Bangladeshi hitters failed to produce for the second consecutive Test, with six of them failing to open their accounts. The Asian heavyweights had chosen to bat first in the first Test of the two-match series against the West Indies in Antigua on Thursday, but they absolutely flopped and were bowled out for 103 runs in the first innings.
Only 32.5 overs were enough for the world’s number nine team. No one else reached double figures except skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who took up the job for the third time in his career, opening batter Tamim Iqbal, and Liton Das.
Six hitters were sent back to the dugout without scoring a single run. This happened in the first innings of Bangladesh’s most recent red-ball match, which they played at home against Sri Lanka last month.
This Is Beyond Explanation: Shakib Al Hasan
Back-to-back bad performances by the team’s batting line-up drew harsh criticism from senior all-rounder and team captain Shakib, who was irritated by the performance and claimed that as the game progressed, the players needed to take more responsibility in the game.
“I don’t have any explanation for this. This is beyond explanation. Others may have an explanation, but I don’t. Here, the work of the coaches and the captain is easy. Suppose someone doesn’t perform, I’ll leave him out.
Here, the batters have to take responsibility. They have to do their own work. No one can feed them with a spoon. They failed, but hopefully they will make a comeback in the second innings. That’s the challenge,” Shakib al Hasan was quoted as saying by India Today.
Poor Batting Form Continues for Bangladesh Batters
Bangladesh lost a stunning home match against Sri Lanka after losing 0-2 to a second-string South African team in March of this year. Their prospects of earning a favourable outcome in the current Test against the Men in Maroon are also slim.
The hosts scored 265 runs in response to their first innings total of 103. They had taken control of the game by dismissing two Bangladeshi batters for 50 runs in the second innings before the close of the second day’s play.