WI vs BAN: 2nd Test, Shakib Al Hasan reckoned that the visitors need to step up and put up a better performance, especially in the first two hours of the match.
Shakib Al Hasan. Courtesy: Reuters
- The second Test will start on Friday, June 24, 2022
- Bangladesh lost the first Test by 7 wickets
- Shakib urged his teammates to perform in challenging conditions
Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan challenged his teammates to perform well in the first two hours of the second Test against West Indies, starting Friday, June 24 at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia.
The Tigers lost the opening Test in Antigua by seven wickets and Shakib said that it was the first session of Day 1 that killed the match. He had also said that batters need to step up and one can’t feed them with a spoon.
The visiting team lost six wickets in the pre-lunch session on the first day of the opening Test and weren’t able to make a comeback from there on.
The Magura-born all-rounder said that he expects the pitch in St Lucia to be slightly easier for batting as compared to the one in Guyana.
“We can only focus on the first two hours of tomorrow’s match and we have to do well at that point of time whether we are bowling or batting and later we can play according to the match situation,” Shakib was quoted as saying to the reporters .
“The opening day we will have a better wicket than Antigua to bat. I think there will be pace and bounce but there won’t be sideways movement, but until we are playing it is hard to say how the wicket will behave. When we start the innings after 15 to 20 minutes, we can say how the wicket will behave,” he stated.
The veteran also admitted that the Bangladesh batters have strained to put on numerous instances when put under pressure.
“If you look at the last three Tests, then you can say that (there is weakness against pace). If you see the two Tests before that, you will say it was spin. We always fail to stay on the wicket in difficult conditions . This is an opportunity and a challenge and let’s see how we can overcome it,” Shakib added.