By Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE completed a 4-0 whitewash of the One-Day International (ODI) series, despite a late fight back by minnows United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the rain affected fifth and final ODI at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.
After restricting UAE to a paltry 175, Zimbabwe who were set a revised target of 128 runs in 30 overs finished on 129 for seven in 24.5 overs to win the fourth ODI by three wickets (with 31 balls remaining) via the (Duckworth/Lewis method).
Zimbabwe appeared on course to easily reach the target without any trouble after the opening duo of Brian Chari and Regis Chakabva started the run-chase like a house on fire, cruising to 44 inside eight overs.
However the dismissal of Chari in the ninth over for 19 runs and Chakabva two overs later for 28 triggered a middle order collapse as Zimbabwe lost their next four wickets for only 45 runs.
The trio of Craig Ervine (11), Sean Williams (20) and captain Peter Moor (0) all perished inside three deliveries with Rohan Mostafa claiming two wickets from successive deliveries in the 18th over.
Timycen Maruma nevertheless came to the hosts’ rescue after a smashing a 22-ball 35 which included three fours and two sixes, despite being dropped twice.
His dismissal, bowled by Shaiman Anwar, saw Zimbabwe’s nerves resurface, with Ryan Burl and Sikandar Raza scoring one run in eight balls before the former was run out after being sent back.
But the damage had been done, and two boundaries in four balls saw them seal a three-wicket win with time to spare.
Mohammad Navved was peak of the bowlers for the visitors after claiming two wickets for 26 in his 6 overs.
Earlier UAE won the toss and elected to bat first before being restricted to 175 runs.
Chirag Suri who was promoted to the top of the order, top scored for UAE with 46 while CP Rizwan managed 45 runs as the pair the minors 91 for two after 25 overs.
Williams was peak of the bowlers with two wickets for 27 in his allotted overs while the duo of Kyle Jarvis and Christopher Mpofu also claimed two wickets apiece. Jarvis was named the match of the match while Chakabva, who has been impressive with both bat and gloves behind the stumps was named man of the series.