Windies skipper Kraigg Braith­waite said that their batsmen need to come up with a better game plan if they want to earn success against Bangladesh in the ongoing two-match Test series. Bangladesh spinners wrecked the Windies batting order on both occasions to hand them a 64-run defeat in the opening Test in Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium at Chittagong on Saturday, reports cricbuzz.
The visitors hardly looked comfortable against the four-man spin attack comprising of skipper Shakib Al Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mehedi Hasan and debutant Nayeem Hasan as they were bundled out for 131 runs inside 36 overs, chasing 205 runs to win.
“We didn’t play ourselves as well as we should or could,” Braithwaite told reporters after the loss. “We didn’t put up any good partnership and we lost wickets too quickly. The key is partnerships, whether the top or middle order. We didn’t get partnerships early, so it cost us. The batters have to start better. We have to get bigger totals.”
Braithwaite admitted that he didn’t expect the wicket to deteriorate in the manner that it did on the third day of the play that saw the fall of 15 wickets before tea. “It got worse as the game went on. It was a little easier when the ball got soft. The ball was doing a lot more in the pitch,” Braithwaite noted.
The Windies skipper said that he is willing to back Shimron Hetmyer’s aggressive approach though it never looked to be the perfect ploy considering the requirement. Braithwaite felt that his side would have had a chance had they restricted Bangladesh to a reasonable score in their first innings. Bangladesh were struggling at 259-8 at one stage before Taijul Islam and Nayeem Hasan added 65 runs for the ninth wicket to take the hosts over the 300-run mark. “I think they got 40 runs too many in the first innings. If we could have limited their first innings score, it could have been better,” Braithwaite said. According to the skipper, the non-availability of Shanon Gabriel for the second Test due to disciplinary issues will be a big void but is hopeful of the replacement bowler stepping up. “Obviously he is a crucial bowler but we have guys that can follow up. We just want to stick to our plans and I think we will do well in that game,” concluded the skipper.