Mumba’s Gotta Tell You!

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!

P’Tang Yang Kipperbang!

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I struck the ball in the dark, off the bowling of Mitchell Starc.

I hit the ball over the rope, evading the dive of Shai Hope.

I deflected the ball with an edge so fine, off the bowling of Dale Steyn.

I glanced the ball for four, evading the gloves of PJ Moor.

I played a shot that was just stellar, out of the reach of Niroshan Dickwella.

I stole a run like a thief, off the bowling of Steve O’Keefe.

I belted the ball out of the ground, off the bowling of Toby Roland-Jones, such a sweet shot oh what a sound, all the way to The Road of Bones.

I searched the internet for batting tips, so looked at the faq, flicked the ball off my hips, past the outstretched Misbah-ul-Haq.

I defended the ball then ran a single, straight past my partner no time to mingle.

I ran three at Adelaide, off the bowling of Tony Dodemaide.

I avoided a bouncer from Brett Lee, on a sunday morning at the SCG.

I pulverised the bowling at the WACA, off the ball came the lacquer.

I scored a double century at Perth, took me a week or two to come back to Earth.

My stumps were shattered, oh what a pain, clean bowled all that mattered, bloody Mark Alleyne!

Used to watch Serie A on Channel 4, lots of goals by Beppe Signori, went to New Zealand on tour, got clean bowled by Daniel Vettori.

I punched the ball with lots of power, off the bowling of Grant Flower.

I swatted the ball with a bang, off the bowling of Bryan Strang.

I bowled the ball, it was a ripper, did for the off-stump of Trevor Gripper.

Running in week after week, ever so dependable was Heath Streak.

A crocodile under the bed, it wasn’t so little, eight foot long they said, guest of Guy Whittall.

The batsman was far too ponderous, nicked one behind at The Wanderers.

Batting at Scarborough, put the ball in the sea, Ian Salisbury’s leg-spin, no mystery to me.

Woke from my slumber, when I received a beamer from Carl Mumba.

You need a wicket, if you want to play cricket!

Zimbabwe 0-2 Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka wrapped up a comprehensive 2-0 Test series victory over hosts Zimbabwe in Harare earlier today. Just weeks after West Indies’ spinner Devendra Bishoo took eight wickets in a Test innings Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath got in on the act too. Herath recorded second innings figures of 8-63 to finish the match with analysis of 13-152 and 19-287 at 15.10 in the series. There were however some pluses to come out of the series for the hosts, namely the maiden Test century scored by skipper Graeme Cremer who also toiled hard for eleven wickets at 39.63. Another positive for Zimbabwe was the contribution of newcomer Carl Mumba who claimed eight victims in the series at 37.25 whilst opening batsman Brian Chari (80) and wicketkeeper Peter Moor (79) both produced career best performances with the bat.

Next for the teams is a ODI Tri-Series (No really, a good old Tri-Series) with West Indies the other team involved. Test batsmen Shane Dowrich and Shai Hope, as yet uncapped in ODI cricket are amongst those selected for West Indies.

International Duck Watch!

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There’s only one contributor to International Duck Watch today. Step forward Mr Kusal Mendis of Sri Lanka. The tourists’ number three lasted ten scoreless deliveries against Zimbabwe in Harare before being dismissed by Carl Mumba who like the first Test is on a second innings rampage. So far he’s claimed figures of 3-31 from eleven overs leaving his bowling average at 32.75 which is exactly 25 less than the jealously looking on Donald Tiripano. At least Tiripano can console himself with his contribution to the first ever International Duck Watch even if he wasn’t quite the star of the show!

Sri Lanka Go One Up in Zimbabwe

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Following on from yesterday’s post, today Sri Lanka gained the upper hand in their Test series in Zimbabwe. With only forty-five minutes left in the final session of the match the tourists claimed the wicket of Zimbabwe’s last man Chris Mpofu to secure a 225-run victory. Captain Graeme Cremer was again the hosts’ top scorer (43) but Sean Williams was the only other batsman to reach forty. One major positive to come out of the match for Zimbabwe was the performance of debutant Carl Mumba who registered figures of 4-50 in Sri Lanka’s second innings.

The second Test will like the first be played in Harare and commences on November 6th.