29 Nov 2021, 19:21

Domingo hopes against the hopes

  CHATTOGRAM, Nov 29, 2021 (BSS)- Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo hoped
against the hopes to deny Pakistan victory in the first Test, relying on the
popular saying "anything is possible in Test cricket".

  But the hosts indeed would have to pull off a miracle as Pakistan needed
just 93 runs to seal the deal with all 10 wickets hands. Set a 202-run to
win, Pakistan openers-- Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique-- went unscathed to
help the side reach 109 for no loss.

  "Pakistan are well ahead of the game. They need another 93 runs, so it will
need something really special," Domingo said here today.

  "Anything is possible in Test cricket. We've to come tomorrow morning
believing we still have a chance. If we can pick up one or two wickets in the
first half an hour, anything is possible."

  Having taken a 44-run lead in the first innings, Bangladesh squandered the
chance of dominating Pakistan after a manic afternoon session on day three
when they were reduced to 39-4. That session in fact tilted the game towards
Pakistan, Domingo admitted.

  Bangladesh earlier put up 330 in their first innings thanks to a maiden
century of Liton Das, who went on to score 114 and later added 59 run in the
second innings to be the highest scorer of the side again.

  "We were really good in the first two days. Most of day three was good, but
we didn't bat well in the last session yesterday. It put us under big
pressure. It was disappointing to see," he remarked.

  "I thought we played really good Test cricket up until that point. We got a
competitive score in the first innings. I thought the spinners and seamers
bowled well to get us the lead. We just had a terrible last session yesterday
which put us under a lot of pressure in the game."

  But he had special praise for Liton Das who came back strongly after being
dropped from the T20 squad following his poor Twenty20 World Cup outing.

  "Liton has been averaging close 60 in the last 18 months. He has played
some really good innings for us in the middle. We found a good spot for him
at No 6 or 7, which allows him to bat with the lower-order and get the
confidence going," he said of Liton.

  "We know he is a fantastic player. It took him a while to find his way in
Test cricket. Over the last year, he has been a big positive for us in Tests.
Maybe in another year's time, he can be the new No 4 or 5 for Bangladesh."

  But Bangladesh problem still lie with their top order who couldn't fire
expectedly, putting the pressure on the middle order. Both the openers
Shadman Islam and Saif Hassan couldn't show any potentiality against a high
quality attack.

  "It has been disappointing. We weren't happy at the way they got out
considering the nature of the wicket. Shadman has come off a hundred in his
last Test, be it five or six months ago. We are finding ourselves under
pressure against the new ball," the South Africa-born coach said.

  "We are playing against a quality bowling attack. Saif is still playing his
fifth or sixth Test. He is very inexperienced. Shadman has played maybe 10.
It has been tough for them against high quality bowlers. So, there's a lot of
work for them to do in Tests," he added.


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