Bangla skipper Mashud flays batsmen

Published: Sunday, October 24, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Dhaka:Bangladesh stand-in skipper Khaled Mashud today stressed the need for a much more disciplined display by their batsman in the wake of his side's innings defeat at the hands of the Kiwis in the opening Test in Dhaka.

"We needed to score at least 300 runs in the first innings if we are to remain competitive. Scores below 200 in the first innings of a Test straightway puts us on the back foot. From thereon, we invariably have plenty of catching up to do," said the wicketkeeper batsman, who has taken over the mantle of captaincy in absence of regular captain Habibul Bashar, who is yet to recover from a thumb injury, which has ruled him out of the second Test.

The seasoned wicketkeeper batsam however, praised the spinners for their effort in the first Test.

"I thought our spinners bowled quite well and kept us in the contest. Whatever little opportunity, we created for ourselves was through our bowling but our poor batting display negated all that," he observed.

Mashud was optimistic that the team would be able to put a better batting showing in the second Test.

"I an hopefully that our batters will get it right. They need to show application and occupy the crease. That is key and runs will come automatically," he added.

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