Sabbir also informed that they have learned from their mistakes from the first Test in Galle and are desperate not to repeat those in the second and final five-dayer, that got underway at P Sara Oval in Colombo on Wednesday.
“I am very proud to be a member of a team which is playing their 100th Test. Everyone is very excited, and they really want to win. We learned a lot from the last game so we are trying to apply those things,” Sabbir told the media after the day's play.
“Our plan was to cut out the runs and bowl dot balls. We bowled really well. We created opportunities and then, we held onto them. We will try to get the three remaining wickets quickly and restrict them within 300. It will put them under pressure. We need to do it within the first hour of play [Thursday],” he said.
Sabbir was included in the playing XI after wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Kumar Das got injured during a practice session last Monday.
The right-handed batsman stated that although it is unfortunate for Liton to lose out on his place in the team in that way, he was always ready to return to the squad.
“Unfortunately, Liton got injured, which gave me the chance to play. But I was always ready to get back in the playing XI. I know an opportunity can come any time. So I was ready to get back into the Test team,” said Sabbir.
Bangladesh produced a clinical performance on the opening day, be it bowling or fielding, and Sabbir believes it would have been a near perfect day if Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal had not survived on a couple of occasions.
“We were quite sure of the Chandimal wicket but it wasn’t given unfortunately. I think we got chances because we created a lot of pressure on their batsmen. [Mehedi Hasan] Miraz’s catch of Chandimal was a 50/50 chance, and it is likely that he didn’t understand that he took it on the first bounce. It was hard for him to understand. He tried really well,” said Sabbir.
Meanwhile, opening batsman Imrul Kayes received a blow to his leg while fielding. He then left the field.
But team manager Khaled Mahmud informed that it was a slight bruise on his leg and that he will be back on the field on Thursday.