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Shakib: We’re in driving seat but must maintain focus

  • Published at 09:56 pm August 27th, 2017
  • Last updated at 06:59 am August 28th, 2017
Shakib: We’re in driving seat but must maintain focus
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan believes they are in the driving seat after day one of their first Test match against Australia in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday. The host were bundled out for 260 but rocked the visiting side with three quick wickets within nine overs. The left-hander formed a brilliant partnership with Tamim Iqbal when Bangladesh were struggling, having lost the top-order batsmen in quick succession. Shakib though admitted Bangladesh need to focus on day two and claim the remaining seven wickets quickly to pile more pressure on Australia. “It was quite challenging to bat out there. I think Tamim and I applied ourselves. It was an important partnership. We may be in the driving seat but we need to take seven more wickets. They have some batting left too, so we have to focus well. Every day gives you a new situation in Test cricket,” Shakib told the media after the day’s play. “Our plan is to bowl in the right areas on day two. Taking wicket is a matter of luck but if we bowl well, we will have things under control,” he said. Tamim and Shakib are both playing their 50th Test and the latter informed that his partnership with the Chittagong cricketer was vital. “We don’t really talk that much. We just kept batting, as long as possible. The job was slightly easier for us since we are quite experienced now and played together for a long time. This is our 50th Test. We were batting well in the second session but those two deliveries which kicked on us cost us our wicket,” said the 30-year old all-rounder. Shakib also praised the middle- and lower-order for their valuable contribution as he said they were targeting a total around 250 at one stage. “It was turning from the start. We felt that it was going to be tough for them too. We wanted to get to 250, which we were able to do. I think Nasir [Hossain], [Mehedi Hasan] Miraz and Shafiul [Islam] added important runs,” said Shakib. Shakib explained that Australia captain Steven Smith is the biggest threat currently facing Bangladesh right now in the first innings. He said Bangladesh need to check him early in order to restrict Australia. “Smith  is our biggest challenge. He is among the top batsmen in the world. His record speaks for itself. He made runs in India so bowling to him is a major challenge,” informed Shakib. “There will be pressure. Australia haven’t really done well recently in these conditions. Bangladesh wickets are different than those in India and Sri Lanka. So regardless of how much they have trained, it is not going to be easy,” he concluded.