Disappointing not to capitalise after such brilliant start: Tamim
Opener Tamim Iqbal was disappointed with his side’s performance with the bat as Bangladesh collapsed despite starting off well.
After winning the toss, it was a no brainer for the hosts New Zealand to bowl first in a greenish track. And keeping the past series in mind, it was not unfair to expect that Bangladesh will lose few wickets in the first 10 overs.
But Hamilton saw something different on the opening day. Tamim and Shadman Islam were off to a terrific start and added 57 runs in the opening partnership.
Shadman, who was only playing his second Test match departed after a well-made 24. However, Tamim looked solid and reached his fifty after hitting three boundaries in a row. Then he went onto score his 9th Test hundred, most by any Bangladeshi.
With 121/1, the visitors were looking well settled. But the famous collapse began after that. After the departure of Tamim, none of the batsman could make a mark and Bangladesh were bowled out for only 234 runs in the end.
After the end of day’s play, Bangladesh’s only light in the dark Tamim expressed his disappointment for failing to score big after making such a brilliant start.
Tamim told reporters –
“To be honest, getting this kind of start was like a dream for us. Because normally on a greenish wicket we tend to lose two or three wickets early and everyone knows what follows next. But after getting such a brilliant start, not to capitalise is disappointing. Not only me, who just scored a hundred, but everyone in the dressing room very disappointed.”
“The wicket will be at its best tomorrow and the day after because whatever slowness and the double pace it had would vanish. So it was important that we bat for the whole day,” he added.
The left-hand opener also feels that the wicket was not as dangerous as it looked at the beginning and 350-400 would have been a decent score.
“I thought it was a very good wicket. It was greenish but didn’t do too much. We should have scored a lot more runs than what we have put on there. At the end of the day, we have ourselves to blame. I thought if we could have batted the whole day, scored somewhere between 350 to 400, then it could have been a decent total.”
“When we went to bat, sometimes, one or two boundaries come along but that was not happening. They were bowling well but in patches. But if you see our dismissals, you will find that we were not dismissed by brilliant deliveries, rather we were out playing wrong shots that helped them earn success by executing their plans,” he concluded.