Lunchtime rain interrupted the end of UAE’s innings at 235-7, and meant that Zimbabwe faced a revised target of 230 in 40 overs on the DLS method. They lost early wickets but were restored by counter-attacking innings from Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza. Williams scored 80 in quick time, while Raza cracked 34 from 26 deliveries, but both fell with victory almost in sight, allowing UAE to surge to victory.
Heartbreak for ZImbabwe after their #CWC19 hopes are practically ended by the UAE, who won a tense thriller in Harare by 3 runs (DLS).#UAEvZIM REPORT ➡️ https://t.co/7ReJN7PCcH pic.twitter.com/Ktvs4FSNgL— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 22, 2018
“We gave them a few too many, and then to only have 40 overs with the bat, that cost us a bit,” said Cremer. “We’d still back ourselves to chase 230 in 40 overs, but a poor start again. We keep losing wickets in that first power play, which has probably cost us.” “When Raza got out, that was crucial for us. Because he could have won that game with a couple of overs to spare, the way he was batting. When Sean got out, that was another big moment in the game.”
Zimbabwe out of the World Cup 2019 by just 3 runs, Scotland out by just 5 runs. Associate nation UAE beat Test nation Zimbabwe. Nepal, Netherlands good. Afghanistan, Ireland very impressive (only one of them will qualify). yet ICC don't want these teams in CWC 19. @ICC #Cricket— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) March 22, 2018
While the Zimbabweans were heartbroken, UAE captain Rohan Mustafa revelled in his side’s first major victory over a Full Member team. “A great achievement for the UAE team, because we have never won against a Test nation team,” said Mustafa. “So it’s a great achievement, and it shows the world that UAE, and the other Associate countries, are getting better.
After three games of #CWCQ, Afghanistan ?? were on the brink of elimination. Now, thanks to Zimbabwe's loss against UAE, they are on the cusp of qualification. Re-live their incredible journey, complete with highlights of all their matches. READ➡️ https://t.co/wFvswwBOae pic.twitter.com/uHCcRcAGB7— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 22, 2018