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Liton backs teammates after not going for review

  • Sports Correspondent from Chattogram
  • 28 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Liton backs teammates after not going for review

Bangladesh wicketkeeper batsman Liton Das said on Saturday that they didn’t take review against Abdullah Shafique as they felt the ball touched bat first during the day of first Test in Chattogram.

Openers Abid Ali and Shafique placed Pakistan in a commanding position against Bangladesh after Day two as the visitors reached 145-0 after bowling out the hosts for 330 runs in the first innings at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

The only missed opportunity in the day came in the 13th over, when Shafique was trapped leg-before wicket by Taijul Islam but the umpire gave it not out and the Bangladesh fielders decided against reviewing the decision.

“Look review is taken instantly and instantly we felt that the ball hit the bat first and so we didn’t take the review,” Liton told reporters after the end of the second day’s play.

“If we felt that the ball hit the pad first, certainly we would have taken the review,” he said, adding that though they failed to get any wicket he didn’t think that their bowling line-up is toothless.

“How can you say it is a poor bowling line-up?” questioned the right-handed batsman. 

“Ebadat and (Abu Jayed) Rahi are Test bowlers and they helped us in the past and picked wickets as well and there is no doubt with the ability of Taijul and Miraj (Mehidy Hasan) so you can’t say so there is no chance of calling it a poor bowling unit,” he said.

Liton, who earned his maiden Test century in the first innings, said that the break from T20Is had come as a blessing in disguise.

“I think it is the main result due to the break I was given in the T20Is,” he said.

“Maybe they wanted me to do well in the Tests. It is always a great feeling to reach a century. I got close to getting it against Zimbabwe in our last Test. But it is part of cricket. I would have been happier if I had made this hundred a bigger one.

“It is always a difficult question about consistency. Everyone tries to be consistent. I will continue the process of my last six or seven Tests. I can’t expect to score a hundred in my next innings. I have to start from zero next time. It is always a challenge, but I will try to stick to my process.

“I played a first-class match after the World Cup. I had this Test series in mind. I didn’t expect too much from myself but I prepared adequately,” he added.

Liton informed that although they are disappointed not to dictate terms on the second day like the way they did on day one, he insisted it is part of cricket.

 “When we lost four wickets before lunch, everyone thought we would be bowled out early. Mushfiq bhai and I put together a good partnership. By the end of the day, we were thinking about a big total.

“But cricket is unpredictable. Pakistan are in a good position now. If we can take two or three wickets tomorrow morning, we will be back on track,” he added.