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Lack of discipline reason for embarrassing loss: Mahmudullah

 Sports Desk :: sports-desk

 Published: 06:55 PM, 6 November 2018   Updated: 06:55 PM, 6 November 2018

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah Riyad lambasted his batsmen for their prolonged lean-patch after the hosts slipped to an embarrassing 151-run loss against Zimbabwe in the first Test of the two-match series on Tuesday (November 6). Bangladesh have failed to register even a single win in the last eight Tests despite four of them were played on home soil. The batsman have failed to breach the 200-run mark for the eighth consecutive time now and need some quick fixes if they are to level the series.

Bangladesh, who resumed on 26 for no loss, started well with Liton Das and Imrul Kayes taking the team to 56 for no loss. Once the former was dismissed, it opened the floodgates and the side failed to arrest the slide. "It is really difficult to explain such batting. I can say just one thing that the discipline we need in Test cricket, I don't think we played the game in such a disciplined manner as far as batting is concerned," the Bangladesh captain said. "The wicket was good although one or two balls only had turned a bit I think that was playable. We have to look at our disciplinary issues. We have to also increase the belief among ourselves and of course, we have to work more on our batting. In last few matches, our batters have failed which make us concede embarrassing defeats. We have to think about these things and find out the way."

Mahmudullah refused to blame the pitch that, at times, had a vicious turn and bounce. "Our plan was not successful at all. When we got a set target of 321 runs, we talked in the field that we would remain positive and win the match. The wicket was very good and I will give not blame the wicket. We have batted in the worst possible way and we were not disciplined at all,'' he pointed out. "We are having a good run in ODIs but somehow we cannot maintain the same discipline when it comes Test cricket and it is a matter of big concern for us.

"We have to consider it very seriously because if we keep on batting like this we will certainly have no place in Test cricket. This is an issue of our image and we need to make a strong fightback otherwise there is no point playing Test cricket like this."

Mahmudullah added that playing too many shots cost them dearly as it prevented them from building a partnership. "We are playing too many strokes and perhaps we are doing it emotionally and we need to restrict it. We need to be more careful and we need to plan better against different bowlers," he said. "We are unable to create small partnerships because we are failing from top to bottom. We had some poor dismissals due to lapse in concentration and it cannot be accepted in Test cricket.

"We need to talk with our batsman and have to know what they are thinking. As far as I am concerned I wanted to bat positively because I felt that if I could bat long and make some partnership we could take the game closer."

Daily Bangladesh/Sohug