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

'We could have scored 375' - Shakib

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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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  • Yousafahmed11 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.

  • Yousafahmed11 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!

  • 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....???

  • Built_4_the_Kill 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.

  • on January 27, 2014, 23:40 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • WannaBeRusta 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.

  • InsideHedge 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.

  • prikand 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.

  • Warm_Coffee 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.

  • Yousafahmed11 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.

  • Yousafahmed11 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!

  • 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....???

  • Built_4_the_Kill 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.

  • on January 27, 2014, 23:40 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • WannaBeRusta 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.

  • InsideHedge 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.

  • prikand 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.

  • Warm_Coffee 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.

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

    Bangladesh needs to create pace camps/trials. They recently discovered Taskin Ahmed, it's matter of time when he will take the responsibility of leading the attack and then sidelined due to injury leaving us with the regular faces. The current bowling line need to learn couple techniques such as swing. Al amin for example goes wide off the crease and darts the ball into the pads. becomes predictable in test, however a good variation in limited format. Yes there was a batting breakdown, but it was not like BD are going to have to post 500 every time in order to explain why they are allowed to play this format. So what, they did not post what they hoped for, they posted many high totals past few games frequently now its time for there bowlers to show they can take 20 wickets.

  • LIONS_ROARR on January 27, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Way to go LIONS!! Outplayed BAN comprehensively! And what a start from the young and inexperienced openers! Waiting for the bad balls and playing some classy shots.

  • on January 27, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    @Baundele, its not a Sharjah or Dubai pitch. Those pitches were difficult to bat on first day. Shere Bangla pitch is a good batting pitch. 232 is not a good total here for first innings.

  • asiacricket1234 on January 27, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    It is funny that whenever our player try to explain where it all went wrong people start complaining they are giving excuse blah Blah. He was just stating the mistakes we made what is wrong with that

  • Dhali_BD_Fan on January 27, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    @ Baundele: Great comments man. Bang on target. The problem is with throwing wickets away. 2 bad decisions, but 8 good ones - thats the problem along side the Overs not being utilised. Shakib, you played very good, but lost your patience, you do that often, work on that. Tamim, you do not need to feel all the pressure that you do, just play the game and play for the team and country. Mushi - great work today. Farhad Reza + Mahmadullah should be put in the Test teams (adding both Bat and Ball strength).

  • on January 27, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    it is abt time ICC shud wake up there shud be no series without DRS after all umpires are human beings but DRS has improved tremendously ICC shud enforce DRS as mandatory and shud not play at the hands of INDIA who should hv learnt by now that DRS is excellent req icc to allow 4 drs in tests and 2 in odi and t20 BD paying outstanding cric and sincrely hope they will bounce back tmrw

  • MFaahim on January 27, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    They are always Poor in the Test Match Arena in the major teams but i hope they will come stronger in the 2 nd innings....

  • on January 27, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    @stumpedlloyd: You've started an old debate over again. Relegating Bangladesh and Zimbabwe would NEVER make them more competitive in tests; it's just the other way round! If you compare Bangladesh performance in last couple of years vis-a-vis that of ten years back; you could easily make out the difference. Surely, they're no world beaters still, but they definitely are no longer pushovers, as they were a few years back.Allow them to play more tests (not necessarily against the topmost teams), come up with some mechanism to gradually include some more countries (Ireland, Afghanistan) to the test fold and we probably would be able to see a more global game, not just a competition between a few (Big3!)

  • Lakpj on January 27, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Not Professional stuff from Shakib here, they got the chance and didn't capitalize on it but afterwards come up with a series of lame excuses. If they play the way they did today they will never score 375 even against a club level attack.

  • Rafelgibt on January 27, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    As a BAN die hard fan its really awful to digest what SHAKIB said in the press conference.Its the time for you guys to play according to the merit not after getting out cheaply say the BIG words.Simply unaccepted at all.Lets see what you do in the 2nd innings after doing so many mistakes in the 1st innings.

  • Baundele on January 27, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    The total score of 232 is not that bad, if you compare it with the first innings scores of the recent Pakistan-Sri Lanka series.

