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Jamie Lillywhite and Jonathan Jurejko

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  1. Close of play

    Well we've seen an enjoyable contest between two of the lesser lights, best of luck to them for the remainder of the tournament, and the Saxton Oval in Nelson has again provided the most glorious setting.

    As we said earlier, Zimbabwe next face West Indies in Canberra on Tuesday, while for UAE it is also a day-night fixture, against Ireland in Brisbane, a day later.

    The next match in the tournament sees England looking to overcome that heavy opening defeat against Australia, but they face another leading contender New Zealand, on their home patch, the "Cake Tin" Westpac Stadium at Wellington.

    It starts at 01:00 GMT on Friday and our team will be in place to provide build-up, with 5 live sports extra on air from 00:45 GMT. Tune in for that but from us, it's cheerio for now.

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    Pool B table
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    Prettiest grounds

    Lynton and Lymouth CC

    Andy JR Hartley: I vote for the Valley of the Rocks (Lynton and Lynmouth CC)

    I would definitely like to see this ground. Looks sensational. Might there be a quaint old stone hostelry nearby too?

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    UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir: "We played some good cricket but we were expecting a different result. In the previous game on this wicket we saw that 300 was not enough. We know our limitations and we scored 285. But they batted well, struck up some good partnerships and they won the game.

    "Overall the bowlers bowled well. That one crucial partnership between the two left-handers - Ervine and Williams - saw them through the game. If one of them had got out it would have been a different game. It was a good learning experience for both our batters and bowlers."

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    Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura: "We're disappointed about our fielding - we are better than that. But I thought the guys played well with the bat. The good thing about our team is we have eight batters so there was no pressure. Getting over the line was the most important thing to do - and we did it."

  6. Final scorecard

    Zimbabwe 286-6 after 48 overs (target 286)

    Not out batsmen: Williams 76, Chigumbura 14

    Fall of wickets: 64-1 (Raza 46), 72-2 (Masakadza 1), 112-3 (Chakabva 35), 144-4 (Taylor 47), 167-5 (Mire 9), 250-6 (Ervine 42)

    Bowling figures: Naveed 10-1-60-1, Javed 9-0-49-1, Aziz 10-0-53-1, Tauqir 9-0-51-2, Chandran 9-0-59-1, Mustafa 1-0-8-0

    United Arab Emirates: 285-7(Anwar 67)

    Match scorecard

    Radio 5 live sports extra commentary

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    They don't play Ireland next, they play West Indies on Tuesday. So cynics might say they have more of a chance of winning!

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Zimbabwe are not one of the strongest. If they played Ireland tomorrow I'd back Ireland to win. Whether they are good enough to get out of the group stages I don't think they are. But this was the best game I've seen at this World Cup so far. It was a really good advert for these teams because outside of their own countries they won't be known names."

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think the UAE are going to struggle with their bowling all the big teams will dissect this and I don't think there is anything that will worry their batsmen. A few bowlers will be worried though, the UAE know how to play proper shots. Whether they can win a match at this World Cup, my heart says yes but my head says they won't."

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    Sean Williams

    Zimbabwe's matchwinner Sean Williams: "I tried not to feel the pressure, but we lost wickets at the wrong stages of the game. I felt the wicket was good to knock balls down the ground and get close to the total. That's exactly what happened.

    "It was a really good wicket to play back down past the bowler but anything across the line was difficult. We focused on having wickets at the end and rotating the strike. They bowled really well."

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "UAE coach Paul Franks told me they had talent but were a little wet behind the ears, and they have not got the experience certainly at this level. Scoring 284 even here on a very good batting wicket against an Test playing nation was an exceptional effort. I thought Zimbabwe were letting the pressure build too much but they were obviously letting UAE run out of steam."

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    Sean Williams finishes on 76 and is greeted with jubilation by his colleagues as they walk out on to the field. Shades of another Zimbabwe left-hander a certain Andy Flower with that punched straight drive winning hit.


    Zim 286-6 (Williams 76, Chigumbura 14)

    Williams is a fluent hitter, and a cool customer. When Naveed decides to send it short the left-hander accepts the challenge with successive boundaries and then adds a third with an assured straight drive to settle the contest. A fitting stroke to end a fine match.

  14. Zim 270-6 (16 needed from 18 balls)

    Too much width outside off stump with the slower ball from Chandran in his penultimate over and Chigumbura thumps it to the cover boundary. Is there time for one more twist? Who's going to be Chubby Checker?

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    Prettiest grounds

    Instow CC

    JP Bowden: Instow cricket club in Devon, beautiful ground!

  16. Zim 263-6 (23 needed from 24 balls)

    Skipper Tauqir striking a blow for the 43-year-olds, athletically diving at mid-wicket to save a certain boundary. But Chigumbura relieves the pressure with an authoritative cover drive to the pickets (works better with a New Zealand accent) off Javed.

  17. Zim 254-6 (31 needed from 30 balls)

    Zimbabwe fans show their support

    They should still be happy at the end of the match these Zimbabweans, but it's not as straightforward as it might have been. Chigumbura playing calmly but no boundary off Chandran's eighth over.

  18. How's stat?

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    Sean Williams has now made 18 fifties without a 100, this equals Elton Chigumbura's Zimbabwe record of failing to convert his 1st 18 fifties into 100s in ODIs.

  19. Zim 251-6 (Williams 55, Chigumbura 0)

    Skipper Elton is the new man. Will he be still standing at the end of the match? He slashes at a wide final ball of the over from Javed but no contact is made and there are five dot balls in the over, with only a single added.

