Brendan Taylor
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Zimbabwe take on United Arab Emirates in the third and final group stage fixture in the 2014 T20 World Cup at the Sylhet Stadium in Bangladesh on Friday.

Where to Watch Live

The match is set to begin at 5:30am GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Live text updates of the game will be available on ESPNCricinfo.


Zimbabwe's hopes of progressing to the next round remain alive after they beat Netherlands in their second match on Wednesday.

The Zimbabweans first restricted the Dutch to 140 runs in the opening innings taking five wickets in the process. Prosper Utseya took two wickets, while Tinashe Panyangara and Natsai M'shangwe took one each. Tendai Chatara took the credit for dismissing Michael Swart through run out.

However, they got off to a decent start with the opening pair of Hamilton Masakadza and Sikandar Raza. However, the latter was dismissed in the fifth over having contributed only 13 runs as the scoreboard read 25 for one.

The opener then combined with captain Brendan Taylor to register a commendable partnership of 62 runs before Masakadza's (43) dismissal in the 14th over, which also saw Elton Chigumbura join his compatriot in the pavilion without scoring a single run.

Taylor was the next to trace his footsteps back in the 19th over missing out on a half-century by a single run. Needing 15 runs from 11 balls, Sean Williams lasted till the second last ball of the innings to take his personal total to 26 before being run out by Ahsan Malik.

Needing just one run for victory, Vusi Sibanda (9) saw his team through the finishing line with a six in the last ball.

UAE, on the other hand, have their qualification hopes crushed following their defeat against Ireland in their second match as the Irish were awarded a 21-run victory by Duckworth-Lewis method.

UAE opened the batting and left a target of 124 runs for their opponents to chase. Shaiman Anwar was their highest scorer making 30 runs while opener Amjad Ali was the second-best.

But William Porterfield's side started the chase brightly with the only blip being Paul Stirling's injury that forced him to retire hurt from the innings. Ed Joyce carried on from where Stirling left scoring 43 runs.

With the scoreboard reading 101 for three, the game was marred by a floodlight failure. Once the game resumed, Ireland added two more runs before the collapsed yet again.

But the game was called off and the Irish were awarded the win after having their target revised to 83 runs. Even as lights slowly came back, Ireland were already ahead 21 runs of their new target but the game was not to resume because of the downpour that followed.

The result forced UAE to remain at the bottom of the table without any point, while Zimbabwe went second with two points. A win for Zimbabwe cannot guarantee progress and could depend on the result of the game between Netherlands and Ireland.

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Probable Lineup: Hamilton Masakadza, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor (c & wk), Vusi Sibanda, Sean Williams, Elton Chigumbura, Timycen Maruma, Prosper Utseya, Tinashe Panyangara, Tendai Chatara, Natsai Mushnagwe

United Arab Emirates

Probable Lineup: Amjad Ali, Faizan Asif, Khurram Khan (c), Swapnil Patil (wk), Shaiman Anwar, Rohan Mustafa, Amjad Javed, Vikrant Shetty, Rohan Mustafa, Kamran Shazad, Shadeep Silva