Bangladesh does not play with three pace bowlers in the subcontinent. Recently, Bangladesh fielded a pacer, even a pacerless XI, at home. But Mominul Haque’s team is playing in three pacers after seeing the green 22 yards of Pallekele. It did not match the benefits. However, Pallekele’s wicket is responsible for this failure. On the contrary, Taskin Ahmed says that even in this dead wicket, the fast bowling of the fast bowlers is the only way to get the future.
‘Honestly, it is difficult to bowl on such a wicket in a Test. Their (Suranga) Lakmal also bowled 35 overs. But the option of creating opportunities in this wicket is less. I left the innings with so many runs … It would have been nice if the wicket had a little help for bowling ‘, said Taskin, the most eye-catching of the pacers at the end of the fourth day’s play yesterday.
Kalerkantho has already bowled 55 overs with three pacers in Sri Lanka’s unfinished first innings, which is a rare occurrence for Bangladesh’s spin-heavy team. Even in domestic first-class cricket, fast bowlers do not have much experience in bowling because of the character of the wicket. Taskin Ahmed himself has done 25 overs in the last two days. The last time he bowled so much in first-class cricket, he had to recall, ‘I’ve only played two matches this season. As far as I can remember, I bowled for a long time in an average year (season). ‘
There is a risk that the batsmen’s dominance in the dead wicket will be exhausted due to the extreme heat. There is a habit of not bowling for a long time. Physically, in such a situation, the mental distress is not less. Speaking about learning from Pallekele’s experience, Taskin said, “In such a situation, one has to do something. For example, bowling regularly in one place. Bowling the batsman in a plan. This is a great learning opportunity for yourself. It is not possible to do well in such conditions without sufficient skill and fitness. It takes everything to survive in such conditions. We tried our best. I hope tomorrow (today) will be a better day. ‘
Taskin’s tomorrow means Sri Lanka are plotting to win today. The team’s coach Mickey Arthur made it public yesterday, “We are definitely thinking of winning. This is how we play cricket. That should be the culture of the dressing room. I told the boys in the West Indies that we wanted to be a team that would be hard to lose. In this way we will form an all-conquering team. It’s hard for us to lose. I will try my best tomorrow, let’s see where the day goes. ‘What is Bangladesh thinking? “This Test is more likely to be a draw,” Taskin said. But since it is cricket, anything can happen at any time. ‘ You have to try harder to stop the run. Batsmen have to throw the ball in weak places. There is nothing else to do (on such a wicket). ‘