Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo, 3rd day March 18, 2013

We want to set a target of at least 250 - Tamim

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Bangladesh find themselves in a difficult situation after losing two wickets late on the third day. Tamim Iqbal, the top-scorer of their second innings so far, said the team needed to stage a strong recovery on the fourth day and was aiming at setting a target of at least 250.

Bangladesh were reasonably well placed on 142 for 2 but lost two wickets off successive balls with less than an hour's play left. They are now 52 ahead with six wickets in hand, but only have three genuine batsmen left.

"We are on the back foot," Tamim said. "We were in a good position when [Jahurul Islam] Omi bhai and Mominul [Haque] were batting. I think that was ideal for us. We had eight wickets and had the whole of tomorrow in hand. But we lost two wickets there in the end. We would like to give Sri Lanka a minimum of 250 to chase."

After Tamim fell just prior to the tea interval, and Mohammad Ashraful misjudged a Rangana Herath delivery, Jahurul and Mominul batted solidly and were steering the team to safety. Jahurul, however, fell to a rash stroke and was followed in the shed by Mahmudullah, who couldn't cover the line of the ball from Herath sufficiently.

"I think one or two of the dismissals were questionable. But nerves work for individuals, they all tried their best. We have gone back from a good position, which we have to recover from tomorrow," said Tamim.

Tamim's own dismissal upset Bangladesh's rhythm. Tamim had batted positively, despite the slow outfield and a deteriorating pitch. "I was trying to be very positive. Our target was to get over their lead as early as possible and take it from there. We almost did it, but I got out.

"I am not worried about my dismissal. The ball didn't get up as much as it was supposed to, so it wasn't in my control."

Mushfiqur and Mominul are currently at the crease and with Nasir Hossain to come, and they have the resources to stage a comeback. Sohag Gazi and Abul Hasan have made runs in international cricket, so they can be relied on as well.

"The captain [Mushfiqur Rahim] and Mominul are out there. If we can add another 100 in this current partnership and Nasir [Hossain] can chip in with some more, we will be in a much better position than today."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • dummy4fb on March 19, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    What the hell is wrong with Mahmudullah? He was so good against the WI. Now (as in the BPL) he has turned deathly cold. He will be axed from the team for sure and rightly so.

  • dummy4fb on March 19, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    As per I know my own team BD, they will practice some ODI batting for the upcoming series in the morning and will never think ahout spending much more times in the crease. However, if it is DIFFERENT BD thay will prove me weong! Finger Crossed...

  • dummy4fb on March 18, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    Dont forget about the New ball after 11 over. If we survive 1st session.anything can possible.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on March 18, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    Jahurul Played so Well but thinking of 50 just threw it away...But I want him to play more test because he showed patience by playing out 170 balls.And Some1 saying Mahmudullah matchwinner yes maybe in ODI's but not in Test..Shakib should replace mahmudullah and another spinner should replace Rubel/abul in the next test vs Zim

  • dummy4fb on March 18, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Hello, Mahmudullah hardly did anything with the bat in Tests for quite some time now. Mostly when we need hin the most in crunch situations like this. Can u remind me one meaningful series where his performance really counted except that India series????

  • SyedAreYouDumb on March 18, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    250 would be great but even a 150 lead is unlikely.

  • ExtremeSpeed on March 18, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    We blew it away with those last 2 wickets and unless 1 of the 3 main batsman tomorrow scores big, can't see it happening but its not us whose desperate to win, its a desperate team like Sri Lanka who celebrating all out with those wickets that's how tough they found Bangladesh.

  • ashqarmahi on March 18, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    someone is talking about mahmudullah's performance for this test....and criticizing him...to those people....if you want to give your valuable comments than please follow cricket regularly....Mahmudullah is a proven match winner for bangladesh...if shakib al hasan come on the next match, I will drop mominul or jahurul not Mahmudullah....!!

  • Sadequl on March 18, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Tamim @ if you are still day dreaming in Colombo then its time to weak up pls, cause things got to judge not only by the merit but also through the performance's as well. While team couldn't even scored 250 in 1st innings with Mominul's top scored of 64 then how come one can even expect to have a lead of 250 at this stage when team already lost 4 top order batsmen to gain a lead of 52 only! It seems boys were in rush to go to some place else to made such false shots to suicide themselves only. Rangana Herath is not Muttiah Muralitharan but it looked like BD boys played him like they never faced such typed spinners in decades. So first thing should come first & that would be best, if the only three genuine batsmen who left to bat can survive & show their patients in the first one or two sessions in the filed tomorrow morning to carry on the lead from 52 to atbest 150+ then that would be the reality to think differently, otherwise definitely its another easy test win for SL.

  • fah4 on March 18, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    If BD gets a lead of 150 and take some wickets of Srilanka before they win will also be a good fight for them.Don't think they can achieve 250 lead unless we see something big from lower order like Abul's 100 against WI. Go BD at least give them the fight.

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