October 27, 2013

Bangladesh cricket

Bangladesh must learn to go for the jugular

In a post-mortem of the recently concluded Test series between Bangladesh and New Zealand, Sportsfreak goes over some of the glaring misses from the home side, and evaluates where they could have improved their performance. Their failure to go for the chase in Chittagong, after playing themselves into a strong position, would certainly rankle with the Bangladeshi fans.

Small steps. Bangladesh draw a series against New Zealand for the first time, and gain 8 points in the ICC Test Rankings as a result. That is all good, but you really got the feeling that 0-0 was the extent of their ambitions. The refusal to give even casual thought to a chase in Chittagong, and a second innings here that showed no signs of taking advantage of the dominant position they were playing themselves into. And those pitches. From beyond the grave. There was a hope for a while that the Dhaka pitch may be more like a zombie, but as the test wore on it showed fewer signs of any life whatsoever.

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