Vitori's premature celebration, Rayudu's non-existent one

Plays of the day from the first ODI between Zimbabwe and India in Harare

Liam Brickhill
Liam Brickhill
Ambati Rayudu made his second ODI century, Zimbabwe v India, 1st ODI, Harare, July 10, 2015

Ambati Rayudu's celebration after reaching his fifty was so subtle it barely registered  •  Associated Press

The premature celebration
Brian Vitori wasn't quite as miserly as his new-ball partner Tinashe Panyangara in his opening spell, but with shape through the air and fizz off a fresh pitch he quickly found M Vijay's outside edge 20 balls into the match. When he got one to lift off a length past Ajinkya Rahane in his very next over, with a clear sound as ball passed bat, Vitori thought he had a second and immediately set off in exuberant celebration. He'd almost passed square leg when the umpire's call of 'not out' muted his revelry. Replays showed the ball had only brushed the thigh pad.
The catch
With 58 catches in one-day internationals, Hamilton Masakadza has one of the safest pairs of hands in Zimbabwe's squad. He put them to good use to get rid of Rahane, the batsman fending at one from Donald Tiripano in the 18th over. Masakadza had been slightly unsighted by Richmond Mutumbami, who was up to the stumps, but shifted quickly to his right to hold a superb reflex catch at chest height, breaking a troublesome 51-run stand.
The spell
Though he has often opened the bowling for his old franchise, Southern Rocks, Chamu Chibhabha's bustling medium pace has rarely been called upon by Zimbabwe. He'd only taken 21 wickets in 69 ODIs before today, and only once before - against Pakistan in Karachi in 2008 - bowled a full 10 overs. There was some surprise when he was brought on in the 13th over, but Chibhabha immediately found his groove and not only bowled his full quota, but did so in an unbroken spell that brought two wickets for just 25 runs.
The belated celebration
Where Vitori's wicket celebration had been premature, Ambati Rayudu's acknowledgement of his half-century was subtle to the point of being non-existent. As a ripple of applause rounded the ground after a single to square leg brought his fifty, Rayudu simply stood mute at the non-striker's end. His body language suggested a man with plenty more work to do: it was only when he went on to a faultless hundred that Rayudu cut loose with an emphatic, roaring, fist-pumping celebration.
The replay
Sikandar Raza kick-started his knock with a brace of lapped sweeps off consecutive deliveries from Axar Patel in the 27th over, the shots identical in their execution and placement to fine leg. He had an opportunity to do something similar six overs later when Harbhajan Singh served up two long-hops one after the other. Raza nailed the first one precisely in the air to deep midwicket, bisecting the fielders, but when he attempted to replay the stroke off the next delivery he found the fielder to give Harbhajan his first ODI wicket in four years.

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town