Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Lack of solid defence cost Bangladesh against Pakistan. Bangladesh sunk to a disappointing 2-0 loss to Pakistan at home, kick-starting their WTC campaign on a sour note
Bangladesh sunk to a disappointing 2-0 loss to Pakistan at home, kick-starting their WTC campaign on a sour note
Bangladesh's poor batting in the second Test against Pakistan at Dhaka has once again exposed their vulnerability in the longest format. Their performance in the longer format had always been under scrutiny, with the team failing to seize opportunities on a consistent basis, and they eventually paid for it in the two-match Test series at home against Pakistan.
Bangladesh left Dhaka for New Zealand for the two-match Test series hours after completing a disappointing campaign against Pakistan, which also marked their entry in the second cycle of the ICC World Test Championship. While Pakistan completed a 2-0 victory, the major talking point was the way in which the hosts surrendered in the rain-interrupted second Test.
It wasn't much of a surprise when Bangladesh failed to negotiate the pace of Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali in the opening Test, despite conditions favouring the batters with even bounce and carry. However, their performance against spin on the fourth day of the second Test, raised questions over their abilities and mental approach.
In the rain-hit game in Dhaka, Pakistan declared on the fourth day at 300 for 4 and Bangladesh were bowled out for 87, with offspinner Sajid Khan bagging a career-best 8-42. Although Shakib Al Hasan (63 off 130), Mushfiqur Rahim (48 off 136) and Liton Das (45 off 85) led a better effort in the second innings after Bangladesh were asked to follow on, the hosts ended up being bowled out for 205 in fading light.
Naimur Rahman, Bangladesh's first Test skipper, questioned the Bangladesh batters' ability to play the defence and also their approach. “If the wicket is bad it is difficult to play strokes but I don't think it is the same when it comes to defending, provided your defence is strong,” Naimur told Cricbuzz. “You must be able to defend when required as it is a team game and you have to play your part, and the way they approached it never looked perfect.”
Nazmul Abedin, the former game development manager of the BCB, who has worked closely with the cricketers, echoed the same sentiment. “Probably our batsmen lacked confidence in their defence and when you are lacking it then it is a problem because then you will go for risky options like nudges and pushes. Mushfiqur and Shakib were solid with their defence and they were almost successful and they showed the right approach but we failed to take it in the first innings and paid the price for it.
“Basically we gifted him (Sajid) our wickets. If we could play our proper cricket then we could understand how good he is. But it did not happen. If we could play defensive then they would have bowled more aggressively. They would have bowled with more loop and flight but we just attacked every ball and that's why they did not take any risk.
“When the ultimate objective is to draw the match then you have no need to take any risk and when you defend with authority, bowlers will change their strategy when they are not able to beat the batsman. When his first plan does not work then he will go to the second plan but that was not the case,” added Nazmul.