Live updates from the 11th match of 2014 ICC World Twenty20, between Afghanistan vs Nepal being played at Sylhet Stadium, Sylhet.
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Zimbabwe Won by five wickets.
Over 13.4 || Score 118/5
That's some chase from the Zimbabweans. They have won the match by five wickets with 38 balls remaining. And most importantly giving themselves a chance to qualify of the next round.
Elton Chigumbura played an inspired knock. His unbeaten 53 came from just 21 balls, at a strike rate of 252.38, thanks to three sixes and six fours.
His partnership with Timycen Maruma (22 from 14 balls) took the game away from UAE, who were fighting for a rare win. The duos scored 55 runs from mere 27 balls.
Over 12 || Score 91/5
Timycen Maruma and Elton Chigumbura are keeping the Zimbabwean hopes alive. The dou have so far posted 27-run partnership, at almost 10 runs an over rate.
For the batting side to eclipse Ireland's run rate, they now need to win the match in another 22 balls. The target now - only 26. With Elton Chigumbura on fire, it's a possibility.
Over 9.1 || Score 63/5
The skipper strikes! A juicy full toss returned with a wicket for UAE.
Vusi Sibanda c & b Khurram Khan 16 (19b)
Zimbabwe still need 53 more runs to win with more than 60 balls to play left. But their target is to win by the 16th over.
Some task for them.
Over 6.5 || Score 34/4
Another Zimbabwean wicket.
Ahmed Raza struck in his first over. Did enough to invite Sikandar Raza to come down the wicket and play an ambitious shot.
Raza's lofted shot fail to take wing and Kamran Shazad took a sliding catch at deep cover.
Seems like, the batting team is losing the plot here.
Sikandar Raza c Kamran Shazad b Ahmed Raza 9 (14b)
Over 6 || Score 31/3
This is a bad start from the Zimbabwens. In this stage, UAE were 31 for 2.
In the centre, Shikandar Raza and last match's hero Vusi Sibanda are trying to re-start the chase with renewed vigour and purpose.
Both the UAE opening bowlers have completed three overs each with Shadeep Silva taking one wicket while Manjula Guruge scalping two.
Over 3.3 || Score 24/3
Manjula is on song. Produced a beautiful slower delivery which forced the Zimbabwean all-rounder to play the shot.
Williams ended up of returning a return-catch to the bowler.
Sean Williams c & b Manjula Guruge 0 (3b)
Certainly, the Zimbabweans are certainly chasing a bigger target other than the points. To better Ireland's run rate, they need to win this match under 16 overs.
Over 2.4 || Score 22/2
Ominous signs for the batting side. Now, their skipper departs.
Brendan Taylor was trying a bit too much or probably carried away after hitting two fours and a six without eating up too many deliveries.
Shaiman Anwar took a great catch at mid-on as Taylor tried to clear the field with a wild heave.
Brendan Taylor c Shaiman Anwar b Shadeep Silva 15 (7b)
Over 1.3 || Score 7/1
The innings is only nine balls old and the Zimbabwe have already down one batsman.
Hamilton Masakadza, came down the pitch looking for a big hit but left his gurad open in the process.
And the straight delivery from Manjula Guruge castled the stumps.
Aweful start to the chase for the batting side.
Hamilton Masakadza b Manjula Guruge 2 (4b)
Over 20 || Score 116/9
Innings over. Tremendous effort from the Zimbabweans to skittle out the batting side under six-an-over mark.
Sean Williams was the main destroyer with three wickets. Tendai Chatara and Sikandar Raza returned with two wickets each.
Over 19.4 || Score 115/9
Shazad's little cameo comes to an end after a Chatara's angled delivery uprooted the stumps.
The UAE tail-ender did hit for two sixes in the last over before getting out.
Kamran Shazad b Tendai Chatara 21 (15b)
Over 15.6 || Score 88/8
Sikander Raza gets his second, thanks to a restless Amjad Javed.
