After a thrilling victory by 20 runs for Bangladesh against Australia in the first Test, the Tigers were all boosted up with confidence for the 2nd Test and on the other hand Australia were in all sorts of pressure and a series loss at stake.
While the pitch was expected to be exactly like the Dhaka Test, it was totally the opposite in Chittagong. The pitch had no turn or movement to offer in the first two days but it was expected to break down and start turning after day 3.
It started turning even before the end of day’s play on 3rd day and it turned that much for Mehedi Hasan & Shakib Al Hasan that one of their deliveries reminded of Shane Warne.
As soon as the pitch started to turn and Australia took a lead of 72 runs in the first Innings, Bangladesh already lost their plot and had to pay for their poor show with the bat in their first innings.
The first innings average score at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury is 370 runs whereas Bangladesh scored only 305 runs. All the top 4 batsmen were dismissed by Nathan Lyon and all were leg before wickets. Thus it can be easily understood that it was the result of poor shot selections.
Players like Mominul Haque and Soumya Sarkar tried to play in the back foot which was never ideal and it costed them their wickets. Poor shot selections costed even more in the 2nd innings and it led Bangladesh to an embarrassment as they were 43 for 5 at one stage.
When the ball was turning here to there, Sabbir Rahman & Tamim Iqbal tried to play coming down the wicket and as a result they were stumped. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim who was playing absolutely a hard fought innings tried to play a ball which he should have left and lost the wicket therefore.
And, lastly when Mominul Haque was playing a sensible knock and could have turned the game around, threw his wicket away by playing excessive sweep shots. Bangladesh were all out for just 157 runs in the end and set a target of 86 runs which Australia needed only 15.3 overs to chase down.
As the skipper Mushfiqur Rahim said they need to rectify their mistakes and come back stronger in their upcoming tour against South Africa, their shot selections and fielding will be their first priority to improve.
With the rate of improvement Bangladesh team is going at the moment, the fans can certainly expect to shock the Proteas at their den.
Saif Ahmed Chowdhury