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Moor, Mavuta aim elusive Test series win

Moor expects things to be more difficult in the second Test in Dhaka under different conditions and against a Bangladesh team looking to prove a point and he is preparing for that

Update : 09 Nov 2018, 09:06 PM

Zimbabwe batsman Peter Moor is confident of his team coming up with a good performance against hosts Bangladesh in the second and final Test in Mirpur which starts Sunday. He spoke to the media at the Sher-e-Bangla national stadium about how he handled the Bangladesh bowlers, especially the spinners as he stayed unbeaten on 63 in the first innings. 

“I want to have a strong defense when I play spin. That’s my basic game plan. I knew the conditions were good to have a bat first and I wanted to make the most of that opportunity. Thankfully we managed to bat out the first day and that is something we will keep in mind when we play the Dhaka Test,” Moor said. 

The right-handed batsman looked at ease when he played the spinners and he credited former South African player and former Zimbabwe batting coach, Lance Klusner for that: “I did some work with former batting coach Lance Klusner and that helped me better prepare for playing in these conditions. When we last visited here, he told me some good things like keeping my bat in front of my front pad to tackle the spin and luckily it’s worked out for me.”

Moor expects things to be more difficult in the second Test in Dhaka under different conditions and against a Bangladesh team looking to prove a point and he is preparing for that: “The team is in a good place. We know this game is also going to be tough since it’s a different and possibly more unpredictable wicket. Bangladesh are definitely going to come hard at us to win and we have to be prepared for that.” 

The 27-year-old batsman ranked this win as a very special one and one which he cherishes since it’s his first Test win. Zimbabwe so far have won only three Tests away from home and two of them came against Bangladesh while one came against Pakistan: “It’s my first ever Test win so it’s definitely been a special win for me. Out of the eleven guys playing, it was the first Test win for seven of them so they enjoyed it a lot too. But a Test series win away from home would be even more special and that is something we are aiming for.”

Brandon Mavuta, who was very impressive with his spin bowling during the second innings of his Test debut - taking 4-21 in ten overs - also expressed his confidence and delight at his and the team’s performance in the first Test: “I’m feeling more and more confident with every passing game and in the last game, especially in the second innings, I got four wickets and definitely made me feel good.” 

The leg-break bowler explained that, even though Bangladesh are good players of spin, he believed in his ability to bowl well, give proper bowling variations, and reap the just rewards: “They’re good players of spin but if I get my process right, and bowl a good ball, it would make life difficult for them. As a spinner, you need to be able to change your pace and come up with the right variations at the right time.” 

The 21-year-old explained how his experience of playing in Bangladesh before helped him adjust to conditions and which wicket he enjoyed taking the most: “Pitches are different wherever you go but luckily I played here before in the under-19 World Cup. I’ll obviously cherish my first Test wicket.” 

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