Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Galle, 2nd day March 9, 2013

Anamul regrets throwing away disciplined start

Anamul Haque regrets the timing of his dismissal in his debut Test innings, but is hopeful that Mohammad Ashraful and Mominul Haque could take Bangladesh ably forward in the Galle Test. At the end of the second day, the visitors were two down and needed another 236 to avoid the follow-on.

The third-wicket pair had added 70 runs by the close, Ashraful moving swiftly to 65. The team would hope for a measured approach from him on the third morning. Mominul, also on debut, didn't show any signs of nerves in getting to 35 by stumps, and both batsmen would be required to replicate their Matara tour-match partnership if Bangladesh are to prosper.

"I think the momentum will shift if we are able to bat out the third day," Anamul said. "We still have eight wickets in hand and both batsmen at the crease are set."

Ashraful and Mominul came together after Anamul tried an inside-out shot against Ajantha Mendis that went horribly wrong. "This is the first time I got out playing this particular shot," Anamul said. "I had played it in the West Indies series, where I removed my feet from the line of the ball and played the shot. I picked the doosra here, but the ball turned and I couldn't hit it."

Until he fell in the 24th over, Anamul hardly looked in trouble although he took a very cautious approach. He batted exactly an hour and a half as he moved to 13 off 68 balls, leaving as many as possible and merely placing the ball. With Jahurul Islam, who fell in the eighth over for 20, Anamul forms Bangladesh's first all right-handed opening partnership in seven years - the first since Javed Omar and Nafees Iqbal in the Bogra Test against Sri Lanka in March 2006.

Anamul's stand with Ashraful gave Bangladesh the assurance they needed at the start of the innings, but Anamul was not happy that he could not build on his disciplined start. "I got out just when I was supposed to make the runs. I had struggled my way through the innings, playing out the pace bowlers and settling against the spinners.

"Ashraful bhai started to score the runs as soon as he was set. I felt that I should have stayed at the wicket longer to make the runs."

He remained positive though, gaining inspiration from his maiden ODI century which came in only his second game. "My international [ODI series] debut went off well. When it comes to Test cricket, a player feels everything is new in his first Test match. It took me some time to adjust against the different types of bowlers. I tried to spend time at the crease, and overall I didn't feel too bad today."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    ANAMUL underplayed himself. he remained OVER-CAUTIOUS quite unnecessarily and paid the PRICE. i woudn't have felt bad had JAVED OMAR or MAHMUDULLAH or ROQIBUL scored 13 off 66 balls. they are that type of batsmen. for anamul 13 off 66 is a total waste of an innings where his capacities are REINED for some unknown reasons. hope he would be able to learn that being UNDULY cautious can only make your DOWNFALL

  • Bayzid on March 9, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    Anamul is a raising star for BD future..... And he'll sure learn from his mistakes...... Hope do well in the next match

  • Mohammed on March 9, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    I think he is a good batsman and will prove himself as one of the imp. player for Bangladesh.Soon he learn from his mistakes that much better for him,Wishing him all the best for 2nd innings

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Ya!!!To Become a GOOD BATSMAN it's necessary to learn from your mistake.......All the GREAT PLAYERS couldn't be GREAT until & unless they couldn't take lesson from their MISTAKES........Even u can see the innings of Young Dinesh Chandimal how he has adjust after a very shaky start to convert into a TEST TON

  • mohammad on March 9, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    The_Ashes The problem is he was showing over patience and that will bound him to be non patient at some point.That actually happened.He spent some time though.But I think Mominul's innings was better built.

  • Jonny on March 9, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    No worries, he did well and made a mistake at the wrong time happens. But the positive thing is he has 'patience' something Bangladesh lacks, he will just learn from it but he should've been aware that he was going up against the variety spinner Mendis and should've blocked him out for a few more overs and assess him more. Proud of Anamul and once we have our batters Tamim and Shakib back then there will be less pressure for Anamul to perform and not take a risky shot which got him out today.

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