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Defeat at UAE's hands knocks Zimbabwe out of World Cup qualification race

Defeat at UAE's hands knocks Zimbabwe out of World Cup qualification race

Heath Streak's men face the United Arab Emirates at Harare Sports Club today in their last Super Six ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier fully aware that their destiny is firmly in their own hands for a place at next year's ICC Cricket World Cup.

Before the start of the final round Super Six matches, Zimbabwe just needed a win over UAE to make it to the World Cup and the victor of West Indies-Scotland match would have accompanied the hosts to the extravaganza.

This result means the victor of the Ireland-Afghanistan match on Friday will seal the final spot in the 10-team 2019 World Cup.

Having missed their chance to seal their qualification in a tense game against the West Indies on Monday, Zimbabwe will be desperate to get a result tomorrow.

Zimbabwe looked to be on course to reach their revised target of 230 from 40 overs when they were 185-4 in the 35th over, but Sean Williams' excellent knock of 80 was in vain.

When the last eight-over Power Play started, Zimbabwe needed 70 to win but despite Sikandar Raza (34, 26b, 2×4, 1×6) and Williams' (80, 80b, 5×4, 1×6) best efforts, finished at 226 for seven.

Winning captain Rohan Mustafa said: "It's a big win for us, beating a Test team".

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But while Zimbabwe are clear favourites going into today's match as they are facing a side that is at the basement of the Super Six log standings without a point, team captain Graeme Cremer was quick to warn his charges against complacency.

"We have done well in all departments in our matches thus far and we just need to continue playing good cricket".

"Feel sorry for Zimbabwe, but that's sport. When Sean got out, that was a crucial moment", said Cremer after the match.

"One of the toughest pill [s] to swallow for all of us together and the tears we shed yesterday describes the pain we all felt for everyone and for those who supported us", he posted on Twitter.

Though most of their top order (and indeed lower order) have preformed of occasion with the bat, few have done so with any consistency, and their losing chase against the West Indies remains the only time they have passed 250 in the tournament.

The victor of the final Super Six fixture between Ireland and Afghanistan will reach the global showpiece.

The result means that there are four permutations looking at the Ireland versus Afghanistan match tomorrow.