Nine test playing nations are already in the World T20 Super10. Zimbabwe is the only test playing nation that is dropping behind. They now face UAE and need to beat them handsomely first and then hope Netherlands beat Ireland comprehensively to stand any chance for qualifying to Super10 round.
Zimbabwe has to put on a power packed performance and need to pull up their socks for this game. UAE has not been the better side but just like Hong Kong caught Bangladesh off guard, UAE might be inspired to do the same.
Problem for Zimbabwe lies in their batting, opener Sikandar Raza has not fired yet and Elton Chigumbura has not been in best of his form. Raza might be relegated down the order and after that last ball six by Vusi Sibanda he could possibly return at the top order. If Raza did not fit in the scheme of things in the middle order then he could be dropped and Allrounder Shingi Masakadza or Malcolm Waller may be brought in.
Leg break bowler Natsai M’shangwe who was economical and looked decent against Netherlands is likely will retain his spot to play second fiddle to lead spinner Prosper Utseya. Tinashe Panyangara was expensive in his last game but his wicket taking abilities make him an ultimate choice in the playing xi.
UAE should try out on its bench strength specifically Young Right hand batsman Rohit Singh who can also bowl with gentle pace and teenager Moaaz Qazi who is an off break bowler and can bat a bit.
Every team in the qualifying stage has at least one win in their kitty. It remains to be seen where UAE will finish, with a win or no win.
Impact Players: Captain Brendon Taylor, a cursory look at the Zimbabwe team and he will stand out, much depends on him how he bats out team to a win. For UAE Shaiman Anwar the right hand batsman will be a player to keep your eye on.
Zimbabwe: Brendan Taylor (capt, wk), Tendai Chatara, Elton Chigumbura, Takadzwa Kamungozi, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingi Masakadza, Natsai M’shangwe, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vittori, Malcolm Walller, Sean Williams.
UAE: Khurram Khan (capt), Amjad Ali, Faizan Asif, Swapnil Patil (wk), Shaiman Anwar, Rohan Mustafa, Amjad Javed, Vikrant Shetty, Shadeep Silva, Kamran Shazad, Manjula Guruge, Ahmed Raza. Moaaz Qazi, Rohit Singh, Sharif Asadullah.