Bangladesh have registered their biggest ever win in five-day cricket after receiving the Test status 16 years ago when they sealed a magnificent 108-run victory against England to level the two-match series 1-1.
At one point though, the visitors were cruising to their target of 273 with captain Alastair Cook and opening batsman Ben Duckett going great guns, putting on 100 runs.
And although the Tigers eventually went on to skittle the tourists out for 164, Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha was not happy with how things were going until tea on day three.
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England, led by captain Alastair Cook, were going great guns until tea DHAKA TRIBUNE
“I have to use the words carefully because I wasn’t happy. We didn’t do what we planned to do. So I actually had to talk to them in the tea break. I cannot tell you briefly what I said. I just reminded them what we were supposed to do. Some big players have to step up,” Hathurusingha told the media after the game at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday.
However, after the tea break, it was a totally different scenario as the Tigers scripted a wonderful comeback, led admirably by youngster Mehedi Hasan Miraz and ace all-rounder Shakib al Hasan, who shared all the 10 wickets between themselves.
Hathurusingha was effusive in his praise of Miraz, labelling him an exceptional talent and someone who is keen learner.
“He is an exceptional talent. He is keen to do well, which is big for me. He has enthusiasm in the game. He is always sitting next to me or the other coaches in the dressing room, listening to every word that we are saying. He is very keen to learn,” he said.
The 48-year old also praised unsung hero Taijul Islam, who, despite going wicketless in the second innings, kept the pressure on the English batsmen with his tight line and length.
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Bangladesh's Taijul Islam was often the unsung hero in the just-concluded England Tests DHAKA TRIBUNE
Hathurusingha went on to inform that their plan to start the day on an attacking note paid off in some style as the Tigers added 144 quickfire runs in 35.5 overs at more than four runs per over before being dismissed.
“It wasn’t a blanket plan. We had individual plans for each player. We didn’t expect some of them to bat that way. We wanted to score runs because it was a matter of time if you were looking to survive in that kind of wicket. We want to back our skills,” he said.
Hathurusingha though did express some regrets over the first Test loss, where the Tigers went agonisingly close to victory only to come up short by 22 runs.
“I am always optimistic. If we had more match experience, we would have won 2-0. It is easy to say afterwards, we didn’t know sometimes how to win certain situations but we are more confident when we get into these kind of situations,” Hathurusingha added.