Bangladesh traded in their common olive immature relaxed caps for a lighter shade, a kind they used in limited-overs matches, during Arnos Vale. Proceedings on a initial day left one wondering if Mushfiqur Rahim was thrown off by a habit change. For prolonged passages of play, he led Bangladesh as he would in a one-day match.
He resorted to Mahmudullah, a semi-regular bowler, in a sixth over after putting a antithesis in to bat. At a toss, he pronounced his preference was formed on a guarantee of a few hours of transformation for a quicks. It is disputable if there was such assistance though Mushfiqur hardly authorised his seamers adequate time with a new ball.
Bangladesh have been in a unemployment in 2014 and Mushfiqur’s strategy on a initial day mirrored another down-on-his-luck captain. Nasser Hussain had invited Australia to bat during a Gabba in 2003 and watched his bowlers get methodically dismantled. While a predestine of this Test has nonetheless to be determined, Mushfiqur’s preference might come to figure a outcome.
Mushfiqur wanted to give Bangladesh a event to bat when a representation would be during a best. But judging by how a West Indies batsmen fared, a initial day wasn’t a bad batting day either. His preference seemed to strengthen his 8 batsmen rather than his 3 dilettante bowlers, one of whom is a debutant, one who is personification usually his fourth Test and another with an 80-plus bowling average. In a end, Bangladesh were left nursing a prolonged day on a field.
Rubel Hossain‘s initial spell was cut brief during dual overs and Mahmudullah transposed him, with a long-off in place. This wasn’t a desirous Mushfiqur who challenged Gayle by gripping Sohag Gazi on in 2012. This was a captain looking for a many defensive ways to get by a problem.
Mahmudullah’s purpose was to stymie a batsmen, though his initial round slid down leg and Gayle’s brush thundered into a range boards. By a finish of his dual overs, he had conceded some-more runs than Rubel. Shuvagata Hom, a debutant offspinner, afterwards transposed Mahmudullah and was struck for dual fours in dual overs call Rubel’s return. If Mushfiqur was anticipating to warn a antithesis by springing his spinners, it backfired.
Bangladesh have now put in a antithesis 16 times in Tests, and have conceded some-more than 400 runs on 7 occasions. It suggests that they have opted for self-preservation even in conditions ideal for batting.
This was a fifth time Mushfiqur had won a toss in Tests, and a second time he had sent a antithesis in. The initial arise was final year in Harare when Zimbabwe done 389 and went on to play out Bangladesh for 134 and 147 to win by a outrageous margin. On that occasion, there was assistance for a seamers, though Bangladesh didn’t feat a conditions well. Bowling first, moreover, did no favours to their 3 spinners.
On a three occasions that Mushfiqur motionless to bat first, Bangladesh done some-more than 350 twice and were bowled out for 282 a other time.
Thankfully for Mushfiqur, his dual debutants brought Bangladesh behind into a competition after lunch. Mushfiqur didn’t go on a defensive after they had discharged Chris Gayle and Kirk Edwards, though his bowlers couldn’t apart Brathwaite and Darren Bravo compartment they had combined 128 and put West Indies behind in command.
At 264 for 3, West Indies haven’t run divided with a diversion yet, though it seems a formidable ask for 3 dilettante bowlers to shorten them to anything next 400. Mushfiqur had a possibility to give them a measure to play at, and by a finish of a day might have rued his preference not to.