Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah Riyad (C) plays a shot as the Zimbabwe cricketer Peter Moor (R) and Regis Chakabva (L) look on during the fourth day of the first Test match in Sylhet International Stadium on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

After losing the first test against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah lambasted his batsmen but expressed his firm determination to fight back strongly in the second Test after the hosts slipped to an embarrassing 151-run loss against Zimbabwe in the first Test of the two-match series on Tuesday, report agencies.
Talking to the post match presentation ceremony Mahmudullah today admitted that they didn’t do well with the bat as well as failed to do well in the first innings.
“I think the wicket was good, but we didn’t apply ourselves with the bat. We were not disciplined enough to restrict our strokes. We didn’t read the pitch well and that shouldn’t happen. We will try and comeback strong in the next game,” he said.
Bangladesh, who resumed on 26 for no loss, started well with Liton Das and Imrul Kayes taking the team to 56 for no loss. Once the former was dismissed, it opened the floodgates and the side failed to arrest the slide. “It is really difficult to explain such batting. I can say just one thing that the discipline we need in Test cricket, I don’t think we played the game in such a disciplined manner as far as batting is concerned,” the Bangladesh captain said. “The wicket was good although one or two balls only had turned a bit but I think that was playable. We have to look at our disciplinary issues. We have to also increase the belief among ourselves and of course we have to work more on our batting. In last few matches, our batters have failed which make us concede embarrassing defeats. We have to think about these things and find out the way.”
Mahmudullah refused to blame the pitch that, at times, had vicious turn and bounce. “Our plan was not successful at all. When we got a set target of 321 runs, we talked in the field that we would remain positive and win the match. The wicket was very good and I will give not blame the wicket. We have batted in the worst possible way and we were not disciplined at all,” he pointed out. “We are having a good run in ODIs but somehow we cannot maintain the same discipline when it comes Test cricket and it is a matter of big concern for us.
“We have to consider it very seriously because if we keep on batting like this we will certainly have no place in Test cricket. This is an issue of our image and we need to make a strong fightback otherwise there is no point playing Test cricket like this.”
Mahmudullah added that playing too many shots cost them dearly as it prevented them from building a partnership. “We are playing too many strokes and perhaps we are doing it emotionally and we need to restrict it. We need to be more careful and we need to plan better against different bowlers,” he said. “We are unable to create small partnerships because we are failing from top to bottom. We had some poor dismissals due to lapse in concentration and it cannot be accepted in Test cricket.
“We need to talk with our batsman and have to know what they are thinking. As far as I am concerned I wanted to bat positively because I felt that if I could bat long and make some partnership we could take the game closer.”

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