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Zimbabwe won the third match of the ODI series against the UAE comfortably and is now 3-0 up with one match to go. The second match of the series was the only one which was close and rain had to play a big part in that situation as well. Zimbabwe is going to be targeting a 4-0 result and the UAE is going to have to hope for a miracle to try and prevent that from happening.
The visitors have been found lacking in terms of quality. Their batting has been sub-standard and the bowling has not penetrative enough to cause Zimbabwe any serious problems. Is there any thing left in the UAE arsenal which it has not used up until now? Let us see.
After betting second in the first two matches of the series, Zimbabwe got a chance to bat first and made full use of it. An excellent century by Sean Ervine formed the base of the inning as Zimbabwe racked up 307 for the loss of just four wickets.
Runs for Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, and Peter Moor meant that Zimbabwe was always in the box seat through its batting stint. Regis Chakabva and Sikandar Raza were the only two batsmen that missed out and would be hoping to make amends in the upcoming match.
Zimbabwe’s batting has been very good in this series. They have been professional enough to not take the UAE for granted yet dominant enough to keep attacking on most occasions. If anything, we think Zimbabwe should have ended up with a far larger total than 307 considering the fact they lost just four wickets in their inning.
The time of 300 being a match-winning score in ODI cricket is changing. Zimbabwe may find it enough against UAE but it will struggle when it comes up against better sides.
A good total on the board was an added advantage for the Zimbabwe bowling attack which has already been far superior to what UAE is used to facing. Kyle Jarvis, Chris Mpofu, Ruan Burl, and Sikandar Raza all ensured that UAE was not going to come anywhere close to the target they needed.
Ryan Burl took four wickets to end up with the best figures but we thought it was Kyle Jarvis who bowled the best spell.
Brian Chari, R Chakabva, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Peter Moor, T Maruma, Ryan Burl, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, C Mpofu.
UAE is finding out that one-off results can be much easier to achieve than consistent performances. This is the first time that UAE is traveling to a test playing nation for a bilateral series and it is being found out in terms of preparation.
UAE has Graeme Cremer to help it get used to the conditions but Cremer is not in the middle playing cricket. That has to be done by the UAE players themselves.
The batting has been woeful in this series and another poor performance in the third match saw UAE slump to their third straight defeat. The top-order has been unable to get off to good starts or to be able to lay a platform for the batsmen to follow.
Ashfaq Ahmed, Rohan Mustafa, and Ghulam Shabbir were unable to get to double figures. This is pretty much where the match was lost. Rizwan, Shaiman Anwar, and Muhammad Usman all got some useful runs but even they were unable to cross 50 individually.
50 over cricket is all about building on starts and that is not something that UAE is being able to do. Temperament and lack of experience is one thing but we also think there is a definite lack of talent that is holding UAE back.
The batsmen are struggling against one of the weakest test playing nations in the world and this just shows the gap between associate cricket and the other test playing nations.
The bowling for UAE has been steady at best but innocuous on most occasions. Their fast bowlers do not have enough pace to be able to trouble the batsmen while the spinners are have been ineffective in good batting conditions.
The pitch may not have been a rank turner in any of the three matches so far but there was definitely some help for the spinners. UAE’s lack of wicket-taking ability is being highlighted in the fifty over format and is going to be very difficult to overcome overnight.
Ashfaq Ahmed, Rohan Mustafa, Ghulam Shabber, CP Rizwan, Mohammad Naveed, Imran Haider, Zahoor Khan, S Anwar, Sultan Ahmed, Muhammad Usman, Chirag Suri.
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The fourth ODI between Zimbabwe and the UAE is going to be played at the Harare Sports Club, Harare. There is a lot of rain forecast in Harare over the next few days and we could find it difficult to get a game in. The pitch has been pretty lifeless in the series so far, especially for the bowlers, and that is not going to change.
The rain around Harare could act as one unknown element which spices up the proceedings but we don’t think even that is going to be enough to get UAE a win. The most likely outcome here is going to be rained out match or a Zimbabwe win.
Back Zimbabwe to win.
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