The Sunday News
Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Sports Reporter
HAVING taken a 2-0 ead in the four-match one Day International series, Zimbabwe will look to kill the contest by winning the third ODI against the United Arab Emirates at Harare Sports Club today.
The Chevrons have done exceptionally well against a team that denied them an appearance at this year’s Cricket World Cup. On Wednesday, they thrashed UAE by seven wickets, a victory achieved with a massive 161 balls to spare. It was after a clinical display by the Chevrons bowlers who blew away UAE for 110 runs in 44.5 overs.
Last Friday, Zimbabwe achieved their by four runs victory on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method, the same way that UAE denied them that opportunity to head off to England in May on that fateful day in March last year.
In Friday’s rain affected match, wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva top scored with an unbeaten 78 runs while skipper Peter Moor was also unconquered on 45. Moor walked away with the Man of the Match accolade on the day. Pace bowlers, Kyle Jarvis and Donald Tiripano were brilliant with ball in hand. Jarvis took four wickets while Tiripano had three.
Zimbabwe will once again look to their bowlers who have been brilliant so far in the series. Seamers, Jarvis, Tiripano and Tendai Chatara have stamped their authority with leg spinner Brandon Mavuta also in good form.
Craig Ervine has carried on his form from the domestic scene to the series against UAE. Ervine, Chakabva, Moor, Sikandar Raza, Solomon Mire, Sean Williams and Timycen Maruma are the batsmen Chevrons coach Lalchand Rajput will back to deliver with the much needed runs.