After a difficult 1 for Room 101 in the first innings of his Test debut against Sri Lanka, debutant quick bowler Carl Mumba followed it up with figures of 4-50 in the second innings as well as making a defiant 10 not out in his nation’s second venture to the crease. Again, in the next Test, the first innings was difficult for Mumba, the twenty-one-year-old finished with 0-80 but once again he responded well, claiming 3-67 second time around.
As recently as January 29th, Mumba picked up 5-54 when representing Zimbabwe A against Afghanistan A in a List A match. As it stands, in 19 First Class outings, Mumba totals 80 wickets at just 20.07. Admittedly the strength of depth of the batting in Zimbabwe domestic cricket could be questioned but they’re encouraging stats none the less.
With persistent injuries to the exciting Tinashe Panyangara and regular doubts over Brian Vitori’s action, Zimbabwe will be relying on the country’s 100th Test cricketer to spearhead their attack for the next decade or so. No pressure then!
Mumba’s gotta tell you!
Wahab Riaz (Pakistan)
Riaz was dismissed LBW fifth ball to New Zealand’s Colin de Grandhomme (1-29) in the second Test in Hamilton. Soon after, commencing their second innings with a lead of 55 New Zealand’s openers Jeet Raval faced one delivery without scoring and Tom Latham (Golden duck in the first innings) is yet to face!
Usman Khawaja (Australia)
How do you follow a first innings 145?
Drop down the order and fall LBW second ball to become Tabraiz Shamsi’s (1-49) second Test wicket however Australia (Warner 47, Smith 40, Renshaw 34 not out) won by seven wickets. South Africa though win the series 2-1.
Ajinkya Rahane (India)
LBW sixth ball to England’s in-form Adil Rashid (3-81) as England fought back before India fought back in the third Test in Mohali. India (Kohli 62, Ashwin 57 not out) trail by twelve runs with four wickets remaining.
Brian Vitori (Zimbabwe)
Zimbabwe number eleven Vitori fell second ball to Sri Lanka’s Asela Gunaratne in the Tri-Series final. Vitori then dismissed Dhananjaya De Sliva with the very first delivery of Sri Lanka’s reply. Vitori finished with figures of 3-52 as Sri Lanka (Kusal Mendis 57) won the final by six wickets. Earlier on debut, Zimbabwe’s Tarisai Musakanda top scored for his side with 36 from 37 deliveries. Just making his debut in a final, as you do!