Bangladesh v New Zealand, 2nd day, Mirpur October 20, 2013

'New Zealand are under pressure' - Mushfiqur


Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim wants his side to continue the consistency they showed in the first Test, and feels that New Zealand are the team under more pressure.

"I think they are under pressure," Mushfiqur said. "It is not easy to play in our home conditions. They wouldn't want to lose to a side ranked lower than them.

"We want to win this Test match. I think they would also want a result in this game. After the first two days, you can see which way the game is heading. The first innings is going to be vital in this Test. So we want to start well."

But in the last couple of years, Bangladesh's record in second Tests of the usual two-match series that they play have been poor, particularly after they impressed in the first match of the series.

Against Sri Lanka in March, they drew the first Test in Galle but were strangled in Colombo, to lose by seven wickets. Similarly at home in 2012, they ran West Indies close in the first Test in Dhaka before going down easily in Khulna. Against the same opponents in 2011, a similar theme continued when they drew the first Test but was crushed by 229 runs in the second game.

Mushfiqur believes that since the home team dominated long passages of play and had more individual performances in Chittagong, they hold the upper hand over the visitors.

"We are hungry to win the second Test," Mushfiqur said. "We had a lot of gains from the first game, but it was a draw. We wanted to win. The whole team is keen to win the game and the series. It is a huge challenge to play well in two Tests in a row, but the players are responsible these days. So I hope we remain consistent.

"We dominated three days of the Chittagong Test, so I would say we are ahead of them, mentally. Several players are just itching to get out there and perform. If we can combine it as a team, we will do well."

Some say that Mushfiqur's biggest advantage is that two of his best players, Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan, are yet to make big contributions in 2013. They have had quiet times in Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and in the Chittagong Test against New Zealand. Shakib did get a fifty in the second innings, but still hasn't hit the level he has maintained in the last four years.

"Shakib and Tamim are relaxed. They are always thinking about doing well in the next match. There are more performers in the team, around seven or eight guys. But the records of those two in Mirpur are great, so I am hoping that they do well here."

Bangladesh are likely to keep the same playing eleven, but there were some murmurs of a third seamer being given a go in place of Abdur Razzak."It is likely that we will play the same combination. We will take a call tomorrow morning, but I am hoping to keep the seven batsman-four bowlers blend intact."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on October 24, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    What I like is reading some hate comments from the Kiwi supporters, @dean asked the kiwis to crush Bangladeshis, well brother, we shall see tomorrow who crushes whom. cheers

  • Muthuvel on October 21, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    expecting NZ do well in second test

  • siddhartha on October 21, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    After all this "mental advantage" bd will be bowled out for 150 in a good pitch.As usual

  • Reg on October 20, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    I'm trying to work out which 3 days BD dominated. The best i can do is (End of day 3 start of day 4), day 6, and day 7. I continue to be a bit disappointed by the NZ team (I agree that it one of the weakest we have fielded for a while), but they were good enough to offer BD a chance to self-destruct at the end, and BD knew they were not good enough to even try. If the roles had been reversed, NZ would at least have had a go and I think they would have gone very close. So I reckon it was BD that was under pressure, and i hope that is repeated this time. BD three seamers? Puu de ova wun!

  • Freeza on October 20, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    I think the Bangladesh captain is doing a bit too much talking tbh, that was the flattest pitch I have seen in recent memory, no one has any mental advantages after a game like that. Also given how flat the pitch was there is no reason why they shouldn't at least have had a crack at the total in the first 10-15 overs. We had one of the worst bowling attacks I have seen play for NZ in a long time.

  • mohammad on October 20, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Dean Andrew Kay Only two hours was spoiled and for this reason, the next day's play started half and hour earlier.You call it a complete loss of a day? You could bowl out BD but BD was 150+ with only 3 down and less than a hundred needed to win.Yes, NZ declared but with only 3 wickets remaining and a hat-trick bowler bowling, you do not expect them to repeat the first innings.

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    what planet is the bangladesh captain on? we dominated that test and if one day hadn't been lost to the weather we may have bolwed them out on the fifth day. who made a sporting declaration to make a game of it? new zealand. kisis, read this article and use this as inspiration to crush them in the second test.

  • Android on October 20, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    go tigers go. Give. this country source of Joy. again. we r right besides u all

  • Mahdin on October 20, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    It will be suicidal if we opt for 3 pacers! Mostly we can keep 2 and in a flat wicket like Mirpur even 1 will do-Robiul or Rubel- it hardly makes any difference.

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Yes, third seamer !!!! very bad thinking, keep going with the same side.