  20. WICKET

    Ervine c & b Chandran 42 (Zim 250-5)

    Masterful mockers from GP Swann. Ervine is through his shot too early and chips a simple return catch off the leading edge to Chandran.

  21. Zim 241-5 (Williams 52, Ervine 35)

    Big Javed is back in the attack, his first six overs produced 1-38. Only two singles conceded but the rate is not a concern for the Zimbabweans. Wickets urgently required by UAE. Some rare fair weather cloud partially shields the sun momentarily.

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Zimbabwe are just showing the experience they have over UAE. They have kept their wickets intact and put themselves in a position where they should definitely win this game. It's theirs to lose."

  23. Zim 239-5 (partnership 72)

    There were 45 scored in those five powerplay overs and Zimbabwe seem to be in command now. Naveed sends one down that barely pitches on the cut strip. Three wides in the over and Williams also picks up two fours to reach fifty from 42 balls, his 18th in ODIs.

  24. Scorecard update

    Zimbabwe 222-5 after 40 overs (target 286)

    Batsmen: Williams 38, Ervine 33

    Fall of wickets: 64-1 (Raza 46), 72-2 (Masakadza 1), 112-3 (Chakabva 35), 144-4 (Taylor 47), 167-5 (Mire 9)

    Bowling figures: Naveed 8-1-31-1, Javed 6-0-38-1, Aziz 10-0-53-1, Tauqir 9-0-51-2, Chandran 6-0-39-0, Mustafa 1-0-8-0

    United Arab Emirates: 285-7(Anwar 67)

    Match scorecard

    Radio 5 live sports extra commentary

  25. Zim 222-5 (64 needed)

    Fifty partnership from 41 balls between the two left-handers. Rohan Mustafa is the new bowler, in only his fourth ODI. Fairly wretched final ball from the spinner, a half tracker which Ervine had time to play half a dozen shots to. He thumps it ruthlessly through the covers for his first four.

  26. Six

    Zim 214-5 (Williams 37, Ervine 26)

    Colourful character Chandran, an earring gleaming in his left ear. No distraction for Ervine, who thumps his second six with a delightfully fluid stroke into the leg-side.

  27. Dropped catch

    Zim 200-5 (Aziz -53 from 10 overs)

    Aziz completes his spell and almost collects a wicket with his final delivery, Williams driving to extra cover and it perhaps dips just in front of the fielder, in fairness to him.

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    Prettiest grounds

    Ryan Whittaker: Played at a lovely little ground just outside of Amsterdam. Definition of picturesque.

  29. Six

    Zim 191-5 (Williams 23, Ervine 17)

    That's a pretty good way to reduce the rate, Ervine flicking Chandran off his legs for a sweetly timed six, the fourth Zimbabwean to clear the ropes in this innings. Still plenty of excited chatter in the field from the UAE, however, very different to the West Indies the other day.

  30. Zim 183-5 (103 needed)

    The skies are still beautifully clear approaching 6pm in Nelson. A delicate paddle sweep from Ervine brings him three as Aziz sends down a full toss, but the required run rate has slipped above seven per over.

  31. Zim 177-5 (Williams 20, Ervine 6)

    Karate Kid Chandran back for another burst of his (slow medium) fast medium. He restricts the scoring to two singles. The requirement is 109 from 15 overs with only five wickets intact. Much for the Zimbos (as Graeme Swann calls them, anyone else?) to ponder during the drinks break.

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    Prettiest grounds

    Bishop Auckland

    Michael Blighe: My hometown Bishop Auckland has got a lovely little ground. Little wooden decking area, lush grass. Sigh.

    David Langley: Newlands in Cape Town with Table Mountain in the background! Always visually stunning on TV.

    I think David may have you there Michael.

  33. Zim 175-5 (required run-rate 6.93)

    This is the UAE's 19th ODI. Their first win came in the 1996 World Cup when they overcame the Netherlands but since then they have only beaten Hong Kong and Afghanistan. Craig Ervine is the new man, so two left-handers at the crease now. He is the man with the highest average in the team, 34, with a best of 85. Williams collects an overthrow, when the attempt to run him out is not backed up and flies over the timbers.

  34. WICKET

    Mire c Patil b Naveed 9 (Zim 167-5)

    But maybe we still can. Mire is on his way. He had thumped a full blooded pull into his own pad the ball before and then edges a wide one from Naveed into the grateful gloves of the wicketkeeper.

  35. Zim 167-4 (119 more to win)

    Aziz rattles through his overs, no consideration these little spinners. Just the two singles. No chance yet to use the "Zimbabwe in the Mire" pun.

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    Agent Giuseppe: You know you're a cricket obsessive when you're still going at 4am for UAE v Zimbabwe...

    (But what about your prettiest ground Agent?)

  37. Zim 165-4 (target 286)

    A waist high full toss down the leg-side from the returning Naveed will not be what his captain is looking for and it brushes the thigh pad for four leg byes. Now our prettiest grounds debate has not got going. At all. I'm well aware it is 04:16 in the UK but those of you in the southern hemisphere have no excuse. It's #bbccricket for your entries please.

  38. Zim 157-4 (Williams 13, Mire 6)

    Zimbabwe's first ODI win came in the 1983 World Cup in England and it was against Australia when a certain portly left-hander by the name of Duncan Fletcher got a few runs. Mire clips Aziz for two to mid-wicket but then requires some treatment on his hamstring, allowing Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" to continue into a second chorus. I wonder where it reached in the New Zealand charts.

