Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 2nd day October 30, 2011

'The plan was to be aggressive' - Fidel Edwards

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fidel Edwards, the West Indies fast bowler, has said that it was encouraging to see the Bangladesh batsmen playing their shots as it increased his chances of taking wickets. Fidel Edwards knocked over Bangladesh's top and middle order with a spell of sustained fast bowling after Kirk Edwards anchored the West Indies innings with 121, his second Test century.

Fidel Edwards picked up the wickets of Bangladesh's top five batsmen to leave the hosts reeling at 59 for 5. He was partly helped by Bangladesh's aggressive attitude, with the batsmen going for their shots. "They got off to a bit of a flyer but we came back well," Fidel Edwards said. "The target will be to bowl them out tomorrow morning ... It's encouraging for me to see the batsmen playing more shots. The more shots they play the more chances of me taking a wicket.

"I wouldn't say the wicket here isn't meant for fast bowling. We stuck to our plans and bowled accordingly. The plan was to be aggressive and take wickets and contain them. The containing part didn't work but the wicket taking part did."

West Indies are currently ahead by 151 runs and will be confident of bowling out Bangladesh early on the third day. Kirk Edwards said that West Indies would look to set a target of around 350 to 400 for Bangladesh to chase in the fourth innings.

"They have good players as well and these are their home conditions," Kirk Edwards said. "The pitch looks about the same as it was yesterday but I do think it will get drier and we'll have to play Shakib well. He's a quality player. I find his bowling to be disciplined and he's a really good cricketer."

Kirk Edwards, whose century set up West Indies' total of 355, said that one always had to work hard for runs in Test cricket. "Test hundreds are never easy," Kirk Edwards said. "The pitch was a bit faster this morning. Yesterday when Rubel was bowling the balls stood up and got tennis-ball bounce. Today it was faster and it skid through. Rubel bowled well.

"I really don't have too many innings to rate it against but my mind stood up well. I was able to pace my innings and do what the team required so I'm happy with the day's effort."

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