Tigers desperate to win second Test

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Nov 10,2018

 
 
Bangladesh all-rounder Ariful Haque bats during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Friday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh all-rounder Ariful Haque bats during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Friday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh all-rounder Ariful Haque on Friday said that they were desperate to win the second and final Test against Zimbabwe that starts in Dhaka on Sunday.
Bangladesh conceded a humiliating 151-run defeat in the first Test to go 1-0 down against Zimbabwe in the Test series after displaying two shocking batting performances in both of their innings in Sylhet.
Tigers, who performed the luxury of resting their premier pacer Mustafizur Rahman in Sylhet Test, had to pay little price for taking such decision in a seam-friendly surface as their spinners had done excellent jobs by bowling the opposition out for a decent total in both the innings.
However, the batsmen continued their woeful performances in the longer-format as they were bundled out for just 143 and 169 runs respectively to accept an embarrassing defeat against the African side.
Despite the massive defeat, Ariful, who made his Test debut in that Test, believed that they were still positive enough to win the second Test.
‘We are very much positive [ahead of the second match]. This will be a do-or-die match for us and we will come out as winners by hook or by crook,’ Ariful told reporters at Mirpur.
‘We have no pressure. Our main bowler Mustafiz didn’t play in the previous match. If Mustafiz returns we will be able to win the match without having any problem.
‘If we think about the previous match too much then we will be morally down a lot. We are not worried about that.
‘We are only focusing on the match, ball to ball. I think if we can play as a team then it won’t be difficult for us to win the match,’ he added.
Although most of the Bangladeshi batsmen had a horrendous show in the first Test, Ariful was the exception despite playing in his maiden Test match.
Ariful struck an excellent unbeaten 41 in the first innings while he made 38 runs in the second innings before he became the last Bangladeshi batsman to be dismissed in the match.
The all-rounder made his debut across all three formats this year but he had to remain in side-bench on most occasions while Bangladesh played in many international matches.
However, Ariful, who had been with the team since the home series against Sri Lanka in January, credited his experience with the national team as he revealed that it helped him perform well in the first Test.
‘It’s true that you can get a lot of experiences if you stay with the team although you are not playing for national team,’ he said.
‘When they play against a big side, when a newcomer gets a chance to share dressing room with big players, when seniors tell about something – it helps you a lot.
‘As the first Test was a good one, it really increased my confidence. In international cricket bowlers won’t give you bad balls so often and you need to wait for that. My thoughts have really changed after playing the last Test.’

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