Tigers' advances clear to Shakib
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan believes his side’s brave battle to deny England an easy victory in Chittagong proves they have what it takes to crack Test cricket.
The Tigers lost the first Test by 181 runs today but that margin betrays little of the anxiety the hosts caused England as they mounted a defiant fourth-innings rearguard over the last two days.
Having declared both their innings and established a 512-run advantage, the tourists had Bangladesh five down by tea on day four and must have sensed an early finish.
But a stoic 177-run partnership between Junaid Siddique, with 106 in 292 balls, and Mushfiqur Rahim, who contributed 95 in 232 deliveries, ensured England went wicketless for two consecutive sessions.
Both eventually fell within six overs of each other as Graeme Swann spun his way to a second five-wicket haul of the match, but Shakib thinks a point has been made.
“We fought very hard in the second innings and in the first innings Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah all scored half-centuries,” said the all-rounder.
“Previously we have only seen one of our batsmen perform at a time. Now we have more than one batsman scoring runs, which is a positive thing.
“I think after the first innings we showed better character.
“We bowled in the right areas, our batsmen tried to leave the ball when it was in the danger zone and played well against the half-volleys and short balls.
“We are still improving, but we have much more discipline than the side we once were.
“On the first morning Jamie (Siddons, head coach) told our batsman to concentrate on making hundreds and now we know we can do that.”
Mushfiqur, meanwhile, believes just half a session more of his partnership with Siddique could have teed up a memorable draw.
“They took the new ball early in the morning and after one hour we could see they were a bit down because they didn’t get any wickets.
“If we could have played together for one more hour after lunch, it would have been easier, but we couldn’t do that.
“I don’t think their bowlers coped that well with the heat but they get some wickets because they can move the ball both ways as they showed.
"Hopefully we will do it next time.”
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