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Siraj urges teammates to remain calm

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 25 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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Siraj urges teammates to remain calm
India’s Mohammed Siraj (left) reacts after the dismissal of Bangladesh batsman Liton Das during the third day of the second Test match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Saturday. –AFP PHOTO

Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj on Saturday urged his teammates not to think too much and take off the pressure as he feels they can get over the line against Bangladesh in the second Test.

Bangladesh bowlers put the hosts in the driving seat of the last Test against India after Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam picked three and one wicket respectively to reduce the visitors to 45-4 at stumps of day three in their second innings in Mirpur.

India now need 100 runs more to win the game with six wickets in hand.

Axar Patel and nightwatchman Jaydev Unadkat remained unbeaten on 26 and three runs respectively.

“We shouldn’t think too much. Only four wickets have fallen. There are still 80 odds to score. Axar is one with positive intent and playing positively, batters get set and we shouldn’t take too much pressure,” Siraj told reporters after the end of the third day’s play.

“We may have lost two more wickets than we should have, but we shouldn’t be worried. Axar is set and showing good intent. There is still Rishabh and then Shreyas. So not to worry,” he said, adding that Axar was promoted as he was a left-handed batsman.

“It was a management call but to me, it seemed that if there is a left-hander and right-hander it will be difficult for the bowlers. To me that seemed the reason,” he said.