The India A batsmen thoroughly dominated the Bangladesh attack, sending out a clear message – the home side will be looking to have complete control over the Tigers bowlers.
One of the newest members in the Bangladesh attack, off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz informed that his side have taken note of that and are expecting to get things right when they take on India in the one-off Test match, beginning Thursday at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Bangladesh did not play three key bowlers – Shakib al Hasan, Taskin Ahmed and Kamrul Islam Rabbi - in the warm-up game.
However, the ones that did play were unable to live up to their role as India A scored 461 runs for eight wickets declared at more than five runs per over.
“The practice match was helpful for us,” Miraz told the media at the team hotel in Hyderabad Tuesday.
“We played in different conditions in the last few months. Indian batsmen would want to dominate us, which we have understood in the practice game. They will always look for runs so we will have to bowl accordingly,” he said.
Former Bangladesh U-19 captain Miraz initially started out as a bowling-allrounder. There have been ample occasions when the 19-year old contributed with both bat and ball.
But since his arrival to the senior team, the Khulna lad is yet to make a mark with the willow. Since his international debut in October last year, he has played four Tests, scoring 20 runs usually at the late middle-order.
His contribution with the leather however, has been praiseworthy. He has taken 23 wickets in eight innings and made a dream debut, against England at home, bagging seven wickets in the first Test and another 12 in the second.
With that said, Miraz said he is looking to come good with the bat, sooner, rather than later.
“I believe I can make a comeback with the bat. I am trying to get adjusted to this level. And with the ball, it is difficult to hold onto a certain type of performance. But I will definitely try my best,” Miraz explained.
“Spinners will get help here but the Indian batsmen are really good. It will be a challenge for us but we are up for it. We want to give it our all,” he added.
Bangladesh enjoyed a rest day Tuesday and will attend one more practice session on Wednesday before locking horns with India in the historical Test.