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Plays of the day for the second day of the second Test in Harare
Firdose Moonda in Harare
September 11, 2013
It's not often a batting team celebrates being bowled out, but when Tendai Chatara and Brian Vitori left the field, they did. Zimbabwe had managed 294, a total which seemed unlikely when they finished day one on 237 for 8. The last pair put on 46 runs on a tricky surface so even when Chatara was judged lbw to Abdur Rehman, there was reason to be cheerful. As the two bowlers hurried off, they high-fived each other on a job well done and wore satisfied grins, no doubt because of their effort with the bat.
Vitori had spent enough time on the park to consider himself warmed up and he did not take part in as many of the pre-fielding activities as the rest. He did, however, ensure he completed what must be a personal ritual for getting ready to bowl. After taking his position at fine leg and looking around to make sure as few people as possible were watching, Vitori proceeded to complete a perfect handstand. With hands firmly on the ground, he extended his legs in the air and stayed in the position for a couple of seconds before resuming an upright position.
The third umpire has not been needed much in this match but when he was called on, he had a tricky decision to make. Khurram Manzoor became another victim of Younis Khan's uncertain running when he was sent back after thinking of a sneaky single and was found short of his crease when Richmond Mutumbami broke the stumps. The only question was whether the wicketkeeper had done so legally with ball in hand, for there was some doubt if he had accidentally knocked the bails with his body first. Several replays later, Owen Chirombe was confident enough to send Manzoor on his way.
Vitori was convinced he had taken a second wicket when Manzoor shouldered arms late to a delivery that went down the leg side. He and wicketkeeper Mutumbami both went up, convinced Manzoor had edged but the batsman had the more persuasive body language. Manzoor remained standing, still as a statue arms in the air, bat aloft as if to indicate he had only been leaving the ball. Steve Davis agreed.
It did not come through with any elegance but Younis Khan probably would not have minded. An edge, produced by Vitori, snuck through the gap between the slips and gully and scuttled to the boundary. It brought up two important milestones for Younis - his fifty and 7,000 runs in Test cricket.
Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondentFeeds: Firdose Moonda
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