After beating Zimbabwe in their home in the one-off Test match, Bangladesh are playing a three-match ODI series against the same opposition at Harare. The teams are facing each other in the opening encounter of the series today and the visitors have already posted a challenging score of 276/9, batting first. While Liton Das scored a fantastic hundred for the Bangla Tigers, Afif Hossain also chipped in with 45 runs lower down the order to take the team to a challenging score.
However, other than Das' ton, there was one specific moment in the first half of the match which has to go down as the highlight of the first innings. This was the fourth ball of the 19th over when pacer Richard Ngarava deceived the batter to pick up the wicket of Mosaddek Hossain. While he had bowled a few dot deliveries in the build-up to the wicket, the ball which got rid of Hossain was bowled slightly wide tempting Hossain to go for the stroke which he did but only managed an edge to the fielder.
The 23-year-old left-arm pacer Ngarava then brought out a telephone celebration, using his boots to act as if he was making a call after taking the wicket. The video of his celebration was even shared by the International Cricket Council on its social media handles.
"He is calling home to say I've just taken a wicket!" 🎙This celebration is certainly one to remember," the video was captioned.
Check out the video here:
Overall, the youngster had a decent outing on the field as he finished with figures of 2/61 in his 10 overs and also produced a maiden over. More importantly, he returned to dismiss centurion Das in the 42nd over which helped the hosts save a few vital runs towards the end.
Overall, Ngarava has played 3 Tests, is featuring in his 13th ODI, apart from representing his national team in 9 T20Is. The southpaw has scalped a cumulative of 27 international wickets so far, with his best bowling average of 29.9 coming in the shortest format of the game. The fast bowler made his international debut in 2017 against Zimbabwe.