Bangladesh v NZ, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 2nd day October 22, 2013

Shakib expects pitch to turn


Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan, who took all three wickets to fall before rain stopped play on the second afternoon, has said that if Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson fell early on the third day, the probability of a Bangladesh lead could not be ruled out. New Zealand are still trailing by 175 runs in their first innings with seven wickets in hand.

Williamson, on 28 off 38 balls, had retired hurt after suffering a blow to the face off a Rubel Hossain bouncer in the 24th over. However, he returned to the crease seven overs later, when Brendon McCullum's fell. His partner Taylor had a far smoother innings and was unbeaten on 37.

"We have to take the wickets of the two batsmen at the crease," Shakib said. "They do have batsmen after this, but because one is the vice-captain and the other a senior player, it is very important to get their wickets as soon as possible.

"Everything is possible if we get them out early. Even 200 is a possibility. However if I speak realistically, then if we can keep them within 300, which is very much possible, it will be an evenly-matched contest."

Shakib was firm in his belief that a result was possible on this pitch. According to curator Gamini de Silva, it is expected to assist the spinners in the coming days, provided there was no further rain.

"I think if the next three days are played completely, there will be a result in this match," Shakib said. "I've head from the curator that the wicket will get more difficult as the day goes on. It should spin a lot more from day three, so in that case it will be more difficult for both the teams to score and there is a good possibility for a result."

Bangladesh had begun strongly, with the top order making useful contributions, but tactless shot selection allowed New Zealand back in the game by the end of the first day's play. Neil Wagner's maiden five-wicket haul ensured the advantage remained with his side as Bangladesh were bowled out for 282 on the second morning.

"There weren't too many batsmen remaining after Mushfiq bhai and Nasir got out", Shakib said. "The lower order had arrived so it wasn't possible to score too many runs. I didn't see too much of a problem [with our score]. On this wicket, 300-350 is a good score."

Shakib was happy with his own bowling but asked the rest of the attack to step up in order to give Bangladesh the upper hand. Slow left-armer Abdur Razzak struggled with his accuracy while Sohag Gazi's offspin was confidently dealt with by New Zealand's openers.

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

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  • sam on October 23, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    I always like Shakib. Even though he is Bangladesh's biggest superstar he is still speaks honestly. I never liked Abdur Razzak though. There is a huge question mark with his bowling action. Secondly, he never turns a cricket ball. And thirdly there is no subtlety in his bowling. Well I think he is lucky to play test cricket. He shouldn't be playing as he is not good enough. I think I like Sohag Gazi as well. Finally, after all my criticizing of Bangladesh about how they didn't deserve test status now are slowly getting quite a few cricketers who are quite good and upto test standards. Tamim, Shakib are very good and we all know that. Sohag, Mominul, Nasir, Robiul are quite good as well. Mushfiqur is competent (though his keeping is a bit below par). Finally Bangladesh showing some signs that they belong at test level.

  • Subterraneo on October 22, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    Anybody else thinks that Al-Amin's action is not smooth? It appears that there is lateral stress on his arm as he delivers the ball. It could cause injuries if sustained.

  • Aria on October 22, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Tomorrow is crucial. If both teams can play the whole day tomorrow, hope we bangladeshis can take some lead and put a good target on the second innings. In the second innigs the bowl will turn more and it will be difiicult for the kiwis to play against spin due to their respective record against spinners. Rather than blaming we should encourage our players no matter what happens.

  • Chris on October 22, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Can someone explain to me how a pitch cracks?

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    The new pace bowler Allamin looked impressive some extra yard of pace and bounce than other typical Bangladeshi bowlers. Hopefully he will come good for us at WC 2015 in Australia.

  • Mahtab on October 22, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Bangladesh had a good opportunity to score more than 350 and/or stay in the crease longer to stay on the top of the game. I am not sure how how I characterize their attitude on day 2. Is it careless or nervous?? They already lost the opportunity to win this test. Now we have to wait for a miracle (as Shakib is thinking, better spin in day3 etc) to win this test. I think they will be happy withr a draw now. And that was probably the plan from the beginning! Sorry tigers you are not ready to win the test comfortably even when you have the opportunity.

  • Shoaib on October 22, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    And that's why we shouldn't play with 7 batsman because cheap scores like that will happen. Abdur Razzak shouldn't be playing tests for Bangladesh. His lines are bad, too predictable and doesn't turn the ball much. In future tests, Mahmudullah needs to return and take up that 8th position. He's underrated as a bowler and has the ability to rip the ball on a turning wicket. Rubel Hossain shouldn't be in the test side either. His average and strike rate speaks for itself. Al-Amin was impressive and great to see Bangladesh are finally producing promising pacers which bodes well for the future. Gazi should've bowled more. His figures were not even bad and can turn the ball considerably compared to Shakib plus has the doosra. Rahim needs to be more attacking and wise with his bowlers. This game is the real test for Bangladesh and lets see if they can prove everyone wrong that they can play this long game.

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Thanks Shakib for his brilliant bowling. Shakib and tamim can't do anything in this calender year 2013. This is the last test for Bd team for the year 2013. So Sakib and Tamim have a lot of chance to give more in this match.

  • maruf on October 22, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    guys, wait and see bd will take lead from 1st innings...........

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    The Bangladesh top order didn't make use of a good platform and a good toss. But they have the spinners to comeback into the game. Think Mushfiqur should be a bit more tactful with the using of his bowlers. Sohag Gazi opened with the new hard ball and didn't get a spell with the oldish one. Perhaps Mushfiqur would have been thinking of making the opener's life uncomfortable by attacking with the spinner right away, but a spinner is more effective with a semi- new and an oldish ball, so Gazi should have been given another spell after that opening exchange. And I thought Razzak would have been the better man to start off with the new ball. Hopes Bangladesh can bowl NZ out under 300 and bat better in their 2nd innings and use some sense.

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