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‘Windies are showing us why they are better’

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 27 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo said on Sunday that their counterparts West Indies are showing them why they are better than them in Test format at the moment.

The hosts are in a dominant position after the end of second day’s play as they are leading by 106 runs with five wickets in hand, courtesy Kyle Mayers massive unbeaten hundred as he lifted the West Indies to 340 for five in the series-deciding second Test at Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia.

West Indies were struggling at 132 for four in reply to the tourists’ first-innings total of 234 as the tourists looked to be back in the game after picking three quick wickets but their bowlers failed to keep the pressure afterwards that helped Mayers to script their comeback.

“Not good enough. Some serious questions with both the bat and the ball at the moment,” Domingo told reporters after the day’s play.

“It’s not a 250 all out wicket. If it weren’t for a 30-run partnership at the end, we would be 190 all out. Just not good enough in terms of putting together performances with the bat,” he said.

“West Indies are showing us why they are better than us in this format at the moment. They have got a guy who’s got a hundred and they got a big score lined up because they managed to build partnerships and withstand the pressure where we have folded and they just batted longer and showed us how to do it,” Domingo said.

Domingo said that their batsmen need to come up with big scores considering 40s and 50s won’t serve their purpose. Bangladesh opener Tamim scored 46 runs while Liton Das made a half-century to help them post a respectable total of 234 runs on the board though it seemed not good enough to put up a fight against the hosts.

 “Definitely there’s a lot of players looking for form and searching for runs and the only way to get through it is to bat for a long period of time. We are getting a lot of 30s and 40s and odd 50s but nobody is doing what Kyle Mayers is doing and getting a big hundred. That’s the difference between 230 and getting 400. Somebody has got to get a 126 like he is doing,” Domingo said, adding that their bowling units’ failure to keep up the pressure session after session is also hurting them.

 “It’s the story of our Test match cricket at the moment. We are good for one session and then we have one really bad session. Guys were not patient. They couldn’t string together enough tight overs like we did in the first session,” he said.

 “They were searching for wickets, bowled a few soft balls, and came around the wicket when it should be over the wicket. They just made basic errors by not being patient enough. It was very disappointing the way we bowled after lunch,” he said.

“The message is always to bowl dots, build pressure, and stay in control of the run-rate. As soon as you go looking for wickets, you just bowl too many soft balls. Being patient and being disciplined are the sort of messages that we try to emphasize. We do it for one session but we can't do it for another session,” he concluded.