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Brandes embarrasses England

Vishal Dikshit
Against Zimbabwe in 1992, England were done in by a weapon they possessed themselves - fast bowling

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Last league game for both England and Zimbabwe. England had already won five, but had lost their previous match against New Zealand by seven wickets. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, were winless from the seven games in the tournament. 

They were inserted by England on an Albury pitch that kept low and had variable bounce. No semblance of improvement in form and Zimbabwe are routed for 134. 

"This is the problem with you amateur sides, you don't know how to just rotate the strike and take singles. You watch the professionals come out of the lunch. They'll just knock the ball into the gaps and run their ones and twos and win this game easily." First dismissed for a below-par score, and then by the disdain from Geoffrey Boycott, who said these words to Zimbabwe captain Dave Houghton at the lunch break.

The new ball is with Eddo Brandes. Zimbabwe know stifling England will not serve, they need to take all 10 wickets, and Brandes doesn't waste any time.

First ball of the innings is full on the stumps, Graham Gooch plays across the line, is beaten by pace and misses to be given lbw. 0 for 1. Erratic throughout the tournament, Brandes had grown in confidence after working with John Traicos in the nets. 

Ian Botham and Allan Lamb take England forward with a stand of 32. Brandes breaks that stand too and follows that with two more in quick succession in the same spell. His fourth wicket being of his best friend Grame Hick, also beaten by pace by a searing yorker on the off stump, for a duck. 43 for 5. 

Maybe Hick could not get Brandes' warning from the previous evening out of his head: "Good luck tomorrow, but I think you'll be my bunny." 

England were reeling and despite Neil Fairbrother's innings of over two hours, they fell short by nine runs as they ran out of wickets. 

Four maidens in ten overs and Brandes finished with 4 for 21, his best figures until then, which he surpassed with a hat-trick five years later against the same opponents. Zimbabwe earned their first points of the competition and registered their first win after 18 defeats since beating Australia on their World Cup debut in 1983.

Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo