A core Bangladeshi supporter, in no way, would have envisioned that Bangladesh would fight back strongly in the format of longer version after conceding two back to back clean sweeps in shorter format. Bangladeshi batsmen set the standard for them in the first innings of the Wellington test, bowlers also worked hard consequently but eventually they thrown out all their achievements executing some brutes and lost that test match in no time. The scenario in the Christchurch test also followed the same pattern but this time it was even more ludicrous. If rain wouldn’t swallow the third day, then Bangladesh would lose the match in three days despite batting and bowling well in the first two days.
In a bleak tour for Bangladesh, they may cherish some glimpses like Shakib’s double ton, his 359 record breaking partnership along with Mushfiq or in a broader sense the comeback of Soumya Sarkar. But certainly they can’t avoid the burdens of playing unnecessary shots all along the test series. Bangladesh disappointed utterly to capitalize their gains in the later part of the match which had glided them to endure another clean sweep.
Undoubtedly, Bangladesh were clearly on charge in the first four days of Wellington test. Many words have been written already to describe that outstanding partnership between Shakib and Mushfiq. Bowlers also executed their plans and Rabbi shined phenomenally. Bangladesh were on a dominating position with a decent lead at the end of New Zealand first innings but after that the batsmen had started to unleash the control of the match. It was so agonizing to watch the batsmen doing the same mistakes in the second test as well. Tamim played a completely unnecessary attacking shot, Mahmudullah, Shakib played far away from the body. It was like a repetition of what they had done during the second innings in Wellington.
Bangladeshi fielding was also disappointing and well below the mark; bowlers weren’t backed firmly by the fielders. Easy catches had been dropped, fluffing runout chances had been missed. Fumbles and lack of confidence were prominent all along their bowling innings.
It’s always difficult to play in a condition that is much different from home. But, Bangladeshi players, themselves, have proved that they are well capable to do well in such type of condition and the batsmen can handle seamers perfectly on a hard, grassy pitch. But for conceding defeats, they have only their mindsets to blame. Overall, it was a tour of mixed emotions and ample of regrets.