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Zimbabwe keep hopes alive

Elton Chigumbura led Zimbabwe to a five-wicket win over United Arab Emirates which kept alive their hopes of progressing in the World Twenty20.

UAE, playing for pride after defeats to Ireland and Holland, amassed 116 for nine after being put into bat at Sylhet.

A 58-run stand between Swapnil Patel (30) and Khurram Khan (26) underpinned the effort, before a late cameo from Kamran Shazad (21 off 15 balls) added late impetus.

Zimbabwe were in trouble at 34 for four after seven overs - but Chigumbura turned things in their favour with an unbeaten 53 off just 21 deliveries to maintain their hopes of reaching the Super 10 stage.

The 28-year-old signalled his intentions with a six off his first delivery and two more boundaries followed in an over which cost Shazad and his team 15 runs.

Another 14 followed before the partnership was broken when Vusi Sibanda was caught and bowled by Khurram for 16, making it 63 for five.

However, there were no further mishaps for Zimbabwe.

Chigumbura brought up three figures for his team with a straight six which took him to 47 off 20 deliveries - and the next delivery he faced brought the same result as he secured victory for his team with 38 balls remaining.

Timycen Maruma finished with an unbeaten 22 off 14 balls, sharing in the unbroken 55-run sixth-wicket stand which took the game away from UAE.

The result put Zimbabwe top of their qualification group ahead of the match between Ireland and Holland.

It meant Ireland needed a victory to deny Zimbabwe a place in Group One, while Holland required a big win in order to improve their run-rate and leapfrog their opponents and Zimbabwe.