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Bangladesh hope against hope to beat India in day-night Test

Captains lament for practice match
BSS, Kolkata
Bangladesh hope against hope to beat India in day-night Test
Bangladesh's team captain Mominul Haque smiles during a news conference in Kolkata yesterday, ahead of the second Test cricket match against India. AFP photo

Amid the widespread apprehension of losing the maiden pink ball Test inside three days, Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque refused to give up the hope of winning the game, as he vowed to get down the field with an aim to draw the two-match Test series against India. The second Test, which will be day-night affair, is set to start today at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Bangladesh was undone by the Indian pacers’ vicious swing and bounce in the first game to taste an innings and 130-run margin. Cricket pundits believes Tigers are on the way to receive another harsh treatment from the Indian pacers, who would find more swing and bounce from the latest manufactured SG pink ball. At the same time, the Eden Gardens pitch curator Sujon Mukherjee promised to prepare a sporting wicket, suited to Indian fast bowlers, like the one in Indore.

Overall the things looked ominous in Bangladesh’s maiden appearance in day-night Test but Mominul Haque made it clear that his side won’t let India to make it a cakewalk like the first Test. “We will go out to play with a winning mentality every time we go to a ground to any match,” Mominul said in the pre-match conference at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday. “We are prepared that way and would give our best, whatever the situation is.”

The Indian team over the years grew strength to strength and started winning in every condition around the world, vastly due to their fabulous fast bowling attack. They have never lost a Test series at home since 2012 when Alastair Cook’s England beat them by 2-1 in four-match series.

They even lost just one Test at home soil in last seven years, that too at the hands of Australia, when Steven Smith played an innings of his life in Pune’s turning wicket. Bangladesh knew how tougher the task is. Mominul however still urged his side to come all guns blazing and plugged the loopholes that they found in the first Test.

“We will try to do lesser mistakes than the first Test. We have to bat session by session and try to win it. I have told the bowlers to do well session by session. That’s what we will try to do,” Mominul added.

Mominul, who was appointed captain, following the ICC-imposed ban on Shakib Al Hasan, just ahead of the series, said they are not here to upset India, rather he wants to see it as an opportunity.

“We are not here to cause an upset. It’s an opportunity for us and we want to grab it with both hands,” he remarked.

Bangladesh’s openers showed the vulnerability against the moving balls in the first Test and sometimes looked trembling against the express deliveries of the Indian fast bowlers.

Mominul believes the openers start is important in their cause and hence he urged them to play with patience.

“As I said earlier, I told all to do the lesser mistakes than the first Test. The same thing is applicable for the openers also. I will tell them to play with utmost patience.”

Meanwhile, Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque and India captain Virat Kohli emphasized on practice match ahead of the day-night Test, saying the team needs to get a chance to make them adapt with cricket under lights.

Both of Bangladesh and India are set to enter into an unknown territory of pink ball cricket when the Kolkata Test, the second and final match of the two-match series, begins today at historical Eden Gardens.

None of the team had any chance to play with a pink ball practice match and enters into the match with the experience of just four sessions of practice. Some of Indian players however though played pink ball cricket in domestic circuit recently; Bangladesh players’ only pink ball experience in domestic cricket was way back in 2013 National Cricket League (NCL).

Mominul said that they had to take away their mind from the fact that there was no practice match with pink ball.

“We didn’t get any opportunity for practice game in pink ball. At that moment we can’t do anything. At that time the only thing you can do is you can take your mind away from it [no practice game available],” Mominul said here on Thursday.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli echoed the same ahead of their maiden Test match in pink ball as they did not have any practice game ahead of their historical pink ball Test match.

“I think it depends when the Test happens. If it’s the first Test, then obviously before the first game you play. One of them can be normal red ball practice game, and one before the Test could be a pink ball practice game. But if it’s the second of third Test, I would ideally like more break between the two Tests.

“And have a practice game before the pink ball Test, whenever that is, obviously playing under lights. So it can’t be that before the tour you play a pink ball practice game and then the Test is actually third. That wouldn’t make any sense. So I think whenever it is, there should be a practice game planned just before that Test and accordingly we should have enough days in between,” Kohli said.

 

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