Bangladesh did well to compensate with the ball after a sorry batting collapse by the home side gave the visitors the momentum as England lead by 273 runs with two wickets in hand following the end of the third day of the first Test.
And according to Tigers bowling coach Courtney Walsh, the game is still wide open for both the teams. The West Indies fast bowling legend informed that Bangladesh need to bat well in the second innings and that a result is a surety in this game.
“I think we have to first get the two wickets early [Sunday]. The game is still open. Probably, England got about 20-30 runs more than what we would have liked at this stage. I think the bowlers fought very well [Saturday]. At one stage it was looking very, very good but they got a good partnership. This is what Test cricket is all about,” Walsh told the media.
“[Ben] Stokes played reasonably well, he had a good partnership with [Jonny] Bairstow. For me, the game is still in the balance. We have to bat well second time around. There’s time in the game. It should be a result game. We have to be positive. Play it as we see it. Put away the loose balls.
“If we can get two or three good partnerships, we are in with a good chance. The aim has to be to get them under 300. It is not going to be easy but the game is still wide open,” he said.
The 53-year old expressed disappointment at the way Shakib al Hasan got dismissed in just the second ball of the day as the home side went on to lose their last five wickets for only 27 runs to give England a 45-run first innings lead.
“It was disappointing. He came out [Saturday] with big expectations. He knew he was the mainstay. He batted very well [Friday] but it was a fresh day, when you start back over. Unfortunately he got out in the first over and that put a lot of pressure on the other batsmen. If he has to bat for us in the second innings, he will bat well again,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tigers pacemen Shafiul Islam and debutant Kamrul Islam Rabbi had literally very little to do as the two bowled just 11 overs in the second innings. Walsh though was not disappointed with his charges.
“I am not disappointed with them. I don’t think they got as much bowling in the game because of the experience. We have a debutant who is feeling his way out. I thought he (Kamrul) bowled a lot better [Saturday]. He got a chance to put in a very decent spell,” he said.
“I think they have done well in this Test. Kamrul got a wicket which will give him confidence. He showed that he has something that we can work with, which is a very good sign. These tracks are not fast-bowler friendly but the guys stuck to their guns and gave it all they had. They supported the captain every time they were asked for a spell. They tried,” he added.