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Bangladesh failed to exploit their first-innings lead as the hosts now face a probable defeat in the Chattogram Test unless a miracle occurs. With all of their wickets in hand, the visitors only need 93 runs to win on the fifth day.
Bangladesh coach Russel Domingo, on the other hand, believes the hosts have a chance if they can improve their mindset on Tuesday morning.
Bangladesh has already fought back several times in the Test, and Bangladesh's head coach feels his squad can do it again when it means most.
"I'm really proud of the way the guys have fought back several times in the Test match. It's a young team, they've shown really good character. Cricket is a strange game, obviously, Pakistan are ahead at the moment needing only 93 runs. It will take something really special," Domingo said at the virtual press conference after day four’s play.
"But its Test match cricket, anything is possible," Domingo said when he was asked whether Bangladesh can still come back and win this game.
"We gotta come out tomorrow morning believing that we still got a chance and if we can pick up two or three early wickets in the first half-hour or so, anything is still possible. Though Pakistan are well ahead in the game at the moment, we gotta make sure we come out with a better attitude tomorrow," he added.
Nurul Hasan Sohan and Liton Das were the last pair who gave the Tigers a decent partnership (38), which could have been bigger but Sohan played an unnecessary shot to get out and broke the partnership. The head coach has expressed his despair as he said Liton would not play the same shot again in that same delivery.
“I am not going to criticise players in the media, but I thought we were getting some momentum. I thought we were ahead of the game. We were 196 ahead with four wickets in hand. Two batsmen were getting into a good position. We thought that if that partnership was to go for another 40-50 runs, we would have Pakistan under pressure. Then they would have had to bat for an hour before close of play,"
“If you ask Sohan what he would do with that ball, he’d not play the same shot. He let himself and the team down with that shot, no doubt about that," he added.