Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 5th day November 2, 2011

West Indies hardly got us out - Mushfiqur

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, has said his team had gifted away the Mirpur Test with some irresponsible batting on the final day. Bangladesh, he said, have to work on their temperament. West Indies completed a 229-run win to take the Test and series on Wednesday, after Bangladesh failed to bat out the fifth day on a relatively easy track.

"They [West Indies] hardly got us out, we gave away the wickets," Mushfiqur said. "[Shivnarine] Chanderpaul told us at the end of the game that 'At no stage did we think we got you out. Don't do this [bat recklessly] in the future.'"

Coming into the fifth day, Bangladesh needed 344 runs to win, and had Tamim Iqbal batting on 82. The plan, Mushfiqur said, was to not lose more than two wickets in a session. "Our gameplan was to bat session by session. A win would have been big but a draw wasn't that bad either. It would have been hard for them to bowl us out if we had lost a maximum of two wickets in a session."

However, Bangladesh lost Tamim in the third over of the day, and then Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur in quick succession before lunch. "After Tamim unfortunately got out, Shakib and I batted till about 25 minutes to lunch. There were 12 overs left before the new ball and I believed that if we had played till lunch and negotiated the next ten overs, they wouldn't be able to do anything to us."

Tamim edged to slip while trying to drive Devendra Bishoo - who was getting a fair amount of turn out of the rough, the only assistance the pitch was offering the bowlers - while Shakib's attempted paddle sweep off Darren Sammy produced a top edge that was snaffled by Chanderpaul. Shakib's misjudgement, Mushfiqur said, swung the game in favour of West Indies.

"It [Shakib's wicket] was the real turning point today," Mushfiqur said. "He didn't play a good shot, he knows it too. I haven't seen a shot like this in Test cricket. Batting is a game of one ball, one misjudgement and you're out. Shakib knows what he did today and I hope he won't do it again."

The team, Mushfiqur said, need to work on the art of building a Test innings. "We don't play long innings in Tests, we lack temperament. You need to play long innings if we want to win or draw a Test match. We need to work on this, make it a habit of playing long innings.

"There are times when we don't know what to do, whether to go slow or up the pace. Our thoughts have to be to make it a big knock after we are set. We lose concentration when a wicket falls at the other end. Batting is about selecting the right ball and I think we really have to work on these things."

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  • sarandeep on November 5, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    What is it with Bangladesh and graciousness? By the way they talk it seems that they are the undisputed no 1 team in all formats and in running for the greatest team ever. In all these years they have gone nowhere.Teams like Ireland, Netherland, etc have started much later and have already miles ahead. Specially Ireland, if given chance to host 4-5 match one day series one after another, will seriously give the top teams a run for their money.

  • Devon L on November 4, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    LOL Bangladesh !Did Not Beat the West Indies.. They Beat Hillary and Otis Team! Not the West Indies.

    The Minnows Can't beat a dead Cow even if they Try! They do not have the will Power! They are still a young Team trying to play as a unit. They will come good some day if they keep pressing on. They got Potential.

  • Alexei on November 3, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    @DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW BD beat us in our own backyard with a team including more than half of it players not playing a test again..some playing test the first for some years. It was our C team. With only Kemar Roach and Darren Sammy from that team in this test squad. Now it is partly our "B" team thrashing u guys. Powell, Brathwaite and possibly Samuels would not be in the squad. Don't forget players like Sarwan, Taylor, Dw Bravo and Nash are o the sidelines.

    I believe BCB needs to try and book A team tours to England, SA and Austrailia who have varyng playing condition and send players like Nafees, Kayes, Raqibul, Ashraful, Rubel and shafiul on those tours.. Many ppl dont know that Darren Bravo and Kirk Edwards had a successful "A" tour of B'Desh which basically pushed hem into reckoning for the senior team

  • Dar on November 3, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    @maddy20 : I totally agree with you. BD had the chance to draw this Test. There was no need to score at a high rate but to remain in the crease. Why a rush by the players like Tamim and others, I don't understand. I'm not a cricket player, nor do I know a lot about the shots, but do watch BD whenever possible. I believe this BD team can draw or even WIN a test, but need to concentrate and target to bat 120+ overs per innings. WI played 238 overs Declared and BD played 148 overs all out. Thist sums it up. If BD were able to play 100+ overs in the first inning instead of 68, this match would've been a draw. I hope our Young Tigers learnt something from this game and play for long inning against Pakistan, who are a stronger team than WI currently in my oppinion. Just learn to bat and avoid run outs, poking unneccessary at the ball and chase wide balls. Good Luck.

  • Althea on November 3, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    @ MADDY...He he should have said that ..instead of trying to suggest that the bowlers was not doing a good job...

  • Mradul on November 3, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    @Mahmood Hasan: BD a formidable ODI team? Are you talking abt the same team which has not won a single match against Aus, SA, Ind and Pak since 2007 World Cup, is this the same team which has lost ODI series to Zim (Lower ranked) and also to WI and that too at home? Is a team formidable if it has won only 3 out of 43 ODIs played against the top 6 teams in last 4 years?

  • V.L on November 3, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    People should not mis-understand here. He was not saying WI could have never bowled bowled em' out. He was just saying that it was a flat wicket and there was nothing in it for the bowlers and hence bangladesh would have saved the game if they had played sensibly. I do not see why some people were so offended by that!

  • V.L on November 3, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    @RandyOZ Your team ranks at no.5 and is marginally above Pakistans. Laugh at yourselves first. Rahim is right. The mindless slogs, needless run-outs and poking at the balls that could have been safely left alone. Too bad. It seems to me like they have not learned a thing from their past defeats and keep repeating them relentlessly.

  • sam on November 3, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    @DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW BD beat WI'S 'C' team. Now even WI 'B' team is competitive with BD. WI XI (with Bravo brothers, Gayle, Barath, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Nash, Ramdin, Bishoo, Edwards and Rampaul) can thrash the daylights out of BD.

  • DAYBEFORE on November 3, 2011, 8:29 GMT


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