  39. Six

    Zim 154-4 (target 286)

    Solomon Mire is the new batsman facing Tauqir and he gets off the mark with a risky single to mid-off. It would have been close had it hit but the throw was the equivalent of a shot at goal going for a throw-in. Williams thumps a swashbuckling six into the brown dried grass bank over mid-wicket.

  40. WICKET

    Taylor lbw b Aziz 47 (Zim 144-4)

    United Arab Emirates (UAE) bowler Nasir Aziz (R) traps Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor

    Three short of his 32nd ODI fifty Taylor has gone. He plays over the top of the ball with his attempted sweep but reviews the decision. Third umpire Richard Illingworth eventually decides it was a correct one.

  41. Zim 142-3 (Taylor 45, Williams 6)

    Some deft sweeps being employed by the Zimbabweans now, orthodox ones this time, with Taylor collecting consecutive boundaries off Tauqir. Deft cannot be used to describe big Javed's attempt to cut the ball off on the boundary, Bambi on ice springing to mind as the ball trickles through his legs and he takes a tumble.

  42. Six

    Zim 132-3 (target 286)

    Taylor takes a step down the wicket to Aziz, who has his gold chain dangling outside his dark shirt, and it flies low past the bowler 80 metres into the distance, the 67th maximum of the tournament.

  43. Zim 126-3 (run-rate 5.04)

    The Saxton Oval

    Taylor employs the reverse sweep again to excellent effect, sweetly timed to the boundary of Tauqir for his third four. The halfway stage of the innings and 160 required.

  44. Zim 121-3 (target 286)

    Another spell for spinner Nasir Aziz, resembling a Batman character with his white sun cream thickly coated around his neat goatee beard and dark glasses. There is a half-hearted appeal for lbw as Taylor sweeps but the fact that leg bye is not signalled when they take a run shows how much hope it had.

  45. WICKET

    Chakabva hit wicket b Tauqir 35 (Zim 112-3)

    United Arab Emirates (UAE) spinner Mohammad Tauqir (L) celebrates with teammate Swapnil Patil

    Now we are unlikely to see this again in this tournament, or for some time. Chakabva had been calmly moving towards fifty but in playing back to the spin of Tauqir he slips and his back foot dislodges the bails. "What happened next?" I can hear dear old David Coleman asking.

  46. Zim 112-2 (run-rate 5.09)

    The Karate Kid continues - Chandran has Karate on the back of his shirt for those of you just joining us. He's listed as medium fast but the keeper being up to the stumps and his average speed being barely above 100k's would indicate otherwise. Taylor, one of only three Zimbabweans averaging over 30, picks up another boundary.

  47. Zim 104-2 (Chakabva 32, Taylor 20)

    Thanks JJ. Well I'm disappointed with Hamilton Masakadza, I had all manner of stats on him for you. I've a good mind to use them anyway, completely irrelevantly. Well at the 20 over stage the UAE were 92-2 so it's all going well for Zim. Tauqir, with white sun cream smeared around his dark glasses, comes in off a few steps and Chakabva pulls through mid-wicket to collect his fourth boundary.

  48. Scorecard update

    Zimbabwe 98-2 after 20 overs (target 286)

    Batsmen: Chakabva 27, Taylor 15

    Fall of wickets: 64-1 (Raza 46), 72-2 (Masakadza 1)

    Bowling figures: Naveed 6-1-20-0, Javed 6-0-38-1, Aziz 2-0-15-0, Tauqir 4-0-16-1, Chandran 2-0-7-0

    United Arab Emirates 285-7 Anwar 67

    Match scorecard

    Radio 5 live sports extra commentary

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    Zim 98-2 (Chakabva 27, Taylor 15) - 286 target

    Another tidy over from UAE, who will be the happier side at the moment. Can Zimbabwe quicken the pace? My colleague Jamie Lillywhite will let you know as he talks you through to the conclusion...

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    Zim 94-2 (Chakabva 25, Taylor 12) - 286 target

    The local Kiwi kids are loving their day out in the Nelson sunshine, one cheeky scamp holding up a sign which shows he cannot spell four simple words - but that he knows how to correctly write the word 'cricket'. Brilliant.

    Meanwhile on the pitch, Zimbabwe add a boundary from Taylor and a cluster of singles. But they are being restrained by the UAE bowlers to decent effect.

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    Zim 87-2 (Chakabva 24, Taylor 7) - 286 target

  52. Post update

    Zim 87-2 (Chakabva 24, Taylor 7) - 286 target

    A change of attack from UAE. On comes Krishna Chandran, who bowls slow medium. Tidy enough from Chandran as Zimbabwe add another three. The required run rate is ever-lengthening, creeping up to 6.21.

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    Zim 84-2 (Chakabva 23, Taylor 5) - 286 target

    Zimbabwe's two batsmen exchange a confidence-boosting fist-bump after struggling to pick off the spin of UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir to great effect.

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "One of the differences between this game and the Ireland-West Indies game the other day is the discipline of the bowlers. There were 15 wides in the UAE innings and a fair few already in this innings, that's the differences between the top nations and the associates I should think."

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    Zim 81-2 (Chakabva 22, Taylor 3) - 286 target

    Zimbabwe wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor had a bit of a nightmare in the field earlier, looking generally shaky behind the stumps. But his form with the bat has been decent - and boy, do his team need him to perform now. He starts brightly enough, clipping two towards fine leg before adding a cheeky single. Then Chakabva slashes away a four in a productive over for Zimbabwe.

