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As it happened: Zimbabwe vs UAE, World Cup, Pool B, Match 8

Ervine (42) and Williams (76) had stitched together a partnership that turned out to be a match winning one as UAE with all their resources just about fell short to defend 285 but not without a fight.

Cricketnext Staff |February 19, 2015, 2:40 AM IST
As it happened: Zimbabwe vs UAE, World Cup, Pool B, Match 8

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United Arab Emirates team composed largely of expatriates and semi-professionals will meet Zimbabwe on Thursday in their first World Cup match in two decades, determined to show that they aren't at the tournament merely to make up numbers.

UAE last played at a World Cup in 1996, beating the Netherlands by seven wickets for their only win. But they come into the current tournament with a mature squad - captain Mohammad Tauqir and leading batsman Khurram Khan share the distinction of being the World Cup's oldest players at 43 - and with a solid preparation.

Zimbabwe, coming off a 62-run loss to South Africa in their opening Pool B match, faces pressure to revive their Cup campaign, ensuring the match at Saxton Oval will be earnestly contested.


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