Silly Point’s long-retired gimmick has today come out of retirement to celebrate the astounding ineptitude of Pakistan’s Sahibzada Farhan’s introduction to international cricket. The international virgin managed to get himself stumped off a wide from the very first delivery that he faced in Harare today. That’s right, the opening batsman’s inscription in the scorebook reads: Out 0, Balls Faced 0!
I can emphasise with Farhan as I once did the same thing myself. It wasn’t quite on the same scale, the Harrogate and District Evening League probably isn’t comparable to international cricket! In my defence, I’d only played a handful of matches at the time and unlike Farhan, I’m not a professional cricketer who has been practicing day after day for a number of years!
All joking aside, congratulations to Farhan on representing his country and fingers crossed for him that they’ll be opportunities in the future to put things right.
Zimbabwe’s Craig Ervine joins the club today, aided in no small part by our old friend Suranga Lakmal. Ervine was out second ball as Zimbabwe limped to 154 all out (Moor 47 / Gunaratne 3-21) against Sri Lanka in Harare. Sri Lanka then knocked off the runs for the loss of only two wickets in just 24.3 overs with Dhananjaya de Silva hitting a career best 78 not out.
The next match in the series sees Sri Lanka take on a Darren Bravoless West Indies on November 16th.
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.
Just the one addition to the International Duck Watch club again today but we have our first golden boy. Zimbabwe’s Malcolm Waller was caught behind off the bowling of Sri Lanka’s Dhananjaya de Silva to the very first ball he faced in Zimbabwe’s second innings in the second Test in Harare.
The hosts finished the day on 180-7 with another 311 runs required on the final day to secure a series levelling victory! Slightly more realistically Sri Lanka need just three more wickets to take a 2-0 series clean sweep.
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!
Following Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal breaking the International Duck Watch duck, Zimbabwe’s Hamilton Masakadza decided that he wanted a piece of the action too. The hosts’ number three produced a Lakmalesque two ball nought before being dismissed by Rangana Herath in the second Test in Harare.
Who will be caught next by International Duck Watch?
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.