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Freedom in the air

Tigers leave St Kitts happy

Sports Reporter

The Tigers left St Kitts yesterday taking with them renewed confidence in batting ahead of their two-match Test series starting in St. Vincent.

The three-day practice match ended in a predictable draw after Bangladesh scored 148 for four in their second innings.  It was refreshing for the management of the visiting side as openers Tamim Iqbal and Shamsur Rahman both got some runs before retiring on 43 and 46 respectively.

Anamul Haque was given the opportunity to bat in the middle order in the second innings as the team is reportedly considering him for either the number five or six position in the Test series. Unfortunately the right-hander only managed to score 15 runs.

The Bangladesh bowling attack made no lasting impression in the practice match but Mushfiqur Rahim's main concern would have to be whether his top order can hit form in the first Test, starting from September 5 at the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown.

Bangladesh is desperately looking for some solace in international cricket after their dismal run so far this year and a further slide in the Test series after a 3-0 loss in the ODI series will only deepen the crisis.

The top order collapsed in the first innings but Mushfiqur and Nasir Hossain's centuries gave them some breathing space ahead of the Test series. It will be a different ball game in the Test series but getting runs always gives a batsman much needed confidence.

Some good news for the Bangladesh captain is that Tamim seemed to get back his rhythm but deciding upon his opening partner may be the biggest dilemma for the team. It will also not be easy to make a decision on the middle order for Mushfiq.

On the bowling side, Bangladesh's spin attack is lacking in experience with the absences of Shakib Al Hasan, Abdur Razzak and Shohag Gazi and they will have to rely on uncapped left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, who took three wickets in the first innings of the practice match.

Another major point of discussion will be whether to choose Shuvagoto Hom's all-round abilities over Mominul Haque in the middle order.

SCORES IN BRIEF
BANGLADESH: First innings 377-7 dec and second innings 148-4 (Tamim 43 retired out, Shamsur 46 retired out, Imrul 9, Riyad 24 not out, Anamul 15, Shuvagoto 1 not out)
ST KITTS AND NEVIS: First innings 399 all out (Jeffers 118, Chanderpaul 183, Rubel 3-90, Taijul 3-109, Shuvagoto 3-48)
Result: Match drawn.

Published: 12:00 am Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Last modified: 5:48 am Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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