Bangladesh not losing hope

Published: March 15, 2010

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England put themselves on course for victory in the first Test after building a huge 434-run lead on the third day, but at least one courageous Bangladeshi was hoping for something miraculous to happen.

Tamim Iqbal, the highest scorer for Bangladesh with 86 in the first innings, said they can still pull off a victory from this position if one of our batsmen can play an extraordinary innings.

‘At the moment it is difficult for us. But the match has not ended yet. I think they are eying a lead close to 500 runs and they still need to score 70 odd runs to be in that position,’ said Tamim.

‘You cannot predict what will happen in cricket. We scored more than 400 runs in the fourth innings in a Test match against Sri Lanka in Dhaka. So who knows? If two or three of us can play a big innings only Allah can say what will happen,’ he added.

‘We are not conceding a defeat yet, because we know if someone can play an extraordinary innings any thing is possible in cricket,’ said an over ambitious Tamim after the third day’s play.

The statement preceded a late show of left-arm spin that kept England batsmen in check in their second innings after the tourists opted to bat again instead of enforcing a follow-on despite a massive 303-run first innings lead.

The ball started keeping low which was evident in the spell of left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, who conceded only seven runs in his four overs and in the process dismissed opener Michael Carberry and first innings centurion Paul Collingwood.
Skipper Sakib al Hasan also generated a sharp turn and removed Jonathan Trott and happy-again Kevin Pietersen, which proved that the pitch has started to crack.

One of Sakib’s deliveries landed on a crack and moved towards the boundary line jumping over the head of a perplexed wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim.

Many believed this could be one of the reasons for England not to impose a follow-on as they did not want to put themselves in a risk of batting in the fourth innings on a potential minefield.

Bangladesh’s failure in the first innings against England off-spinner Graeme Swann is believed to have some kind of negative impact on their confidence.

Swann, without that much assistance from the pitch, scalped five wickets helping the tourists to bowl out Bangladesh for 296 runs and achieve a huge first innings lead.

‘Taking three wickets yesterday [Saturday] put me in good stead. It was hard work today, the pitch wasn’t really responsive but I kept plugging away in the hope that if I got one another might follow and so it proved,’ said Swann, who gave full respect to Bangladesh.

‘Bangladesh batted very well today for an hour before lunch and an hour after lunch and that showed we are going to have our work cut out to take the last 10 wickets,’ said the off-spinner.

‘It’s no surprise after the one-day series. They’ve shown they have some very capable batsmen and some capable bowlers as well. It’s no surprise that they are putting up a fight,’ he said.

He, however, exuded confidence as the nature of wicket has now changed.

‘We’ve got a bit of reverse swing going and there’s always a little bit of turn, the odd one hitting a crack and going a bit more so we’re confident,’ said Swann.

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