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5 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Riyad showers praise on Mominul, Liton

‘We have learnt a lot of positive things’
Syed Mohammed Pithu, Ctg
Riyad showers praise on Mominul, Liton
Bangladesh-hero Mominul Haque (R) offers a piece of cake to his stand-in captain Mahmudullah Riyad to celebrate the latter’s birthday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday. BCB PHOTO

The courage, the determination, Bangladesh showed to draw the first Test against Sri Lanka with a thrashing defeat looming, is believed to help the side in shaping up the series when the final match will be held in Dhaka.

After they resumed the final day on 81 for three, they only could save the match from a defeat, which was tougher given the side’s past record of tasting a collapse in the face of adversity. Therefore the challenge was to survive the day, showing a grit, which Bangladesh duly did at the end.

“We can take a lot of positives from this game, which will help us in Dhaka. It was a tough game for the spinners, even theirs too. Batsmen dominated from both sides. I think it was good that our batsmen did well today,” said Bangladesh stand-in captain Mahmudullah Riyad.

The credit should go to Mominul Haque and Liton Das who demonstrated a sheer patience in overcoming the Lankan threat who left no stone unturned on their way to bag a victory. Specially the effort of Liton Das was something to cheer about. He came off with a 0 in the first innings and was vulnerable. If he got dismissed in the first hour of the game, it could have been difficult but he played some beautiful shots around the park to take the burden off from inform Mominul Haque.

They combined for a 180-run partnership in one and half session to ensure the match would be destined to draw. The partnership was broken some times after Mominul reached his record century but Bangladesh was relieved by then.

“We lost three wickets in the last session on the fourth day, so the only plan was to keep the faith and pride in playing for Bangladesh. Our actions should speak for it. It was a fighting effort from Mominul and Liton. I really liked how they overcame the challenge,” the captain heaped praise on the duo.

“The team talk was to stay positive, not to be bogged down. The wicket was quite good today. Mominul and Liton worked hard for a long time, because of which we got the result. The credit goes to them.”

“There was more chance of us losing the game because of how it was last evening. But it was important to have the belief. We have the skills, and we needed a big partnership.”

While the Lankans criticised the pitch, Riyad felt it was traditional Chittagong wicket.

“Pitches in Chittagong have normally started with some turn and then improve as the game progresses. I think the wicket was really good from the first to the fifth day. I didn’t expect to be this good. I thought it might start turning from the second or third day, or the fourth or fifth. Having said that, I think everyone had to work hard to score runs.”

He also differed with the version of Karunaratne who went far to term the wicket as ‘not good for test cricket.’

“I think batsmen from both sides did well. I don’t know how he said it wasn’t a good wicket for Test cricket. I think we have to ask him what type of wicket he wants. Test match is always hard – whether it was a batting-friendly, spin or pace friendly wicket. Batsmen from both sides dominated the game. The run-rate was quite good. I think it was a good wicket.”

As his first assignment as captain of the side, Riyad felt he couldn’t ask more, specially when his colleagues showed fighting spirit, that was a missing link. Indeed it was a double delight for the man to save such a Test from adversities that too on the day of his birthday when he turned to 32.  Mominul Haque, the hero of the match, fed a cake to Riyad after he cut it to celebrate the day.

 “I haven’t thought too deeply about my captaincy in this game. It was a matter of honour. I am hoping that Shakib comes back for the next game.”

Last but not the least, Riyad showered huge praise on his diminutive batsman Mominul Haque, adorably called as ‘pocket dynamo.’

“He is of small size, but he does big deeds. He is a big hearted guy. I wish he performs better in the future.”

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