredricks (West Indies 1975).



3. Craig Ervine and Sean William’s partnership
This was the match-winner for Zimbabwe. United Arab Emirates was in with a good chance at victory before the pair combined to add 83 in 10.2 overs, seeing their team home with four wickets in hand.
After the match, Williams said he had approached his innings differently after being dismissed for eight against South Africa on Sunday: “(In) the previous game versus South Africa, I came in and I felt very flustered at the wicket. I learned my lesson very quickly there to come in, get in, and hit the ball down on the ground. Build on innings and go from there. Wickets in hand in the end is always going to be the goal.”




4. Nelson – a run-scoring paradise?
In the two matches so far at Nelson, there have been 1184 runs scored, including two innings in excess of 300 when Ireland defeated West Indies on Monday.
It was the reason UAE captain Tauqir set his sights on such a high target before the match and it delivered. It has also provided fans in the crowd with ample opportunity to try and win some cold, hard cash through Tui’s Catch a Million competition.
With that in mind, fans are sure to be eager to head back to Saxton Oval on Thursday, March 5, for the city’s final match of CWC15, when Bangladesh plays Scotland.



5. Quarter-final showdown
Zimbabwe’s first win of the tournament has kept it in the running for a place in the quarter finals.
Thanks to Ireland’s win over West Indies, Pool B is wide openand a few interesting matches over the remainder of the pool stage will determine who moves on to the knockout stage.
First, West Indies will play Pakistan on Saturday at Hagley Oval. West Indies needs a win if it is to keep its hopes of advancing alive, while Pakistan will likewise want to earn its first points of the tournament after losing to India.
West Indies then head to Canberra where it will play Zimbabwe next Tuesday. The outcome of that match will have a huge impact on the make-up of Pool B, and potentially set up a knock-out match between Ireland and Zimbabwe in Hobart on March 7.