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Bangladesh-West Indies Series

Shakib: We need to play well in the first two hours


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Bangladesh Test skipper Shakib Al Hasan said the first two hours will be crucial when they face West Indies in the second and series-deciding Test.

Bangladesh are up against West Indies in a multi-format series and they are trailing by 1-0. Bangladesh lost the first match by seven wickets after being bundled out on a total of just 103 on the first day.

"We had a good training session yesterday. And after a good training session today, we would like to start the game well tomorrow," Shakib said during the pre-match press conference on Thursday. 

"We can start by focusing on the first two hours of the game tomorrow. Whatever we do in that period, be it batting or bowling, we need to do well. After that we can play according to the way the situation demands. But first, we need to try and start well in the first two hours of the game," added Shakib. 

The top-order failure had been a major concern for the tourists, Shakib hoped that the wicket in Gros Islet will be different than in Antigua.

"Compared to how it was in Antigua, it will be a better wicket for batters on the opening day [in Gros Islet]. There will be pace and bounce for the pacers. But I don't think the pacers will get as much lateral movement as they did [in Antigua]. But still we can't say anything till we start playing. We will understand how the pitch is behaving 15-20 minutes after we start the game," Shakib said.

"We have a few things in mind [regarding changes in the playing eleven]. We will have a meeting after today's training session. After that, we will let all the players know about our decision so that they know who will be playing in tomorrow's game," he added.

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