Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Updated: Saturday, August 14, 2004
|Coach's Report: U19 Test Two|
Quick update late at night for you all.
Very frustrating day today. I have a few more grey hairs as a result. Anyway, we started quite well as the ball did not swing much in the first hour and the English bowlers attacked which allowed us scoring opportunities early. This is the reason for the high run rate early. They were not many risky shots just drives and leg glances etc as they bowled more balls at the stumps.
After the first change of bowling about 8th over, the English team bowled 2 feet wide of off stump for the rest of the day. The ball really started to swing, a lot and this is still something our batsmen are having trouble dealing with and is the prime reason we are even touring England instead of a cheaper option such as India or Pakistan. We need to experience these conditions as we don't get the ball swinging in Bangladesh.
We also don't face much bowling where the ball is wide and swinging all the time. The aim of the game here is patience and unfortunately we still are developing that aspect of our game. We need to make the bowlers bowl to us, not our batsmen chasiing them. A classic example is Dhiman Ghosh, who in my opinion is probably the best batsmen in this group along with Aftab, we have yet to face a bowler who would troubled him. The only person who gets him out is himself. But he is learning.
Nazim, Nadfi, Mushfiqur, Ashim and Rajib all displayed the patience required to play the longer game and hence we were able to build a score of 273. We will have to bowl well, to gain a lead but there was plenty of dust around the wicket today and some good footmarks developing so our spinners could work well tomorrow.
We had an extensive review this evening of our batting and their bowling and hopefully we can put some things in to practice in the second innings.
Day 2 (via email to chinaman)
The day started well with Joe Denley out caught behind to Rajib 3rd ball of the day. The decision was a little dubious but the ball was a good one regardless.
A partnership then built between Alistair Cook and Ravi Bopara, before Rajib collected his second wicket having Cook caught at cover by Aftab Ahmed. This followed a period of sustained good bowling from Rajib and Nazmul.
Bopara was next to go bowled by Nadif Chowdhury, beaten in flight losing his leg stump.
First test hero Luke Wright was then bowled by Nadif Chowdhury trying to repeat his favourite cut shot which proved so successful for him in the first test.
James Hildreth and Samit Patel then took England to lunch with the score on 4 for 142, chasing Bangladesh' 273.
Patel was dismissed in the first over after lunch by Nadif Chowdhury courtesy of a brilliant catch at silly mid off by Nafees Ahmed. This left England at 5 for 156, still 117 short of their target.
The lunch tea session then belonged to England with Somerset's Country 1st's leading run scorer James Hildreth demonstrating his class who along with Steve Davies batting through to tea to have England still 5 down but with a first innings lead of 40.
Immediately after tea Nazmul Hossain claimed Davies caught behind by Dhiman Ghosh. He then bowled Adam Harrison for 1 to have England 330 for 7. Hildreth then moved on past his 150.
Nazmul Hossain took a brilliant catch to dismiss Mark Turner from the bowling of Nadif.
Nazmul Hossain then had Simon Cusden caught at gully before Hildreth went on a rampage batting with number 11 Michael Munday. Hildreth approached and passed his double hundred from one Nazmul Hossain over in which he slammed 25 including 3 sixes. He was then bowled by Rajib by the first ball of the next over for 210.
England were finally dismissed for 392 with a lead 119. Nadif finished with 4 wickets while Rajib and Nazmul Hossain both grabbed 3 each.
Nafees Iqbal was out in the third over caught behind off the bowling of Luke Wright for 6.
Bangladesh closed at stumps to be 13 for 1.
Hildreth - sensational one of the best innings i have ever had the pleasure of seeing. A chanceless double century, and hardly hit a ball in the air until the last 30 mins when he cut loose for fear of losing batting partners. It was a great example of how to bat.
Our bowlers all bowled quite well, but he was able to absorb pressure and then wait for a loose ball, which at time took up to 10 overs to come. Enam was a little out of sorts to do and did not bowl to his potential but all others bowled very well. If you take out hildreth's 200 and davies 70, there is not much left in the England innings. Unfortunately we just could not break the partnerships.
Enam did change the bowling around frequently at times, but this was part of the plan in order to unsettle the batsmen and keep exposing them to different angles, speeds and degrees of turn.
Unfortunately we lost a late wicket prior to stumps to a very good delivery from Luke Wright.
But today is a new day and the batsmen have the job ahead of them. If we can bat through the day today we are in for a good chance as the wicket is getting drier and the footmarks will come into play.
Sorry i did not make special mention to Mushfiqur in the first innings, he batted very well, but the support of Ashim Chowdhury and then Rajib ensured we could build the partnerships so they deserve equal credit.
Nadif again was our leading bowler, but Nazmul and Rajib are also starting to hit their straps.Conclusion
The second test had a disappointing conclusion when we could only set England 56 runs to win in the 2nd innings. Again had we been able to set them around 200 or 250 it would have been a genuine chance as there were some good footmarks for our spinners to work with and Nazmul Hossain is bowling well.
Aftab batted very well in the second innings to score 91 and is demonstrating a new level of maturity with his batting. It has been a tough challenge to get him to do this, but I am pleased with the progress he has made and hope he can take this into the Champion?s trophy. He received a very good ball from England Luke Wright in the last over, yesterday, that pitched on middle and off and moved away getting a faint edge on the way through.
Aftab and Nadif batted very well to get through a very good spell of bowling, to add 88 for the 5th wicket before Nadif was caught behind to a ball that swung a long way from medium pacer James Hildreth.
To summarise the test without going through all the scores, some key points can be identified.
Please remain patient and keep looking for ways to improve rather than opportunities to criticise, although constructive well thought out criticism is always welcome.
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