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Domingo: ‘You won’t win Tests from 24 for 5 and 23 for 4 in both innings’

Bangladesh missed many of their key bowlers, but according to coach Russell Domingo, it was the batters who made life difficult after the top ranking collapsed twice. Bangladesh went on to take 10 wickets from Sri Lanka in the second Test, their third consecutive loss at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, in Mirpur, a site considered their fortress.

Domingo said the fast bowlers delivered far too many mid and leg deliveries, allowing the Sri Lankan batters to settle for a long time. He missed the bowling attack that was part of the historic Mount Maunganui Test at the start of 2022, with Taskin Ahmed and Mehidy Hasan missing Miraz due to injuries. Shoriful Islam was also barred from the second test after breaking his hand in Chattogram.

“In my career as a coach I have never seen so many runs scored between midwicket and fine leg. They threw way too straight, way too many easy balls to score. I didn’t think it was a 500 run wicket “We probably have not bowled as well as we should. We haven’t pressured them enough. Those are the little swings that change games,” Domingo said at the end of the second test.

“We won a test in New Zealand with Ebadot, Shoriful, Taskin and Miraz. In this test we only had Ebadot. It’s a completely new bowling attack (compared to the attack we had with a win.”

Bangladesh also missed Nayeem Hasan’s services in Mirpur after he too was injured in the Chattogram test. They chose Mosaddek Hossain in his place, who hit a boomerang after the batting all-rounder failed to contribute with bat or ball. Domingo said Mosaddek was expected to bowl at least 15 overs a day, but came up short.

“Mosaddek played because we needed someone who could bowl as a fifth option. We thought he could bowl 15 overs a day. I’m always hesitant to bowl with four bowlers.

“It hurt us again here because Mosaddek wasn’t bowling very well, we were hoping he would bowl. We thought he could do Miraz’s job with the ball. Miraz was a big loss – he bowls a lot of overs, he takes wickets and bats,” he said.

But the slide started with the batters, who dropped to 24 for 5 on the first morning and to 23 for 4 on the fourth night. Domingo said they had to change things up to get better results.

“We have to do something else, whether it’s to change the order. We can look at one or two things. Tests of 24 for 5 and 23 for 4 in both turns you don’t win. We have to change something.” It has happened too many times in the past 6-8 months.

“We get into good positions and then we have a bad session. We fight for four days and then have such a bad session that there is no going back. I’m sure it’s just as frustrating for the players. They fight back, but be behind the game in certain phases,” claimed Domingo.

Bangladesh is also having a hard time 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, reiterating the general consensus that he is one big blow away from returning to form.

“He is undoubtedly feeling the pressure and the expectations. The Test captain is always watched in Bangladesh, where the team has not performed well in the last 10 to 15 years. No matter how strong and brave you are, it will wear you out .” down.

“He’s a tough man and a fantastic player. I support him to get good at some point. He probably needs to step back over the next week, think fresh and reassess where he is right now with his cricket.” Domingo said.

The bigger surprise was how Bangladesh, despite hitting first, couldn’t get all the way through the Dhaka field, which was surprisingly sporty. “It was a very good pitch for batting and bowling. A fast bowler got ten wickets in the game. Shakib got five wickets. We can’t complain about the wicket. These are the types of pitches where your skills improve,” Domingo said. †

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