Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Nazmul Hossain hopeful of saving Dhaka Test. Bangladesh kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
Bangladesh kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
Bangladesh batter Nazmul Hossain insists that his side can still save the match despite staring at defeat in the series concluding second Test against Pakistan at Dhaka.
The hosts found themselves in deep trouble by the time stumps were called as they finished with 76/7 in reply to Pakistan's 300/4 declared, requiring another 25 runs to avoid the follow on. “I think we can survive,” Nazmul told reporters on Tuesday.
”We have to start well tomorrow. If Shakib bhai and Taijul bhai can add a few more runs, it will help us in the second innings. That's the most important thing: we have to bat well in the second innings. The wicket was difficult. I didn't think it is anything impossible. We haven't lost the game yet. We still have one more day in hand. We can save the game if we bat well. It is not impossible to save this game.”
Nazmul also backed Bangladesh's aggressive batting approach as he felt it was a difficult wicket to bat on and going into a shell would have hardly helped them against the tourists. “Wicket isn't easy to bat on,” he observed. “We do rely on our defense, but you cannot spend the whole day defending the ball. You have to attack. I don't feel we were overly attacking. We played our natural game.
“There was no specific plan. Everyone played their natural game. Everyone was aggressive because it was the type of wicket where you couldn't continue to defend the ball. Run scoring was important. I think the defensive mindset gave more possibility of getting out. I think this is why the batsmen tried to play shots but unfortunately it didn't come off.
“Execution will happen one day, another day it won't happen. The more you can execute, the more you will be successful. I think we will execute in the next innings. It is not as if we can't play or haven't done it before. It just didn't happen today.”
Meanwhile, Bangladesh's team director Khaled Mahmud, who is not part of the second Test as he opted out from it citing personal reasons, took a swipe at the batting unit for failing to take the responsibility in the middle.
“I am not sure why we were so impatient. We were not facing Shaheen Afridi or other pace bowlers and we are capable of handling those kinds of spinners,” said Mahmud.
“We did not bat like we need to do in Tests and that is the major concerning thing. We knew we have to bat the whole day and the next day because tomorrow is our last day probably four to four and a half sessions,” he said adding that they have sent Shakib down at seven as he returned to Test cricket after a while and there was no other place in the batting unit for him.
”In shorter format he bats at three but in longer format he bats at five where now Mushfiqur is batting and in six Liton scored a century in the last game so where does he fit in and we decided to demote him as he is coming after a long gap,” he said.