Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh opener, expressed disappointment over his team’s inability to make good of the strong start on the opening day of the first Test in Hamilton. The visitors were 121-1 shortly before lunch but lost eight wickets in the second and third session of the day to be dismissed for 234.
New Zealand added more misery as they got on top of their opponent by ending the day at 86 without loss to take a firm grip on the opening day.
“To be honest, getting this kind of start was like a dream for us because normally on a greenish wicket we tend to lose two or three wickets early and everyone knows what follows next. But after getting such a brilliant start, not to capitalise is disappointing. Not only me, who just scored a hundred, but everyone in the dressing room very disappointed,” Tamim told reporters.
“The wicket will be at its best tomorrow and the day after because whatever slowness and the double pace it had would vanish. So it was important that we bat for the whole day.
“I thought it was a very good wicket. It was greenish but didn’t do too much. We should have scored a lot more runs than what we have put on there. At the end of the day, we have ourselves to blame. I thought if we could have batted the whole day, scored somewhere between 350 to 400, then it could have been a decent total.
“When we went to bat, sometimes, one or two boundaries come along but that was not happening. They were bowling well but in patches. But if you see our dismissals, you will find that we were not dismissed by brilliant deliveries, rather we were out playing wrong shots that helped them earn success by executing their plans.”
The southpaw said that he was happy that he could execute his plans of ducking against Neil Wagner, who picked a five-fer with his barrage of short balls and added that he was determined to hit the ball if it was pitched in his zone. He made a 128-ball 126 with the help of 21 fours and a six to justify his claim.
“I had a very clear plan. The plan was, if there is any room or if the ball is there to hit, I will try to hit it. Luckily, I got a few boundaries early and kept on batting the way I like to bat.
“We made a mistake all of a sudden after doing well. We all know what Wagner does because he is doing it for the last four or five years. But how will we tackle him depends on us. Some like to play pull shots while ducking was a better option for some. For me, ducking was a better option, so I kept on ducking.”