Bangladesh batsmen faced huge dilemma on how to face the Kiwi quicks in the Test series especially after they put Bangladesh under a barrage of short deliveries to pick up wickets easily in the first innings. Mahmudullah Riyad talked of ‘tough cricket’ and taking blows to the body in order to survive difficult match scenarios and said he had planned to not let things go easily during his knock today.
Mahmudullah Riyad and Soumya Sarkar managed to override the difficult periods of the match and picked up tons against some good short-ball strategy from the Kiwis in the second innings. Skipper Mahmudullah, who hit a career-best knock of 146 today -- his second ton at Seddon Park – said that despite their dominating knocks, they first had to think of survival yesterday.
“When we were batting at the first hour, we were thinking of not giving our wicket away easily. We wanted to survive that period yesterday.”
There were awkward moments yesterday but gradually the duo gained in confidence. Riyad talked about identifying what the Kiwi quicks did to help the batsmen deal with pressure in the next Test.
“They bowled well in different phases. Wagner consistently tried back-of-a-length bouncers. Southee and Bolt tried to find swing with the new ball. I think maybe that is their main procedure. Maybe they try to get the edge with the new ball before going to the short stuff with the older ball,” he said.
Tamim Iqbal had struck ton in the first innings before Soumya and Riyad’s tons today. The skipper felt that the Tigers will have more knowledge in their side now after a few big innings from their key batsmen.
“Our batsmen have gained an idea regarding this things and hopefully we can keep this things in mind for the second Test.”
"I think to succeed, you have to play tough cricket in Tests because at times there will be good spells from both ends and its important to understand this things. We took the easy option in the first innings and went for shots and got out. A few of our batsmen fell to same kind of shots. For the second innings I decided not to let things go easily. I wanted to suffer and take blows on the body but still give myself a chance,” he added.
He spoke of what Mushfiqur Rahim had told him regarding surviving tough situations. “Initially you might have to suffer but you may reap rewards later if you can overcome the tough period.”