Mushfiqur elected to field first once again on Friday. But it didn’t help the bowlers. Bangladesh leaked 428 runs for three wickets on day one. Skipper now hopes to bowl the Proteas out quickly.
“It didn’t go well. We took the decision to bowl first and there was help in the first two hours. Our bowling wasn’t upto the standard. It was disappointing. When you give away a lot of runs with the new ball things become easier for the batsmen when it should be the opposite. We made a comeback but it was not enough. We are on the backfoot. If we can take two early wickets, we hope to bowl them out within the next 100-150 runs.
“I thought it was a good wicket to bowl on but our bowlers didn’t capitalise on the condition. I think afterwards they came back but when you have the new ball and are bowling to top-class batsmen, you need to bowl well upfront. We leaked a lot of runs in the first session. When it was up, they knocked the ball straight down the ground. When they tried to bowl back, it was too short. We couldn’t find the right line and length, which hurt us a lot. I think they tried, and at times they bowled well in short spells,” he explained.
Tigers skipper was harsh at his bowlers after the first Test in Potchefstroom. He thinks it’s his failure for not being able to send the message properly.
“It could be my failure. Maybe I wasn’t able to give them the message properly. The pace bowling coach (Courtney Walsh) can’t go and do it himself. He bowls in the nets every day but we still can’t work him to mid-on or mid-off,” he said.
“It is our failure if someone can’t learn and execute. There was not a lot of movement but it was a good wicket for the bowlers. If they could have utilised the new ball, we may have had early wickets. It didn’t happen, unfortunately.”
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com