Brandon Mavuta, Wellington Masakadza and Sikandar Raza came down the stairs together soon after Zimbabwe’s initial celebrations ended in their Sylhet dressing room. As the two youngsters gave interviews, Raza got himself a cup of sweet tea. Not long after, the three got together again and joked around. It was hard to tell the age difference between them, reports ESPN.
The three of them had made for an effective spin attack, taking 12 of the 19 Bangladesh wickets that went to the bowlers. They were bowling on a slightly helpful pitch where the two quicks, Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara, had exerted early control over the Bangladesh batsmen. The Zimbabwe spinners were bowling at a batting line-up that had not put together a 200-plus score in a Test innings since February.
In the second innings, after Raza removed three of the home side’s top four batsmen, Mavuta and Masakadza nipped out the remaining six wickets.
What blew Bangladesh away was nothing out of the ordinary. It was just legspin and left-arm spin, a weird mix of Bangladesh’s bane and staple, from two debutants, and offspin from a batting allrounder who was considered a part-timer even three years ago.
Mavuta didn’t fully make up for Cremer’s absence, but he picked up 4 for 21 in the second innings, the third-best innings figures by a Zimbabwe debutant. He would have gained a lot of confidence from his display, since it came after a difficult ODI series, and particularly since it came in a historic win for his side.