  56. WICKET

    Masakadza lbw b Javed 1 (Zim 72-2)

    UAE celebrate

    No repeat of Hamilton Masakadza's heroics against South Africa - he's gone. The Zimbabwe batsman shuffles back to the pavilion almost as quickly as he came out, as Javad's delivery beats his inside edge and smacks his pad bang in front of the wickets. Massive scalp for UAE.

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    Zim 69-1 (Chakabva 17, Masakadza 0) - 286 target

    Fast bowler Amjad Javed returns for another spell as Hamilton Masakadza strides forward to the middle. He impressed in Zimbabwe's opener against the mighty South Africa with a knock of 80, but can't get off the mark in a gentle introduction.

  58. WICKET

    Raza c Mustafa b Tauqir 46 (Zim 64-1)

    United Arab Emirates (UAE) bowler Mohammad Tauqir (C) celebrates with teammates after dismissing Zimbabwe batsman Sikandar Raza

    This is a job for an experienced head. So who are UAE going to call? Their 43-year-old skipper Mohammad Tauqir of course. And the spinner provides a magic touch, making the breakthrough the UAE badly needed - grabbing the scalp of danger man Sikander Raza.

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    Zim 61-0 (Raza 45 Chakabva 11) - 286 target

    Off spinner Nasir Aziz takes the ball again as he tries to, er, spin Zimbabwe's top order into a frenzy. But Raza plays it well, picking up five runs off two balls to keep the favourites ticking over nicely.

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    Garry MacDonald

    Former Canterbury spinner and coach

    "It's the sort of wicket where if you want to put the accelerator down you can, even the lower order can climb in and get runs as we've seen today."

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    Zim 55-0 (Raza 40 Chakabva 10) - 286 target

    Woah there Zimbabwe! UAE bowler Naveed, like a overzealous horseman, reins back the galloping batsmen with a tight maiden over.

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    Zim 55-0 (Raza 40 Chakabva 10) - 286 target

    Sikander Raza is feeling the groove now - maybe it is hearing the Outhere Brothers which have helped him. The Zimbabwe opener steps back to swat a four down cover point, before going maverick with a one-handed sweep that also finds the rope. That eases Raza and his more-reserved wingman Chakabva past the 50 partnership.

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    Zim 46-0 (Raza 32 Chakabva 9) - 286 target

    Like all good partnerships, Naveed arrives in the nick of time to bail out his pal. Naveed keeps things tight with a few fuller deliveries...but wait! He goes short and the delivery met by a stunning pull from Sikander Raza, who thumps the ball for six.

    And that is met by a burst of 90s hip-house legends Outhere Brothers from the PA system. Excellent.

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    Garry MacDonald

    Former Canterbury spinner and coach

    "The Zimbabwe boys out here are just starting to get really established, they took their time but they have got the pace of the wicket now and are starting to roll."

  65. Post update

    Zim 39-0 (Raza 26 Chakabva 8) - 286 target

    Zimbabwe batsman Sikandar Raza

    UAE's opening attack started brightly - but Javed has a shocker, conceding 15 runs in a nightmare over. He bowls wide, short or both as Raza fills his boots with three boundaries. Javed puffs out his cheeks, grabs his cap and retreats to the field for a hard think.

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    Zim 24-0 (Raza 14 Chakabva 8) - 286 target

    After watching opening partner Sikander Raza make the early moves, Regis Chakabva decides to come to the party. Chakabva leans away from a Naveed delivery to guide the ball past the second slip to the boundary.

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    Zim 18-0 (Raza 13 Chakabva 3)

    Zimbabwe have not found their rhythm yet, and some hesitation as the openers make a quick dash for a single almost costs them. Raza is scrambling for his crease, but the throw from the UAE field is not accurate as the ball flashes past the stumps.

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    Zim 14-0 (Raza 10 Chakabva 2)

    The grassy verges inside the Saxton Oval resemble a sandy beach in the Mediterranean. Families are picnicking, the kids tearing around as mum and dad enjoy a plastic cup full of ice cold booze.

    Zimbabwe's opening pair begin patiently, adding another five runs on their early tally.

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    Zim 9-0 (Raza 6 Chakabva 1)

    A huge appeal goes up after the first delivery of the fourth over - but the ball strikes the top of Sikander Raza's helmet, not his bat. That clunk seems to have woken up the Zimbabwe batsman, who thumps it high over backward point as the boundary is troubled for the first time. Zimbabwe crank up the speed, albeit still slowly, on the scoreboard.

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    Zim 4-0

    Another good over from Mohammad Naveed, who thunders down the ball at a fair old pace. The UAE seamer is bowling an average speed of 137kph so far. Quick.

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    Zim 3-0

    Amjad Javed was Mohammad Naveed's partner in crime with the bat as the tail wagged furiously in the UAE innings. Now the pair have joined forces again as they try to tag team the Zimbabwe top order into submission. So far so good - Javed is as economical as his mate with the ball.

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a very impressive innings from UAE, I thought they were starting to lose wickets at the wrong times but the two guys at the end got them up and it was an exceptional batting performance."

  73. Post update

    Zim 1-0

    UAE quickie Mohammad Naveed, who did a decent job with the bat, is charged with opening with the ball. And Naveed is slapped on the back by his team-mates as Zimbabwe make a slow start in their chase of 286.

  74. Post update

    Still awake? Good. The Zimbabwe openers stroll out into the middle, followed by the UAE team. That means we're back under way in the picturesque surroundings of New Zealand town Nelson.

