'Zimbabwe boys, you bloody beauties'

The cricket world reacts to Zimbabwe beating Pakistan by 24 runs in Harare, to record their first Test win against a country other than Bangladesh in 12 years

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 14, 2013

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The Zimbabwe players couldn't control their joy after securing their first Test victory since 2001 against a team other than Bangladesh, Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Harare, 5th day, September 14, 2013
'With results on the field, time for the ZC board to turn up' © AFP

As Zimbabwe closed in on victory, the anticipation and excitement built…

"Dare we start to believe."
Former Zimbabwe bowler Mluleki Nkala

"It would be a brilliant test win for Zimbabwe... The players deserve the win after what they've been through."
Former Zimbabwe allrounder Sean Ervine

Even Zimbabwe's ambassador to Senegal and Gambia, Trudy Stevenson was cheering the team on

After Rahat Ali was run out, the celebrations began…

"Well deserved Brendan Taylor and the boys!!! Well done boys!!!! So proud!! Great day 'babwe!!!"
Former Zimbabwe batsman Charles Coventry

"Congrats to Zim on their win today, the boys deserved a win after everything they had to put up with !"
Fast bowler Kyle Jarvis, who recently left Zimbabwe to take up a county cricket contract

"The boys deserve everything for that win!!! Great heart and determination to make a difference! Well done to Brendan Taylor. Great finish"
Zimbabwe batsman Craig Ervine

"Great result for Brendan Taylor and the lads. With results on the field time for the ZC board to turn up!"
Former Zimbabwe allrounder Sean Ervine

"Great win for the Zimbabweans, considering the fact they have been going thru it's a terrific achievement. Things will only get better from here."
India batsman Rohit Sharma

"Congrats to Brendan Taylor and Zim cricket on your outstanding performance to win the 2nd Test against Pakistan. Making our continent proud."
South Africa limited-overs captain AB de Villiers

"Congrats to Brendan Taylor and to Zim for the tight win over Pakistan. Bar bill could be high tonight Tayls!!"
Mark Boucher, the former South Africa wicketkeeper

"Absolutely delighted for Zimbabwe cricket. Come on now Zim cricket officials, give them their due. They have shown what they can do."
Television commentator Harsha Bhogle

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Posted by Sagarneel on (September 16, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

Wake up ICC. Instead of arranging the meaningless ODI tri-series and T20s, please give these sides a chance to showcase their talent. Zim, Ireland and Bangladesh aren't short of talent, all they need are chances. With the cricketing world getting increasingly polarized, we need stronger Test teams for the game to survive.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

Thank You all for the congratulatory messages(I am a proud Zim fan) I think ICC should organize a series with England.....I'd love to see us give em competition.....they have always had hard times playing Zim....sadly they do not want to play with us anymore......

Posted by Playfair on (September 15, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

LOVE IT!!Hope this win lead to more success ...

Posted by abhi.khanna on (September 15, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

Superb, Amazing, Outstanding, Brilliant Words Are Less To Describe This Victory By Zim Great Motivation For Upcuming Cricketers In ZIMBABWE

Posted by   on (September 15, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

Considering the off-field troubles , this is a landmark win for the young Zimbabwe team. ICC should step in and make them play more tests.

Posted by   on (September 15, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

I think Sayed Ajmal should start figuring out how to get Zimbabwe batsmen out n forget about making statements about Sachin who is way above his league

Posted by   on (September 15, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

congratulations to Zimbabwe on this victory. wishing more victories to them against top test teams in the future. good luck from karachi pakistan

Posted by Pathiyal on (September 15, 2013, 5:56 GMT)

i think this is the moment that Zimbabwe players were looking for....came at a time when all odds (except well of course, Pakistan batsmen) were against them :-)

Posted by   on (September 15, 2013, 2:07 GMT)

Great day for Zimbabwean Cricket and for cricket followers like myself who used to work as an expat in Harare from 1984 to 1988. I love the country and it's people and take great joy in seeing Zimbabwe emerge from the social and political problems in the country. I am certain that all cricket loving countries will celebrate the re-birth of Test Cricket in Zimbabwe. It is also great to see Mark Boucher and AB De Villiers sending congratulatory messages. Niranjan (Sam) Samarasekera, Melbourne

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

Marvelous win for Zimbabwe and a triumph for Test cricket. Both sides played with heart but in the end Zimbabwe showed that basic old fashioned values and determination will win. Great moment for cricket and all Zimbabweans.

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