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Match Facts: Zimbabwe v United Arab Emirates

Zimbabwe only partially in control of its fate for a Super 10 spot, while UAE goes in with nothing to lose

Match Facts: Zimbabwe v United Arab Emirates - Cricket News
Zimbabwe only partially in control of its fate for a Super 10 spot, while UAE goes in with nothing to lose
While Zimbabwe’s last ball win against Netherlands kept its hopes of qualifying for the Super 10 alive, Brendan Taylor’s side will be aware that it is only in partial control of its fate. Not only does it have to beat the United Arab Emirates by a convincing margin at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium on Friday (March 21), it will be hoping that Ireland, who won against Zimbabwe off the last ball, has an off day and slips up against the Netherlands. UAE’s journey in the tournament has been the opposite. While it is not in the race for a Super 10 spot, the game against Zimbabwe gives it a chance to make a strong statement and end on a positive note. Here is a look at some key facts heading into the clash.

Facts:

Zimbabwe v UAE 

Both of Zimbabwe’s matches in this tournament have been settled on the final ball, the 12th
and 13th instances of a team winning on the final ball of a T20I. 

Hamilton Masakadza has reached 40 in four of his last seven T20I innings. 

Only three players have a better overall average at the ICC World Twenty20 than Brendan Taylor’s 46, minimum five dismissals: Rohit Sharma, Michael Hussey and Umar Akmal. 

Khurram Khan needs 38 runs to become the first player to score 500 T20 runs for United Arab Emirates. 

United Arab Emirates have lost their last four T20 matches.

Approaching milestones 

Prosper Utseya needs one wicket to become the first player to take 25 T20I wickets for Zimbabwe. 
Brendan Taylor is attempting to win his third T20I as captain of Zimbabwe, which would equal the record of most wins, set by Prosper Utseya. 

Key Battles 

Brendan Taylor v Shaiman Anwar 

These batsmen might consider they have been let down by their batting colleagues in the tournament so far. They are the leading tournament run-scorers for their respective teams – Taylor is the tournament’s overall top run-scorer – but their efforts at the crease have not brought the results they would have wanted. 
Zimbabwe can still qualify, but they will surely need a crushing win to progress and need an explosive
batting performance. Taylor’s 108 runs so far at a strike rate of 127.1 suggest he is the man to lead the
charge. Shaiman Anwar has hit 32 and 30 so far, hitting 34 runs of these runs in boundaries. A UAE
consolation win depends heavily on him producing more middle order fireworks. 
 
 

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