Bangladesh 'pos­i­tive' be­fore sec­ond Zim­babwe Test

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS -

DHAKA, Nov 10, 2018 (AFP) - Stand-in Bangladesh skip­per Mah­mudul­lah Riyad said his team would go into the sec­ond Test against Zim­babwe in Dhaka on Sun­day with "a pos­i­tive frame of mind" to rise above their re­cent fail­ures.

Bangladesh are un­der pressure to win af­ter Zim­babwe thrashed the home side by 151 runs in the first Test in Syl­het to take a 1- 0 lead in the twoTest se­ries this week.

"To be frank none of us were think­ing of a loss. We are think­ing pos­i­tive. If you think neg­a­tive you may get stuck in that place," Mah­mudul­lah said on Satur­day ahead of the game.

"So we are try­ing to keep in a pos­i­tive frame of mind and win the game by play­ing good cricket," he said.

Bangladesh were heav­ily crit­i­cised for their poor show in the first Test when they were dis­missed for 143 and 169 runs in two in­nings.

It was the eighth con­sec­u­tive Te s t in­nings where Bangladesh failed to cross the 200-run mark.

Mah­mudul­lah urged his team­mates to show more fight­ing spirit.

"I think we are suf­fer­ing be­cause of a lack of dis­ci­pline (in bat­ting). You have to raise your con­cen­tra­tion in Tests. Other­wise, the chance of per­form­ing well is lim­ited," he said.

"In slow and spin­ning wick­ets where the ball comes late, you have to play it that way. There comes the im­por­tance of dis­ci­pline. Pa­tience is also im­por­tant."

The venue for the sec­ond Test, the Sher- e- Bangla Na­tional Sta­dium at Dhaka's Mir­pur neigh­bour­hood, is known for its slow pitch which has pro­duced a re­sult in 14 out of 17 Tests it hosted.

The last time there was a draw was when rain washed out play in the last four days of a Test be­tween Bangladesh and South Africa in 2015.

Bangladesh cricket cap­tain Mo­ham­mad Mah­mudul­lah plays a shot dur­ing the fourth day of the first Test cricket match against Zim­babwe in Syl­het - AFP

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