Bangladesh v WI, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 4th day November 1, 2011

Gibson expects tough final day

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Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach, has said his team was pleased to be in control of a Test match for the first time in a long while. Darren Bravo made 195 to leave Bangladesh chasing 508 in the fourth innings, and the home side still need a further 344 runs with seven wickets in hand to pull off what would be a recording-breaking victory.

Bangladesh lost opener Imrul Kayes early but Tamim Iqbal made an aggressive half-century and though Bangladesh lost a further two wickets, some fluent and assured batting from Mushfiqur Rahim together with a much-tempered Tamim helped Bangladesh through to the close.

"It's nice to be in control of a Test match after so many games of trying," Gibson said. "We know Tamim [Iqbal] is still in the crease and he's a quality player, so we're mindful of that. We've set them a record target of 508. Four hundred and eighteen is the record score so we're happy with that. But we're also mindful that it's still a very good wicket to bat on, so we have to work hard for our wickets.

"We need to get seven wickets to win and the wicket is still playing well, although we found it difficult to score in the morning. You don't come over to a place like this and expect to blast through the opposition."

West Indies struggled against Bangladesh's spin-heavy attack in the first Test and Gibson said he expected the ball to turn more than it had in Mirpur so far. "This wicket especially hasn't spun much, we know their main potent attack is spin so we expected the ball to turn more but it didn't happen. We did our homework on how to play their spin and it's good to see it pay off with the likes of Darren Bravo getting his first Test hundred."

Despite the huge challenge facing the hosts, Gibson doesn't expect Bangladesh to just roll over and suggested they still had a shot at winning the game."You can't really rule out a Bangladeshi win, if Bangladesh can chase 508 then they deserve to win. It will be a record.

"You need to work hard for your wickets. The Bangladeshi batsmen were a bit reckless in the first innings but you don't expect them to do that twice. We're obviously not working hard enough in our fielding. Dropped catches will happen, but as long as they are not too often and not to the same person in the same position [it's okay]. We have to spend a lot of time working on our fielding."

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  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 2, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    Shakib remind me the Sachin in 90's Indian Team...not with same abilities...but the situation of the team....he will try at his level best but there will not be much support from others... In the 90s, Sachin was the only hope for India...when he fell, India will be all out in next 5 overs!LOL

  • dummy4fb on November 2, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    Hey JohnDuch, I think you got the Trinis wrong. We've only ever had one Trini as captain in the last 3 decades, and probably a half stint for a Trini coach. It never really bothered us much. We are after all, West Indian you know. The Jamaicans however, after the Otis/Gayle clash, may not be too inclined. Lol.

    The first session will indicate whether this match is heading for a draw, a W.I. win or and improbable Bangladesh victory. Go Windies!

  • delboy on November 2, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    The three C's are needed today. Sammy needs to ensure that his bowlers are calculating, exercise control and proceed with caution. Yesterday's bowling performance of 5 an over for a minimum 85-90 if there is now rain an WI failing to take wickets whilst conceeding runs will spur on BD and deflate the inexperienced WI into losing the match.

  • dummy4fb on November 2, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    The most crucial session is going to be the first one, I think. A lot (I mean a lot lot) is riding on Tamim. The coach of WI also seems worried about him and it's pretty clear judging by his remarks that Tamim's wicket is THE MOST priced wicket of all. If he goes, everbody will breath a sigh of relief. If Tamim hangs around too long, serious damage can be expected. Tamim should realize, his wicket (NOT RUNS) needs to be protected at all costs.

  • Doubleheader on November 2, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    Sammy made a tactical error yesterday. When he broke that mini partnership, he should have removed himself from the attack because the wicket did not suit his type of bowling. The ball was still new and the quickest, Fidel Edwards, his strike bowler, should have been bowling. His pace was certainly bothering the Bangladeshis. I think Sammy's ego got the better of him. Perhaps he wanted to rest Fidel. I don't know. But the kid only bowled what, four to five overs? Come on Sammy don't use up all the shine off the ball with your dobblers. Think of the team, not your ego. Yes, you got the breakthrough, but perhaps it was luck because you certainly was not troubling the batsman. Come on, think man.

  • westindian4life on November 2, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    umm what do mean John Duch...trinis don't hate WI to do well under Sammy/Gibson

    I for one as a trini agree with the decision to omit Gayle inspired by Gibson

    I'm not a big Sammy fan but then again I'm not a fan of alot of players on the team including Lendl Simmons for test matches so check your comments brother

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on November 2, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    The thing is Bangladesh batted out the first day of the first test match at Chittagong so can they bat out the last day of the last test match at Mirpur?

  • dummy4fb on November 1, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    Why would Sammy take Fidel off so early?

  • VivGilchrist on November 1, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    Today is made for Bishoo and Sammy. Why is Roach in for Rampaul?

  • orangtan on November 1, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    What a shot in the arm it would be for BD cricket if they could pull off an improbable win. The middle order has shown grit so if Tamim and Mushfiqur could play briskly in the pre-lunch session anything is possible.

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