Bangladesh pacers looking forward to bowl in Pallekele pitch
Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo has believed that they have variety in their pace attack and by which they can create pressure for Sri Lankan batsman in the ongoing first Test against Sri Lanka in Kandy.
“Sri Lanka have some quality players. But at the end of the day, we have got a very good attack here. We have three different fast bowlers, a left-arm spinner and an offspinner. We have good variety in our attack. I am really looking forward to seeing our guys in the field tomorrow. They have put in the hours, and since they haven’t played a lot of Test cricket, they can’t wait to get out and show what they can do,” he said.
He also said that building pressure is the key in the pitch like Pallekele which has little for the bowlers. “I don’t think reverse swing is a big thing at this venue. There’s a lot of moisture around. I really think that building pressure for periods of time is going to be important for our seamers. It is not a pitch where you can just run through guys in 40-50 overs. We have to be patient and build pressure. We have to bowl in the right areas consistently and take our chances. It is the bottom line. Getting 20 wickets is not easy in Tests, so the guys have to make sure that they are really disciplined over the next couple of days,” the coach said.
Inspired by twin tons from Najmul Hossain Shanto and the captain Mominul Haque, Bangladesh find themselves in the box seat as they are on 474/4 after 155 overs in the first two days of play.
Shanto smashes a fantastic innings of 163-run while Mominul ended his away century drought scoring 127 runs.
There raise some questions about Saif Hassan’s inclusions at the top instead of Shadman Islam. Domingo also explained the reason behind this. “Shadman hasn’t played a game since his 50 against the West Indies. He has had a finger issue. Saif did really well in a few games recently. It is nice to have a left-right combination at the top of the order. We have got so many left-handers in our top four.
“Shadman is very much in the picture. It is good to have a few options available for us. I do feel for him, but he hasn’t played a game for maybe two and a half months now, so I think some time in the middle before a Test would serve him well,” he concluded.