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Amidst the T20 carnival going on in India and South Africa, we have another series going one, albeit not as in limelight as the Indian Premier League. Having already won the first two matches in their series against the United Aram Emirates, Zimbabwe will be looking to close out the series in the third match of the series. The match will be played at Harare Sports Club, Harare, on Sunday, April 14th.
Although Zimbabwe are not part of the World Cup, they'll be looking to keep their winning run going and whitewash UAE in this series. Despite the fact that Zimbabwe were favorites even before the series started, they have done incredibly well to keep it that way.
In the first match, the home team were clinical and showed no kindness to the visitors as they dismantled them for just 110 before chasing it down. Tendai Chatara, Donald Tiripano, and Brendon Mavuta picked up a couple of wickets each without giving too many runs away. Donald Tiripano was the pick of their bowlers who picked three wickets the expense of just 25 runs in his ten overs.
In the second ODI, it was Kyle Jarvis who did all the damage before their batsmen in Moor and Chakbawa bailed them out of a tricky situation. Moor struck a solid 33-ball 55 and played an instrumental role in reviving their innings. The hosts have done almost everything right up until the series so far and look an extremely well-settled unit. It certainly won't be easy for the visitors to topple them in the upcoming encounter.
Solomon Mire, R Chakabva, Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, T Maruma, Peter Moor, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, C Mpofu, Ryan Burl.
Although UAE did particularly well in the second match as compared to how they did in the first match, it seemingly just wasn't enough. In the two ODIs gone so far, their bowlers have done reasonably well in keeping the hosts quiet, but their batsmen haven't really been able to survive against the experienced Zimbabwean bowling attack.
In the second ODI, they had Zimbabwe on the mat at one point in time after Rohan Mustafa, Zahoor Khan, and Imran Haider accounted for four of Zimbabwean wickets leaving them reeling at 92 for 4 in less than 20 overs. While they fell down flat in the first match, it was refreshing to see them putting up a fight in the second match.
The most interesting aspect of their batting in the second ODI was the partnership between Ghulam Shabber and Shaiman Anwar who stitched 121 runs without taking too much time. Overall, on paper UAE are pretty much a solid match to Zimbabweans. However, the lack of experience of playing at this level is certainly apparent and will need something special to match Zimbabweans on the field.
Ashfaq Ahmed, Rohan Mustafa, Ghulam Shabber, CP Rizwan, S Anwar, Imran Haider, Mohammad Boota, Mohammad Naveed, Muhammad Usman, Qadeer Ahmed, Zahoor Khan.
Considering the two matches done so far, Zimbabweans are certainly the favorites to keep rocking and rolling. Having said that, the visitors are slowly but surely picking up and are unlikely to go down without a fight. We expect the hosts to make a couple of changes to their lineup, but they still are and will be better placed to emerge on top in the upcoming encounter.
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