Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, Only Test, Harare, 5th day August 8, 2011

Close shaves, chants and a cherishable moment

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the day from the fifth day of the only Test between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in Harare

Close shave of the day

Left-arm seamer Brian Vitori, who has been impressive all match, was at his best this morning. He was able to get movement into the right-hander, the only thing he did not do in the first four days. After capturing the wicket of Mohammad Ashraful, he found even more zip and dished up two unplayable deliveries to Mahmudullah in the next over. Both were length deliveries that moved in from middle stump, curling towards the batsman and squeezing into the tiniest of gaps between bat and pad. Mahmuddullah had no idea what to do, and probed forward but was unable to reach the ball. How those deliveries missed the stumps is anyone's guess.

Runaway bowler of the day

Elton Chigumbura hadn't got too many wickets in this match but the ones he got were big. In the first innings, he ended a confident knock by Mohammad Ashraful when he had him caught behind. After watching Brian Vitori and Kyle Jarvis reap rewards in the second innings, Chigumbura waited patiently for his turn. It came with one of the biggest scalps of the session in the form of Shakib al Hasan. With the potential there for Shakib to form a matchsaving partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim, it was crucial that one of the two be sent back early on and Chigumbura did the job, having Shakib Al Hasan caught in the slips. He knew the importance of his breakthrough and, in celebration, tore around the field, escaping the clutches of his team-mates who wanted to embrace him.

"Wave your bat in the air like you just don't care" innings of the day

Bangladesh's batsmen were having a dismal time out there but Abdur Razzak enjoyed a carefree stint at the crease when he decided to play a few shots. The crux of his cameo came in a three-ball burst in which he made Ray Price look like Robin Petersen bowling to Brian Lara. The first six was a down-on-bended-knee slog sweep over deep midwicket, the second one a carbon copy of the first, which went over the fielder who was put there for the catch. The third was a stunning straight hit off a tossed up ball over Price's head and the boundary. Just as Razzak threatened to do a Herschelle Gibbs or Yuvraj Singh, he hit the fourth ball for a single.

Chant of the day

The Zimbabwean fans victory cry is an emphatic one. It has four simple beats, repeated with the two counts of a word that sounds like "Baya". It sounds quite friendly but has a rather hostile meaning. It explains that the opposition, known as the meat in this song, is ready to be roasted. With Bangladesh being marinated all morning, by the time they returned from lunch, they were ready to be placed on the coals and grilled. Ten minutes later, that's exactly what happened.

Most cherishable moment of the day

Kyle Jarvis waited for umpire Kumar Dharmasena to raise his finger and as soon as he did, charged towards the striker's end and pulled a stump out of the ground. The rest of the team formed a protective circle around him and the buoyant Ray Price came running in and jumped on top of all of it. Zimbabwe had returned to Test cricket, in some style and soon the players found the country's bright red, yellow, green and black flag draped around them. They stood there for what seemed like a few minutes, taking in a historic moment, while the small crowd cheered their efforts with gusto. Then, they jogged around the boundary, clapping, waving and celebrating a wonderful performance and a long-awaited return.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • A N Saifuddin on August 9, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    ...Honestly, Bangladesh should only blame their lack of talent and overconfidence. Its been more than 10 years since they got their test status, still they talk childish and play brain less cricket. they should restricted from Test status, Ireland is far more stronger than the Bangladesh.

  • Dummy4 on August 8, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    The the main difference between these 2 sides have been their bowling i am amazed to see the discipline in Zim bowling they bowled to a plan as a unit Bangladesh really need a good bowling coach they bowled all over the place I bet 70% was on the shorter side ...........

  • Muhammad Rakibul on August 8, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    I'm supporter of BD & fan of Tamim but his arrogant sayings made me annoyed with him. Even Razzak had played well in this surface but all BD top & middle order batsmen failed. So poor efforts by them. Ordinary batting against "ordinary bowling"!!! Tammim should learn something from Zimbabweans & his teammate Razzak. The irony is that Tamim's companion opener Imrul has a worse batting average than Razzak in test! That's telling the story of poor batting of BD batters in Test cricket.

  • Dummy4 on August 8, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    Well done zims you deserve this and for Bangladesh they will probably need a couple of centuries to get better and become a decent team

  • Dummy4 on August 8, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    Well played Zim! I hope you can continue on this note and let not this victory get to your head. Bangladesh is a good side but they can't seem to handle early success of beating New Zealand and England. Continue working hard and results like this will come more often. Welcome back to the best version of the game.

  • Sameer on August 8, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    LOL. Really funny to see Tamim act like Sehwag. Well, Sehwag is Sehwag cause of the way he bats, not for shooting off his mouth. Tamim acts like he has just scored a double century before tea on the day one. My man, if Zimbabwe bowling was ordinary, where does that put you????? I am sure teams like Ireland and Netherlands will beat Bangladesh comfortably if they ever play a test.

  • Solaiman on August 8, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    The defeat against Zimbabwe doesn't surprised me at all. It's inevietable. It's a slapstick to BCB. They simply ignored the longer version of the game. Last year they cancelled test matches ahead of ODI against New Zealand. If you don't play 4-day matches how could you dare to plat test matches.

  • Dummy4 on August 8, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    halo Zimbabwe you were far more better than Indians..

    SALUTE to you young guys.. welcome back to test cricket..

  • Andrew on August 8, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Zimbabwe's 'ordinary' bowlers got the last laugh. Bangla are disrespecting test cricket by trying to play like its a T20 and payed the price. I feel that Bangla came expecting to win based on their past ODIs against Zimbabwe. They thought Zim would be 150 all out on the first morning. But they forgot that its a different format and Zim have got a few more players than they had last year. Great work by Zim and a thoroughly deserved win!

  • Clive on August 8, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Well done, Zimbabwe. Sounds like it was a good match. If you have nothing else to do, could you pop over to England and give us a game? Some other team is here at the moment, but they are useless.

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