Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur, 5th day November 17, 2012

Batsmen let the team down - Mushfiqur


The Bangladesh batsmen must put a greater value on their wickets, their captain Mushfiqur Rahim has said, after his side squandered an opportunity to beat a full-strength West Indies for the first time in a Test. Chasing 245, Bangladesh were 45 for 2 at lunch on the final day in Mirpur, but lost five wickets to slip to 129 for 7 by tea. They were dismissed for 167.

"Shakib [Al Hasan] got an unplayable ball, but some of our top-order batsmen played soft shots," Mushfiqur said. "It is not expected of them. We need to make the bowlers work hard for our wickets.

"I thought we had a good Test match except for the last two sessions today. We lost the game in the second session by losing five wickets. It became difficult for us to go all out for the win in the final session. We wanted to bat with six wickets in hand after tea, because scoring any amount of runs with just three wickets is difficult in the final session of a Test match."

Given it was Bangladesh's first Test in 2012, Mushfiqur said it was satisfying to post the team's highest total in Test cricket. While several batsmen performed in the first innings, their failures in the second frustrated the captain.

"Ahead of the Test match, our concerns were about lasting the five days, but we scored 500-plus and took a first-innings lead, these are big achievements," Mushfiqur said. "Naeem's maiden Test hundred and the performance of the others are also noteworthy.

"But it is sad that we couldn't make 245 or draw the game against an attack that had given us 556 runs. I hope we start making the bowlers work for our wickets. If we can bring this into our game, we can do better in every Test in the future."

Bangladesh became the 14th team to score 500 runs in an innings and still lose the Test. Their inexperience in chases, having only won once and drawn twice in 14 tries, also contributed to the defeat, according to Mushfiqur. They had considered trying to save the game but that also required the top and middle order to show patience in the 16 overs before lunch and in the second session.

"There was a target to make sure we bat less overs if we didn't get wickets in the morning session. We knew they wouldn't let go until they had scored 300, but we got quick wickets in the morning. It was a tricky target but I think the batsmen have let down the team.

"Chasing 245 is never easy on the final day, so we did consider a draw. We wanted to play normally till tea and try to score the rest in the last session. We were under pressure by losing too many wickets then. We don't have much experience in fourth innings chases. We can improve ourselves by getting into such situations more."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Mustafizur on November 19, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    What is the big fuss some people are making about Bangladesh's test results? Don't they know that the New Zealand cricket team played its first Test in January 1930 against England in Christchurch, New Zealand. The team won their first Test 45 matches and 26 years later, against the West Indies at Eden Park, Auckland in the 1955/56 season. As of January 2012, NZ had played 368 Test matches, won 71, lost 148, and drawn 149.

  • Dummy4 on November 19, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    you always have some excuses. Battling did not work, bowlers are no good! When you guys going to show something that makes Bangladeshi proud

  • KH. RAFIQUE on November 19, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Like any other BAN fan I'm also disappointed but not broken…BAN took the game into 5 days and fought really hard to beat the WI almost…Then what's the point of bashing the BAN team???Its true that BAN could have been won the game but that's beauty of TEST cricket while you chasing down in fourth innings (just imagine it was last 2 sessions of 5th day)…I still remember that once Pak and IND could not chase down 120 runs against SA and WI at respectively…And very recent PAK could not make just 240 runs against AUS in their last tour to AUS...So its very clear that so called big teams can choke to chase down a modest total….In that case did BAN do very bad???I don't think so……We are still not in the situation of winning a test match unless our players play exceptionally well (but we can force a DRAW for a sure)….But next 2 years our aim would be take the test matches into 5 days on a regular basis……..And target the ZIM team beat convincingly…Best wishes are always with you BAN tiger

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    As long as BD can not make a proper structure nothing will happen in BD cricket. Problem is there!!!. still BCB and their directors all concern is Dhaka Premier League. which takes major amount of time in BD cricket calender. as well neither team in Dhaka Premier League have the ground or proper training facility.. BCB has made national team weak day by day for their lack of structured plan or vision. why not follow Australia, South Africa, India's domestic it so difficult or important than BCB directors or Dhaka clubs own interest? ICC should focus on this issue and also monitor the test status teams domestic cricket structure specially Bangladesh. we the spectators do not want to see the team loosing daily.

  • Brett on November 18, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    I think if the ICC are serious about developing the game they need to find a way for Bangladesh to play more Test cricket. Just 2 tests this year are not enough and this game showed there is some talent there.

  • Jonny on November 18, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    I see no reason why Bangladesh cannot play New Zealand and Zimbabwe in a 3 match test series, both honestly are also struggling bad in Test Cricket so it would be best if you play an extra match so you get into the rhythm. If Bangladesh play well in the second test and not lose by an innings then its obvious they have improved. They're still a long way of winning test matches but can certainly play much better.

  • Amir on November 18, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    BD is definitely a better team. Need a couple of more batsmen in the top order and a fast bowler along with Mashrafe. This team can compete as they have shown. This was not a pitch that helped BD but they competed. Younster like Anamul, Abul Hasan are coming up which bodes well for us. BD needs to play more tests. Playing 2 tests a year is not going to do it. Some Indian fans comment shows their class and fear. BD will be a top 5 test team consistently soon enough.

  • Jonny on November 18, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    @The_Greek_Master - Totally agree with you, spinning tracks will be a far better contests. Apart from the first session on the first day, the next 2 and half days had nothing for either bowlers. These are okay in limited overs but test Cricket is a bit unsuitable.

  • Jonny on November 18, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    @Maruf27 - Exactly! apart from the last session Bangladesh played well and your statement can be backed up because the ICC President came to the country the other day and was very impressed with the facilities and plans Bangladesh Cricket holds for the future. There's no chance for a country of more than a 100 million people to be totally deprived of Cricket. These people are just worried about the rise of Bangladesh's Cricket. Its not our fault we can successfully hold Cricket matches and tournaments :)

  • Ben on November 18, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    @Meety, i agree. And @notOut0... Rubel just isn't test quality, and his 1st class stats back that statement up. Coming back from injury or not, a guy averaging 60+ in 1st class cricket isn't going to take your team forward. I do agree with you that Shahadat is also lucky to hold is spot, and i believe there are better fast bowlers that BAN could pick, but Rubel MUST go!

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