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10 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Tamim vows to come back in second Test

Sports Reporter
Tamim vows to come
back in second Test

The morale shattering innings and 219 runs defeat to West Indies was hard to fathom but what kept Bangladesh on their foot still is that they know they are capable of performing better than what they did in Antigua.

Shakib Al Hasan and company is now determined to show the world that what happened in Antigua was just one-off incident.

“We are shocked like everyone else as we know we are capable of performing better than what we did in the opening game. We know that we are better team than what we did in that game,” Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal confessed candidly while summing up Bangladesh's disastrous performance.

“We are not trying to make any excuses as we are aware that our mistakes were responsible for our downfall. The way we performed certainly cannot be acceptable,” he added.

The second innings was only marginally better as they were reduced to 62 for six at the close of second day's play, after West Indies had put up massive 403 runs in their first innings.

Tamim, who is regarded as one of the batting pillars for Bangladesh and unarguably the best batsman across formats, said that they are eyeing a comeback in the second Test through a better performance but also urged his team mates that it can only be possible if they have faith on their own ability.

"For us the most important thing is to have faith on our abilities and back ourselves," said Tamim, who reached the 4000 Test runs landmark in Antigua.

"We must trust our own ability and believe that we can score big runs in difficult conditions. We have to believe that we are better than our opponent, both individually and team-wise," he added.

Bangladesh were ahead of West Indies in the ICC Test rankings when they began their campaign. However, the hosts will leapfrog Bangladesh if they can earn a 1-0 win in the two-match Test series; implying the visitors have to come out victorious in the second Test if they want to maintain their spot.

"The way Nurul Hasan Sohan batted and received the support from lower order (Rubel Hossain) in the opening Test, it suggests that if we can manage to stay at the wicket we are capable of scoring runs," Tamim concluded.

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