“Our start was very good; our bowlers bowled very well at the beginning, especially Subashish Roy. Taskin [Ahmed] and Mustafizur [Rahman] also started very well. But then, although we did well, there was a partnership. So, hopefully we can make a good comeback [Wednesday],” Miraz told the media in the post-day press conference at Galle International Stadium.
“And as for the dismissal (of Mendis), I can only say it was bad luck. We all tried our best and no one bowls a no ball on purpose, it happens. But still, Mendis handled it well afterwards,” he said.
It was a bit of surprise during the toss as Bangladesh picked three pacers in their starting XI while host Sri Lanka included as many spinners.
However, the Bangladesh pacers bowled well in the morning session and Miraz informed that the spinners were not getting help from the first day wicket.
“There was really not much purchase from the wicket for the spinners. I bowled, Shakib [al Hasan] bhai did too and there was not much help. Their batsmen played well, especially Mendis. If he had gotten out, things would have been different,” said Miraz.
The Bangladesh slow bowlers bowled 38 overs as opposed to the pacers, who sent down 50.
“On this wicket, spinners cannot easily take wickets unless the batsmen make mistakes. But the pacers have more chances of taking wickets if they bowl in the right areas. So it is an advantage for the spinners and pacers to be bowling in tandem,” he said.
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Dimuth Karunaratne is cleaned up by Miraz AFP
Bangladesh will be looking to bounce back right away in the second morning as Sri Lanka have already scored 321 runs for four wickets.
“Already they have lost four top-order batsmen. They have two main batsmen left. So hopefully, if we can get those two at the crease, their lower-order batsmen will come to the middle. And the lower-order batsmen will not be able to score many runs on this wicket. So our target will be to check the runs and get wickets in the morning [Wednesday],” he said.
Weather was a challenge for Bangladesh as Galle is generally hot and humid.
“The weather is supposed to be a little hot, but the weather we played in recently has been a bit colder than here, so it will take a little time to acclimatise. But in Tests, there will obviously be partnership, and the fourth-wicket partnership was big. Now our target is to get them out as soon as possible,” said Miraz.
Miraz went on to express delight after finally getting the chance to play along with Mustafizur in Tests. These two had played together in the U-16 and U-19 levels.
“He (Mustafizur) bowled really well in the beginning. He also bowled in good areas. It feels really good to be playing with him, because I always wanted that. He has come back into the Test side after a long time and bowled well, which is a good sign. When he played his first series after injury in New Zealand, he seemed a little shaky. But now I think his fitness is very good and he is bowling in good areas,” Miraz concluded.