  75. End of innings

    UAE 285-7

    Zimbabwe's Solomon Mire: "I think it could have been better, we didn't quite nail it in some areas and strayed from the game plan at times. It's an area we need to find a way to execute a bit better. It looks pretty good to bat out there so I think the boys will be looking forward to getting out there."

  76. End of innings scorecard

    A Zimbabwean flag is attached to a tree

    United Arab Emirates 285-7 from 50 overs (Zimbabwe won toss)

    Batsmen: Javed 25, Naveed 23

    Sixes: four Fours: 30 Run rate: 5.70

    Fall of wickets: 26-1 (Ali 7), 40-2 (Berenger 22), 122-3 (Chandran 34), 134-4 (Khan 45), 216-5 (Patil 32), 230-6 (Mustafa 4), 232-7 (Anwar 67)

    Bowling figures: Panyangara 9-0-67-0, Chatara 10-1-42-3, Mire 8-0-39-2, Kamungozi 10-0-53-0, Chigumbura 1-0-12-0, Williams 8-0-43-2, Raza 3-0-11-0, Masakadza 1-0-9-0

    Match scorecard

    Radio 5 live sports extra commentary

  77. How's stat?

    Record innings for UAE

    The United Arab Emirates have registered their best one-day international total. Their previous best was 282 against Afghanistan in Dubai last November.

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    Garry MacDonald

    Former Canterbury spinner and coach

    "It's just like a dagger in the back when someone does that to you in the last few overs. They were really teeing off at everything and it has to be a reasonable total. There's no reason why it can't be chased down but at least they have given themselves a chance.

    "Their batting has been pretty clinical for one of the teams that aren't expected to have a great batting side."

  79. Post update

    UAE 285-7 (Naveed 23, Javed 25)

    Mohammad Naveed

    UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir said after the toss that he hoped his side could rack up about 280 - and that is exactly what they have done.

    Naveed and Javed clock up their 50 partnership in the final over, helped by some suspect wicketkeeping as Brendan Taylor allows one through his gloves for four.

    Good innings from the UAE - but you would think Zimbabwe should knock that tally off after the interval.

  80. Post update

    UAE 275-7

    Hold on! Javed is throwing off those reins. He goes on the attack, peppering the boundary with a pair of fours and a massive six which nearly cleans out the DJ. That's what you get for playing Coldplay...

    And partner Naveed wants a slice of the action too. He beautifully guides another four over cover point - that's 21 runs in that over for the UAE eighth-wicket partnership...

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    UAE 254-7 (Chatara 3-35)

    Another good over for Zimbabwe as they tighten the reins on the UAE batsmen. Tendai Chatara puts in another workmanlike over, conceding just the four runs as Zimbabwe close on an attainable chase.

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    UAE 250-7 (run-rate 5.31)

    Spinner Sean Williams goes again as he tries to pin back the free-hitting UAE batsmen. That he does before the PA system continues to loudly pump out the tunes, deafening the entire Nelson crowd with some slushy love song.

  83. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Phil Nicholas: If only England's ODI top order could perform like the UAE's is doing..Admittedly it's slow but 4/6 of the batsmen have got 30+

  84. Six and six again

    UAE 246-7 (Naveed 13, Javed 1)

    A general view as Zimbabwe bat

    UAE will reach 300 if new batsman Mohammed Naveed has anything to do with it. He launches Chatara high over the long-off boundary for a massive six which has the locals scampering to make the catch of their lives.

    Naveed can't find any change in the next few balls, but then attacks again. He sits back in his crease, opens up on leg side and unleashes a pull which again goes for six.

  85. Post update

    UAE 233-7 (Naveed 1, Javed 1)

    So we wave goodbye to the last of UAE's specialist batsmen. But does that mean we wave goodbye to UAE's chances of reaching 300? One would think so.

  86. WICKET

    Anwar c Ervine b Williams 67 (UAE 232-7)

    All over for Shaiman Anwar - which is bad news for UAE, but great news for Zimbabwe. Anwar has proved to be a thorn in their side but looks to the clear sun-filled sky and grimaces after spooning straight to Ervine at mid-on.

  87. Post update

    Garry MacDonald

    Former Canterbury spinner and coach

    "It was a little bit short and wide and Mustafa just got a tickle to the keeper. Good bowling really from Chatara, he saw where the batsman was. I would say he worked that wicket out well."

  88. Post update

    UAE 232-6 (Anwar 67, Javed 1)

    Incoming batsman Amjad Javed guides his first ball to a single as UAE avoid any further damage.

  89. WICKET

    Mustafa c Taylor b Chatara 4 (UAE 230-6)

    And right on cue Zimbabwe do send a UAE batsman packing back to the pavilion. But it isn't Anwar. Mustafa is the man walking with his bat tucked under his arm, the left-hander edging into the hands of wicketkeeper Taylor. Meat and drink for him.

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    UAE 227-5 (Anwar 65, Mustafa 3)

    Shaiman Anwar grins widely after somehow flicking the ball over the wicketkeeper's head and scuttling down to the boundary. The UAE batsman knows he is lucky to survive after getting into an almighty tangle. But survive he does - to the chagrin of Zimbabwe. They will be glad to see the back of this man...

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He went down the wicket, it was fairly well bowled digging into a length, it came straight off the bottom of the bat and looped to cover. The only problem looking at their score is the five wickets down. If they lose another couple you don't really want your bowlers trying to score at the end."

  92. WICKET

    Patil c Chakabva b Williams 32 (UAE 216-5)

    Uh oh. That's one shot too many from Patil who steps out on the attack, trying to go over extra cover. But he only succeeds in scooping the ball into the hands of Chakabva. Excellent display from Patil nonetheless.

