Shakib: We'll bounce back

  • Last Updated: February 3 2014, 13:34 GMT

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has promised his team are in the right frame of mind to bounce back from their thumping defeat in the first Test against Sri Lanka when the second match gets under way on Tuesday.

Shakib Al Hasan: 'We have to improve in all aspects'
Shakib Al Hasan: 'We have to improve in all aspects'

The tourists won by an innings and 248 runs in Dhaka last Thursday, and will be looking for a repeat performance in Chittagong this week to seal a whitewash of the two-match series before the two Twenty20 and two one-day internationals later this month.

Bangladesh will be aiming to make amends, though, and Shakib insists the hosts will not be dwelling on last week's events.

"Everyone was a bit down and sad after the loss in Dhaka, but they are fine now and focused on the next match," he was quoted as saying on sports.ndtv.com.

"Matches can go bad, but coming back is very important.

"We have come back from situations like these before so we have that experience. But we have to improve in all aspects, especially the fielding."

Sri Lanka's first Test win always seemed inevitable after they ran up 730 for six declared in reply to Bangladesh's 232, and, although several home batsmen got starts in their second innings, nobody was able to significantly delay the defeat.

Batsman Kumar Sangakkara will not be taking Bangladesh lightly, despite the comprehensive win in Dhaka, and expects the home team to be keen to set the record straight.

Quoted in the Colombo Times, he said: "We are pretty much used to Bangladesh putting up a pretty good fight, usually.

"They pushed us in the Test series over there, and we walked away 1-1 in the one-day series. More often than not, they are more competitive in the one-day version of the game, so in the shorter formats of the game, we know we're in for the fight.

"We won't expect anything less than that from them here. The earlier game was easier than we thought it would be, but we expect it to be different here."

He added: "Whether we are complacent or not can only be seen when we start playing.

"The guys usually are very good in their preparation. Complacency is not something we think about or pay much attention to. We just go through our preparation process really well."

Sri Lanka bowlers Rangana Herath and Shaminda Eranga are out of the match due to injury.

The pair will be replaced in the touring squad by Kusal Janith Perera and Thisara Perera, but the new men will not arrive until Tuesday so will not be available for selection for the second Test.


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