Shakib reluctant to give up hopes of winning the Test
CHATTOGRAM, Sept 6, 2019 (BSS)-Despite being in a tricky position, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan was reluctant to give up any hopes of winning the one-off Test against Afghanistan as he believes some good work with both batting and bowling in the rest of the days of the game could have won it for them.
Bangladesh ended the second day on 194-8 and is now trailing by 148 runs, after Afghanistan was dismissed for 342 in first innings, their highest total in Test cricket.
“Definitely it’s possible to win. Teams do come back falling behind after the first innings, it has happened for many times before. We will also try doing that same. The two wickets that have left, if they can last more and carry us forward and if we can bowl better. It will definitely be difficult to chase on this wicket facing the spinners they have but we have that belief that it’s possible (to win),” Shakib said here on Friday after the second day’s play.
Sakib admitted that they lack of application in batting was the major reason behind Afghan’s dominance in the match so far.
“Maybe we could not apply us properly. I won’t say it’s unplayable because the way Mosaddek Hossain and Taijul Islam batted, it’s possible to make runs here, they have proved it,” said Shakib.
“We could make more runs if we could apply more,” he said.
“Mominul was making runs the way he was batting. I won’t say, he should not have hit that ball, maybe he could execute it in a better way at least and it could be four instead of a six, and it would be better in that way. And in Liton’s case, the balls were coming low in this wicket since the first day. So he should have made proper plans, maybe he could avoid playing cross-batted shots, because he was batting really well and team was in better condition. If we could make a good partnership there, we would lose 4 or 5 wickets instead of eight,” he concluded.