Spinners Nikita Miller (5 for 20) and Ashley Nurse (2 for 21) rescued West Indies after yet another batting collapse, helping bowl UAE out for 83 in a chase of 116 at the Harare Sports Club. With this performance coming close on the heels of a chastening defeat to Afghanistan, West Indies will worry about their form leading up to the tournament proper, which begins on Sunday.
West Indies slumped to 110 all out against Afghanistan, and they didn’t do too much better against UAE. They made a decent start after being put in to bat, with openers Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis putting on 31 before falling within six balls of each other to the seamer Mohammad Naveed. Shimron Hetmyer and Marlon Samuels added 34 for the third wicket, before spinners Imran Haider (4 for 16) and Ahmed Raza (2 for 14) effected a major collapse, as West Indies slipped from 66 for 2 to 115 all out, with no one outside the top four getting into double figures.
In reply, UAE slipped to 36 for 3 by the tenth over with Kemar Roach dismissing their top three batsmen. Wickets fell steadily thereon, as Miller and Nurse ran through rest of the line-up to bowl them out in 29 overs.