Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, October 22, 2003
Bangladesh's Tail Wags!

F Waliullah
At last the late order of the Bangladesh batsman succeeded! With Mashud, Mahmud, Rafique and Mortaza, scoring 200 should not be as difficult as Bangladesh had always proved to be in test matches.

After Bangladesh's maiden test match against India, the Bangladesh lower order batsman have not been too successful. Naimur Rahman and Enamul Haque had contributed once or twice in every three of four test matches, but it was always Khaled Mashud who had been consistent enough down the order.

In this maiden test match of Bangladesh against England, Khaled Mashud has recorded his maiden test match fifty. It is a surprise that he could not score a test match fifty in his last 40 test innings.

Mohammad Rafique also scored his career best figures of 34. He along with Khaled Mahmud are known for their all-round ability, there was a question mark over them as to if they are really all rounders or not. Well now at least one of them has done something with the bat.

After a disastrous performance by the Bangladesh top five specialist batsman, who were out within 70 odd runs, the batting performance of Mushfiqur Rahman, Khaled Mashud, Mohammad Rafique and even Mashrafee Mortoza was much better.

I mean this is how it should be. Previously, in most test matches for Bangladesh, when five or six wickets were down, Bangladesh's innings used to be finished within three to four overs afterwards.

What these 'tail-enders' should do now is try to bat like this in the second innings as well.