    And new batsman Rohan Mustafa instantly gets off the mark as UAE end the over on 218-5.

  93. Post update

    UAE 214-4 (Patil 31, Anwar 56)

    Zimbabwe are giving runs away now. Not only are the swashbuckling UAE pair finding the boundary with stunning shots, their opponents are throwing the ball on to the rope for them. Solomon Mire juggles the ball over for four.

  94. Anwar reaches 50

    UAE 204-4 (run-rate 5.10)

    If you're going to reach your 50, then you might as well reach it with a thumping six. And that's exactly what UAE batsman Anwar does. Moments after swivelling and hooking Panyangara for four, he smashes a big shot over the poor bowler's head for the match's first six. That's 50 off 37 balls with seven fours and one six.

  95. Post update

    Garry MacDonald

    Former Canterbury spinner and coach

    "I'm not sure this pair have got it all together with their running. It's generally been pretty good in this innings but I'm not sure these two are quite in sync."

  96. Post update

    UAE 193-4 (run-rate 4.95)

    Shaiman Anwar

    Another good over for the UAE. Anwar continues to take control, smashing a pair of fours, as the partnership with Patil passes the half century.

  97. Post update

    UAE 182-4 (run-rate 4.78)

    UAE know they need a total approaching the 300 mark, realistically, if they are to have any chance of earning only their second World Cup win.

    And they begin to up the run-rate as Anwar changes gear and goes on the attack. That's pleased the local kids who are whooping and screaming with delight on the boundary.

  98. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Since the powerplays were brought in a couple of years ago they have proven to be a fillip for the fielding captain because they can break partnerships. You should still stick to your strengths, you don't have to score runs by hitting the ball in the air."

  99. Post update

    UAE 174-4 (Patil 25, Anwar 23)

    Another cheap over from the Zimbabweans - which the UAE batsmen gladly snaffle. Kamungozi is the bowler in question and stands there bemused, hands over mouth, after watching Anwar knock him to the boundary. Twice. Kamungozi has a ring of fielders on the off side and chucks down a full toss which Anwar sweeps to the opposite boundary.

  100. Email

    David in Spain: England women, stung by two ODI losses, wreak havoc with NZ in Whangarei. White Ferns skittled for 60. Go England!

  101. Victory for England women

    England duly won by eight wickets in the next over to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Twenty20 series, with skipper Charlotte Edwards hitting the winning runs to finish on an unbeaten 32. They won with 8.2 overs to spare, having skittled New Zealand for 60.

    Anya Shrubsole and Heather Knight both took three wickets as England's bowlers dominated.

    England's Heather Knight
  102. Post update

    UAE 165-4 (Patil 25, Anwar 14)

    What's that time? Powerplay time! And it is a costly over from Zimbabwe bowler Solomon Mire as the UAE pair at the crease start to build up a tidy partnership.

    Two poor deliveries from Mire cost him big. One down leg, plus one outside off, equals two easy boundaries for Patil.

  103. Scorecard update

    United Arab Emirates 156-4 from 35 overs (Zimbabwe won toss)

    Run rate: 4.45 per over

    Batsmen: Patil 17, Anwar 13

    Fall of wickets: 26-1 (Ali 7), 40-2 (Berenger 22), 122-3 (Chandran 34), 134-4 (Khan 45)

    Bowling figures: Panyangara 6-0-27-0, Chatara 6-1-13-2, Mire 7-0-30-2, Kamungozi 7-0-23-0, Chigumbura 1-0-12-0, Williams 4-0-25-0, Raza 3-0-11-0

    Match scorecard

    Radio 5 live sports extra commentary

  104. Post update

    Garry MacDonald

    Former Canterbury spinner and coach

    "We're only a couple of overs from the powerplay and these two batsmen are starting to establish themselves, the good thing is they are not losing wickets in clumps."

  105. Post update

    UAE 156-4 (Patil 17, Anwar 13)

    The man in the hang glider that we told you about earlier is feeling a bit devilish - he's hovering perilously close to the Saxton Oval turf as spinner Sikander Raza sees us through to the drinks break.

    Another tight over from Raza, who frustrates the UAE pair to just a couple of runs.

  106. Post update

    UAE 154-4 (Patil 16, Anwar 12)

    Sean Williams's overs are leaking more runs than your annoying bathroom tap leaks cold water. The spinner sees Anwar smash him for a boundary - that's the first time the UAE have found the rope for over five overs.

  107. Post update

    UAE 143-4 (Patil 13, Anwar 6)

    A couple of female fans are sat knitting in the Nelson sun - not a bad way to spend your Thursday off. In between their weaving, they see another tight over from Chatara. Zimbabwe will be happy with their bowling performance so far.

  108. England women update

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    "So 11 overs gone and England closing in on victory. 57-2 and just four needed."

  109. Post update

    UAE 142-4 (run-rate 4.43)

    UAE bat

    A hang glider floats over the Saxton Oval as Zimbabwe go back to the spin of Sean Williams. That has surely got to be the best view of the action. But it is not a great return for Williams, who watches the UAE pair of Patil and Anwar knock him for eight runs.

  110. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ben Thapa: Solomon Mire: strong repeating action, slippery medium pace, hits the ball a mile. Any English county sides watching?

  111. Post update

    Garry MacDonald

    Former Canterbury spinner and coach

    "He absolutely smashed that, it was short and wide I don't think he could have hit it any harder. I thought 'who is going to catch that?' It was a very good innings and I'm sure UAE will be very disappointed to lose the wicket but the bowling changes seem to be working. It's a very even contest."

