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Chris Mpofu      

Full name Christopher Bobby Mpofu

Born November 27, 1985, Plumtree, Matabeleland

Current age 30 years 276 days

Major teams Zimbabwe, Mashonaland, Matabeleland, Matabeleland Tuskers, Westerns, Zimbabwe XI

Playing role Bowler

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Christopher Bobby Mpofu
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 9 17 6 27 8 2.45 137 19.70 0 0 2 1 0 0
ODIs 68 35 19 40 6 2.50 177 22.59 0 0 1 0 10 0
T20Is 20 5 3 13 6* 6.50 12 108.33 0 0 0 1 3 0
First-class 81 128 37 883 57 9.70 2708 32.60 0 1 18 0
List A 142 78 40 272 29* 7.15 560 48.57 0 0 24 0
Twenty20 61 25 13 104 27* 8.66 121 85.95 0 0 5 1 13 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 9 13 1448 889 20 4/92 5/123 44.45 3.68 72.4 2 0 0
ODIs 68 68 3264 2930 72 6/52 6/52 40.69 5.38 45.3 2 1 0
T20Is 20 20 426 616 16 3/16 3/16 38.50 8.67 26.6 0 0 0
First-class 81 12984 6811 220 7/37 30.95 3.14 59.0 8 6 0
List A 142 6719 5451 177 6/8 6/8 30.79 4.86 37.9 6 3 0
Twenty20 61 61 1306 1659 60 4/17 4/17 27.65 7.62 21.7 1 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Chittagong, Jan 6-10, 2005 scorecard
Last Test Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Bulawayo, Nov 1-5, 2011 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Zimbabwe v England at Harare, Nov 28, 2004 scorecard
Last ODI Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Harare, Aug 4, 2015 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at King City (NW), Oct 10, 2008 scorecard
Last T20I Zimbabwe v Afghanistan at Bulawayo, Oct 28, 2015 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut Matabeleland v Manicaland at Bulawayo, Mar 19-22, 2004 scorecard
Last First-class Mid West Rhinos v Matabeleland Tuskers at Bulawayo, Mar 2-5, 2016 scorecard
List A debut Mashonaland v Matabeleland at Harare, Dec 7, 2003 scorecard
Last List A Matabeleland Tuskers v Mashonaland Eagles at Bulawayo, Jan 6, 2016 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Easterns (Zimbabwe) v Westerns at Harare, Mar 19, 2008 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Mid West Rhinos v Matabeleland Tuskers at Bulawayo, Feb 13, 2016 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
2/19, 18, 1/84, 57 Tuskers v Rhinos Bulawayo 2 Mar 2016 FC
3/27, 2/76 Tuskers v Mountaineers Harare 23 Feb 2016 FC
0/30 Tuskers v Rhinos Bulawayo 13 Feb 2016 T20
3/29, 2 Tuskers v Mountaineers Bulawayo 12 Feb 2016 T20
0/13 Tuskers v Mountaineers Bulawayo 10 Feb 2016 T20
0/35 Tuskers v Eagles Bulawayo 10 Feb 2016 T20
1/33 Tuskers v Rhinos Bulawayo 9 Feb 2016 T20
0/43 Tuskers v Eagles Bulawayo 9 Feb 2016 T20
12*, 0/29 Tuskers v Eagles Bulawayo 6 Jan 2016 LA
38*, 3/33, 1*, 0/23 Tuskers v Rhinos Bulawayo 15 Dec 2015 FC
Profile

Among the clutch of players given their chance at international level because of the exodus of the rebels, Christopher Mpofu looks like he may have the abilities to forge a decent career. A tall seam bowler, he hits the pitch hard and can get good away movement - but as with many young quick bowlers consistency is his major problem. Technically, he has a good action but a better brace of his front leg through his delivery stride would allow him to make the most of his height, rather than collapsing as he tends to do at the moment. He made his ODI debut against England in October 2004 and caused the England top-order a few anxious moments. His early Test appearances did not set the world alight, and he lost his place after taking 3 for 343 in four matches - but he has the basics and anyone with a semblance of talent should be encouraged and nurtured. Mpofu has benefited noticeably from Heath Streak's appointment as Zimbabwe's bowling coach as his action has smoothed out, his outswing is becoming more consistent (although he still has a frustrating propensity to go too wide of off stump) and his pace has increased. One definite shortcoming, however, is his crease occupation. Not content with being stumped twice in an afternoon (for a pair) in the first Test against New Zealand in August 2005, he followed up by being run out for 3 in the second match, as he strolled down the pitch to congratulate his team-mate on reaching his half-century. He still tends to blow hot and cold and has few rivals in the race to be considered international cricket's worst batsman, but when Zimbabwe return to Test cricket Mpofu will have an important role to play.
Andrew McGlashan

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Aug 9, 2015

Chris Mpofu conceded 24 runs in his three overs, Zimbabwe v New Zealand, only T20I, Harare, August 9, 2015

Chris Mpofu conceded 24 runs in his three overs

© AFP

Aug 2, 2015

Ross Taylor and Chris Mpofu share a lighter moment, Zimbabwe v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Harare, August 2, 2015

Ross Taylor and Chris Mpofu share a lighter moment

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May 31, 2015

Christopher Mpofu exults after dismissing Babar Azam, Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI, Lahore, May 31, 2015

Christopher Mpofu exults after dismissing Babar Azam

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Tournament Results
Sri Lanka v West Indies at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 7, 2012
West Indies won by 36 runs
Australia v West Indies at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 5, 2012
West Indies won by 74 runs
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 4, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 16 runs
India v South Africa at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 2, 2012
India won by 1 run
Australia v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 2, 2012
Pakistan won by 32 runs
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