December 22, 2001

Loss painful but all part of Bangladesh's learning process

Bangladesh captain Khaled Mashud is anything but despondent about the longer term outlook for his side's future in Test cricket but admits to frustration over the innings and 52-run loss to New Zealand today.

Bangladesh fell over from their overnight position of 90/4 to be all out for 108 in 13.2 overs of play on the scheduled fifth day today.

Ironically, for such a rain-affected match, the last morning dawned beautifully clear in the manner expected of New Zealand in mid-summer, however, play went on for less than an hour.

To make matters worse after the loss, International Cricket Council match referee Barry Jarman fined the side 5% of their match fee for a slow over-rate during the game.

"We batted very, very badly today. It is frustrating but New Zealand bowled very well in the morning," he said.

"However, we are improving day by day.

"This is our first Test tour of New Zealand and every day we are learning something.

"Our greatest problem is that we are not used to these conditions, but it is good to play in them and experience them because this is the type of match we need to be playing," he said.

The main worry for his players had been their inability to realise the difference between good balls and balls that could be left alone.

"We play the good ball too late and we need more experience.

"New Zealand are a good side in the world at the moment and we have to work hard to do better in the second Test in Wellington," he said.

He was especially pleased with the bowling of Mashrafe Mortaza on the first morning while Al Sahariar had batted well at the start of the second innings for his 53 runs.