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8 November, 2018 09:03:09 AM

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Batting debacle main reason for awful defeat in Sylhet: Rhodes

He hopes Tigers will bounce back strongly in Dhaka Test
Sports Reporter from Sylhet
Batting debacle main reason for awful defeat in Sylhet: Rhodes

Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes ruled out the notion that they had any strategic mistake in the first Test against Zimbabwe with regards to the plan and playing only one pacer. He rather insisted that the batting debacle in both innings was the prime reason in not working the plan well as they eyed to got off to a good start in the series.

Zimbabwe stunned Bangladesh by 151 runs to win the first Test which is their first away victory in 17 years and also first since their victory against Pakistan at home in 2013.

Coming off with a 3-0 whitewash on Zimbabwe, Bangladesh were expected to win the first Test easily but batting debacle continued as they were bowled out for 143 and 169 in , making it eighth straight time to be wrapped up below 200.

“Certainly the only thing that went wrong in this game was our batting in the first innings.  We lost the toss when there was not much happening and we did a great job in bowling them out for 282. Then we needed 350 or 400 and if we didn’t get that score then it was always going to be difficult batting last,’’ Rhodes told the reporters at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium yesterday.

“So we missed an opportunity in our first innings batting and there was nothing wrong with our plans or tactics, we just made a mess of it in our first innings,’’ he said.

The low first innings score meant that Zimbabwe had the upper hand with a big lead. Spinners did their job picking up 19 of the 20 Zimbabwe wickets in the Test match though one might wonder how much Zimbabwe would have got in the first innings had Bangladesh played one more seamer.

“To get rolled for 140 and be a 140 behind, going into the third innings of the game was quite disastrous for us. It’s something we will have to put right, whatever happens at Mirpur with our plans,’’ he added.

Bangladesh however  were wrapped up six times below 200 under the supervision of Steve Rhodes, but the coach said that he is not feeling any pressure in the ongoing series against Zimbabwe as he believe host will make a turnaround in series deciding second Test match at Dhaka.

 “I don’t feel pressure. These guys are really determined to put things right and that’s what I love about the Bangladeshi dressing room. They keep surprising me and they keep bouncing back,’’ he said.

While eight players returned Dhaka yesterday, there were some like Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque practiced with Rhodes in the stadium. Fast bowlers Mustafizur Rahman, Shafiul Islam and other worked under the supervision of Courtney Walsh. Those players however is expected to return Dhaka today.

Rhodes is optimistic that the players would come back strongly in the second Test.

“You guys will often go to work and have a bad day at work and we had a really bad day at work in that first innings while batting,” said.  ‘’We will try and put things right with the players we’ve got.”

The name of seasoned first-class campaigner Tushar Imran cropped up on quite a few occasions, who failed to get the attention of the selectors after being dumped from the national team in 2007.

Rhodes added that he is confident that his charges possess the ability to make a comeback and there is no reason he should not back them

“In the NCL[ first-class tournament] the guys that are playing now (in the national team) are scoring a lot of runs and they are actually scoring more runs than some of the guys that are being mentioned,’’ said Rhodes when he was being asked about Tushar. ‘’Shanto made a 180, Liton Das made 200, Mominul made 100 not out in his last game. Ariful with a double century… so there is plenty of runs being scored there. And this are good guys, they are good players and at the moment I feel we’ve got our best players barring Tamim and Shakib and so at the moment we are backing these guys,’’ he added.

“I will like a better result in the Test match but we will be working hard with the crop we have got,’’ he added.

HM

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