  112. Post update

    UAE 134-4 (run-rate 4.32)

    Tendai Chatara grins as he picks up his cap after a very productive over. A wicket maiden for the Zimbabwe bowler as UAE's hopes take a blow with their two most experienced batsman back in the pavilion.

  113. WICKET

    Khan c Williams b Chatara 45 (UAE 134-4)

    Another big wicket for Zimbabwe! Just like Chandran's earlier demise, Khurram Khan walks straight after another bowling change. Tendai Chatara returns and tempts Khan into a cut which is caught brilliantly by an acrobatic dive to his right by Sean Williams.

  114. Post update

    UAE 134-3 (run-rate 4.47)

    I think it has been said before - but I'll say it again. Zimbabwe bowler Solomon Mire is the spitting image of Manchester City footballer Wilfried Bony. But I don't think Bony would be as good at limiting these two UAE batsmen, who struggle to make any ground.

  115. Post update

    UAE 130-3 (Patil 7, Khan 44)

    Off spinner Sikander Raza reappears for Zimbabwe and reins in Swapnil Patil after that confident start. Raza keeps things nice and tight, as a group of fans slap on some more sunscreen. Wise move.

  116. Post update

    UAE 128-3 (Patil 6, Khan 43)

    Incoming batsman Swapnil Patil strides into the crease with an air of confidence. And that is evident in his batting. He knocks six off his first five balls as UAE make a decent recovery from losing that third wicket.

  117. WICKET

    Chandran c Chigumbura b Mire 34 (UAE 122-3)


    Another bowling change for Zimbabwe - and this pays off instantly! Solomon Mire picks up the ball again and tempts Krishna Chandran down the track with his opening delivery. But the UAE batsman lifts it straight into the grateful hands of Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura.

  118. Post update

    UAE 122-2 (run-rate 4.51)

    Change of tack from Zimbabwe as they attempt to break up this veteran UAE pair. Off-spinner Sikandar Raza comes into the attack but sees Khurram pick a gap through mid-wicket to nab his sixth boundary of the day. Intelligent cricket.

  119. Post update

    UAE 115-2 (run-rate 4.42)

    Thanks Jamie. BBC Radio 5 live sports extra summariser Graeme Swann reckons the UAE boys will put about 280 on the board. And who am I to question his wisdom?

    Zimbabwe quickie Panyangara trundles in again, but looks a little weary and loose as the Nelson sunshine continues to batter down. Chandran and Khurram tick the scorecard over nicely with a couple of ones and a couple of twos.

  120. UAE 109-2 (run-rate 4.36)

    Kamungozi keeps the boundaries at bay, and has only conceded two in his seven overs. The Zimbabweans may have lost their last seven ODIs, but their last victory was against Australia no less, in August last year. They would be expected to win this but how many are they going to chase? This is a question that needs a no-nonsense Yorkshireman to answer. So here is Jonathan Jurejko.

  121. UAE 106-2 (Chandran 30, Khan 33)

    The muscular Panyangara back in the attack with his heavy tread. There is some confusion between the batsmen over a quick single but no need to run when Chandran, who has Karate on the back of his shirt - which apparently is his mother's name - swipes one away savagely in a manner Bruce Lee himself would be proud of to the mid-wicket boundary.

  122. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I've been impressed with the Zimbabwe attack. The seamers have all run in at a decent pace and hit the deck hard, while the spinners are hitting the right places. It has been a good start from both sides."

  123. UAE 100-2 (Chandran 25, Khan 32)

    Kamungozi is sporting an admirable mohawk haircut, short as you dare on the sides and a thicker section through the middle, like a neatly clipped piece of topiary. He vents his frustration when two fielders collide to allow a second run for Khan than brings up the UAE 100.

  124. UAE 97-2 (run-rate 4.40)

    Mire is a burly chap and his pace is up at 133.9km, around 82 in good old mph, with a short one that surprises Chandran, but he fends it off and collects a single.

  125. UAE 94-2 (Chandran 22, Khan 29)

    A firm straight drive from Khan off Kamungozi is too straight and it hits the stumps at the non-striker's end, triggering the flashing bails which are my favourite recent innovation. Three overs without a boundary now.

  126. England women latest

    NZ all out for 60

    England finally put New Zealand out of their misery in their opening Twenty20 match in Whangarei.

    The White Ferns threatened to rewrite the record books by recording the lowest ever total in a Women's T20, but just limp past that 57 mark set by Sri Lanka in 2012. And that's the only positive the home side can take as they are skittled for 60.

    You would think it will be a routine chase for England...

  127. UAE 92-2 (run-rate 4.60)

    All of the UAE top four average over 40 so there is every reason to expect a useful total here. Just the two singles in this over from Mire as these two build a potentially key partnership.

  128. Get involved


    Edward Taylor: UAE might not be scoring that quickly but we've all seen what can happen late on if you keep the wicket column under control.

  129. UAE 90-2

    An excellent fifty partnership arrives from 51 balls between these two. Plenty of quick singles off Kamungozi. I'm not sure why that should be such a surprise to the commentators, 43 is the new 23, to paraphrase the excellent recent Giorgio Moroder single.

  130. UAE 86-2

    There is an affable straw-hatted gentleman resembling Home & Away stalwart Alf Stewart selling the drinks in a little kiosk. He looks to be doing a brisk trade and a fruit cocktail would no doubt be welcome in the warm sunshine. Khan picks up his fifth boundary with a crisp cut when Williams drops short. He could be my new favourite batsman.

