Chigumbura happy with batting depth

2015 World Cup

Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura has praised his side's depth in their batting order, as they beat the UAE by four wickets in a World Cup Pool B clash at the Saxton Oval in Nelson on Thursday.

Chasing 286 for victory, Zimbabwe had Sean Williams, at number five, and Craig Ervine, at number seven, to thank for digging them out of trouble to win their first match at this year's showpiece event.

Williams hit an unbeaten 76 and Ervine scored a quick-fire 42, as they shared in a partnership of 83 in 62 balls that took the game away from the associate Asian nation.

Chigumbura said: "I thought the guys played well with the bat. The good thing about our team is we have eight batters so there was no pressure. Getting over the line was the most important thing to do and we did it."

The one criticism of the Zimbabwe side was perhaps their effort in the field. They allowed the UAE far to many runs, and will be punished by better sides in the tournament.

The skipper spoke about how they must take the positives of this performance into their next match against the West Indies, a result which could be crucial to see who will be ending in the top four of the group.

Looking ahead to their encounter with the Caribbean Islanders on Monday, Chigumbura said: "We need to take this momentum into the game against the West Indies. Hopefully we can polish up our fielding and have a good game in all departments."

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