Teams happy after Day 1
At the end of the first day, the score-line of 193 for 3 left both sides content. While the hosts were happy to have wickets in the bag, Zimbabwe were pleased to have contained the run-flow.
"We had a plan and we managed to play according to that. It would have been better had we not lost another wicket before the end of play. But we still have a number of wickets in hand. The pitch was slow and not easy to score on," Mahmudullah Riyad said during the post-day press conference at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium here yesterday.
In the same vein, Zimbabwe pacer Elton Chigumbura believed that the game was still in the balance. "I thought it was a good day for us. Going for around two runs an over, especially on this wicket, I think it was a good effort. It's Test cricket. You don't expect to get seven wickets in a day. It's about keeping the run-rate down which gives a chance for more wickets," he said when asked if he was frustrated with first day's performance.
Both the teams expect the second day's morning session to be crucial for the game.
"Tomorrow's [second day's] morning session is very important and everything will depend on that. We may go for the kill if we lose a few wickets in that session. It's difficult to speak on our target but it may be possible to score 400 to 500 runs," said Riyad.
"The wicket is good but need to work hard like Tamim did. He played according to the merit of the ball and worked really hard," opined Riyad. He also expected his bowlers to get a lot more help from the pitch as the game progresses.
On the other hand the Zimbabweans were looking forward to maintaining the discipline they showed on the field yesterday.
"We built the pressure well today. We were just unlucky that we couldn't find the edge but the bowlers bowled really well. We managed to beat the bat a couple of times which on that wicket was a good effort. Although we did not manage five wickets but we hope to bowl the same way tomorrow," said Chigumbura.
He also expected the wicket to offer more turn on Day Two.
"Bangladesh will be happy with this wicket. We mainly bowled seam but when [Natsai] M'Shangwe bowled, it was turning a lot. I think for our spinners, it will be a big day tomorrow. If they bowl in the right areas, they can get more wickets."