Saif to play second Test match despite poor performance
Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo has confirmed that Saif Hassan will open with Tamim Iqbal again in the second Test match against Sri Lanka despite his poor performance with bat in the first Test.
He scored 0 and 1 run in the two innings of first Test on a Pallekele batting paradise. So another opener Shadman Islam will have to sit again despite scoring a half-century in his last match.
During the first Test, head coach Domingo said Sadman was not included in the XI due to a minor injury. Before the second Test, he said Saif’s recent performance on behalf of the emerging team is also being reconsidered after the batsmen’s poor performance in both the innings of first Test. Besides, the team management is still thinking about the right-hand and left-hand opening combination.
“I definitely still want to give Saif Hassan another go. Opening the batting is hard in Tests. A lot of openers take a bit of time to find their feet. So we want to provide him another opportunity tomorrow. It’s always nice to have a right hand-left hand opening combination. So, yes, Saif will play tomorrow,” Domingo said.
He also praised Tamim Iqbal, Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mominul Haque for their outstanding play in the first Test. Tamim got two half-centuries in two innings while Shanto and Mominul hit centuries.
“I have been very pleased with them. Mominul has been a consistent Test performer for Test side now for a period of time and he’s got an another hundred. Eleven Test hundreds is a fantastic achievement. I am really pleased with Shanto that he made a big score. It gives him a bit of belonging in the Test arena. It gives him a bit of confidence that he can do it if he sticks to his gameplan. It is great to have Tamim play that innings. So I’m very pleased with the way they went about in the first Test match,” the head coach said.
In the first match, there was no advantage for the bowlers in the wicket. Domingo said he didn’t see the wicket of the second match well. However, the wicket looked good at once.
“I saw the wicket yesterday, I haven’t seen it today. It’s still under covers. But what I saw yesterday, it’s a pretty good wicket,” he said.