Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Mirpur, 1st day January 27, 2014

'We could have scored 375' - Shakib


Bangladesh fell 140 runs short of their expected first innings score, according to Shakib Al Hasan. The allrounder made his 15th half-century, and alongside Mushfiqur Rahim, gave the total some propriety as it was descending swiftly at one stage.

The openers almost played out the first hour until one bad shot was followed by errors in judgment, opening up the game as early as the first drinks break. Shakib felt that it should have been the other way around, as the Mirpur surface didn't have any devils.

"I thought the wicket was good when I was batting," Shakib said. "If we had batted to our usual ability, we could have scored 375 in the first innings. We are behind in the game now, mainly because it is hard to get wickets on this surface, and scoring runs is becoming easier."

Shakib explained that it wasn't just bad batting or great bowling, but a combination which saw the first four wickets lost for 59 runs. Shakib and captain Mushfiqur Rahim added 86 for the fifth wicket but once they were dismissed, the home side were wrapped up for a low score. "When we started well, it didn't seem like the batsmen were having problems. Nobody said this in the dressing room, even after getting out.

"It was a combination of them bowling well and mistakes from us. We should have batted better, particularly due to the standards we have reached. We batted quite well in the first eight overs."

Shakib was sure that the short ball was handled better and although he didn't publicly complain about the umpiring, he did convey what Nasir Hossain had said after his dismissal. There was also some doubt about the Marshall Ayub and Mushfiqur Rahim leg-before decision. "Nasir told us that it hit his arm."

Shakib added: "TV replays can suggest something different. But in real time it is a little difficult to comment on such things. I played a bad shot, and we made a few mistakes too. The batsmen were not missing too many balls, or getting beaten. But it has happened, and now the responsibility is with the bowlers."

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

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  • Johann on January 28, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    @De Indy . They reached their highest score against us last time in SL. They were hoping for such a performance again.

  • Johann on January 28, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    You cannot even hold your bat against our world class bowling. You played poorly, accept that. I am waiting for an inngs win. Lions will crush BD. Sangakkara will score his highest double ton and Kaushal Silva will score a century. This series will prove that we can win away matches too. Go lions!

  • Dummy4 on January 28, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    Good stuff Shakib..I am wondering why did you say 500? instead of just 375? Anything could have been possible right? problem was....???

  • Aamir on January 28, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    The excuse of not playing enough test cricket is what has been the first line of defense of BD batsmen for the past 13+ years. If batsmen scored good which unfortunately was far and in between for BD team then the standard was improving for BD cricket. If not then obviously the excuse of not playing enough test cricket was (and still is) always available as an excuse.

    The main reason is not what these BD batsmen are fetching to their fans ever since BD was drafted into test cricket. It is the attitude of BD batsmen which has always fetched disasters. I never saw a BD batsman paying any respect to the opponents (bowlers).

    In this test most batsmen managed to get out on balls which did not deserve wicket(s). The track at Mirpur was not prepared for a result, it in fact it was prepared for a draw. Means a feast for batsmen from both sides. But the curator forgot that batsmen from his country are expert in throwing their wickets, even on the flattest of the tracks.

  • Dummy4 on January 27, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    Same old story. Geoff Boycott would say Bangladesh do not know how to bat or bowl.

  • Dummy4 on January 27, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    Sometimes its lack of test match practice, sometimes its throwing wickets away, sometimes its the pitch, as if............ This has been the story of Bangladesh circket for 13 years. They got test status via the genorsity of Pakistan by throwing away ODI in world cup. Otherwise Ireland and Afghanistan are way more competitive teams than them. They should be qualifiers.

  • Asanga on January 27, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    @abcdef_12345 - Good and bad days are there in Test cricket, but BD seems to have bad days all the time. As long as you naive supports keep on gulping these lame excuses they will shoot them at you to cover the shortcomings and you will point out Pakistan scoring 300. But remember it was PAK who scored 300 and not BD where there is a gulf between the 2 teams.

  • Sanjay on January 27, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    Has it occurred to BD fans that you shouldn't be viewing Tests as "Practice"? That's where your practically non existent first class structure is in the spotlight. The BCB does not put enough emphasis on first class matches, what's the major FC competition in BD? Does it have any history, passion amongst players and fans? Instead, there's a diet of limited overs cricket and an already burgeoning T20 competition that attracts foreign stars such as Eoin Morgan.

    It should come as no surprise then that BD has improved significantly in both limited overs formats. There's a T20 World Cup coming up in Bangla, I'm sure the players and fans have their sights on that even if they are justifiably reluctant to admit it.

    Contrary to what scare-mongers are writing here, the new ICC draft proposal will see an increase of Tests for Bangla. With the current status quo, Tests will die in this country.

  • pri on January 27, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    Why on the earth Sri Lanka's every other test series is with Bangladesh.With all due respect to BD they are far less competitive compared to many other teams and far less exciting to watch the matches played with them.They might prove me wrong and it is up to them to do so.This is a bit anti climax compared to Pakistan series.

  • Shoaib on January 27, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    Simply poor batting by Bangladesh batsman apart from Rahim. Its just poor stuff and really no excuses. Sri Lanka bowled well and deserved to be upfront. Bangladesh has a lot to prove now come their second innings later. But have to admit, our number 2, 3 and 4 is just too inexperienced and all have made their debuts within a past year. Sorry Marshall but you are getting your chances and not delivering. Time for Naeem to return and replace him.

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