Bangladesh is a team that has been constantly improving, trying to compete with the biggest cricketing nations. At the beginning of this year, they won their first-ever test match in New Zealand in a remarkable fashion. They had played plenty of series in New Zealand before this but failed to secure a win. This win was historic in many ways for the Bangla Tigers. Later in the year, they won an ODI series in South Africa. Considering the fact that India had lost an ODI series to South Africa earlier this year, it makes their win even more impressive.
Evidently, Bangladesh are improving a lot as a unit. However, there’s one aspect of their play that has been holding them back. Bangladesh are infamous for repeating their mistakes and losing advantage when they have it. This was on display at the end of second day’s play. Bangladesh had a clear edge over their opponents as the West Indies were 132 for 4 at one point.
The hosts had lost three wickets for one run in the space of merely 12 deliveries. But Bangladesh failed to continue this momentum as Mayers and Blackwood put on a strong 116-run partnership. Bangladesh have also been underwhelming with the bat. They have crossed 300 runs only once in last ten innings. Clearly, there’s a lot of scope for improvement and areas where the visitors need to work on. Russell Domingo, head coach of Bangladesh, was clearly disappointed and spoke about his team’s performance.
Our Players Need To Be Patient With Their Tactics – Domingo
“It is the story of our Test match cricket at the moment,” Domingo said. “We are good for one session and then we have one really bad session. Guys were not patient. They couldn’t string together enough tight overs like we did in the first session. They were searching for wickets, bowled a few soft balls, came around the wicket when it should be over the wicket. They just made basic errors by not being patient enough. It was very disappointing the way we bowled after lunch.
The message is always to bowl dots, building pressure, stay in control of the run-rate. As soon as you go looking for wickets, you just bowl too many soft balls. Being patient, being disciplined are the sort of messages that we try to emphasize. We do it for one session but we can’t do it for another session.”