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Zimbabwe ODI

Dominant Zimbabwe aim for clean sweep

Zim v UAE, 4th ODI, preview

UAE have conceded all three games so far, but will hope to close out their first bilateral series against a Full Member with a win in the final game in Harare on Tuesday, 16 April.

Overview

Zimbabwe vs United Arab Emirates
4th ODI
Harare Sports Club, Harare
Tuesday, 16 April, 9:30am local time, 7.30am GMT

Zimbabwe have outplayed UAE for most of the series, and the visitors have struggled to make inroads against the experienced home side. Sean Williams has been in excellent nick at the top of the order. He slammed the fastest ODI hundred by a Zimbabwe batsman in the third ODI, reaching the three-figure mark in just 75 balls.

Craig Ervine and Regis Chakabva have also chipped in with the runs, making three half-centuries between them. Skipper Peter Moor will hope they can build on that good form while the rest of the batting line-up can join the party as well.

Kyle Jarvis leads the bowling charts, with eight scalps in three games. Donald Tripano, Ryan Burl and Tendai Chatara have also been impressive, picking up 14 wickets between them. The hosts might decide to test their bench strength in the final game, with Ainsley Ndlovu and Tony Munyonga waiting at the bench to make their international debuts.

UAE, on the other hand, will be keen for a turnaround. The visitors were beaten by 131 runs in the third ODI, where they were bowled out for 176 in a 308-run chase. This is their first bilateral ODI series against a Full Member, and they would be keen to end it on a high.

The opening pair of Ashfaq Ahmed and Rohan Mustafa has been unable to get them off to a good start, with the first wicket falling for scores of 2, 1, and 9 in the three games. UAE will hope for a better showing from the duo that could shield them against going on the backfoot early on.

UAE need to improve on the bowling front as well. They have picked up just 10 wickets across three Zimbabwe innings, struggling to contain the home batsmen. Sharp bowling changes, tighter fields, and a disciplined effort with the ball will be key for them to penetrate the home team's batting line-up.

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Key players

Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe): The talismanic all-rounder has been unable to work his magic in the series so far. He has 29 runs in two innings, to go alongside three wickets – a tad underwhelming for a player of his calibre. He would want to set that straight by concluding the series with a strong, all-round performance on Tuesday.

Shaiman Anwar (United Arab Emirates): With scores of 11, 72, and 27, Anwar is UAE's leading run-scorer in the series. If he manages to get a big one under his belt, UAE have a chance to end their tour with a win.

Conditions

The weather forecast does not look bright for Tuesday, with scattered thunderstorms predicted right from toss time. The Harare surface has been conducive to pacers so far – three of the top four wicket-takers are all fast bowlers. 

Squads

Zimbabwe: Peter Moor (c), Solomon Mire, Regis Chakabva (wk), Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Timycen Maruma, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Brandon Mavuta, Tendai Chatara, Elton Chigumbura, Ainsley Ndlovu, Tony Munyonga, Brian Chari, Chris Mpofu

United Arab Emirates: Mohammad Naveed (c), Ashfaq Ahmed, Chirag Suri, Rohan Mustafa, Ghulam Shabbir (wk), Shaiman Anwar, Muhammad Usman, Mohammad Boota, Sultan Ahmed, Imran Haider, Qadeer Ahmed, CP Rizwan, Zahoor Khan, Amir Hayat

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