Bangladesh did reasonably well to finish the second day of the first Test on 221/5, trailing England by 72 runs, with all-rounder Shakib al Hasan still at the crease. With that said, opening batsman Tamim Iqbal informed that the Tigers would have been in a better position had they not lost the wicket of captain Mushfiqur Rahim in the final hour of the day.
Tamim also said their first target on the third day would be to cross the visitors' first innings tally of 293.
“I think we are slightly in a position of advantage at the end of the second day. We still have wickets in hand. We will gain the upper hand if we can bat well in the first session [today]. The wicket is not easy to play. If Mushfiqur hadn't got out, I would have said we had a good day,” Tamim told the media at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Friday following the end of the day's proceedings.
“We have two batsmen (Sabbir Rahman and Mehedi Hasan Miraz) left to bat and also Shakib. We should be happy with what we got. First, we have to cross their total,” he said.
The home side lost wickets on the eve of every session as Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah and Mushfiq all departed leaving their side in trouble. And Tamim said the fall of regular wickets stopped them from dominating the second day.
“We lost wickets before lunch, tea and end of play. I don’t know how to explain it. We would have been in a better position had we not lost those wickets. If Riyad bhai was unbeaten at the end of the second session, we would have been in a good position. Mushfiqur being out there at the end of the day would have also helped us,” he said.
Tamim played a mature knock of 78 runs facing 179 deliveries with the help of seven fours before being caught behind by Jonny Bairstow off the bowling of Gareth Batty, who returned to Test cricket for the first time in 11 years.
Despite falling short of a well-deserved eighth Test hundred, the Chittagong cricketer continued his good run against England, recording his seventh fifty in nine innings. He also reached another milestone, that of scoring 2000 Test runs at home.
“I think I didn’t try to do anything more than just the basics. I tried to play straight. The delivery that I got dismissed off, I could have got a single or two from it. I know that a bigger score would have helped the team but I am still hopeful that Shakib and the two batsmen can take us to a strong position,” said the southpaw.
“I had to work very hard for each run in this innings. I would have felt bad if I made a mistake and it led to my dismissal. I think I was mostly in control. I am not too concerned about not getting a century, though I would have been happy to get a bigger score. But I will take this,” he added.