We are disappointed with our bowling performance: Craig Ervine
The interim Zimbabwe skipper Craig Ervine expressed his disappointment over bowling performance of the visiting side for not being able to put Bangladesh batsmen under pressure at the end of the second day in their one-off Test at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday.
Bangladesh with 7 wickets in hand to start day three are trailing by 25 runs only from the first innings total of Zimbabwe.
In the post-match press briefing, Ervine said,
“We did not do build enough pressure today to take those wickets.
“Bowling wise it was disappointing today(Sunday). We did not hit our areas consistently for long enough. There were little periods where we bowled well and then gave away a boundaries and gave away a few too many and released that pressure,” he told.
However, the touring skipper appreciated Bangladesh batsman Nazmul Hasan Shanto’s well accorded innings of 71 runs who scripted 78 runs partnership with Tamim and another 76 runs stand with skipper Mominul Haque.
“Shanto hit the ball really well and timing it was pretty well. I did not expect him to stay there for that long but I thought he batted really well,” Ervine said.
“Obviously tomorrow we would like to rectify and obviously try to break this partnership with Mushfiq and Mominul batting. We know they both can bat long we like to break early on,” he told.
Mominul is not out scoring 79 runs with Mushfiqur Rahim who, after coming back into the scene keeping himself out of the Pakistan tour, is unbeaten at 32.
The Zimbabwe skipper said scoring above 300 runs in the first innings would be better for them.
“I think we cannot really rely on our tail to score many runs. we let ourselves down early on yesterday (Saturday) not this morning. It would be nice if we could get above 300 but we knew most of the runs would have to come from the top 7 batters” said Ervine.