Bangladesh vs West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite rues lack of partnerships
Kraigg Brathwaite. (Getty Image)

West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite has expressed disappointment over lack of partnerships from the batsmen following his side’s 64-run loss to Bangladesh in the first Test. Chasing 204 to win, West Indies stuttered from the start and kept losing wickets in regular intervals to be eventually bowled out for 139. Sunil Ambris was the last man out and as well as the top scorer with 43 as Taijul Islam continued his fine form picking up 6 for 33.

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“We didn’t play ourselves as well as we should or could,” Braithwaite told reporters after the loss. “We didn’t put up any good partnership and we lost wickets too quickly. The key is partnerships, whether the top or middle order. We didn’t get partnerships early, so it cost us. The batters have to start better. We have to get bigger totals. It got worse as the game went on. It was a little easier when the ball got soft. The ball was doing a lot more in the pitch.”

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The little passage of play where West Indies’ hopes seemed to raise was when Ambris and Shimron Hetmyer were batting. The two batsmen put a stand of 33 in a stroke-filled partnership, but it was broken with Mehidy Hasan getting the breakthrough. Hetmyer, having score 27 off 18 was dismissed playing an outrageous shot. Brathwaite mentioned that they allowed Bangladesh to get away with a few extra runs in the first innings.

“He bats in that way. He is quite an attacking batsman. Obviously he can attack quite well. Each batsman has his ific game plan, so that’s his game and he did well,” Brathwaite said. “I think (Bangladesh) they got 40 runs too many in the first innings. If we could have limited their first innings score, it could have been better,” Braithwaite said.

Heading into the second Test in Mirpur, West Indies will be without Shannon Gabriel who was suspended for one Test after he was involved in physical contact with batsman Imrul Kayes. The fast bowler picked up 4 for 70 in the first innings. “Obviously he is a crucial bowler but we have guys that can follow up. We just want to stick to our plans and I think we will do well in that game,” the skipper said.