Bangladesh missed a lot of their key bowlers, but it was the batters, who made life hard after the top-order collapsed twice, according to coach Russell Domingo. Bangladesh went down to Sri Lanka by ten wickets in the second Test, their third successive loss at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, a ground considered their fortress.
Domingo said that the fast bowlers provided far too many deliveries on middle and leg, allowing the Sri Lankan batters to settle down for long.
“In my career as a coach, I have never seen that many runs being scored between midwicket and fine leg. They bowled far too straight, far too many easy balls to score off. I didn’t think it was a 500-run wicket. We probably didn’t bowl as well as we should, “ Domingo said at the end of the second Test.
Bangladesh picked Mosaddek Hossain in Nayeem Hasan’s his place, which boomeranged after the batting all-rounder couldn’t contribute with bat or ball. “Mosaddek played because we needed someone who could bowl as a fifth option. We thought he could bowl 15 overs a day. I am always reluctant to bowl with four bowlers.
“It hurt us here again as Mosaddek didn’t bowl as well we’d hope he’d bowl. We thought he could do Miraz’s job with the ball,” he said.
But the slide started with the batters, who slipped to 24 for 5 on the first morning, and 23 for 4 on the fourth evening. “We have to do something different, whether it is to change the order around. You won’t win Tests from 24 for 5 and 23 for 4 in both innings. We have to change something. It has happened too many times in the last 6-8 months.”
Bangladesh are also struggling due to Mominul Haque’s loss of form. Mominul has now had seven consecutive single-digit scores in Tests, but Domingo backed the Bangladesh captain, repeating what is the general consensus, that he is one big knock away from coming back to form.