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Batting lets Bangladesh down yet again

  • Published at 11:32 pm March 9th, 2017
Batting lets Bangladesh down yet again
The third day pitch in Galle was still good for batting and there were no cracks on the pitch to help the spinners. But the way in which some of the Bangladesh batsmen gave their wickets away is certainly a cause for concern. If we look at the last few months, be it in New Zealand or India or Sri Lanka, we'll notice that Bangladesh have been playing well. However, a rush of blood, along with lapses of concentration, mean Bangladesh often end up in trouble. Before the Sri Lanka Tests started, many people thought Bangladesh had a good chance of winning the two-match series. Even the Bangladesh camp believed that they could win, given the inexperience of the Lankan side. But the Lankan batsmen defied the critics in the first innings, showing maturity and producing a big total on the scoreboard, despite Bangladesh's good bowling display. In contrast, the experienced Tigers batsmen were unable to convert their innings into big hundreds as the visiting side were eventually bowled out for 312. However, the touring side did save the follow on target. Bangladesh now find themselves facing a difficult task to win, or even draw, the Test as the Galle pitch is known to offer help to the spinners on day four and five. As Sri Lanka have taken an 182-run lead in the first innings, a target between 350-400 will be challenging for Bangladesh, especially on this track where captain and left-arm spinner Rangana Herath can be dangerous. However, what went wrong for the Tigers? Did the pitch suddenly change and help the bowlers? The answer in a straight no. It was just lack of concentration on behalf of the batsmen. Bangladesh have produced some magnificent performances over the last couple of years but still, the side is inconsistent in the longer format of the game, just because of their lack of ability to read the game. Bangladesh often play well in sessions and dominate the opposition only to surrender the initiative due to lapse in concentration. In this Test, Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar batted beautifully before the former got out in a strange way. Soumya played a lazy shot. Mahmudullah missed a straight delivery while Liton Kumar Das played an awkward shot away from his body without any footwork. All these dismissals indicate that the batsmen were at fault. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehedi Hasan Miraz proved that it is a good batting track, even on day three. Proper mindset and determination were needed to build partnerships but they were largely missing in the first innings. In terms of quality and experience, Bangladesh have a good batting line-up comprising Tamim, Shakib al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Mushfiq. All the Tigers need to do is just show more composure.