Zimbabwe not getting complacent

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Nov 10,2018

 
 

Zimbabwe spinner Brandon Mavuta (L) shares some thoughts with coach Lalchand Rajput during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Friday. — New Age photo

Zimbabwe batsman Peter Moor on Friday said that they didn’t want to be carried away despite winning the first Test against Bangladesh and was ready to take the challenge in the second Test in Dhaka, starting on Sunday.
The visitors completed a stunning performance in the first Test as they clinched a remarkable 151-run victory over the Tigers to taste their first Test victory after a gap of five years.
Zimbabwe totally outplayed Bangladesh within the fourth day of Sylhet Test as their bowlers put up excellent performances to bowl out the home side inside 200-run mark in both the innings.
It was not only their bowlers, who provided tremendous efforts on the field, batsman like Moor also did his work quite efficiently as he scored a brilliant unbeaten 63 runs to guide Zimbabwe to a challenging total in the first innings.
‘[Our] team is in a good place I think. We know this is also going to be very challenging. Obviously it’s a different wicket, little bit more unpredictable wicket I think and we also know the Bangladesh side will be up for the win,’ the 27-year old told reporters in Mirpur.
‘They got a lot to play for. I think it’s gonna be a tough game, but I think everybody is ready to go in the second Test,’ he added.
Moor, who was among the many cricketers in the current Zimbabwe team, tasted his maiden Test win during the first Test, was now optimistic about winning the series – which would be another landmark in their country’s cricket.
The last time the African side won a Test series was back in 2011 when they beat Bangladesh by 130 runs in a one off Test series in Harare after returning from six years expulsion from Test cricket.
‘It’s my first ever Test win. I think seven of our guys in our team, it’s our first ever Test win. So it was very special for everybody. But I think a Test series win away from home is gonna be even more special,’ he added.
Young Zimbabwe leg-spinner Brandon Mavuta, who claimed 4-21 in the second innings and played a key role in Zimbabwe’s first Test win in Sylhet, was also optimistic about his team’s chances of winning the series.
‘Yeah confidence builds every time I get into the park. Since it was my first, getting four wickets in the second innings, obviously is a massive boost of confidence to me. So pretty happy I did well in the second innings,’ the 21-year old said.
‘Wickets are different everywhere you go. Luckily I played here my Under-19, so it was sort of known to me the wicket down here. It’s a plus on my side so I’m quite happy.’

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