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9 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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‘Batting in fourth day at Mirpur is difficult’

Sports Reporter

Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak thinks that the one or two wickets they lost further more on the first day of the second and last Test against Sri Lanka it’s obviously possible to recover.

Razzak also said that there are opportunities to come back as playing in Test are evolved through session by session.

‘‘It’s not right to say anything before the end of the game especially in Test because different type of playing is held in each session. It’s seen that a team could get an edge in one session; another team takes up advantage in the other session,’’ said Abdur Razzak, who staged a strong comeback in the national fold after a four-year hiatus.

‘‘But if you tell me about us then I will say that we lost probably one or two wickets more. I think it’s possible to recover in Test,’’ Razzak told media at the post-match conference after the conclusion of the day one at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Last time Razzak had played Test against the same opponent at home yard in February 8, 2014, the Test that was his eleventh Test in his decade-long Test career. He had bowled fours over before leaving the ground with hamstring injury.

The 35-year-old experienced spinner, who played one-day games more than Tests for Bangladesh, said that the situation what is appeared in before them the result of it will be made that will be seen prior to the fifth day.

‘‘Just one innings among the four innings has been ended. Along with that, some more wickets of another innings has been have been fallen,’’ the spinner said.

‘‘Actually the situation which has been appeared in, I think, the Test could be ended before the five-day. Definitely the result of this Test will be produced,’’ he viewed.

Khulna-born Razzak said that batting in the fourth day on this wicket will be difficult for them more than the opening day.

‘‘Here all the four innings will be played. If it does not hold, the result will not then be not be there,’’ he said, adding: ‘‘To be honest, it’ll really tough to bat in fourth innings. It’s will be very difficult than the first day.’’

The comeback hero, who provided the much-needed breakthrough first to the team and finished with the best figures of 63-4, said that he plays on such wicket for the first time though it was a sporting wicket.    

‘‘Today while they were batting or we were batting wicket was not seemed to me very much unplayable. It deemed to me sporting. Many wickets have such type of turns,’’he said.    

‘‘I had played on such wicket for the first time. There were no more chances of playing for us to see our strength. Now it will go forward. It’s a result of it,’’ he added.

On the other hand, Sri Lankan batting coach Thilan Samarweera said that the game is still balanced but they have to do well in the first two hours of the next day that are very important.

‘‘I think, the game is still balanced because we have to take another six wickets, we have to bat another innings and we have to bowl them out in another innings,’’ Thilan Samaraweera said.

‘‘For us, I think we were 30 runs short. Normally, on a Dhaka wicket 240, 250 is a very good score. But at the end of the day we took four wickets. Four top order batters,’’ Samaraweera told at his post-match briefing.

‘‘I think, this is the Dhaka pitch. [Against] England, Australia they played on the same pitches. You can’t say unplayable. But from Chittagong to here, two different extremes.’’ ‘‘But Test cricket is dying these days, and you have to produce result pitches. I think I am happier with this than the Chittagong one.’’

When asked which team has got the upper hand, the Sri Lankan coach said, ‘‘Hard to say, because Mirpur [for Bangladesh] is like Galle for Sri Lanka. Bangladesh dominate their cricket in Mirpur. Very hard to say which team is favourite, but whatever we do we have to do well tomorrow. First two hours is crucial, we have to bowl tight, build pressure, then one or two will turn, one may go straight. We have to bowl well for the next two hours.’’

 

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