Mahmudullah expects better batting performance in 2nd Test

Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah Riyad expects his team to show better batting performance in the second Test against South Africa at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ রিয়াদের কন্ঠে ঘুরে দাঁড়ানোর প্রত্যয়]

Mahmudullah, who scored 66 runs in the first innings of Potchefstroom Test, admitted Bangladesh’s mistakes in the first Test and hopes for a fightback.

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“We are disappointed. The pitch was good but we couldn’t bat the way we wanted to. We made a lot of silly mistakes. But I am very confident that we will bat better in the second Test, whatever the wicket is. I am sure we can make a comeback,” he said before leaving Potchefstroom for Bloemfontein.

The middle-order batsman explained Tiger batsmen’s mistakes on Potchefstroom track, which was quite good pitch to bat on for batsmen.

“Everyone has a different batting approach. Some feel that by playing some strokes early, they can settle down. Some feel comfortable by middling a defensive push. At the end of the day, application is the main aspect. We executed very poorly.

“It is not wrong to play shots. Why not hit bad balls for boundaries, if it is given to a batsman. He should play his own game. Condition should be considered but it was good-batting condition. We couldn’t execute our skills. We were very poor,” he said.

“We were thinking of saving the match. We weren’t really thinking about rain. Our target was to draw the game. But we couldn’t cope with the first session. Our execution was poor.

“We spoke among ourselves at the end of the game. Everything was addressed during the team meeting,” he added.

The second Test will be from October 6.


-Ruffin, Correspondent, 1 of 1

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