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Hathurusingha delighted

Update : 14 Nov 2014, 07:54 PM

Following the conclusion of the third day’s play of the third and final Test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, the home side’s head coach Chandika Hathurusingha expressed his delight with the performance of his charges. After resuming the day’s proceedings on 113 for the loss of one wicket, Zimbabwe were dismissed for 374 in their first innings to give the hosts a lead of 129 runs. Juvenile leg-spinner Jubair Hossain was the architect of the visitors’ downfall, picking up his maiden five-wicket haul in his third Test.

Bangladesh extended the lead to 152 runs as the openers – Tamim Iqbal (eight) and Imrul Kayes (11) – added 23 runs in the nine remaining overs of the day.     

With cracks starting to appear on the pitch going into the fourth and penultimate day’s play today, Hathurusingha reckoned a further 200 runs will present the Tigers with a good opportunity to seal the series sweep over the visitors.

“I think we are in a good position in this match after the third day and having the lead of 152 runs we are still not thinking about declaration. I think 350 is a good target to defend and I will be happy if we can reach that score,” Hathurusingha told Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

“I think the pitch already started to crack on some areas that might trouble the batsman on the fourth and fifth day. We have to bat well and remain focused if we want to post a good target,” he said.

The 46-year old former Sri Lankan cricketer also hailed the promising display of young leggie Jubair and predicted a bright future ahead of him. 

“I am happy with everyone in the side and Jubair picking up five wickets was exceptional. He will be a big cricketer in the coming days and has a very bright future if he continues to bowl in this manner,” he added.

The former assistant coach of New South Wales is experiencing a change in fortunes after taking over the responsibility of the Tigers. After conceding an ODI series defeat at home against a second-string Indian side in his first assignment, Hathurusingha’s fortunes refused to  improve during the Tigers’ tour of the West Indies as Bangladesh lost both the Test and ODI series. The Tigers, however, gave the former Sydney Thunder coach something to cheer about as they clinched the three-match Test series against Zimbabwe even before the third and final match of the series got underway.   

“Boys have made a good comeback and shown signs of improvement in this series after coming from a disappointing one-and-a-half years. It takes no time to lose the confidence of a side but it requires time to bring back the confidence and I am hopeful that the boys will get their confidence back in future when we play against big teams like South Africa, England or India.”

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