UAE wins hearts as Zimbabwe won the match

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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.

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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.