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Najmul Hossain rues sloppy batting display by Bangladesh
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Najmul Hossain rues sloppy batting display by Bangladesh

Bangladesh top-order batsman Najmul Hossain Shanto admitted a reckless approach from his side's batters was the chief reason for their failure on the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan.

A persistent pattern of loose strokes saw several Bangladeshi batsmen throw away decent starts as they were dismissed for a mediocre score of 233 by the end of day one.

A tinge of green on the Rawalpindi pitch had prompted Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali to put in the visitors on the batting crease first. This decision instantly reaped rewards though Najmul tried to mend the early blows with a useful contribution of 44 off 110 deliveries.

Having reached the lunch break unscathed, Najmul was guilty of playing an aimless waft outside the off-stump to catch the outside edge to the keeper.

His dismissal was not the only wicket going down to a careless shot in a rather ordinary batting display from the tourists. Veteran Mahmudullah perished while chasing the ball away from his body off the bowling of Shaheen Afridi. Meanwhile, Liton Das and Taijul Islam could not curb their attacking instincts and got out to part-timer Haris Sohail.

“Disappointed to have gotten out after settling in," Najmul conceded. “If we had a bit more patience, it would have been good for us."

“Obviously, it’s challenging since Pakistan has always had good bowlers, though today’s wicket was very good in my opinion as there was not much pace," he added.

Najmul, playing just the third Test of his career, spoke about the challenge of facing the new-ball duo of Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Abbas.

On a surface where the two emerged as the most successful bowlers, the 21-year-old claimed Bangladesh bowlers could also learn a thing or two from their counterparts.

“Shaheen and Abbas bowled lots of maiden overs and relentlessly bowled in the right channels. They bowled in the good areas throughout the whole day," he said.

"If we maintain the same discipline that Pakistan’s bowlers showed, then the game can tilt in our favour.”

Promising an improved performance from Bangladesh the next time they bat in the match, Najmul felt the game was still even.

"It is important that we have to bat well in the second innings. [For now] I am looking ahead to our bowling. If we bowl in the right areas, we can restrict them to a mediocre total," he concluded.