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BAN vs PAK 2021 – Russell Domingo: ‘It’s frustrating that silly mistakes’ cost Bangladesh ‘great position’

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Head coach bemoans ‘silly mistakes at crucial stages’ that, he says, cost them positions of dominance against Pakistan in the Chattogram Test

Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo was left frustrated by his players giving away strong positions in the Chattogram Test. Twice in the match the home side bounced back from difficult positions but just as they approached a stage of dominance, they let the game slip out of their hands.
Heading into the final day, Pakistan are 93 runs away from a win, after their openers Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique added 109 runs for the unbroken opening stand. They put on 146 in the first innings but Bangladesh bowled them out for 286. The hosts had also recovered from 49 for 4 to put up a total of 330 thanks to Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das. But it seems all those fightbacks might be for nothing.

Domingo put Bangladesh’s inability to hold on to positions of dominance down to a lack of the killer instinct.

“We got ourselves in great position but we were just not able to seal the deal,” he said after the fourth day’s play. “I am sure the players are also very frustrated. We seem to be making improvement in the format but they have been just making silly mistakes at crucial stages. A catch going down, or playing a loose shot or bowling a bad spell. We just can’t seem to sustain for a longer period of time. It is very frustrating.

“I think we probably need to understand what to do when the moment is there. Somebody has to take that step in a high-pressure environment. We cannot wait for someone else to do it. Because we have lost so many Tests in Bangladesh’s history, the belief and the confidence to actually grab the game by the scruff of the neck isn’t quite there.”

Nurul Hasan, who came on as a concussion substitute for Yasir Ali, threw away the last good position Bangladesh held in this game. After a bright start to the post-lunch session, Nurul holed out at long-on with his side leading by 196 runs. Bangladesh lost their last four wickets for just five runs, leaving Pakistan with only 202 to chase.

“I am not going to criticise players in the media, but I thought we were getting some momentum [before Nurul got out]. I thought we were ahead of the game. We were 196 ahead with four wickets in hand.

“Two batters were getting into a good position. We thought that if that partnership was to go for another 40-50 runs, we would have Pakistan under pressure. Then they would have had to bat for an hour before close of play. If you ask Sohan (Nurul) what he’d would do with that ball, he’d not play the same shot. He let himself and the team down with that shot,” said Domingo.

Domingo’s other worry is Bangladesh’s top three. Shadman Islam, Najmul Hossain Shanto and Saif Hassan caved in quickly in both innings. Shadman was lbw in both innings, Shanto was iffy outside the offstump, and Saif got into bad positions against the short ball.

“It has been disappointing. I wasn’t happy at the way they got out, considering the nature of the wicket. Shadman has come off a hundred in his last Test, be it five or six months ago. We are finding ourselves under pressure against the new ball.

“We are playing against a quality bowling attack. Saif is still playing his fifth or sixth Test. He is very inexperienced. Shadman has played maybe 10. It has been tough for them against high-quality bowlers, so there’s a lot of work for them to do in Tests,” he said.

Doming said that the Pakistan attack was successful in exposing the inexperience of the majority of the new players but, among them, Saif oozed promise.

“Saif has shown glimpses of his capability. Even in the second innings, he was starting to find a bit of confidence and form. I don’t know if Saif has played this sort of intensity and pressure before.

“Yasir came to me after the day’s play yesterday and said that he has never been involved in this intense a battle before in a cricket field.

“It is a new experience for a lot of these young players. They are playing against a quality side. The expectations are high. Some of the shortcomings are definitely being exposed at the moment,” he said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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WI vs Eng, 2022 – Jason Roy returns to action with 36-ball hundred ahead of West Indies T20Is

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England signalled his fitness by smashing 115 off 47 in a warm-up match ahead of the T20I series against West Indies

England 231 for 4 (Roy 115, Vince 40*) beat Barbados Cricket Association President’s XI 137 for 11 (Springer 36, Mills 3-25) by 94 runs

Jason Roy marked his return to fitness by hitting a 36-ball hundred – and 115 off 47 overall – in England’s warm-up match against a BCA President’s XI at Kensington Oval.
Roy has not played any cricket since tearing his left calf muscle during England’s final Super 12s game of the T20 World Cup against South Africa in November when he collapsed in pain after running a single and was carried off the pitch.

But his onslaught, which contained nine fours and ten sixes, signalled his fitness ahead of the five-match T20I series that starts on Saturday and will be staged in Barbados in its entirety.



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Recent Match Report – ENG Women vs AUS Women 1st T20I 2021/22

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Meg Lanning said while her side had undergone some enforced changes, she was confident in their make-up

Toss Australia chose to bowl vs England

Australia opted to field in the first T20I against England in Adelaide, the opening match of the 2022 Women’s Ashes.

Grace Harris has been recalled to cover for Mooney’s absence and is listed in the middle order, while legspinner Alana King will make her debut for the home side, who are without the injured Georgia Wareham and Sophie Molineux.
Maia Bouchier will play just her third T20I for England after she impressed during the warm-ups. Part of England’s senior Ashes squad, she top-scored with 27 for England A in the second T20 warm-up, both of which were won by the A side.

Lanning, the Australia captain, said while her side had undergone some enforced changes, she was confident in their make-up.

“It’s a belter of a wicket, it always is at Adelaide Oval,” Lanning told the host broadcaster. “We feel like we’ve got a different look but hopefully we’ve got all bases covered.”

Heather Knight said she would have also opted to bowl, had she won the toss.

Making up the multi-format series, three T20Is in Adelaide will be followed by a Test in Canberra, then three ODIs – the first in Canberra and two in Melbourne. Two points will be awarded for victory in each of the limited-overs matches, with the Test worth four points for the win.

Australia: 1 Alyssa Healy (wk), 2 Meg Lanning (capt), 3 Tahlia McGrath, 4 Rachael Haynes, 5 Ashleigh Gardner, 6 Grace Harris, 7 Nicola Carey, 8 Jess Jonassen, 9 Alana King, 10 Tayla Vlaeminck, 11 Megan Schutt

England: 1 Tammy Beaumont, 2 Danni Wyatt, 3 Heather Knight (capt), 4 Nat Sciver, 5 Amy Jones, 6 Sophia Dunkley, 7 Maia Bouchier, 8 Katherine Brunt, 9 Sophie Ecclestone, 10 Sarah Glenn, 11 Freya Davies

Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo



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Australia top ICC Test rankings after Ashes win, India slip to third place

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South Africa move up a spot to fifth place after beating India; New Zealand retain second spot

Australia have overtaken India and New Zealand to reclaim the No. 1 ICC Test rankings spot after their 4-0 Ashes win at home, pushing India down to third spot. South Africa’s 2-1 win over India at home took them one spot up to fifth place, whereas New Zealand retained their second position.

New Zealand, the inaugural WTC winners, remained in second place after their 1-1 drawn series at home against Bangladesh, which included the hosts’ first ever loss to Bangladesh at home across formats.

Pakistan went down one spot to sixth place, whereas Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland retained their positions.



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