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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 April 2019

'You just have to put it away': Mohammed Naveed's advice to UAE teammates ahead of second ODI in Zimbabwe

Captain, who took unusual step of calling players into huddle on pitch immediately after defeat in opening game of four-match ODI series in Harare on Wednesday, urges teammates to focus on righting wrongs ahead of action on Friday

The UAE, training at the ICC Academy in Dubai earlier in the week, are down 1-0 in the four-match ODI series against Zimbabwe. Satish Kumar for The National
The UAE, training at the ICC Academy in Dubai earlier in the week, are down 1-0 in the four-match ODI series against Zimbabwe. Satish Kumar for The National

Mohammed Naveed, the UAE captain, is confident his side will bear no scars from their opening-day humbling by Zimbabwe when they bid to square the four-match series on Friday.

The national team were beaten by seven wickets with more than 26 overs to spare in the first one-day international on Wednesday.

Immediately after the loss was sealed, Naveed took the unusual step of calling his players into a huddle on the pitch.

It looked like the sort of ritual that routinely follows a win, rather than such a hefty loss.

Naveed had been seeking to persuade his colleagues to quickly forget about what had happened, and focus instead on righting the wrongs next time out.

“I think after a game like that, you just have to put it away,” said Naveed, whose new-ball bowling alongside Qadeer Ahmed was one of the few bright parts of the opening loss.

Zimbabwe fast bowler Tendai Chatara, right, was named Man of the Match for taking three UAE wickets in the first ODI. Courtesy Zimbabwe Cricket
Zimbabwe fast bowler Tendai Chatara, right, was named Man of the Match for taking three UAE wickets in the first ODI. Courtesy Zimbabwe Cricket

“It was a bad day, and it’s gone. We had a few positives, with bowlers bowling well and also we saw that if we apply ourselves with the bat we can get runs.

“We just have to forget about it, because one bad day doesn’t make us a bad team.”

The national team had travelled to Zimbabwe optimistic of causing an upset, having beaten their hosts the last time they had faced them in Harare.

However, their opening salvo was over before it had begun, as their batsmen floundered against Zimbabwe’s new-ball attack of Tendai Chatara and Kyle Jarvis, on a responsive wicket at Harare Sports Club.

“We lost the toss and everybody saw what the wicket was doing, but we can’t blame anything, we just have to find a way, whether we at first or second tomorrow," Naveed said.

“We will go out and have a positive approach whatever happens.”

Dougie Brown, the UAE coach, said he had seen enough from his bowlers in the opening match to believe they could challenge Zimbabwe, particularly if the conditions assist.

“If we can put a bit of pressure on the Zimbabwe guys up front with the ball, I think they are still there to be beaten, despite what happened in the first match,” Brown said.

“We know, based on what we have seen [on Wednesday] we can front up with a lot of confidence, and look to play the style of cricket we are capable of playing.

“We have got to be good enough to adapt, of course. I think, over the course of the series, we will find the side losing the toss will find it pretty difficult, as we did.

“There is lots to work on. It was one of those days at the office, when the game was done and dusted before it started, when early wickets killed us.”

Updated: April 12, 2019 08:45 AM

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