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4 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Bangladesh in danger of tasting a defeat

Syed Mohammed Pithu, Ctg
Bangladesh in danger of tasting a defeat
Bangladesh opener Tamim wields his bat in frustration after Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella (leaps in the air) takes a catch behind the wicket during fourth day’s play of the first Test match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday. BCB PHOTO

With Bangladesh in danger of tasting a defeat, possibly an innings defeat, despite all the hard work in batting for the first two days, question came to the fore what went wrong for them. The answer lied into the action of the fourth day’s play— approach, technical nous and application.

For the first three days, there was hardly anything for the bowlers to purchase. When there was nothing for the bowlers, a team should convert a half-chance into full chance when it gets any chance to hold on a catch. Sri Lanka were far more active in this arena—they held on two tough catches on day four, to leave Bangladesh in a bothersome state—a worrying 81 for three. Bangladesh now needs to score 119 runs more to at least make Sri Lanka batting for the second time, what meant they have no chance to win the game. They at best can save the game if they bat properly.

Apart from Imrul Kayes, the other two batsmen—Tamim Iqbal or Mushfiqur Rahim didn’t play that much bad shot. They went on to defend and offered a tough chance. While Tamim gave a tougher chance behind the wicket where Niroshan Dickwella balanced him nicely to take the catch, Mushfiqur got an inside edge that appeared to have come straight off the boot before Kusal Mendis took a tough catch at silly point, also keeping him at right position. While Sri Lanka was batting almost three days, they offered such sort of chance enormous times, which Bangladesh couldn’t grab. If they could take the chance, the lead might not extend even 100. This was one of the aspects that made the difference.

The second aspect was completely technical. There was turn and bounce on offer on the day three but sadly for Bangladesh bowlers, they often bowled too short or gave width, making it easier for the Sri Lankan batsman to score freely. While they should be smart in maintaining line and length, they simply failed to do that. No Bangladeshi bowlers are big turner, even Shakib Al Hasan also hardly could turn the ball if there is no assistance from the pitch. But what is the difference between the other bowlers of Bangladesh and Shakib is that the latter uses his brain. When he sees there is no assistance from the pitch, he goes to the basics and simply maintains the line and length to prevent batsman from scoring freely. And that’s why when he conceded just 124 runs in 66 overs against England in 2010, Taijul Islam gave away 219 runs in 67.3 overs. As a spinner Taijul has the more potential than Shakib but what’s the problem is that he isn’t as smart as Shakib has been. Mehidi Hasan Miraj, considered as the future Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh, also has the same problem. Despite being a good spinner, he still couldn’t be consistent in keeping the basics right like Shakib.

Sri Lankan bowlers however need not to maintain the right channel. The likes of Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan, Dilruwan Perera are the natural turner of the ball and they turned it even without using the rough of the wicket. In contrary Bangladeshi bowlers used the rough to get the turn. The turn of Herath, Sandakan, Perera were too much for Bangladesh batsmen as it made saving their wickets increasingly tougher.

So while Bangladeshi spinner Taijul Islam was asked whether the Sri Lankan bowlers were more consistent than them, it perhaps hurt his ego.

“I don’t think they bowled really well. We still made 80-odd runs during this short time. There were some deliveries on good areas, which gave them the three wickets,” Taijul said.

It’s natural for Taijul to deny the fact, but it’s a true fact that they are not superior than their counterparts for which Bangladesh are still in danger of tasting a defeat despite scoring 513 runs in the first innings.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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