B’desh look to sign off in style

Agence France Presse

Dhaka, January 13:

Bangladesh, savouring their maiden Test win, go into the second and final Test against Zimbabwe here from Friday hoping to secure a 2-0 sweep of the series. Bangladesh, winless for 34 matches after receiving Test status in 2000, ended the drought this week when they hammered the depleted Zimbabweans by 226 runs in the opening match in Chittagong.

Captain Habibul Bashar was confident his team will win the series. “We realise our job is only half done and the boys are keen to wrap up the series,” said Bashar, who top-scored in both innings of the first Test with knocks of 94 and 55. Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore said his side faced a different kind of pressure. “Before our maiden win, there was pressure because we had not won. Now the pressure is because we are expected to win,” he said.

“We have to guard against complacency. We are making gradual progress and have to look at the future.” Zimbabwe’s coach Phil Simmons felt his inexperienced team, deprived of leading stars like Heath Streak and Grant Flower, was capable of providing stiffer resistence in the second Test. “I thought our players fought it out in the first Test and I am not disappointed at the loss,” said Simmons. Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu felt his team could do better than their effort in the opening match.