”We just need to build few partnerships in the middle and it will help us to recover from the disappointment of the opening Test.”
One or two partnership in the middle will help Bangladesh regain their composure in the ongoing Test series against West Indies, Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan said on Saturday (July 7). Nurul remained the only bright feature in Bangladesh’s innings, although his maiden Test fifty couldn’t help them avoid humiliation in the opening Test of the two-match series after the hosts defeated them by an innings and 219 runs at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Friday.
Nurul, who resumed the day on seven runs, launched a counter-attack to complete his maiden Test fifty off 36 balls. He was finally dismissed for 64 of 74 balls after hitting six fours and two sixes by Miguel Cummins after having added 55 runs for the ninth wicket with Rubel Hossain, that not only frustrated the opponent but also showed that runs can be scored without much trouble which looked a hard, distant dream for his more experienced teammates.
“Our batsmen need to make sure they don’t repeat the mistakes they committed in the opening game,” Nurul said after the defeat. ”I think one or two partnerships will change the entire scenario of the game. So our main (goal) will remain in building partnerships. There is some extra bounce while few deliveries turn out to be uneven but it is not unplayable.
”We just need to build few partnerships in the middle and it will help us to recover from the disappointment of the opening Test,” he added.
Nurul said that they have already spoken at length about their batting debacle in the opening Test and tried to find a way to restore pride. Batsmen made the same mistake repeatedly and it only provided a similar outcome as the visitors were all out for a record low of 43 runs in the first innings, while they failed to make any significant improvement in the second attempt as they were reduced to 62 for 6 at the end of second day only to survive a loss inside two days.
”We have spoken about our batting debacle and it was disappointing,” said Nurul. ”I think we batted badly in the first innings and we lost quite a few wickets early in the second innings,” he said, adding that he is looking forward to carry on with his new-found confidence.
”I will try to carry on the momentum that I picked up while batting in the second innings through playing quite a few deliveries the middle as it had given me the confidence to look forward,” he said. The second and final Test of the series will start on July 12 at Sabina Park in Jamaica.