Chigumbura rescues Zimbabwe

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iol spt mar21 Cricket Pitch Gallo Images All-rounder Elton Chigumbura struck a fiery half-century to help Zimbabwe achieve a five-wicket win over United Arab Emirates. Photo by: Anesh Debiky

All-rounder Elton Chigumbura struck a fiery half-century to help Zimbabwe achieve a five-wicket win over United Arab Emirates in Sylhet on Friday, keeping their hopes of reaching the next round alive.

Chigumbura smashed three sixes and six boundaries in his 21-ball 53 not out to lift Zimbabwe from a struggling 34-4 and surpass a modest 117-run target in 13.4 overs.

The win also lifted Zimbabwe's net run-rate over Ireland who face the Netherlands in the crucial match to decide which team qualifies for the Super-10 stage from Group B.

Bangladesh qualified for the Super-10 from Group A on Thursday.

Chigumbura added a match-winning 55 for the sixth wicket with Timycen Maruma who made 22 not out.

Before that Zimbabwe were jolted by left-arm paceman Manjula Guruge (2-18) who dismissed Hamilton Masakadza (two) and Sean Williams (nought) in successive overs.

Zimbabwe's best batsman skipper Brendan Taylor also managed just 15.

The UAE owed their total to a 58-run third wicket stand between Khurram Khan (26) and Swapnil Patil (30) before left-arm spinner Williams took a career best 3-15 in four overs.

The UAE lost their way before a ninth wicket stand of 27 between Shadeep Silva (13 not out) and Kamran Shahzad (21) lifted them to 116-9 in their 20 overs.

Sikander Raza (2-15) and Tendai Chatara (2-21) were also among the wicket takers for Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe have now two wins out of three games while Ireland have two wins out of two and the Netherlands one win out of two matches.

Brief scores:

UAE 116-9 (Swapnil Patil 30, Khurran Khan 26; S. Williams 3-15)

Zimbabwe 118-5 in 13.4 overs (E. Chigumbura 56 not out; M. Guruge 2-18)

Zimbabwe win by five wickets. – AFP


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