The plan is to play out time!

Published: January 30, 2014

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After being utterly outdone by Mahela Jayawardene and co on the third day of the first Test yesterday, Bangladesh’s only chance of making a match of this Test remains in the hands of their batsmen, and according to Shohag Gazi it would do his side a world of good if they could ‘learn’ from the way Jayawardene batted.

“There’s a lot to learn from him. He batted all day, made only one or two mistakes. There is a lot for our batsmen to learn from him. All we can hope for right now is to play out the next two days, we need to play time and play session by session,” said Gazi at the post-day conference.

However, Bangladesh’s aim of surviving suffered a jolt yesterday after Tamim unnecessarily threw his wicket away, something which Gazi thought was against the plan.

“He has played some big innings, has been playing for a few years now. Probably it was a mistake on his part. He felt really bad after returning to the dressing room. Not much we can do about that now,” said Gazi.

The day saw Sri lanka pile on 355 runs and lose just one wicket. The off-spinner stated that the team’s plan was to restrict the runs and force the batsmen to make mistakes, something which eventually failed.

“They batted beautifully no doubt. We tried to bowl dot balls and maidens because any batsmen can get frustrated at that. But I guess luck wasn’t on our side,” said Gazi.

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