|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
April 28, 2003
With the pitch deteriorating, Manicaland were unable to mount a challenge for the 268 runs needed for victory over Matabeleland and subsided to defeat by 108 runs. Andre Hoffman bowled his accurate medium-pacers to good effect and finished with figures of five for 25 off 11.3 overs.
Richie Sims alone looked capable of carrying the fight back to Matabeleland, although Gary Brent fought well at the end. Manicaland were hampered by injuries to Guy Croxford and Kingsley Went, the latter unable to bat at all after breaking a bone in his hand in the field.
Hoffman's bowling was impressive as he bowled wicket to wicket, a rare virtue among Zimbabwean seamers this season, and did a little off the seam, and this proved too much for most of the home players. Although battling with his weight, which restricted him to short spells, he came on six times during the match to take a wicket immediately and break a partnership.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The duration of the Test series will allow Alastair Cook and MS Dhoni to reassess the strategies, or provide enough time to get thoroughly exposed
Billboards are calling the series England's Indian Summer, but it is India who are looking for that period of warmth, redemption after the last whitewash, for they have seen how bleak the winter that can follow is
The present Indian bowling line-up will tackle its first five-Test series without the proven guidance of Zaheer Khan, their bowling captain. India had unravelled without him in 2011. Will they do better this time around?
A look back at five high-profile exhibition matches
From two embattled captains to the challenge for India's openers against the new ball, ESPNcricinfo picks five contests that could determine the series
Bide your time, put your body behind each delivery, and play with the batsman's mind