While the Tigers opted to stay indoors, the Sri Lankans enjoyed the glorious sunshine at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday, a day after their great Houdini act in the first one-dayer on Monday. Photo: Star
There's not much that a team's head coach can say when his side goes on to lose a match after reducing the opposition to 67 for eight. It was the kind of match that Shane Jurgensen would never want to look back upon in the near future.
The recovery route for the Bangladeshis in this series after the 'hiccup', as put by Jurgensen, will no doubt be difficult. According to the coach, all they can do right now is move on and concentrate on the game tomorrow.
“I think it's frustrating and disappointing for everyone. We unfortunately had a hiccup. I thought we bowled and fielded well until the last two wickets. We need to take this as a learning opportunity and bounce back in the next game,” Jurgensen told reporters at the team hotel yesterday.
The coach, who has had a positive run with the team before this series, admitted going through a slightly more challenging phase in his career as Bangladesh coach.
“It certainly is a challenge. As a coach you look at the mirror everyday and make sure you are doing the right things. The guys are working hard. We know that we will have a good result if we execute in the three fields,” said Jurgensen.
“It's about the right process. Everyone needs to stay patient with us. As of now we need to win the next game and take it down to the decider,” he added.
Sri Lanka coach Paul Farbrace, who has been on the winning side of all the nail-biting contests, share's Jurgensen's sentiment and believes that all Bangladesh need is to cross the finish line once to regain their confidence.
“When you win a couple of games, you take confidence from that. I think Bangladesh are close to winning games. The T20 series and last night's game could have gone either way. I don't think they lack belief. It is just about winning a close game. They will be off and running from there,” said Farbrace.
Farbrace was over the moon after the visitors scraped a win on Monday and described it as a 'magnificent' victory.
“I think yesterday the heart and the fight won us the game. You also need a bit of luck to go your way. There are small margins in international cricket. Winning close games is important, because it shows the fight and determination in the team,” he said.
“The great thing was that from 110-2, I was very impressed how the boys fought, stuck at it, caught well and were disciplined in their bowling. The pressure forced the victory,” he added.