Zimbabwe vs. UAE, World T20: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Zimbabwe vs. UAE, World T20: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates contest their qualifying group game in Sylhet on Friday. UAE have no chance of still qualifying for the main draw, but Zimbabwe have a small chance if the result of the other game goes their way.

 

Venue: Sylhet Stadium

Date: Friday, March 21

Start time: 9:30 a.m. GMT

Live on: Sky Sports (UK), Fox Sports (Australia), Super Sport (South Africa), BTV (Bangladesh)PTV Sports (Pakistan), Star India (India),SLBC (Sri Lanka), ESPN3 (USA)

Weather: It promises to be a sunny day in Sylhet according to Weather.com, with temperatures touching 33 degrees Celsius.

 

Overview

Zimbabwe's chances of qualifying for the Super 10 are somewhat limited. Ireland look set to crash the full-member party and face the Netherlands in the other Group B game on the same day.

Zimbabwe need to win to go level on points with Ireland and need to make sure they win convincingly in order to edge through on net-run rate. But that all depends on the result between Ireland and the Netherlands. A win for Ireland and Zimbabwe are out, a loss for Ireland and Zim's destiny may shift back into their own hands. They must win convincingly, then hope.

Zimbabwe were shaky in their first match, where they lost to Ireland on the last ball, but bounced back by beating Netherlands in the second. The UAE are winless at this stage so a win for the men in red is expected.

Tendai Chatara, the rookie 23-year old, has been one of the most exciting players for Zimbabwe. He has bowled his heart out and although it hasn't gone his way 100 per cent, he has been a delight to watch. The experience of Prosper Utseya should help Zimbabwe edge over the line, but the batsmen will have to play their part, too. 

In the first game, it was only captain Brendan Taylor who managed a significant score. He did so again in the second game against the Netherlands, but was backed up by Hamilton Masakadza who chipped in with 43 at the top of the order.

Even if they fail to qualify, all Zimbabwe can do is try their best. A loss will be devastating for a team who has struggled with everything from poor financial management to player revolts over the last few years. A win won't change much in terms of the structures of Zim cricket, but at least it will give the team something to smile about.

 

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Key players

Zimbabwe 

Brendan Taylor's form and experience will be crucial for Zimbabwe. Equally important is his captaincy and how he manages his bowlers. The expectations are high, even if the outcome is not entirely in their hands.

United Arab Emirates

Khurran Khan is 42 and much has been made of his age, but it's precisely that experience which will help the UAE in this match. As the captain, players will look to him not only to set the tone with the bat but also for guidance on how to respond should things go awry.

 

Squads

Zimbabwe

Brendan Taylor (capt), Sikandar RazaTendai Chatara, Elton ChigumburaTafadzwa KamungoziTimycen Maruma, Hamilton MasakadzaShingi MasakadzaNatsai M'shangweTinashePanyangaraVusi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams

United Arab Emirates

Khurram Khan (captain), Ahmed Raza, Amjad Ali, Amjad Javed, Asadullah Shareef, Faizan Asif, Kamran Shahzad, Manjula Guruge, Moaaz Qazi, Rohan Mustafa, Swapnil Patil, Rohit Singh, Shadeep Silva, Shaiman Anwar, Vikrant Shetty

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