Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal, who looked very fluent, scored highest 92, missing another century, while captain Mominul Haque made 49 runs and Mushfiqur Rahim scored 40 amid the failure of others
Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo emphasized on mental fatigue of the players for the side’s slump in the ongoing second Test against hosts Sri Lanka at Pallakele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy.
After bowling 159.2 overs over a little more than two days allowing Sri Lanka post 493-7d, Bangladesh went to bat on day three. But as it happened, the wicket that looked docile started to aid spinners little more and Bangladesh batsmen struggle. The innings crumbled with 251, 242 runs behind the hosts' total, and left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama, the destroyer in chief, claimed a record 6 for 92 on his debut.
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal, who looked very fluent, scored highest 92, missing another century, while captain Mominul Haque made 49 runs and Mushfiqur Rahim scored 40 amid the failure of others.
“It is a combination of a few facts. The guys have spent so much time on the field in the last 4-5 days. They are probably a little bit mentally fatigued, after being in the field for 370-odd overs. It wears you down physically and mentally as a cricketer. It could be one of the reasons,” said Domingo at the post-day virtual press conference on Saturday.
“We (Bangladesh) have spent a lot of time in the field and all teams reach a breaking point. Our breaking point came this afternoon when we were batting. So it has been a tough day for us. We have to try to be positive. There’s still a lot of cricket to be played. We have to make sure the guys are in a good frame of mind when we bowl tomorrow (Sunday),” the Bangladesh coach added.
With the situation that is Bangladesh in, the side can take inspiration from their game against West Indies in Chittagong earlier this year suggested Domingo. In February this year, Bangladesh had set a mammoth 394-run target for West Indies which the visitors chased and won the game by three wickets. Kyle Mayers had played a record 210-run innings on debut to engineer the emphatic victory for West Indies and deny Bangladesh a win in the game that they had mostly dominated.
“We were part of an unbelievable Test match a few months ago, when West Indies chased down 395. We know that we are way behind the game at the moment. We are under a lot of pressure. Sri Lanka are dominating at the moment. But if we can pick up early wickets tomorrow morning, cause a little bit of jitters in the change room, you never know. Somebody comes out and plays a great innings. So we have to remain positive going into day four, tomorrow (Sunday),” said Domingo.