POST TIME: 10 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Mehedi looks to batsmen to chase a target over 300
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Sports Reporter

Mehedi looks to batsmen to chase a target over 300

Bangladesh spinner Mehedi Hasan celebrates after the dismissal of the Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal during the second day of the second Test match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. AFP Photo

The way Sri Lankan bowlers claimed the wickets of Bangladesh and finally bowled them out for paltry 110 in the first innings and therefore took a 300-plus lead by showing their temperament and techniques on Mirpur’s mysterious wicket, it was apparently understood that Bangladesh stood on the brink of another crushing defeat as soon as the end of the second day game.

But Bangladesh are still hopeful of chasing the target whatever they got from the visiting Sri Lankan side what is resonated from Mehedi Hasan Miraj. By chasing 200 and 200-plus runs Bangladesh won their landmark 100th Test against Sri Lanka at their own condition what gave impetus in the Tigers’ backward mind. So, they have self-belief and confidence to chase down 300 or 300-plus runs at their home turf.

“Everything could be happened in this match,” said Mehedi Hasan Miraj, who picked two wickets out of eight fallen-wicket of Sri Lanka on second day.

“But our target on third day (tomorrow) will have to take the rest of two wickets as early as possible,” Miraj told reporters at the post-match press conference at the Media Block of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

“We’re very much confident of chasing whatever target they set for us,” he added.

For this, they have to pay attention on this track more than the normal surface as the right-arm spinner said.

“With more focus and attention we have to evolve through our playing on this wicket than the normal wicket. There will have no chances of saving the match if any lacking in our attention is marked on the wicket,” the right-arm off break bowler said.

“But it is sometimes possible to save on the normal wickets being done mistakes. If our batsmen could play their games by keeping their full concentration, the better result could then be possible,” the hopeful Miraj said.

Admitting the collapse of the first innings, the 20-year-old Miraj said that they have capable batsmen in the squad who are very much confident about their batting performance in home soil.

“Obviously, our batsmen have that confidence. We have Mominul bhai, Tamim bhai, Mushfiq bhai, Riyad bhai, Liton bhai in the squad, who are all enough confident of batting in home den,” he said.

“Such could be happened in the first innings. Actually, I’ll tell it as an incident,” Miraj told while asked him have there any possibility to save the result of the match. However, Sri Lanka middle-order batsman Roshen Silva said that the situation they are now in this Test is impossible to loss or draw.

“I don’t think it’s possible to get more than 300 runs on this wicket,” Roshen Silva said. “It’s common sense but cricket is a funny game. We bowled them out for 100 and we wanted to get more than 300-plus runs actually. We passed it,” Roshen told media. “Tomorrow morning we will put as much runs as possible to stretch the target,” he added.