    Test1: Sri Lanka 204, Test 2: Pakistan 165, Test 3: Sri Lanka 428.

    The problem is not the total score of 232, the problem is throwing wickets away, because of the lack of test match practice.

  • on January 27, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    mainul079080 --that was just a one inning! whole series SL bowlers dominate pakithan batsman! even they got out 4 165! that was not bad Sl bowling that was a pathetic captain by mathews! Bdesh or Pak never can play every inning like that

  • stumpedlloyd on January 27, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    I feel sorry for a team like Bangladesh. It is quite the conundrum. On the one hand, when they play test cricket, they seem completely unsuited for the format. On the other hand, they play so little test cricket that it affects their preparation. However, it really does seem unlikely they will improve in the longer format. Having them play tests against Australia, India and South Africa would prove to be a joke; they would demolished within a few days. There is no denying now that Bangladesh got test status based on a rare win in the World Cup against Pakistan.

    Giving someone test status because they won an ODI game is ludicrous. The ICC would do well do strip Bangladesh and Zimbabwe of their test statuses and let these nations spend a few years playing several unofficial tests and getting back into the groove. They can, of course, play ODIs and T20s. Having Bangladesh (and Zimbabwe) play test cricket simply harms the value of test cricket.

  • on January 27, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    DRS is must for Test Cricket and players should stay away from commenting on Umpire Decisions after the match same with Administrative devotions, i nwver hwatd Mahela, Sanga and Anji complained about umpire decisions or administrative decisions. when Mushfiqur blasts proposed two-tier Test system Anji didn't comment about it, players duty is to play the game, not to talk

  • sachinssnn on January 27, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    BD think they can beat whole world just because they win few ODIs againts top teams, but in reality BD is no good in TOP level...It's about time now...they can beat ZIM,WI,NZ at home..that will be their best performance...ICC better off giving test status to a team like Afganistan...They only lack is proper infrastructure & sponsorship...SHAME SHAME SHAME

  • mainul079080 on January 27, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    I dont know what happened to Bangladesh batsmen against this very mediocre Srilankan bowling attack. Like they were playing against Waqar and Stein! Bangladesh batsmen should have seen the video of 5th day of Pak vs Sri match (how Pakistan played them easy). Umpiring was horrible.if there were DRS story would have been totally differant. BCB officials should be blamed for not spending money on this. They are open hearted on foreign visit but not in necessary sector like DRS.

  • pull_shot on January 27, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Why 375 say 675 nothing wrong

  • hasib9 on January 27, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    BD needs to have review system. And we need to stop making excuses. Poor selection I thought. Why wasn't Mahmudullah included? He could have batted with the tail and add some valuable runs. # useless fast bowlers? I though just Robiul would have been enough and Farhad Reza as the second fast bowler. Think about the points I'm making.

  • on January 27, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    if you cant play well on some days every body will give an ear to what you will say. but now it seems ridiculous. So if you are weak in your game better to accept it and appreciate the opponents. Time to import players to bangladesh.

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

    Shakib used to be my favourite BD player, but not anymore after his stupid comments today. We could have, would have and may have are all excuses that Shakib "should have" left in the toilet. The only thing that anybody can blame for this BD batting debacle, are the batters. Did you guys see how Sohag Gazi batted? If I was his captain Mushfiqar batting on the other side, I would have slapped him and told him to stay there till the end of day one - not to play even one shot. Then after Mushfiqar got out, Gazi without shouldering the responsibility and guiding the BD tail, he went crazy and started swinging his bat widely. Also, for Shakib to blame the umpiring is very childish - you must never disrespect the umpire - and only the Mathews/Marshall LBW may have been going down leg, but that too the umpire can see best. Why don't BD have review system?

    Little boy stuff from BD and Shakib - shameful.

  • Fogu on January 27, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    JPNana - I guess you need to read his comments again and not read what you want to read. He said "It was a combination of them bowling well and mistakes from us. We should have batted better". Every player feels that when they make mistakes. He even said "I played a bad shot." Not excuses just the facts. However, you have the stage today because your team performed better than my team. Don't waste it on nonsense. You should praise your team more than criticise others. They played a heck of a disciplined game. Go Tigers!

