Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Harare August 12, 2011

Vitori dazzles on debut


It was the first time Brian Vitori was going to have a crack at Tamim Iqbal since the batsman's "ordinary" jibe during the Test. After ten balls in 5.4 overs of constant pressure, Vitori dismissed Tamim with a short-of-a-length delivery that the batsman charged at and miscued to mid-on. No words were said or heard, just a simple celebration from Vitori.

"It wasn't really about me and Tamim," Vitori said after becoming the seventh bowler in ODIs, and the first from Zimbabwe, to begin his career with a five-wicket haul. "It was about setting the tone and I actually had an idea how to bowl at these guys after the Test match."

Vitori's opening burst was sensational but he had help too. Christopher Mpofu was disciplined from the City End, Bangladesh's top order attacked after Tamim's charge failed and Brendan Taylor gave Vitori two slips to work with.

Shahriar Nafees found it hard to handle Vitori's angles. A left-arm bowler can be easier for a left-hand batsman to handle, but Vitori has an inherent liking for left-handers. After spending a few overs working out Nafees, Vitori bowled one that went between his bat and pad and crashed into his leg-stump.

Imrul Kayes, a left-hand batsman slightly out of form, missed a similar delivery that straightened and was leg-before. A ball before Kayes' dismissal, Mohammad Ashraful had mistimed a hook because the ball came on to him quicker than he expected.

The wicket of Shafiul Islam made Vitori the first Zimbabwe bowler to take a five-for on debut. Gary Crocker, Everton Matambanadzo, Bryan Strang and Duncan Fletcher each had four-wicket hauls on debut.

Vitori's 5 for 30 is in the same league as Fletcher's effort against Australia in 1983 and according to Bangladesh coach Stuart Law, his performance struck a chord. "The Test win last week has given them a springboard to go forward," Law said. "The young Zimbabwe players are keen to play, they want to play for their country. That speaks volumes, they have a lot of pride.

"Zimbabwe were up for it. It was evident from ball one really, their fielding in the ring was fantastic. They were quick to the ball, accurate with their throws [and] that puts a batting line-up under pressure. We probably could have gone about it a bit differently. We looked too conservative, worrying about losing wickets. And once we worked out the ball wasn't doing a great deal, it was up to us to work out a plan on how to knock the Zimbabwe bowlers off their length. That proved difficult to do."

For a man who struggled to buy a pair of boots only two years ago and had to lose extra weight, Vitori has come a long way and his figures could have been better if Hamilton Masakadza had taken a catch off Vitori's final delivery. "I didn't mind that," he said. "I got five wickets already."

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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  • balu on August 13, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    zim ia rising once again and happy to see ateam which played mand many tri angular seris with Ind aus sl nz

  • balu on August 13, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    zim ia rising once again and happy to see ateam which played mand many tri angular seris with Ind aus sl nz

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Impartial comments indeed. Bangladeshies are impartial.Impartial comments indeed. Bangladeshies are impartial.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on August 13, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    Hats off to u Vito!!! But I'm astonished to see Tamim, himself, hasn't withdrawn his raw sayings!! He must eat the word ORDINARY. Otherwise pretty good number of ordinary days to come for TAMIM in Zim. We didn't expect some careless attitude from BD star who is arguably best top order batsman of Bangladesh cricket history.

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    Well Done Vitori, its very nice to see Brand new blood in Zim cricket, good luck to shine as Heath Streak and Paul Strang... for the future of Zim Team

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    Some of these Zimbabweans could pick up County or IPL or BBL contracts. They played as if they were demolising Bangladesh like an experienced test nation would do against them. Bangladesh cricket has gone backwards. Vitori is such as great find. He has a great career ahead of him.

  • Shabbir on August 12, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    My hats off for Zim team. They have done excellent in every dept necessary to display fine cricket. On the contrary, I'm extremely disappointed to see my team following same mistakes over and over again. Win/Lose is subjective but this does not mean Team BD has to display poor cricket repeatedly. It hurts to see team is not learning from its mistakes rather continues on same path. There is no coach even god himself can not push responsibilities if team BD is reluctant to accept true values of cricket. BCB as well as team BD must take full responsibility to their actions and start corrective actions. Team BD must stop un-professional comments during media conferences and focus on results. Country needs better ambassador who can represent his country with pride and honor. Go Tigers-

  • Ryo on August 12, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    @bhaloniaz, judging by the way the mythical line-up of India is faring. I'd say the Bangladeshi batsmen aren't too far off your lot. They're doing as well as India are, when they last toured England.

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    A lesson that Tamim would never ever forget......and this will haunt him for the rest of his life. Vitori good that ure humble...this will take you places....unlike some ...who think that by a trip to South Africa makes them a PRO...

  • niaz on August 12, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Congrats Zim!!!!Tamim is no Shewag (he is not as good as Shewag). Shewag embarrassed himself saying that abt Bd bowling (Now BD bowling is much weaker than Zim, their batting is nowhere close to India, its simply not wise for Tamim to speak that way).

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