Mahmudullah: The batsmen aren’t doing the job

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Bangladesh stand-in captain Mahmudullah put the blame squarely on the batsmen as his side slipped to a 151-run defeat against Zimbabwe in the first Test in Sylhet.

The Tigers were bowled out for 143 and 169 in their two innings as they could not get to grips with Zimbabwe’s bowling attack.

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It is the eighth time in succession that Bangladesh has failed to get a total of more than 200 in the longest format, a far cry from their ODI form.

Mahmudullah said after the game: “We do care about Test cricket. Our bowlers have done well. But the batsmen aren’t doing the job.

“We are in good rhythm in ODIs but the same can’t be said about Tests. We haven’t scored runs in last five or six innings. This is a matter of great concern for us.

“If we continue to bat like this, I don’t think we will be in a good situation. We must fight back properly, otherwise [there’s] no point of playing Test cricket like this.”

Mahmudullah, standing in a skipper for the injured Shakib Al Hasan, will hope his batsmen improve ahead of the must-win second and final Test, starting on Sunday.

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