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Taijul rues expensive middle session on second day

Last updated on 23 Dec 2022 | 04:29 PM
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Taijul rues expensive middle session on second day

Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer added 159 for the fifth wicket as India took a first innings lead of 87 runs

Bangladesh spinner Taijul Islam felt that his team were lacking in bowling and fielding on the second day which cost them from taking a precious lead in the second Test against India in Dhaka.

Taijul was crucial in removing the visitors' top three batters with just 72 runs on the board while Taskin Ahmed dismissed Virat Kohli cheaply. Rishabh Pant (93) and Shreyas Iyer (87) survived few close calls as they led India's recovery with a 159-run partnership for the fifth wicket to take them to 314 all out and a lead of 87 runs.

Taijul rued the chances to break the Pant-Iyer partnership which included a missed stumping by keeper Nurul Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraj's missed catch of Iyer which left him with a bloodied nose.

"To be honest, the middle session was an expensive one. If we could've leaked lesser runs, even if we didn't get wickets, it would have been good for us. Still, I won't say that we are in a very bad state," the left-arm spinner told reporters on Friday.

"To be honest, we have some lacking (in fielding and catching) here. When they play against big teams, they don't get those chances. But against Bangladesh, they get one or two chances. At one point, we missed two to three chances and if we could've picked those chances, they would have been all out even before crossing our total," he added.

Bangladesh were 7/0 at the end of the day and Taijul is confident that they can set India a big target.

"If Bangladesh can take a lead of 250 runs, it will be good. If we want to take a 250-run lead, we will have to bat for the entire day tomorrow, and we will have to see how the wicket will behave on the fourth and fifth day. We want to score as much as possible because we still have three days of play left. If we can bat well and take the lead to 300 or 350, it will be even better," Taijul said.

With Mehidy out of the field to treat his nosebleed, captain Shakib Al Hasan had to shoulder the bowling responsibility despite struggling with a shoulder niggle. Taijul felt that the Bangladesh skipper did his best and ended up with 4-79.

"I think he gave 100 percent and I haven't seen anything bad. The breakthrough that he provided at the latter part of the innings clearly suggest that he was bowling well," Taijul said of Shakib.

"I think we are bowling well. We are playing against a big team, and taking that into consideration, we are doing well," he added.

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