Brian Chari, Regis Chakabva (wk), Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Peter Moor (c), Ryan Burl, Timycen Maruma, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, Chris Mpofu.
United Arab Emirates
Ashfaq Ahmed, Rohan Mustafa, Ghulam Shabber (wk), CP Rizwan, Shaiman Anwar, Muhammad Usman, Imran Haider, Mohammad Naveed (c), Zahoor Khan, Chirag Suri, Sultan Ahmed
Zimbabwe v United Arab Emirates, 4th ODI.
April 16th, 2019, 1 PM IST.
Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe.
In the three games played on this strip, the batters have given a good account of themselves, with the ball coming on nicely. The pacers and spinners have made optimum use of the conditions on offer and yet again, one can expect big scores on the board.
The visiting UAE side have failed to put up any signs of a fight on this tour and have already handed Zimbabwe an unassailable 3-0 lead. The hosts, who have tried out a number of combinations already, will be eager to claim a whitewash, while the visitors certainly need to come up with a special performance to end the series on a positive note.
Form Guide (Last 5 ODIs)
Zimbabwe: W, W, W, L, L (Good form)
United Arab Emirates: L, L, L, L, L (Poor form)
Head to Head
Matches Played: 5
Won by Zimbabwe: 4 (80%)
Won by United Arab Emirates: 1 (20%)
No result: 0 (0%)
Regis Chakabva had a rare failure in the 3rd ODI and will be looking to make amends in the final game. With 117 runs from three matches, Chakabva has given his team a couple of strong starts at the top of the order and will yet again look to pile the pressure on the bowlers early on.
Craig Ervine’s 71-ball 64 in the third ODI was his second half-century in the ongoing series, following a 46-ball 51 in the first match. With a wide array of strokes, Ervine has proved to be one of Zimbabwe’s top performers in this series.
Down the order, Zimbabwe skipper Peter Moor has found some form, striking a well-crafted 52-ball 58 in the third ODI, which is certain to give him some confidence going into the final encounter.
For UAE, much of the batting has revolved around Shaiman Anwar, who has notched up 110 runs from three matches, but he will need to convert his solid starts to big scores in order to challenge the hosts.
CP Rizwan’s duck in the second ODI was followed by a laborious 102-ball 47, but with Rizwan one of the only batsmen to show some resistance against a feisty Zimbabwe bowling attack, he will yet again be key in this game.
Sean Williams’ century lit up the third ODI. The all-rounder claimed the Man of the Match honors for his top knock and a miserly spell of 0/34 from 10 overs. With a handy knock from the southpaw coming at the right time, he will be banked on to lead the way yet again.
Sikandar Raza’s form with the ball has been a positive for the hosts as the off-spinner has picked up three wickets from three games thus far. With the bat in hand, Raza has scored briskly and will be looking to notch up a big-score if given a chance to bat longer.
Rohan Mustafa’s off-breaks have been one of the highlights of UAE’s dismal campaign thus far, with the experienced all-rounder scalping at least one wicket in each game. However, Mustafa has failed with the bat in hand at the top of the order and will be relied on to contribute.
Kyle Jarvis and Donald Tiripano have combined to rattle the visitors’ batting unit. The duo’s ability to hit consistent lengths have seen them pick up eight and six wickets respectively from three games. With the pitch yet again set to assist the seamers, Jarvis and Tiripano could be expected to have a great game.
Zahoor Khan’s medium-pacers have been one of the only positives for UAE in this tour and with wickets in each of his last two games, the pacer will need to step up his game and deliver in order to restrict the Zimbabwe batters.
Captain and vice-captain: Sean Williams and Craig Ervine.
Player to watch out for: Sean Williams
The left-handed batsman regained some form in the third ODI as he struck a wonderful century and will yet again hold the aces for Zimbabwe, with his left-arm orthodox spin also coming in handy.