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‘Bangladesh get reality check in 2nd Test’

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  • 10 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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‘Bangladesh get reality check in 2nd Test’

Bangladesh pace bowling coach Ottis Gibson said on Sunday that they failed to produce the same kind of discipline in the second and final Test against New Zealand that brought them success in the two-match series opener.

Bangladesh were riding on high on confidence after earning their maiden win against the hosts in the longer format but New Zealand batters came up with a dominating performance to end day one. 

New Zealand Tom Latham was closing in on a double century (176 not out) with Devon Conway on 99 as they scored at will on a ground reputed to be a bowler’s paradise on day one, posting 349- 1 at stumps.

“I think they have played really well. We couldn’t hit the heights of last week. I thought Latham played really well. He left a lot of good balls early this morning. He made us a bowl to him. Unfortunately, we didn’t bowl enough good balls to create the sort of pressure on them that we created last week. Conway is in unbelievable form,” Gibson told reporters after the first day’s play.

“The pitch didn’t do as much as we expected. But we didn’t bowl as well as we could have done either. When we bowled full, there wasn’t a lot of seam movement,” he said, adding that he feels they are yet to get out from the hangover of their maiden Test win against the Black Caps.

“Today we saw the highs and lows of international sport. Last week, we were on a high. We are perhaps still feeling the effects of last weeks’ emotional and physical investment. We didn’t hit our straps. New Zealand would have been hurting from last week. They showed why they are one of the best teams in the world. They applied themselves. They left a lot better. They showed us why they are holding the mace at the moment,” he said.

Gibson added that they need to be more focused on their length as they were either bowling too short or too fuller and as a result, their opponents were hardly troubled.

“We have to learn from today. We bowled too many four-balls today and too many balls that we did in the wide outside the off-stump. When we missed our lengths, we got cut or got too full to be driven,” he said.

“You can’t allow the batters to score down the ground and both sides of the wicket. One of my mantras is you can’t control the scoring if you don’t control the length during the game. We didn’t control the length today to build pressure on them,” he added.

Gibson also felt that winning the first Test on the back of a good bowling performance and conceding a lot of runs on Sunday were both part of the learning curve for his still-green bowling attack.

“The guys have been going forward. Ebadot (Hossain) is our most experienced seamer with 12 games while Taskin (Ahmed) is playing his ninth game and Shoriful (Islam) is playing only his third match with the Bangladesh jersey. Look at the inexperience of the bowling attack and see where they got to last week in terms of growth and learning, but again, today is a lesson for them,” he concluded.