Big shots cost Bangladesh ‘A’

If only the Bangladesh ‘A’ batsmen appreciated the virtues of milking the bowling, they would have brought this Karnataka team to its knees by the end of the second day’s play. But their boys obviously are a lot more devoted to the principles of hara-kiri, with the result that they lost one too many wickets in the quest for big shots.

At close, Bangladesh, after conceding a lead of 129, were 59 runs ahead at 188 for 3. The Bangladesh batsmen’s approach on the day was school-boyish. They took affront to the fact that the Karnataka spinners bowled with ultra-defensive fields and instead of taking advantage of it and building their innings with a collection of singles and twos, looked to thwart the opponents through an excess of airy-fairy strokes.

In the process, they got plenty of sixes and fours but in the end it was the egg on their faces that must rankle them most. The opener Anamul Haque Bijoy was the preeminent proponent of this bizarre method of batsmanship.

He had flayed five sixes and eight boundaries and was batting on 89 (88b) when he decided that he needed to hit off-spinner Udit Patel for another six in the same over. The resultant catch was pouched by Sharath.


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