Within couple of days, the World Cup qualifier has seen too many heartbreaks. Yesterday, it was Scotland and today it was the hosts of the World Cup qualifiers Zimbabwe.
The hosts had two shots at qualification – needing to beat one of Windies and UAE. After failing to defend 289 against Windies, Zimbabwe crumbled in chase of a rain-hit chase against UAE, giving the latter their first Super six stage victory.
A gutted Graeme Cremer said in the post match press conference: “It’s very painful. We had two bites at getting to the final, and we’ve stumbled at the last hurdle. We were so hungry to win. The ball was in our court, we just needed to turn up today and play some of our best cricket, then it might have been a different story. Guys are shattered in the change room. I’m sure most Zimbabweans are.”
He added: “The fans have been excellent, from Bulawayo to here, and another great turnout today. They’ll probably be more disappointed than anyone, because they’ve turned out and at least expected us to win one of these two games to qualify. So there was big expectation on us. We’re really sad that we couldn’t give them what they wanted.”
Creme on what went wrong today against UAE: “We were a bit unsure but we backed ourselves that whatever we did, bat or bowl, we will come out on top. We gave them a few too many, and then to only have 40 overs with the bat, that cost us a bit. We’d still back ourselves to chase 230 in 40 overs, but a poor start again. We keep losing wickets in that first powerplay, which has probably cost us.”