The Chevrons may have suffered a setback in their pursuit of a spot at the 2019 World Cup, but the hosts still have a chance to make it to next year’s showpiece.
By SportBrief Reporter
The Chevrons suffered an agonising 4 wicket loss to the West Indies on Monday in a World Cup Qualifier in which a win would have sealed their spot at the World Cup next year, yet all hope is not yet lost for the Zimbabweans.
Before the loss, Zimbabwe had had a stellar run in the tournament which saw them win undefeated while at the same time coming back from impossible situations to win against Afghanistan and draw with Scotland in the league stage.
However, their fate is still very much in their hands heading into their final match against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday. The Chevrons only need a win against UAE to book a spot for the mega event next year.
The UAE have been the whipping boys of the tournament, failing to win any of their 4 matches played so far, hence on paper this should be an easy win for the hosts.
However, the match should be taken with caution as the Arab nation may feel they have a point to prove and may as well go for broke against Zimbabwe.
Should the Chevrons lose to UAE and Scotland gets the better of Windies, they will be eliminated. They can also get knocked out even if Windies beat Scotland if they lose to UAE and either Afghanistan wins both their remaining games or Ireland beat Afghanistan.
But with the crowd turning out in their numbers to support Cremer and co. and the odds stacked in their favour, the World Cup spot is Zimbabwe’s to lose.