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Mohammad Isam in Khulna
November 22, 2012
Bangladesh's interim coach Shane Jurgensen has asked his bowlers to repeat the second day's effort with the urgency to get an early breakthrough in mind when they start the third day. Despite struggling to pick up more than two wickets in almost three sessions, Rubel Hossain and Shakib Al Hasan made West Indies work hard for their runs at less than three runs an over.
Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo took their time to get settled but Rubel and Shakib who had a lot to do with their caution. The Bangladesh dressing room was a happy place at the end of the day despite the hard work, as Jurgensen believed the bowlers gave it everything on the field. If they hadn't and had Chris Gayle got off to a quick start, the score could have been very different.
"The boys came back to the dressing-room with happy faces," Jurgensen told ESPNcricinfo. "They gave it their all. If they hadn't, it could have been a very different scorecard than the one we are looking at, probably something like what had happened in Adelaide earlier today."
"I want to see more of what I saw today. Once we get that early wicket, we can create more pressure. We need to bowl well as a team. I can't have one bowling well and the other guy leaking a couple of runs. They batted well, but I was proud of the way the bowlers stuck to their plans. I thought our fielding was fantastic."
The Bangladesh bowlers were restrictive - an area they hadn't covered in the first Test in which runs were scored freely. In the first session on the second day here, Sohag Gazi kept Gayle on a leash and later got him to play a rash sweep-shot which he edged to the wicketkeeper. Rubel worked out Kieran Powell, hitting him once on the helmet and then having him caught deep on the on side off a pull shot. Wickets then dried up, but Shakib continued to bowl at the batsmen regularly. The two senior bowlers support two others in the attack who have just three Tests between them.
"Shakib has bowled better than the last Test. He was a little bit under-bowled in Dhaka, but he was accurate all day here. He asked the questions but he would have wanted a little bit more turn on the wicket.
"Rubel too was great today, really attacking. The wicket has less bounce than Mirpur so it is hard work for fast bowlers. What I saw from him today is what I need to see. He bowled at good pace and just kept up the pressure."
For much of the second day, captain Mushfiqur Rahim employed in-and-out fields with catchers like short cover and short midwicket in place, as well as sweepers on both sides. He also had covered the deep field straight down the pitch when the spinners were on, and though it looked defensive, Jurgensen believed the idea of cutting out the boundaries was far more important on flat wickets.
"I think Mushy had a nice balance. He had people at short cover, fielders in close. They were getting a good partnership, but it was important we didn't give away too many runs. I thought his captaincy was excellent today.
"There isn't much you can do on a wicket like this. He did everything he could, putting in fielders in catching positions. You also need to make sure the boundaries are not leaked. The thing with keeping too many fielders up is the batsmen would then have more gaps in the field."
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in BangladeshFeeds: Mohammad Isam
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