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A long road to cross – Tamim Iqbal


BANGLADESH’S TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND, 2019

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In all of Bangladesh’s miseries with the bat in the ongoing series, Tamim has been one of the exceptions. © AFP

“Difficult but not impossible.”

Tamim Iqbal believes there is still hope in the match for Bangladesh after the visitors were left reeling at 80 for 3 at the end of fourth day’s play at Basin Reserve, trailing New Zealand by 141 runs.

Despite rain coming to the rescue of the tourists, New Zealand have put themselves in a comfortable position to win the second Test, and with it, take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. However, the senior Bangladesh opener isn’t willing to give up as yet.

“Definitely it is difficult but anything is possible in cricket. We still have seven wickets and is Riad bhai (Mahmudullah) and Liton (Das) are yet to come,” Tamim told reporters on Monday.

“If we don’t lose any wicket or just one wicket in the opening session then there is a chance,” he said. “Everyone is hoping that we can bat through all the sessions. Had we lost only one wicket, then we would have been in a better position as far as earning a draw is concerned. With three wickets down, we need to cross a long road.

“It is not easy to bat here. We should have batted better in the first innings because we got a good start. But there is a lot for the bowlers as the wicket is prepared that way. So we need to survive.”

Bangladesh found themselves in such a situation following Ross Taylor’s quickfire double century which set the base of New Zealand’s 432 for 6 before they declared their innings after Bangladesh were bundled out for 211 in their first essay. Taylor was aided by Henry Nicholls who stroked his fifth Test century and paired up for a 216-run stand for the fourth wicket.

However, even keeping aside his stroke-filled batting, Bangladesh didn’t do well by offering him two lifelines through the course of his 212-ball knock. It all unfolded in an eventful over by Abu Jayed, which proved to be a decisive moment in the game.

Jayed forced an uppish drive off the first ball of the over only for the fielder at cover to put down a sitter. To make matters worse, just two balls later, Shadman Islam dropped a chance in the slip cordon.

“We missed the catch of someone who scored a double hundred. Catch is something that anyone can spill so whoever spilled it must be feeling bad but at the end of the day its part of cricket,” said Tamim, defending his teammates.

In all of Bangladesh’s miseries with the bat in the ongoing series, Tamim has been one of the exceptions. However, after having notched up three consecutive fifty-plus scores in the first three innings of the series, the southpaw failed on Monday, getting trapped by Trent Boult in the second ball of the innings.

He won’t have any further part of play in the the game but hopes that the unbeaten batsman will help Bangladesh to a draw. “There is no point hiding that we will feel bad (if we lose). There was no cricket for the opening two days and the result has gone against us in the remaining three days. If we say that it does not hurt us, then we will be lying,” Tamim concluded.

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