Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo said after the second day’s play in St Lucia that West Indies were showing them how they are better than Bangladesh in Test cricket. The hosts are in a dominant position after Day 2, leading by 106 runs with five wickets in hand, courtesy Kyle Mayers’s spectacular unbeaten hundred. He lifted the West Indies to 340 for 5 on Saturday.
West Indies were struggling at 132 for 4 in reply to the tourists’ first-innings total of 234 as Bangladesh looked to have made a comeback in the game after picking three quick wickets. But their bowlers failed to keep up the pressure which helped Mayers script their comeback.
“Not good enough,” said Domingo. “Some serious questions with both the bat and the ball at the moment. It’s not a 250 all out wicket. If it weren’t for a 30-run partnership at the end, we would be 190 all out. Just not good enough in terms of putting together performances with the bat.
“West Indies are showing us why they are better than us in this format at the moment. They have got a guy who’s got a hundred and they got a big score lined up because they managed to build partnerships and withstand the pressure where we have folded and they just batted longer and showed us how to do it,” he added.
Domingo also conceded that Bangladesh’s batsmen need to come up with big scores considering 40s and 50s won’t serve their purpose. Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal scored 46 runs while Liton Das made a half-century to help them post a respectable 234-run total.
“Definitely there’s a lot of players looking for form and searching for runs and the only way to get through it is to bat for a long periods of time. We are getting a lot of 30s and 40s and odd 50s but nobody is doing what Kyle Mayers is doing and getting a big hundred. That’s the difference between 230 and getting 400. Somebody has got to get a 126 like he is doing,” said Domingo adding that their bowling unit’s failure to keep up the pressure session after session is also hurting them.
“It’s the story about Test match cricket at the moment; we are good in one session and we have really bad session and the guys getting impatient and not being able to bowl consistently,” he noted.