You won't win Tests from 24 for 5 and 23 for 4 in both innings - Domingo rues Bangladesh's batting collapses

Yash Mittal

| May 27, 2022 2:42 PM

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Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo has rued the batting-unit collapses which paved the way for a 10-wicket hammering for the hosts at the hands of Sri Lanka in Mirpur on Friday (May 27) afternoon.


Bangladesh were reduced to 24/5 on the first morning of the Test match, and they followed it up by being 23/4 in the second innings.


While the duo of Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim saved them from the blushes in the first innings courtesy of a 200-plus run stand, it wasn't the case in the second innings as they were knocked over for 169 in the 56th over.


Speaking to the media following a series-losing defeat, Domingo said that the management needs to address the top-order collapses by changing things around as they have been happening on a frequent basis these days.


"We have to do something different, whether it is to change the order around. We can look at one or two things. You won't win Tests from 24 for 5 and 23 for 4 in both innings. We have to change something. It has happened too many times in the last 6-8 months," said Domingo.


"We are getting in good positions, and then we have a bad session. We are competing for four days and then have such a bad session that there's no way back. I am sure it is equally frustrating for the players. They are fighting back, but getting behind the game at certain stages," Domingo added.


Domingo was also critical about the line and lengths that his bowlers bowled to Sri Lankan batsmen.


The home side was without Taskin Ahmed, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Shoriful Islam due to injuries but Domingo still felt that it wasn't a 500-run wicket and that his bowlers were guilty of dishing it on middle and leg on a consistent basis.


"In my career as a coach, I have never seen that many runs being scored between midwicket and fine leg. They bowled far too straight, far too many easy balls to score off. I didn't think it was a 500-run wicket. We probably didn't bowl as well as we should. We didn't put them under enough pressure. Those are the small swings that change games," Domingo said.


"We won a Test in New Zealand with Ebadot, Shoriful, Taskin and Miraz. In this Test, we have only had Ebadot. It is a totally new bowling attack (compared) to the one we had in a win." he added.


Sri Lanka chased down the required total of 29 in just 3 overs to claim a 10-wicket win and a 1-0 series win.


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