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Mohammad Isam in Khulna
November 20, 2012
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 BangladeshFeeds: Mohammad Isam
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