Bangladesh coach vows to bounce back from Zim­babwe loss

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Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes yes­ter­day promised his team would bounce back from their open­ing Test de­feat against Zim­babwe to square the two-Test se­ries in Dhaka.

Zim­babwe thrashed Bangladesh by 151 runs in the first Test in the north­east­ern city of Syl­het, post­ing their first Test win in five years since they de­feated Pak­istan at Harare in 2013.

Bangladesh were heav­ily crit­i­cised for their poor show in the game, in which the team was dis­missed for 143 and 169 runs in two in­nings — mak­ing eight con­sec­u­tive Test in­nings where Bangladesh failed to cross the 200-run mark.

But Rhodes said he is hop­ing the team will make a strong come­back in the next match.

“These guys are re­ally de­ter­mined to put things right and that’s what I love about the Bangladeshi dress­ing room. They keep sur­pris­ing me and they keep bounc­ing back,” Rhodes told re­porters in Syl­het.

“Cer­tainly the only thing that went wrong in this game was our bat­ting in the first in­nings. We lost the toss when there was not much hap­pen­ing and we did a great job in bowl­ing them out for 282,” he said.

“Then we needed 350 or 400 and if we didn’t get that score then it was al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult bat­ting last.

“So we missed an op­por­tu­nity in our first in­nings bat­ting and there was noth­ing wrong with our plans or tac­tics, we just made a mess of it in our first in­nings.

“To get rolled for 140 (143) and be a 140 (139) be­hind, go­ing into the third in­nings of the game, was quite dis­as­trous for us.”

He said the team would put things right in the se­cond and last Test match at Dhaka’s Mir­pur ground be­gin­ning on Sun­day.

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