Maruma, Williams star in Zimbabwe's 4-0 whitewash over UAE


Jarvis picked up two wickets for 28. © Getty

Zimbabwe won the fourth and final ODI against the United Arab Emirates in Harare, completing a 4-0 whitewash in the process. In a rain-affected match, the target for Zimbabwe was adjusted to 128 in 30 overs, which the hosts achieved in only 24.5 overs.

Opting to bat first earlier in the day, UAE reeled under regular strikes and could put only 175 on the board. Chirag Suri’s 45 steered his team through the first half of the innings while CP Rizwan, after putting on 38 runs for the third wicket with Suri, batted through, becoming the last batsman to be dismissed courtesy a run out.

Muhammad Usman’s 27 off 24 balls provided some impetus but his wicket to Sean Williams kick-started a slide that saw UAE lose three wickets for three runs between the 35th and 37th overs. Kyle Jarvis, who was wicketless in his opening spell, returned to pick two of those three wickets.

A target of 176 always looked below par. On top of that, Brian Chari and Regis Chakabva accumulated 44 runs for the first wicket, throwing UAE’s plans off very early in the chase. Zimbabwe were 37 for 0 after 6.4 overs when the rain arrived. With no wickets lost, the DLS-adjusted target wasn’t a surprise.

But Mohammad Naveed picked both the openers after the rain break. Craig Ervine and Sean Williams put on 30 runs for the third wicket but Ervine’s dismissal saw Zimbabwe lose three wickets for no runs added. Sikandar Raza remained unbeaten on 9 off 13 balls, and his 39-run stand with Timycen Maruma brought Zimbabwe to the brink. It was Maruma’s counterattack featuring 3 fours and 2 sixes that made the difference at a soft time for the hosts.

Brief Scores: UAE 175 in 47.1 overs (Chirag Suri 46, CP Rizwan 45; Sean Williams 2-27, Kyle Jarvis 2-28) lost to Zimbabwe129/7 in 24.5 overs (Timycen Maruma 35; Mohammad Naveed 2-26, Rohan Mustafa 2-29) by 3 wickets (DLS)

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