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Zimbabwe vs. UAE, World T20: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 14:  Tatenda Taibu celebrates with Elton Chigumbura of Zimbabwe after the dismissal of Nathan McCullum of New Zealand  during the second International Twenty20 match between New Zealand and Zimbabawe at Seddon Park on February 14, 2012 in Hamilton, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterMarch 21, 2014

Zimbabwe finished their preliminary campaign at the World Twenty20 in style with a resounding five-wicket win over the United Arab Emirates in Sylhet—but they must wait on the result of Ireland vs. Netherlands to see if their campaign continues.

If Ireland win, they qualify—but anything less and their net run rate will slip behind the Zimbabweans', and that will be the end for the men in green. 

Asked to bat first, the Emiratis' score of 116-9 from their 20 overs looked light, and so it proved.

The Zimbabweans did wobble, reaching 34-4 at one point, but Elton Chigumbura's quickfire unbeaten 50 turned that fragility into a decisive win with more than six overs to spare.

World T20 Scorecard: Zimbabwe vs. UAE
UAE Innings
Anwar c Taylor b Chatara 6 3 6
Asif run out (Raza) 1 6 3
Khurram Khan c Chigumbura b Williams 26 31 27
Patil lbw b Raza 30 32 26
Mustafa run out (Chatara) 4 12 8
Ali lbw b Williams 1 4
Amjad Javed c Panyangara b Raza 8 15 10
Raza c Mushangwe b Williams 0 4
Silva not out 13 24 16
Kamran Shazad b Chatara 21 13 15
Guruge not out 1
Extras 0nb 4w 0b 1lb 5
Total for 9 116
Utseya 4.0 0 18 0
Chatara 4.0 0 21 2
Panyangara 3.0 0 23 0
Mushangwe 2.0 0 23 0
Williams 4.0 0 15 3
Raza 3.0 0 15 2
Zimbabwe Innings
H Masakadza b Guruge 2 5 4
Raza c Kamran Shazad b Raza 9 28 14
Taylor c Anwar b Silva 15 4 7
Williams c and b Guruge 0 3 3
Sibanda c and b Khurram Khan 16 24 19
Chigumbura not out 53 29 21
Maruma not out 22 18 14
Extras 0nb 0w 1b 0lb 1
Total for 5 118 (13.4 ovs)
Silva 3.0 0 20 1
Guruge 4.0 0 18 2
Raza 3.0 0 29 1
Kamran Shazad 1.4 0 30 0
Khurram Khan 1.0 0 8 1
Amjad Javed 1.0 0 12 0

Khurram Khan (26) and Swapnil Patel (30) were the only two batsmen for the minnows to make a true impression, building a platform of 66-2 at one stage before falling around the halfway mark.

And with them, their hopes largely evaporated. The middle order came and went for a string of single-figure scores, the tail chipped in when it was already too late.

Slow left-armer Sean Williams recorded the surprise best figures with 3-15 from his four overs, strangling the life out of the innings.

Cool heads would surely have eased Zimbabwe to victory, but their best batsmen gave it away too easily. Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor and Williams were all gone within four overs—Sikandar Raza then followed as the scoring rate slowed.

An upset suddenly looked a possibility, but Chigumbura made a mockery of that with his counter-attacking innings.

He clubbed three sixes and six boundaries in his 21-ball knock, flaying the batting to all parts. With Timycen Maruma for company, the game belonged to the Zimbabweans, and attention switched to the match that will decide their fate.

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