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Mominul: Wasn't thinking about my century

Update : 01 Oct 2017, 09:15 AM
Bangladesh batsman Mominul Haque said they should have scored more runs in their first innings on a good batting track. He also informed that he will try to convert his start into a big score in the second innings in order to get a positive result for his side. “I don’t think we are happy scoring just 300-odd in this type of wicket. They got almost 500-odd so we should have scored at least 400, or even closer to their total. I don’t think anyone is happy with this score,” Mominul said during the post-day press conference at Senwes Park Saturday.Mominul’s last fifty came in January this year against New Zealand in Wellington. It was a good opportunity for him to convert his fifty into a big hundred and the Tigers also needed a set batsman like Mominul to carry his innings forward. His dismissal after lunch was a bit casual after playing so well from the beginning of day three.

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“The wicket was good from the first day, like our home conditions. When I was dismissed, I expected the ball to turn a bit more. I will overcome this when I get a chance to bat in the second innings," the left-hander said. “I wasn’t thinking about my century. We were thinking session-wise since they had almost scored 500. My target was to bat out the second session. Thinking like that, you would have scored 100-150 by the end of the day," added the 26-year old. Bangladesh put together three fifty-plus partnerships - opener Tamim Iqbal-Mominul forming 55 for the fourth wicket, Mominul-right-hander Mahmudullah adding 69 for the fifth and Mahmudullah-right-hander Sabbir Rahman putting on 65 for the sixth. “All the batsmen were doing well. Everyone got out after getting set. I think our batsmen made some small mistakes. Most of us were getting out after getting settled in the crease. We have to overcome this in the second innings," the diminutive yet brave southpaw said.Mominul was dropped from the squad for the Australia Test matches last month at home but was later drafted back into the side in place of the right-handed batsman Mosaddek Hossain. So this 77-run innings was crucial for him and the Cox's Bazar cricketer informed that he changed his mentality in order to become more stronger in the international arena. “I don’t think I changed my batting style. I changed my mentality. In these situations if you get stuck in your mentality, you will suffer. I just worked on my mentality. If you have to survive in this level, you have to be mentally strong," he concluded.
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