  131. Post update

    Garry MacDonald

    Former Canterbury spinner and coach

    "I think both sides will be reasonably happy - it has been an even start. Zimbabwe have bowled well and know this is a good batting wicket, we had two 300+ innings in the previous match here.

    "But the UAE boys, at two down and 81 runs after 17 overs, will be over the moon with that score. They started a little nervously but they kept playing and now they've got the two old stagers in and they're handling it very well."

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  132. Scorecard update

    United Arab Emirates 81-2 from 17 overs (Zimbabwe won toss)

    Run rate: 4.76 per over

    Batsmen: Khan 21, Chandran 18

    Fall of wickets: 26-1 (Ali 7), 40-2 (Berenger 22)

    Bowling figures: Panyangara 4-0-15-0, Chatara 4-0-12-1, Mire 3-0-15-1, Kamungozi 3-0-12-0, Chigumbura 1-0-12-0, Williams 2-0-11-0

    Match scorecard

    Radio 5 live sports commentary

  133. UAE 81-2 (Chandran 18, Khan 21)

    Steadier stuff from Kamungozi but the batsmen rotate the strike and the partnership is up to 41 at the drinks break.

  134. England women latest

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    The lowest ever total in a Women's T20 is 57 by Sri Lanka in 2012. New Zealand are 50-8 after 17.1 here...

  135. 79-2 (run-rate 4.93)

    Williams, very wide of the crease, is going to struggle to get an lbw one would think, Khan sashays down the wicket, like us young 43-year-olds do frequently, and fluently drives over cover for his fourth boundary of an encouraging innings.

  136. UAE 71-2 (Chandran 15, Khan 14)

    Spin continues, or slow bowling at any rate, from Kamungozi, but he drops short and is ruthlessly dispatched to the boundary on two occasions by Chandran.

  137. Post update

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    UAE chief executive David East: "It has been a decent start by our batsmen, they have moved the ball around a bit. I think we will be quite happy with this position."

    Listen to audio commentary by clicking the 'Live Coverage' tab.

  138. UAE 63-2

    Left-arm spin from Sean Williams. He doesn't hang around, which makes lengthy descriptions a problem. He gives it plenty of loop. No huge turn but no boundaries conceded either.

  139. You can't buy experience...

    The oldest players in World Cup history:

    Khurram Khan

    NE Clarke (Netherlands, 1996) 47 years, 257 days

    AJ Traicos (Zimbabwe, 1992) 44 years, 306 days

    Khurram Khan (UAE, 2015) 43 years, 243 days

    JL Louw (Namibia, 2003) 43 years 236 days

    GJAF Aponso (Netherlands, 1996) 43 years 129 days

    DJ Pringle (East Africa, 1975) 43 years 44 days

    Mohammad Tauqir (UAE, 2015) 43 years 36 days

  140. UAE (Chandran 5, Khan 13)

    Khan, who in November became the oldest player to hit a one-day international century, at 43 years and 162 days, collects two far more authentic boundaries off Mire, a fluent cover drive and an effortless pull. Looks like an elegant left-hander as opposed to a gritty one. They tend to be one or the other. He's a prolific one anyway.

  141. Get involved


    Andy: Decent start from UAE, hopefully they can get the scoreboard ticking over a little quicker!

  142. England women latest


    New Zealand pass the halfway mark of their innings in the Twenty20 match against England - and the scorecard makes grim reading for the hosts.

    England have taken another pair of wickets, leaving the White Ferns struggling on 31-7. Yes that's right, 31-7.

  143. UAE 52-2 (run-rate 4.33)

    Khurram Khan is the new man, one of the brace of 43-year-olds in the UAE side. He has an ODI average of 53.4, the fourth highest of anyone playing at least 10 innings. Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura, formerly of Northants for a brief spell, brings himself into the attack, so cue some weak puns referencing the bespectacled piano pounding rock luminary. He'd have approved of this red and yellow kit being a Watford man. Bit wayward from the younger Elton but he is unfortunate to see Khan get off the mark with an inside edge past the keeper for four.

  144. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was another short delivery from Mire, like the one earlier in the over, and it is through too early. Berenger goes for the hook shot, the ball hits the toe end of the bat and it goes straight through to the keeper. There's not much of an appeal from Mire - there didn't need to be."

  145. WICKET

    Berenger c Taylor b Mire 22 (UAE 40-2)

    Mire strikes

    Berenger led a charmed life, dropped on nought and caught off a no-ball but this time he has gone. Opting for the pull shot it comes off the toe end of the bat and a simple catch to the keeper.

  146. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Zimbabwe have bowled very tidily apart from that silly no-ball when they should have had a wicket. You should get a Chinese burn or something from your team-mates for doing that."

  147. UAE 34-1

    The first spin and it's Tafadzwa Kamungozi. He has a long red cord coming from his dark glasses but safely behind his head and not distracting to the batsmen like Curtly Ambrose's white wristbands used to be. Tidy stuff and the boundaries have dried up, just the three in the opening powerplay overs.

  148. UAE 32-1 (Berenger 15, Chandran 3)

    We have the first bowling change and it is Solomon Mire, another powerfully built right-arm seamer with impressively luxuriant mini-dreds and a neat beard. Not a classical action but plenty of shoulder there and just the one run conceded.

  149. UAE 31-1

    Just the one wide from Chatara, who is generating some good pace. He has 29 wickets from his 23 ODIs. The small crowd are in enthusiastic mood, and why not? They are at a beautiful ground and this has been good stuff so far.