Ready to make amends

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Ready to make amends

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim (L) and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan play a game of football as part of their training at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.

Almost every aspect of Bangladesh’s training yesterday, at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, represented the hosts’ desperate effort for a turnaround in the series.
From Mushfiqur Rahim grasping on to the induced-edges during catching practice and the likes of Imrul Kayes and Shamsur Rahman getting to bat ahead of Marshall Ayub at the nets, to breaking into a team huddle after every session, the hosts’ did everything they could to ensure a fresh start ahead of the second Test tomorrow.
According to ace-allrounder Shakib Al Hassan, the mood at the camp was a lot better then the day after the drubbing innings defeat in Dhaka.
“The day after the first Test got over, everyone was down and felt sad, but at the moment everyone is fine and focussed for the next match,” said Shakib before the start of the camp.
“Matches can go bad, these things happen, but coming back is very important. We have come back from situations like these before, so we have that experience. We have to improve in all the aspects, the fielding especially is very important,” said the all-rounder.
Shakib’s extra emphasis on fielding was understandable. The hosts had given away plenty of opportunities on the field at crucial intervals in the first Test.
“If you notice, the batsmen who scored big runs, such as Mahela [Jayawardene], all of them were given a chance, either through a stumping or a drop-catch. Even apart from Mahela, the other centurion got four to five lives.-


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