Chastened by a heavy defeat, Bangladesh begin the second and final Test against Zimbabwe today looking to prove they can adapt to foreign conditions and match their fellow Test strugglers.
The Asian side came into the series as hot favorites after improved performances in Sri Lanka, only to be bowled out for 134 and 147 as they lost the first Test to Zimbabwe by 335 runs at Harare Sports Club.
With the second Test being played on the same ground another green-tinged pitch is expected, and Bangladesh will need to show greater durability against Zimbabwe’s pace attack if they are to come away from the series with some dignity.
“We didn’t play with any patience and we need to improve that,” Bangladesh coach Shane Jurgensen said on Tuesday. “We just have to bat for longer.”
“When the game starts we have to be very disciplined in our approach to every ball and do our basics well, which we probably didn’t do in the first game,” he said.
The Tigers will also need to find a way to dismiss Brendan Taylor cheaply, after he became just the third Zimbabwean to score back-to-back centuries in a Test match.
Taylor was dropped once on his way to 171 in the first innings, but did not offer a chance as he breezed to 102 not out in the second.
“We have certainly been working towards the best way that we can address that situation,” Jurgensen said. “If we get him out for a low score then we have the opportunity to put some pressure on their other batters.”