Bangladesh are confident to chase the victory target: Rhodes

Bangladesh will be in need of 295 runs more to win the first Test against Zimbabwe with two days in hand.

Liton and Imrul survived the last session of day three
Liton and Imrul survived the last session of day three

The home team are in front of 321 runs target for the victory, which is up against the history of their highest successful run chase in Test cricket. Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes, on completion of day three at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, said his team is confident to pursuit of the victory.

“I think the dressing room is quietly confident. They recognize that we have to reach the highest score in the game, which doesn’t happen often. We certainly are ready for batting a bit better in the second innings,” Rhodes said in the briefing.

He narrated how things could be done for Bangladesh in the rest of the time in the match and also said the game has been according to the plan in the third day as well although it sounded unlikely.

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“Today we set a task to win the game, believe it or not, by winning five sessions. The first one was bit of a draw and I felt it wasn’t a great start for us today. We won the second two. We are on the way, and the plan will be to try and win those sessions tomorrow,” he said.

Imrul Kayes off with running
Imrul Kayes off with running

Bangladesh’s highest run chase to win a Test was against West Indies in Grenada, nine years back when they reached to 217 in a 215 run target. It was nine years back when they managed their highest successful chase.

“I think the form of our Test team’s batting is something we need to improve desperately. But in this first innings, it is on our home wicket, it was disappointing.

We can’t be too aggressive and nasty towards our batsmen. They are trying hard to do well. I believe they are good players. They need confidence.

If you look at the way they played tonight, they showed different sort of application. If we can carry it on tomorrow, we are in for a cracking game of cricket,” said Rhodes.

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