The United Arab Emirates will be touring Zimbabwe for their first ever bilateral ODI series against a full member nation. This would be the third time these two sides will be contesting in an ODI game.
Their first ODI meeting took place in the 2015 World Cup where Zimbabwe registered a 4 wicket victory over the minnows at the Saxton Oval. The second instance took place at the ICC World Cup Qualifiers held last year in Zimbabwe where UAE won a mouthwatering contest by 3 runs which eluded Zimbabwe from qualifying for the mega event which is scheduled to take place in this year in England and Wales.
UAE played a warm-up game against Zimbabwe Chairmans XI prior to the start of the 4 match ODI series where they registered a comprehensive win by 5 wickets. It was definitely a confidence-boosting win for the visitors which they will definitely take forward in the 4 match ODI series.
UAE won- 01
Zimbabwe won- 01
Where – Harare Sports Club, Harare
When – 01:00 PM IST, April 10, 2019
The Harare Sports club has hosted 148 ODIs so far and the pitch always offers something to both the batsmen and the bowlers. It is generally easy to bat first on this track while chasing is a bit tricky.
Average 1st inn score: 229
Average 2nd inn score: 194
Ghulam Shabber, Shaiman Anwar, Mohd Usman, Chirag Suri, M Boota, CP Rizwan, Rohan Mustafa, Mohd Naveed, Imran Haider, Zahoor Khan, Qadeer Ahmed
Peter Moor, Craig Ervine, Elton Chigumbura, Solomon Mire, Regis Chakabva, Sikander Raza, Sean Williams, Brian Chari, Tendai Chatara, Chris Mpofu/Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis.
Players to watch out:
Zimbabwe’s batting will rely on the likes of stand-in skipper Peter Moor, Solomon Mire and Sikander Raza. All these players are impactful and can bat according to the situation. Elton Chigumbura has tons of experience and can deliver with both bat and ball.
In the bowling department, the impetus would be on Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chatara and Kyle Jarvis.
UAE has Shaiman Anwar at their disposal who is one of their biggest names in batting. Mohd Usman and Chirag Suri can be safe bets as well, whereas, the return of all-rounder Rohan Mustafa will definitely boost them.
Imran Haider, Zahoor Khan and Q Ahmed will be the bowling options to bet on.
Note: Make UAE vs ZIM Dream11 Team as per your discretion from the squad listed in the article.