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We’re disappointed: Price

Published : 10 Jan 2022 09:14 PM | Updated : 12 Jan 2022 08:06 PM

Bangladesh batting coach Ashwell Prince said that the batting unit paid the price for not showing measured judgment outside the off-stump on Day 2 of the Hagley Oval Test versus New Zealand. The visitors crashed to 126 all out, in arrears by 395 runs.

"Of course, we're disappointed," Bangladesh batting coach Ashwell Prince said.

"We learned from the Kiwis that they left a lot more balls outside the off-stump. It comes a little bit more naturally for the New Zealand batsmen. They play on bouncy surfaces. Our guys play at a lot more balls. I thought we left really well and played well off the back foot at the Mount,'' Prince told reporters after the day's play.

''Hopefully, tomorrow, we can get off to a good start. I think we can leave a few more balls outside the off-stump to make them bowl straighter at us. Of course, we are disappointed. It was a massive effort last week. We played 173 overs against a quality bowling attack," he noted.

Prince pointed out that once New Zealand took the upper hand on Day 1, it was difficult to play catch up. He also noted that the New Zealand pacemen generated a good amount of swing. "If you compare the two games, you can see that it is really difficult to fight your way back, even if you are the No. 1 team. Last week, we managed to get ourselves ahead of the game. In this game so far, they started really well yesterday, continued it this morning. They also started well with the ball. They made it tough for us to get back into the game. We have to live to fight another day.

''It was tough for our batting line-up today. Obviously, New Zealand started well. They got the ball swinging. There were a few divots on the pitch as well. The pitch started a bit soft yesterday. It quickened up today. But the softness of yesterday left a few divots on the surface.They bowled really well today,'' he added.

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Prince, though, was pleased with the way the duo of Yasir Ali and Nurul Hasan played. Yasir finished with a 95-ball 55 while Nurul scored a 62-ball 41.

"Sohan (Nurul) played positively... came forward nicely at the bowlers. He got his front foot out to the pitch of the ball. He got his weight over the ball. Yasir, only playing his third Test, was unlucky... caught down the leg-side at the Mount. He applied himself well in that game and today as well. He was solid in defence. He was decisive in attack,'' he said.

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