  • British_North_America on January 27, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    JPNana You are in action again.Just a fw days ago, Pakistan chased 300 in 66 overs against you.Good and bad day always come dude.

  • moonlight555 on January 27, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    It's always been could've, ifs, buts, howevers for this team...It's been too long for them in test world without showing signs of improvement ... Thats why I would support the 2-tier test championship...Give them incentive to perform well ....

  • King_Ravanaa on January 27, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    We Coulda, we Woulda We shoulda oh come on give us a break. you don't deserve to have a single excuse.

  • Baundele on January 27, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    A team can only get better, if they are allowed to play more matches. 2 Tests in a calendar year does not help. I agree with Shakib's opinion. The pitch was not difficult to bat on. Tamim started gifting away his wicket, Shamsur showed his inexperience, #3 was an umpiring error. If these little things went otherwise, Bangladesh could score 400+.

  • King_Ravanaa on January 27, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    any one can say, we should have, we could have stuff. it is all about go and performing and making those would have could have a reality. Bangladesh did not succeed in their targets. not in this first innings, but in their entire 14 year old test cricketing history. i think this is clearly a immature of the writer of this article as well. people don't write everything what players telling. Bangladesh should not have these kind of lame excuses for dismissal performances they shown in entire 14 years.

  • King_Ravanaa on January 27, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Everything about Bangladesh, every little respect they gaining suddenly loosing by the comments like these. look at what this Bangladesh player saying. they still have excuses, and still acting like "Cry Babies" like what happen in Asia Cup final. no other team who are top at their game are not acting like this. this why they are still regarding as lesser

  • Nazmulj7 on January 27, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Come back soon bangladesh. Recover all lackings

  • Nazmulj7 on January 27, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    I hope Bangladesh will be able to recover their lackings. Come back Bangladesh.

  • Mushtanda on January 27, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Yep, coula, woulda, shoulda....

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  • Mushtanda on January 27, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Yep, coula, woulda, shoulda....

  • Nazmulj7 on January 27, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    I hope Bangladesh will be able to recover their lackings. Come back Bangladesh.

  • Nazmulj7 on January 27, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Come back soon bangladesh. Recover all lackings

  • King_Ravanaa on January 27, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Everything about Bangladesh, every little respect they gaining suddenly loosing by the comments like these. look at what this Bangladesh player saying. they still have excuses, and still acting like "Cry Babies" like what happen in Asia Cup final. no other team who are top at their game are not acting like this. this why they are still regarding as lesser

  • King_Ravanaa on January 27, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    any one can say, we should have, we could have stuff. it is all about go and performing and making those would have could have a reality. Bangladesh did not succeed in their targets. not in this first innings, but in their entire 14 year old test cricketing history. i think this is clearly a immature of the writer of this article as well. people don't write everything what players telling. Bangladesh should not have these kind of lame excuses for dismissal performances they shown in entire 14 years.

  • Baundele on January 27, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    A team can only get better, if they are allowed to play more matches. 2 Tests in a calendar year does not help. I agree with Shakib's opinion. The pitch was not difficult to bat on. Tamim started gifting away his wicket, Shamsur showed his inexperience, #3 was an umpiring error. If these little things went otherwise, Bangladesh could score 400+.

  • King_Ravanaa on January 27, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    We Coulda, we Woulda We shoulda oh come on give us a break. you don't deserve to have a single excuse.

  • moonlight555 on January 27, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    It's always been could've, ifs, buts, howevers for this team...It's been too long for them in test world without showing signs of improvement ... Thats why I would support the 2-tier test championship...Give them incentive to perform well ....

  • British_North_America on January 27, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    JPNana You are in action again.Just a fw days ago, Pakistan chased 300 in 66 overs against you.Good and bad day always come dude.

  • Fogu on January 27, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    JPNana - I guess you need to read his comments again and not read what you want to read. He said "It was a combination of them bowling well and mistakes from us. We should have batted better". Every player feels that when they make mistakes. He even said "I played a bad shot." Not excuses just the facts. However, you have the stage today because your team performed better than my team. Don't waste it on nonsense. You should praise your team more than criticise others. They played a heck of a disciplined game. Go Tigers!