Nelson: Zimbabwe recorded their highest World Cup run chase ever to avoid a humiliating defeat in the hands of United Arab Emirates.
UAE’s Shaiman Anwar scored 67 as the qualifiers posted 285-7, their highest one-day international score, in their first World Cup match since 1996.
Zimbabwe started slowly before the greater quality and experience of the Test nation began to shine through.
Sean Williams’s well-constructed 76 led them to a four-wicket victory with 12 balls to spare in Pool B.
UAE, the last of the 14 competing nations to play their opening match of the tournament, almost caused a shock in the picturesque New Zealand city of Nelson as they chased a first ODI win against a Test side.
The Arab qualifiers showed few nerves in their first World Cup appearance in 19 years and passed their previous ODI best, 282-4 against Afghanistan set last November.