The batsmen, trying to unsettle the bowler by moving in the crease. Sensing something is amiss, Raza sent down a quicker delivery which Javed flicked towards the deep square leg, only to find Panyangara completing the catch.
Amjad Javed c Tinashe Panyangara b Sikandar Raza 8 (10b)
Over 13.5 || Score 75/7
Sean Williams is reaping good results here. Another wicket, in the form of Ahmed Raza. It's the third one today for the Zimbabwean bowler.
Raza, like his team-mates, offered no resistance and got out with a soft dismissal trying to swing a tossed-up delivery.
Natsai Mushangwe took a simple catch at mid-off.
Ahmed Raza c Natsai Mushangwe b Sean Williams 0 (4b)
Over 13.1 || Score 75/6
Another run out. This is pathetic cricket from the Associate team. After three quick wickets, getting out to a run-out is some harakiri for the batting side.
Rohan Mustafa run out 4 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00)
Over 13 || Score 75/5
Zimbabwean have seized the initiative back from UAE in their penultimate group match of the tournament.
Both the set batsmen – Khurram Khan and Swapnil Patil, have departed after making 26 and 30 runs respectively. And their fall have opened the gate for the bowling side to make further inroads.
Khurram Khan c Elton Chigumbura b Sean Williams 26 (27b)
Swapnil Patil lbw b Sikandar Raza 30 (26b)
Amjad Ali lbw b Sean Williams 1 (4b)
Over 9 || Score 62/2
In the last five overs, UAE have seemingly turned the table. The unbeaten third-wicket partnership have yielded good runs for the team.
In these 30 balls, they have scored an incredible 46 runs without any damage done.
Zimbabwean bowler, Natsai Mushangwe, in his two overs spell, has conceded 23 runs.
Over 5 || Score 17/2
After two early wickets, Khurram Khan and Swapnil Patil are in the centre, trying to resurrect the innings. Playing for pride, nothing short of a winning total will not do for UAE against a test playing team.
Over 1.4 || Score 8/2
Another wicket for the Zimbabweans.
Faizan Asif perished after a mixed-up with his partner in the centre.
Faizan Asif run out 1 (3b)
Over 1.2 || Score 7/1
An early wicket gives Zimbabwe the much needed boost to stay in the hunt.
A huge lift from the turf forced the UAE opener to play a clueless shot and the ball went into the safe gloves of Zimbabwean skipper, Taylor.
That's the first blood from the Africans. Beautiful ball delivery from Tendai Chatara.
Shaiman Anwar c Brendan Taylor b Chatara 6 (6b)
Toss: Zimbabwe have won the toss and opted to bat first.
Here are the teams:
UAE: Shaiman Anwar, Faizan Asif, Amjad Ali, Khurram Khan (capt.), Swapnil Patil (wk), Amjad Javed, Rohan Mustafa, Shadeep Silva, Ahmed Raza, Kamran Shazad, Manjula Guruge
Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza, Sikandar Raza, BrendanTaylor (capt.&wk), Elton Chigumbura, Sean Williams, Vusi Sibanda, Timycen Maruma, Prosper Utseya, Tinashe Panyangara, Tendai Chatara, Natsai Mushangwe
Sylhet: The penultimate match, before the tournament proper starts tomorrow, is all about Zimbabwe. A convincing win against one of the tournament`s whipping boys – United Arab Emirates (UAE) will give them an outside chance to become the 10th team in Super 10 stage.
After playing out two tight matches, which went to the last balls, the African outfit will like to win their final Group B match and wait...
Because, Ireland – having won both their matches so far, are almost sure to progress in the next stage.
But the caveat here is – an unlikely Irish defeat at the hands of the Netherlands will provide the only Test playing team in the group a say in deciding which nation qualifies. In such a scenario, the team with better run rate will prevail.
So, all to play for at Sylhet, at least for the Zimbabweans.