Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Harare, 1st day April 25, 2013

Chigumbura's 'Roach' impression

Plays of the day from the first day of the second Test between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh

Replay of the day
Zimbabwe's decision to bowl could have brought almost immediate reward when Keegan Meth induced an edge from Jahurul Islam with his second delivery. In an action replay of his blunder in the first Test, Graeme Cremer dropped the chance at gully. It was at a catchable height, and again Cremer managed to clang it moving to his left. Brendan Taylor was quick to offer him an encouraging pat on the shoulder but he would have been livid at the repeat of the error. Meth went on to drop another catch later in the day and will surely receive some stern words.

Chance of the day
The morning session alone brought four, but the one Zimbabwe would have been most upset with was the one that yielded four overthrows. The Bangladesh batsmen made a habit of searching for risky runs, and when Tamim Iqbal worked Meth to square leg at the end of the 18th over, Mohammed Ashraful was the guilty one. He made it halfway up the pitch before seeing Tamim had only moved a few steps, and was not even in the frame when the throw came in. It was accurate but Meth failed to gather and so it ran away for more runs.

Waste of the day
Tamim did not succumb to any of the "ordinary" Zimbabwe bowlers, as he called them in 2011, but was eventually out to an extraordinary piece of fielding and self-destruction. In his haste to bring up a half-century, Tamim decided to set off for (another) risky single after pushing to mid-off. Shingi Masakadza had been prowling the region at both ends and had an opportunity to effect a run-out a few overs before. This time he struck the non-strikers' stumps with a direct hit that found Tamim well short. He had to go without a fifty but he did complete 2000 Test runs.

Decision of the day
Ian Gould, who replaced Billy Bowden in this series after the latter had to return home because of a family illness, has obviously been practicing the new laws. From next month, when a bowler breaks the non-strikers' stumps in his delivery stride, it will be called a no-ball. For now, it's simply a dead ball. Kyle Jarvis has got a week to get out of the habit if he does not want to be penalised, and he had Gould to remind him today. Twice in the second over after tea, when Jarvis broke the stumps, Gould signalled no-ball, only to quickly change it to dead ball. Soon he won't have to do that and Jarvis will have to deliver further away from the stumps.

Celebration of the day
After close to three hours of trying and failing to dismiss one of Shakib Al Hasan or Mushfiqur Rahim, Elton Chigumbura was finally on the receiving end of another donation. Having just cut for four, Shakib charged a short ball and edged through to Richmond Mutumbani. Chigumbura was so delighted he leapt in the air, ran a long way and did a goosestep kick - a la Kemar Roach - to send Shakib on his way.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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