Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo Image Source : TWITTER/BCBTIGERS
Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo Image Source : TWITTER/BCBTIGERS

Russell Domingo, Bangladesh’s head coach said on Sunday that their batting unit is low on confidence. Bangladesh is staring at a defeat as West Indies concluded the day on the driving seat needing 35 runs to win the opening Test.

Bangladesh was bundled out for 103 runs in the first innings and from then onwards the game started to slip from their grasp. The tourists also failed to capitalize in their second innings as they were 109-6 at one stage before Shakib al Hasan and Nurul Hasan added 123 runs for the seventh-wicket stand to help earn a slim lead.

Russell Domingo
Russell Domingo. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Russell Domingo Feels Batters Are All Low On Confidence At The Moment

Bangladesh was all out for 103 and 245 in the first Test against West Indies. A brilliant rearguard partnership by captain Shakib Al Hasan and Nurul Hasan saved Bangladesh from an innings defeat. But when they were all out for 245, they left West Indies with only 84 to win with more than two days left at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Bangladesh medium-pacer Khaled Ahmed took three wickets in 11 balls and reduced West Indies to 9 for 3 in the fourth over of the chase. However, opener John Campbell and Jermaine Blackwood eased the tension by holding out to stumps and leading West Indies to 49 for 3. The team should knock off the remaining 35 runs on Sunday morning in the series opener.

”It’s not good. In both innings too many soft dismissals and too many poor decisions with the batting and 103 runs in the first innings….could have gotten more than that and 245 in the second innings could have gotten more than that so it’s the bottom line. Too many soft dismissals in this particular Test match,” Russell Domingo told reporters after the third day’s play.

Bangladesh pacer Khaled Ahmed
Bangladesh pacer Khaled Ahmed (Photo | AFP)

”Batters are all low on confidence at the moment. Some of the big players Mominul, Shanto are low in confidence. In cricket, confidence is a big thing and at the moment they just don’t have that confidence in their batting,” he said.

Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo, following a poor outing by the Bangladeshi batters in the first Test match against West Indies in the ongoing series, reckons that the batters are low on confidence at the moment. He was not impressed with the manner in which his batters were dismissed, saying that there were too many soft dismissals and poor decision-making with the bat.

Russell Domingo: Shakib Al Hasan Got To Convert Starts To Hundreds

Russell Domingo added that though Shakib al Hasan batted well in both innings he needs to make a balance between his attack and defense considering he is capable of getting Test hundreds. Shakib al Hasan made 51 in the first innings while scoring 63 runs in the second innings before getting out playing a poor shot against Kemar Roach.

In both the innings Shakib al Hasan played with aggression and according to Russell Domingo, it was due to transferring the pressure to the bowling unit.

”Look Shakib is always going to play with good intent and we don’t want him to slog but play good cricket shots. I suppose he just wants to transfer just a little bit of pressure back on the bowlers but he is aware that once he gets through that initial stage he’s going to bat properly,” said Russell Domingo.

Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)

”He is good enough to get a hundred and he’s got to get hundreds, he is batting at number seven at the moment but surely he will bat at number six and top six batters got to get hundreds. So he’s got to find that balance between attack and defense.

“Sometimes you got to counter-attack and there is no doubt about that but just make sure that he keeps his shape, keeps his position and keeps his head still because he is a quality batter and he showed it today,” he said.

Russell Domingo said that he is happy with the performance of their bowling department while adding that though pacer Khaled Ahmed picked three quick wickets still he needs to have a lot of improvement.

”Bowled fantastically in both innings and to keep them on 260 on that pitch is a fantastic effort. Very proud of bowlers’ effort in these last couple of days,” said Domingo.

”He [Khaled] bowled nicely in the second innings and picked up a few good wickets but still got a lot of improving to do and there is no doubt about that,” he added.

Bangladesh, despite some resistance in their second innings, did not put enough on the board to come back into the match, as they could only set up a meager target of 84. At the end of Day 3, West Indies are on 49 for three wickets and are well on their way to a victory on Day 4.

Stumps West Indies 265 (Brathwaite 94, Blackwood 63, Mehidy 4-65) and 49 for 3 (Campbell 28*, Blackwood 17*, Khaled 3-14) need another 35 runs to beat Bangladesh 103 and 245 (Nurul 64, Roach 5-53, Joseph 3-55)