UAE skipper expected a different result

2015 World Cup

UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir said his side expected a different result against Zimbabwe in their first World Cup match in almost 20 years on Thursday, but they were well short of setting a competitive total that they could defend.

Having seen Ireland chase down more than 300 at the Saxton Oval in Nelson earlier in the tournament, the UAE knew that reaching 285 for seven in their 50 overs was not nearly enough.

They put up a brave fight in the field though, reducing Zimbabwe to 167 for five, before an 83-run partnership for the sixth wicket took the game away from the associate nation.

Tauqir said after the match: "We played some good cricket but we were expecting a different result. In the previous game on this wicket we saw that 300 was not enough (when West Indies lost to Ireland).

"We know our limitations and we scored 285. But they batted well, struck up some good partnerships and they won the game."

The UAE skipper also pleaded with the ICC to give them more games against the Test-playing nations, saying that will be the only way Associate nations could improve.

Tauqir lamented: "If we play only at Associate level, we cannot improve the game.  The more we play at the highest level we can improve our cricket."