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Bangladesh lost by 209 runs in the second Test

Bangladesh lost by 209 runs in the second Test

Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque said on Monday (May 3) that the toss decided "fifty percent of the match", while also holding the batsmen responsible for the 209-run defeat in the second Test against Sri Lanka. He also didn't think that Bangladesh got their combination wrong, saying they didn't need an extra spinner as there were already two world-class spinners playing.

After a high scoring draw in the opening Test at the same venue, during which the pitch came into the spotlight and was later termed "below average" by the ICC, both the teams had hoped for a result oriented wicket in the second Test and that is exactly what they got.

In the second Test, the hosts Sri Lanka opted to include two spinners and Dhananjaya de Silva in their playing XI indicating that they expected it to turn and got the result too as debutant Praveen Jayawickrama and young Ramesh Mendis shared 17 wickets between them. Whereas the tourists preferred three pace bowlers hoping that they would reap some dividends.

"It can be the case that we misread the wicket but it looked a lot the same (like the first Test wicket). But I don't think we needed another extra spinner on this wicket as we had two world class spinners and they bowled well,'' Mominul said after the loss.

"There will always be an issue, if you lose a certain match, as I believe, there were no problems with our spin department. However, the spinners obviously could have bowled a bit better than what they did. In the first two days, the wicket wasn't assisting the bowlers at all, but still, the spinners were good, and despite not being able to pick-up wickets, they had consistently contained the runs, which had created the possibility to take wickets afterwards. So I'm quite happy with the spinners' performance.''

The southpaw though didn't mince his words and said toss played a crucial role and that had they batted first, the result could have been different as well.

"Toss had a big impact on the game as fifty percent of the match was determined by it (toss). If we had batted first, you would have seen a different story and they (Sri Lanka) would have been in our place,'' said Mominul.

Mominul added that they should have batted for at least four to five sessions to make a match out of it. And the batters needed to show better application after Tamim had shown them the way to bat on the turf. Tamim scored an impressive 92 but none of the other batters even scored a fifty in the entire game.

"I feel that we couldn't play as a batting unit in this Test match, which is solely the reason for our downfall. Tamim (Iqbal) Bhai had set the tone for us in the first innings, but the others couldn't cash in on it. It could have been a whole different story if we had batted for 4-5 sessions in the first innings. We had batted for six sessions in the first Test, so we have the ability, but couldn't deliver it,'' said a visibly disappointed skipper.

The Bangladesh skipper also mentioned that there was no clarity of thought on the part of the batters and they lacked a cohesive plan which could have helped them to counter the spinners. They failed to find the balance between being too attacking and too defensive and that in the end cost them the game.

"This is such a wicket where there is no room for error. You can't be too defensive here and even being too attacking also could bite you in the end. So you need to have a plan but obviously we had failed to execute our plans, which cost us in the end," he lamented.

Mominul added that he does not feel that all is lost, adding that he was impressed with the way Taskin Ahmed bowled in the series, the only bright spot in Bangladesh bowling unit.

"Taskin (Ahmed) was definitely a breath of fresh air, as we all had been talking too much of why pace bowlers are not delivering, but now Taskin is back with the goods and bowled brilliantly in both the Tests,'' he concluded.