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Bangladesh lost the first Test by eight wickets
Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque insisted he was in favour of playing on pitches similar to the one where the first Test against Pakistan was played, even as his side succumbed to an eight-wicket defeat on Tuesday (November 30).
The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium in Chattogram wasn't a low and slow spinning track that Bangladesh are used to playing on, particularly in the national capital in Dhaka. It worked well in Bangladesh's favour at the start as they posted 330 in the first innings, but Shaheen Afridi rocked them in the second, bundling them out for 157 and paving the way for Pakistan's big win.
“I would always prefer to play in this kind of wicket because it was an ideal wicket for batsmen,” Mominul said. “It was not a spin-friendly wicket, rather it was a flat wicket. It was not a wicket where ball was turning from the third or fourth day. On a spinning wicket, four to five balls turn in an over while here probably one or two balls turned,” he said.
Mominul's backing for such pitches comes after Russell Domingo admitted it was a difficult situation as the batsmen struggle on spin-friendly pitches but on flat surfaces, their bowling suffers.
“Bangladesh is in a very difficult situation. When we play on good wickets, we might not have the firepower to bowl sides out, like Pakistan might have. When we play on wickets that spin, we definitely have the firepower to bowl sides out but then our batsmen can be challenged as well. If you want to develop confidence in our batting line-up, you have to get our batting numbers up. It is a tough situation. Bangladesh seamers struggle historically on good wickets. Our batters seem to struggle on spin wickets,” Domingo said after the fourth day's play.
Mominul put Bangladesh's defeat down to a top-order collapse in both innings and accepted his role in the failure. In the first innings, Bangladesh had been down to 49 for 4 before Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim led a fine recovery. In the second innings, when it mattered more, they were down to 43 for 5 without being able to plot a comeback.
“Our top order batting collapsed in both innings and it was difficult to make a comeback after that,” he said. “As I am the most experience batters among the top orders, I should have been batting with more responsibility but I failed.”
“We were never in full control in the match. Liton and Mushfique batted well as we were able to gain control at some stage. Taijul bowled brilliant and that's why we were in the game till fourth day. If the top-order could shine in the second innings, the story could've been different,” he added.
Abid Ali credits successful domestic season for success
Pakistan opener Abid Ali led the way for his side with 133 in the first innings and 91 in the second. Ali revealed he worked at the NCA with Mohammad Yousuf and Omar Yousuf and credited his successful domestic season for these gains at the international level.
“I am happy to score the hundred. The credit for my performance goes to my domestic season,” he said. “In the NCA (National Cricket Academy) I worked with Mohammad Yusuf and Omar Yusuf and there were two brothers – Nayeem and Jain – they really helped me. I gained confidence by doing well in domestic cricket and came here and carried that confidence.” he said.
The two teams head to Dhaka for the second and last Test, starting on December 4.