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Dhaka's wicket better than Chittagong's!


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||CF Correspondent||

Contrary to the popular belief, West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo rated Dhaka's wicket as better than that of Chittagong as far as batting is concerned.

Bangladesh employed a strategy of all spin attack by fielding four spinners for the consecutive second time, sensing that Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium pitch will be more turning track than Chittagong. Even they became the first side in the Test cricket’s history to go without any frontline seamer for any Test match.

“The pitch is better than the previous one. It is just a bit slow. It is flatter. It is good for batting,” Bishoo said after the first day’sgame.

“Let’s see how long it lasts. At the end of the day, we should have taken two more wickets but 259-5 I think is an honest day’s work. We just have to take the two wickets early tomorrow and get into the tail.”

He, however, justified his explanation: “The wicket will hold up a bit for the first three days. It will play good. But we have to see how it goes from the third afternoon onwards. No matter how the wicket plays, we have to bat properly. We have to play to win the match. It is a long way ahead but we are focused on what we have to do. We have to find a way to bat against the spinners properly.”

He explained on why stand-in skipper Kraigg Brathwaite came to bowl:  “At the end when Brathwaite came on, it was just to keep it tight and contain the batsmen. If he picked up a wicket, it is a bonus for us.”

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