Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Khulna November 20, 2012

'We're not taking the loss lightly' - Mushfiqur


Mushfiqur Rahim is confident Bangladesh will improve on their performance in the Mirpur Test in which they lost key moments, especially during their chase. "We played well over five days against a very good attack and we bowled them out once," Mushfiqur said at the pre-match press conference in Khulna. "So we have the confidence from the positives in the first Test. It's not pressure, but we do expect to play well in Khulna."

Tamim Iqbal was recovering from an injury to his left elbow, but passed a fitness Test on the eve of the game and will open. However, given Junaid Siddique's problems with the short ball, Nazimuddin or Anamul Haque may be given a chance to open with Tamim. Anamul had been called in as a cover for Tamim.

With Tamim in the line-up, Bangladesh have an attacking option at the top of the order who is capable of handling short-pitched bowling and pace. His quick runs in the first innings put West Indies on the back foot. When he fell cheaply in Bangladesh's chase, West Indies were on top. "Playing well in Dhaka and scoring over 500 runs, it was a huge relief because we were playing after 11 months," Mushfiqur said. "At the same time, we are not taking the loss lightly. It is a mixture of satisfaction and disappointment, what happened in the first and second innings."

The hosts will expect batting-friendly conditions in what will become the seventh Test venue in Bangladesh, but the teams can expect some spin on the last two days. "It is a huge moment for Khulna," Mushfiqur said. "We would hope to start off well here. I didn't play here in the NCL, but we have talked to players who've played here.

"It is a good wicket, helps batsmen, and from the third or fourth day, it helps the spinners. The bounce is good, true, so the pace bowlers will get help."

Bangladesh will again have to prove they can be competitive, and for two Tests in a row. It's something they have done on a few occasions, but not often at home. The expectations have weighed them down in the past but they are capable of showing more consistency.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • sadequl on November 21, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Bangladesh have got themselves to 365/8 in 2nd test match @ Khulna. They were 193/8 at one stage & thanks to Abul Hasan a century on test debut who replaced Sahadat husain & came into the team as a replacement bowler. Top order batsmen should take some batting lesson & tips from Abul. Who showed how to utilize home ground & crowed on their behalf to play a sensible test cricket once again from a regular batting disorder in BD team.

  • Dummy4 on November 21, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Its true Bangladesh are a long way off from winning test matches still but the improvement they are making is a bit obvious now and for once good players are coming through. This is their first test match in almost a year.

  • Dummy4 on November 21, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    for once, for God's sake, let the players enjoy playing cricket! come on! they got a chance of playing Test once in a blue moon and you all are pressurizing them to a must win! how ridiculous!

  • joseph on November 21, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    It is just Ban are repeating the same for the last 10 years. Although they have improved in ODI and t20, there is no striking bowler as Herath, Ashwin, Ajmal. I could see only Shakib doing well.

  • rahul on November 21, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    They lost a good chance for Bangladesh to earn their first major test match win. Once again Bangladesh batsmen were found wanting against genuine pace. Selection changes in the squad are not likely to make much difference.

  • India on November 20, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    "Tamim Iqbal is fit to play". How is that going to change anything??!! Bangladesh are still going to loose!! :)) . This is way too funny!!

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Yes bangladesh have not played test cricket for the last 11 months and it would be a good opportunity for them to try and square the series west indies on the other hand have been showing some very good bowling but the way they batted in the second innings was not what they expected so we should seeing a very competitive final test heading in to Khulna

  • AKM on November 20, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Good Luck to team BD. Anamul Haque has sufficient ammunations to offer much needed solidity in the top order. And hopefully Shahriar Nafeez has learnt ways to play test cricket from team mate Nayeem Islam. Rest should be fine.

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Allowing Bangladesh to keep playing Test cricket makes a mockery of the highest format.

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    @r0ketman: Your comments are very interesting I didn't know that a lot of those test matches back then were 3 and 4 days and test Cricket was gradually changing or evolving to make it fit and actually looks like you're a bit of place because you're not even refuting his points with evidence most people unlike some like you are unsupportive of lower ranked teams but we all know why....@IndiaRulesEverybody...looks like you have issues.

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