Chigumbura Keeps Zimbabwe in The Hunt

Elton Chigumbura
Elton Chigumbura slammed a quickfire half-century to keep Zimbabwe in with a chance of qualifying
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Zimbabwe 118-5 (Chigumbura 53no) beat
UAE 116-9 (Raza 2-15) by five wickets
ICC World Twenty20 2014 Group B, Sylhet

Zimbabwe had to comprehensively beat the United Arab Emirates to stay in the hunt to qualify for the Super 10s of the ICC World Twenty20 and they did so, completing a five-wicket win with more than six overs to spare.

Elton Chigumbura gave their net run-rate the required boost by smashing 53 not out in 21 balls towards the end of Zimbabwe's innings as they overhauled UAE's score of 116 for nine in 13.4 overs.

UAE had found the going touch earlier on against Zimbabwe's bowlers, with only Khurram Khan (26), Swapnil Patil (30) and Kamran Shahzad (21) making much headway.

Slow left-armer Sean Williams took three wickets, Tendai Chatara returned two for 21 and Sikander Raza bagged two for 15.

Zimbabwe did not start their reply well at all, slipping to 34 for four, but with a modest target on the board, their gameplan was simply to get home as quickly as they could.

The middle order got themselves in and revived the innings through Vusi Sibanda (16), Chigumbura and Timycen Maruma, who was unbeaten on 22 in 14 balls.

Chigumbura was the star though, hitting six fours and three sixes to give Zimbabwe a chance of progressing, although the Netherlands subsequently beating Ireland in the final game of the group ended their chances.

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