Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 3rd day October 31, 2011

Bangladesh's batting 'mediocre' - Law

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh batted only 17 overs on the third day in Mirpur, but their "mediocre batting performance" on the second which gave West Indies the advantage, has left their coach Stuart Law frustrated.

Bangladesh were bowled out for 231 in 68 overs in the first innings, after West Indies had made 355. "It [the Test] is probably not going where we planned, due to a mediocre batting performance by us," Law said. "We wanted to bat 130 overs but we failed to do so. The opposition now are well and truly in control. It'll take a lot of hard work to get back in the game.

"It is frustrating as a coach, when you need to ask players to try and bat a long time. Let's see who can bat a day [in the second innings], let's get someone getting a 100."

In the second innings West Indies took their lead past 300 as the Bangladesh spinners found it difficult to turn the ball. With two days left, Bangladesh were faced with a big challenge. "We need to find a way to score runs, stay at the wicket, to score an ugly 80 or 120 and not a pretty 40," Law said. "That'll be more beneficial to the side's cause. Shot selection and being positive doesn't mean hitting a six [every ball]. It is about making the right choices every delivery, and batting for more deliveries than we are [currently]."

Law said Bangladesh had to adapt to the playing surface and needed to revisit their choice of playing XI. "The surface is different here [from the one in Chittagong], two totally different pitches. They are good wickets but we have to find a way to win games. In the future, we will have to see if we are playing the right combination of bowlers. Maybe we need to think a little bit harder about who we play."

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