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POST TIME: 10 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Turning wicket proves bane for Bangladesh
Sports Reporter

Turning wicket proves bane for Bangladesh

Bangladesh spinner Abdur Razzak (C) celebrates with his teammate after the dismissal of the Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Mendis during the second day of the second Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. AFP PHOTO

Offering a turning pitch, Bangladesh might take a bold approach to get a result and win the series but it eventually backfired, specially for the batsmen’s lack of ability to draw a fine line between the positivity and over-aggression.

And at the same time question came to the fore: whether it was right to give such kind of wicket to Sri Lanka who were heavily used to it unlike the Australia and England. Going into the match, Bangladesh knew Sri Lanka have the resources to outsmart them in this kind of wicket. But they didn’t care.

“In the sub-continent when Aussies or other teams come we give this wicket but Sri Lanka has a good spin attack. I don’t know why they gave a wicket like this,” Sri Lanka batsman Roshen Silva said as he also is searching the answer.

Bangladesh team management relied on their batsmen indeed, specially on Tamim Iqbal who they believe is an expert in this kind of pitch. Moreover in Sri Lanka in their 100th Test match, Bangladesh chased 191 runs in the fourth innings to win the match in Colombo. The wicket was similar to what they are now using in Mirpur. Tamim Iqbal produced a master-class 82 in the fourth innings to help the side win the match by four wickets.

Tamim Iqbal also scored a century against Australia on this kind of surface to help the side win and his 78 and 71 in both inning helped the side cruise to a victory against England. So relying on Tamim Iqbal was not surprising. However the team management perhaps forgot, Shakib Al Hasan wasn’t in the side. Shakib too contributed heavily, specially in bowling in those three victories.

So question again came why they took the risk when Shakib wasn’t here to give Tamim a support. Bangladesh’s other plan revolved around Sabbir Rahman whom the team management fielded in place of Mosaddek Hossain Saikat despite the latter played a defiant knock 53 ball-8 in the Chittagong Test. Mosaddek had to block and block because if he got out, Bangladesh had the chance to loss the match. However Mosaddek’s approach wasn’t like by the management for some unknown reasons. He was 12th man in this match but still he got an approval to play a Dhaka Premier League match on the second day of the Test. 13th man Tanbir Hyder was seen fielding at times.

Sabbir’s duty was to play aggressively. Because team management believes in this kind of pitch, survival is tougher job so there needs a batsman who can hit from the first ball. However their plan on Tamim and Sabbir didn’t work. Tamim couldn’t give the side a proper start while Sabbir couldn’t hit from the first ball.

So clearly a plan B was needed and the bowlers could implement the plan B. But it was not clear what was the plan B. The bowlers couldn’t put the ball in right areas, when the pitch was in their favour. Clearly Shakib’s absence was felt. To compound the woe, the fielders missed as many as seven catches and at the end, Sri Lanka are on the verge of a victory.

“They put the ball in right areas consistently what we can’t do,” Bangladesh off-spinner Mehidi Hasan Miraj admitted where the problem lied. But still he was optimistic of cashing 300 plus total.