Bangladesh's middle order batsman, Mahmudullah    Getty Images
Bangladesh’s middle order batsman, Mahmudullah Getty Images

Bangladesh were bundled for 90 in pursuit of 424 in the first Test versus South Africa at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom. After the hammering received, Mushfiqur Rahim and co. will be eager to level the series in the second and final Test at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein. However, it won’t be a cakewalk for sure. Bangladesh’s middle order batsman Mahmudullah has, however, asserted that his side has the skills and temperament to compete, like they did in New Zealand.

Mahmudullah told, “Shakib (Al-Hasan) made a double hundred while Mushfiq (Mushfiqur Rahim) made 150 in New Zealand and that sort of performances give us confidence that we can do well on any kind of wicket. We have got the skill and temperament and we are confident to implement it in the next Test. We have spoken among ourselves and in the team meeting our mistakes was discussed at length. We can hope to learn from our mistakes. We are really disappointed with our batting as we could not do justice to our skill. We made lot of small errors but we are confident that we can come out of it and play better in the next Test.”

One aspect wherein Bangladesh were highly scrutinised in their 333-run loss in the series opener was that despite wickets falling like nine pins, batsmen continued to play their shots. Mahmudullah defended his teammates and stated, “I don’t see anything wrong in playing shots. Each player has different way of getting set at the wicket. Some like to play shots while others have different mindset. As long as they know what they are doing there is nothing wrong in it. I don’t think saying all these have much of an implication and we must make sure that we make a comeback in the next game.”

Bangladesh have done well in their recent home series against England and Australia, and even drew level with Sri Lanka in their own den. They will like to stage a fightback in the second Test before the shorter formats.