Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur, 3rd day November 15, 2012

Gibson defends West Indies' declaration


Following Bangladesh's fight back on the third day in Mirpur, West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has defended his team's decision to declare their first innings when they did. West Indies were cruising at 527 for 4 at tea on the second day, when Darren Sammy called the innings closed, after which Bangladesh pushed on to 455 for 6 by stumps on day three.

"You can make 600 but you will still need to have enough time to come back and win the match," Gibson said. "The pitch is flat and the ball didn't do much for pace or spin. So if you want to get 20 wickets, you need more time to bowl them out."

Sunil Narine going wicketless so far, giving away 89 runs from 21 overs, has been another problem for West Indies. Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan have picked him well, while the maiden centurion Naeem Islam faced 52 deliveries of his to score 32 without being troubled too many times. Gibson expressed his disappointment over Narine, while having good things to say about debutant Veerasammy Permaul.

"He [Sunil Narine] didn't bowl as well as we expected him to bowl, but this is his [fourth] game in international cricket and it's a learning experience for him. On the other side, young [Veerasammy] Permaul bowled really well. He flighted the ball.

"Sammy bowled well too. Today was not all bad for us. We probably expected to get a few more wickets, but we need to work a little harder."

After the first session of this Test match, the Shere Bangla National Stadium pitch lost all moisture that would have ensured some bounce and turn, and transformed into a featherbed - that only ten wickets that have fallen in three days serves as evidence of the same.

Gibson put the onus on Bangladesh to still play positive cricket, the hosts yet being adrift by 72 runs in the first innings with four wickets in hand. "There are still two more days to go and I would like to say that Bangladesh will definitely want to win it. If they targeted to draw the match then it would be a negative situation. They played a really good day today and that will give them confidence to win the game. But there are two days ahead of us and they are still behind us, so who knows what will happen."

West Indies most successful bowlers so far have been the faster bowlers: Ravi Rampaul picked up three wickets from his 26 overs while captain Sammy was rewarded for being patient. Gibson said the conditions had taken a lot out of them. "There is not a lot on the pitch, not a lot of swing. So guys running in were trying hard. They put in a lot of effort.

"On a flat pitch like that you need to unsettle them with bouncers. But credit to the Bangladesh batsman, they didn't let us bully them too much."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Dummy4 on November 16, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    How much longer should the WI bat? In order for test cricket to continue,the fans must be given a product that excites them, gives them something to come to see; I see the declaration as a positive step,BD so far has a slight edge-maybe-. I,M not going to clobber Narine--I would,ve prefered Shillingford, Bishoo or Benn, Remember him? Why? Benn,s experience. He extracts life from the dead, it's called, control-flight & bounce. Shillingford from my observation is the best spinner in the WI arsenal- his flight of the ball on this wicket, like Benn's would've been interesting.De Lorn Johnson again with his ability to extracr bounce from the wicket, to lift the ball, to attack the batsmen is needed here.We are still putting the team in place--decent team, but still not balance.Lets play ball.We scored high w/out significant contribution from Gayle & Samuels, so the runs were not an issue, the bowling needs more pizzaz.Fast young & hostile to unsettlethe batsmen.

  • mohammad on November 16, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    West Indies is now in their own trap.

  • Dummy4 on November 16, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    I think if Shillingford was a Trinidadian, he would have been in the side bowling. I think i have more confidence in Shillingford in the test match than I have in Narine.

  • Derek on November 16, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    For the first time since his tenure I find myself agreeing with a Gibson statement. Why? Because its pure rhetoric, to win a match batting first you MUST bowl the opposition out twice simple. However another 40-50 runs ahead could have had a greater psychological effect on the opposition batsmen. Knowing that they have enough time to play for a draw is not a guarantee that your 'weak' bowling attack will be able to take 20 wickets. If WI's bowling attack was potent enough to enforce a following on then the win might be 80% certainty rather than the draw at the moment.

  • jaswant on November 16, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Gibson has exposed a lack of leadership skill by openly expressing his disappointment against Narine & praising Permaul.The wicket has been a dead one & both sides suffered to the batsmen.Remark of such only adds to the demoralization of the team and players.

  • Andrew on November 16, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Good on you WIndies. Showed intent. That said great fight from bangladesh, with a bloke like Sohag batting @ #9 with 2 FC tons, I'd expect taking 20 wickets against Banga would not be easy!

  • shahid on November 16, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Administrators are killing the game. Look at this match then that between AUS and SA and finishing with the first day of India vs England. Dull pitches, all of them. Fast bowlers have nothing left in the game. Its a pity that they themselves are pushing the fans towards T20.

  • Dummy4 on November 16, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    I have said before and will say again....SUNIL NARINE IS NOT A TEST MATCH BOWLER! He takes wickets in limited overs because the batsmen have to attack him but he does not have the patience or the control to play in test matches. I am still disappointed that they didn't pick Shane for this tour although young Permaul is bowling ok for now. I think Shane is the best bowler we have for the Longer version of the game. He has great control and can turn the ball on almost any surface.

  • Victor on November 16, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    I am not sure whats there to defend. 527 is a good score even on a flat track. i doubt it would have mattered if they declared at 600. you need to give credit to the BD batsmen for batting so well.

  • KARTHIK on November 16, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    I guess WI should be patient on Sunil Narine and they shouldn't have brought him too early in test cricket. He needs more first class experience.This will now hamper his confidence and he may lose his "mojo" like Ajanta Mendis.Please rely on Bishoo and Permaul instead.

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