Chigumbura keeps Zimbabwe in reckoning

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All-rounder Elton Chigumbura struck a quickfire half-century to complete a five-wicket win over the United Arab Emirates at Sylhet Stadium – and keep Zimbabwe in the hunt for a berth in the next stage of the World Twenty20.

All-rounder Elton Chigumbura struck a quickfire half-century to complete a five-wicket win over the United Arab Emirates at Sylhet Stadium – and keep Zimbabwe in the hunt for a berth in the next stage of the World Twenty20.

Chigumbura smashed three sixes and six boundaries in his 21-ball 53 not out to lift Zimbabwe from a struggling 34 for four and surpass a modest 117-run target in 13.4 overs.

The win also lifted Zimbabwe's net run-rate over Ireland who face the Netherlands in the crucial match to decide which team qualifies for the Super-10 stage from Group B.

Bangladesh qualified for the Super-10 from Group A on Thursday. Chigumbura added a match-winning 55 for the sixth wicket with Timycen Maruma who made 22 not out.

Before that Zimbabwe were jolted by left-arm paceman Manjula Guruge (two for 18) who dismissed Hamilton Masakadza (two) and Sean Williams (zero) in successive overs.

Zimbabwe's best batsman skipper Brendan Taylor also managed just 15. The UAE owed their total to a 58-run third wicket stand between Khurram Khan (26) and Swapnil Patil (30) before left-arm spinner Williams took a career-best three for 15 in four overs.

The UAE lost their way before a ninth wicket stand of 27 between Shadeep Silva (13 not out) and Kamran Shahzad (21) lifted them to 116 for nine in their 20 overs.

Sikander Raza (two for 15) and Tendai Chatara (two for 21) were also among the wicket takers for Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe have now two wins out of three games while Ireland have two wins out of two and the Netherlands one win out of two matches.

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