Chigumbura calls for improvement

LINCOLN - Although pleased with the batting efforts of his team, Zimbabwean captain Elton Chigumbura said he was disappointed with his team's fielding after they beat United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a Pool B World Cup encounter on Thursday.

Zimbabweans were loose on the field, as they let UAE post a decent total on board of 285-7 owing to some mis-fielding and lack of throwing precision.

But their lower middle-order combined well to chase down the score with four wickets in hand courtesy knocks from Sean Williams (76) and Craig Ervine (42).

“Disappointed about the fielding, but our guys played well with the bat. I thought when Craig Ervine went into bat he was positive and brought the run-rate down. It made the job of the guy coming in easier. That's where we went wrong against South Africa,” said Chigumbura.

The skipper, 28, added they would look to uplift their fielding and take the winning momentum through to the next game against the West Indies Feb 24 in Canberra.

“It's good to take the momentum from this game into the game against West Indies. Hopefully we can polish our fielding and have a good game in all departments,” he added.

Williams said Zimbabwe misread UAE after watching videos of their previous games, which led them to believe the Middle East nation's batting was brittle.

“We were basically waiting for them to get themselves out but that wasn't the case,” he conceded.

“They actually hit the ball really well down the ground and they hit the ball long.”

In the field, UAE dived and worked hard, letting a few through only as the innings wore on. Their captain, Mohammad Tauqir, seemed almost offended when asked if their fielding let them down.

“A couple of runs here and there,” Tauqir said. “We were better than Zimbabwe in fielding.

“We played some good cricket but we were expecting a different result. I think this wicket, we saw the last game also, even 300 was not enough. We know our limitations.

“They batted well, had some good partnerships. Both the left-handers played well, and they won the game.

“I think overall the bowlers bowled well. One crucial partnership, I think it saw them through the game. If one of them got out it would have been a different result.”

Tauqir was right. Zimbabwe were awfully sloppy in the field. And considering how little UAE have played at the elite level, their performance was admirable.

UAE surprised Zimbabwe with their ability to strike cleanly down the ground. The finest example was the sublime six that brought Shaiman Anwar his half-century from 37 balls when he drove Tinashe Panyangara back over his head.

It was the shot of a man who belongs at international level, as were the nine fours that he struck.

The 43-year-old star batsman Khurram Khan scored 45 and steadied UAE after they wobbled to 40 for 2 early. Until he was well caught at backward point, Khurram looked so calm and composed that nobody would have guessed this was his World Cup debut. – Agencies

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