ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 - Super Sixes Match 8 - Zimbabwe v United Arab Emirates - Preview

Zimbabwe will look to seal a World Cup spot on Thursday
Zimbabwe will look to seal a World Cup spot on Thursday
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Game: 8th Match, Super Sixes, Zimbabwe v United Arab Emirates
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Timings: 07:30 AM GMT / 09:30 AM Local

Zimbabwe will be favourites to join Windies in securing the World Cup qualification as they face United Arab Emirates in the 8th game of the Super Sixes at Harare Sports Club.

The equation is quite simple for Graeme Cremer's men. A win on Thursday will take them to seven points which will be sufficient for them to finish second in the table while a defeat will mean either Ireland or Afghanistan will leapfrog them following the final game of the round.

Their momentum was dented a bit following a four-wicket defeat to Windies in the previous game - their only defeat in the tournament till now - but their heroics in the previous games meant they still control their own fate.

Brendan Taylor extended his dominance with another 138 run knock against Windies but the rest of the batting needs to pick themselves in the decisive game for the hosts. Bowling has been their biggest strength and with Kyle Jarvis and Blessing Muzabarani giving them breakthroughs with the new ball, Graeme Cremer and Sikandar Raza have been consistent and will have Tendai Chisoro and Sean Williams to back them up.

United Arab Emirates have hardly gained any momentum in the Super Sixes but the fact that they have retained their ODI status for another four years will be a relief for them. A five-wicket haul from Rashid Khan dented their chances in the previous game as only Shaiman Anwar and Mohammad Naveed showed some resilience.

Naveed and Qadeer Ahmed did give them a glimmer of hope through regular strikers with the new ball and having Afghanistan down to 54 for five, eventually they could not take their chances and let Gulbadin Naib and Najibullah Zadran complete the chase. A win against Zimbabwe will be a perfect way for them to end the tournament and they will be hoping to give their complete effort.

Head to Head Record:

Both the teams have played a solitary ODI in February 2015 World Cup encounter in Nelson which was won by Zimbabwe.

Squads:

Zimbabwe: Solomon Mire, Cephas Zhuwawo, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor (wk), Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Graeme Cremer (captain), Tendai Chisoro, Kyle Jarvis, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Malcolm Waller, Peter Moor, Tendai Chatara

United Arab Emirates: Rohan Mustafa (captain), Chirag Suri, Ghulam Shabber (wk), Mohammad Boota, Shaiman Anwar, Muhammad Usman, Adnan Mufti, Ahmed Raza, Mohammad Naveed, Imran Haider, Qadeer Ahmed, Amir Hayat, Zahoor Khan, Rameez Shahzad, Ashfaq Ahmed

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