Why Bangladesh collapsed on day 1 of the second Test against England
It was an exciting day of Test cricket at Mirpur on day 1. 13 wickets fell on the day and had rain not interfered, the duration of excitement would have been more as the English top order was found wanting again. Shakib Al Hasan struck gold first and then, it was the young sensation, Mehedi Hasan, who set jitters in the English batting line-up yet again.
Alastair Cook became his victim while the struggling Gary
But Bangladesh’s strike at the fag end of the day was not the most thrilling part, in fact, it was the collapse of the home team’s batting order which made the day an eventful one.
Imrul Kayes left the scene early, but Tamim Iqbal’s imperious form and Mominul Haque’s calm and cool presence gave Alastair Cook a
When England met Bangladesh last time at Mirpur six years ago, they experienced a birthday bash from Tamim and on day 1, they were treated with another exhibition of caution-mixed-with-aggression type of delicacy from the Bangladeshi southpaw. At the other end, Mominul provided the ideal foil to Tamim’s controlled aggression as they scripted a 170-run partnership for the second wicket in 41 overs.
Cook’s spinners let him down in the first session and he decided to rely on his strength – the pace bowlers – in the second session. The ball started to lose its shine and overcast conditions made him introduce a spin-and-pace bowling combination in
Why did the Bangladeshi batting collapse in such bizarre fashion?
Of course, there were some obvious reasons behind this.
Firstly, in Test cricket, there happens to be a passage of play, which proves testing for the batsmen and England unleashed such a period from over 45 to 56.
When Adil Rashid’s sloppy bowling was releasing the pressure, Cook thought he had enough and threw the ball to his go-to-man Ben Stokes. The English captain persisted with Ali and engaged Ben Stokes from the other end and Stokes delivered his captain’s faith in him and was simply mesmerising from one end.
He banged the ball
To survive in such tough periods, resolve is the most important thing and Bangladesh failed to exhibit it big time. In those eleven overs, Bangladesh needed to stay at the wicket, but they attempted too many shots and thus, succumbed.
Secondly, the lack of technique of the Bangladeshi batsmen while playing against reverse swing made them suffer a lot. It’s never an easy task to handle the reverse swing, but there are ways to counter it. One is composure and the other is an appropriate technique.
While playing the reverse swing, a batsman needs to pay attention towards the shine
Sadly, the Bangladeshi batters failed to apply such techniques and were unsure about the destination of the ball after landing on the track and the outcome was not chummy at all.
Thirdly, England were smart enough to set up the Bangladeshi batsmen. As, for example, Mahmudullah was set up by Stokes intelligently.
The first ball of his 45
In the 51
In the fourth ball, Stokes, who gave Mahmudullah the false sense of security that he will be easy to hit outside off, pitched one way outside
The second session sapped away Bangladesh’s vim and even the likes of Shakib Al Hasan failed to rise to the occasion as it was Chris Woakes who carried on the good work of Stokes to dismiss Bangladesh’s last two hopes, Shakib and Shuvgata Hom.