Bangladesh played in ODI mode: Chatara
A horrible show with the bat in the first innings saw Bangladesh bowled out for only 143 runs. And Zimbabwe pacer Tendai Chatara was surprised to see the batting approach of the hosts and said that they came in with a mentality of playing in ODI mode.
Chatara, who was brilliant with the ball and picked up three wickets said bowling in good areas was the key to success for him and also insists Bangladesh couldn’t adjust themselves after playing the ODI series recently.
“Early on I was just trying to hit a good area, because there’s so much talk about Bangladesh (wickets) being flat. So hitting a good area early on, and making the batsmen play as much as possible. They had a good series in the ODIs, so we knew that they were going to come and play in that one-day mode, which will present us with a lot of chances in the Tests because the fields set will be quite attacking. I think they haven’t really adjusted from ODI cricket to playing Tests, where you leave many balls, whereas in ODIs you’ll be looking for scoring shots.”
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe bowling coach Douglas Hondo was delighted with his bowlers’ effort and also gave credit to the batsmen who set the tone for the bowlers.
“It’s Test cricket, there’s five days of play so you have to play accordingly. If you ask enough questions and they’re obliging, things will happen like that. We’re just trying to complement our batters, who took a lot of time at the wicket. So we have to complement them by bowling in the right areas. It’s Test cricket: sometimes you have to leave some balls, sometimes you have to hold yourself in.”
After the end of second day’s play, Zimbabwe are currently leading by 140 runs.
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