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Pitch Not According To The Expectations-Shakib-Al-Hasan

Pitch complete opposite of expectations-Shakib

7th September,Saturday-Bangladesh captain Shakib-Al-Hasan said that Chittagong pitch was complete opposite of the expectations of the Bangladesh team. He hinted that the team wanted apitch which assists spinners.

"We didn't expect to play on this wicket, so the situation became difficult for us," Shakib said. "We got the complete opposite of what we expected from the wicket. But it doesn't mean that we can't do well here. Good teams are those who can answer questions outside the box. We will try to give those answers.

"It is definitely disappointing, but there's no point talking about it. We need to find a way to come back from this situation, which is more important. Seeing our XI you can all figure out what type of pitch we expected. But I wouldn't call the wicket unplayable because of the way Mosaddek [Hossain] and Taijul [Islam] batted, but we could have applied ourselves better. They proved that it is possible to stay at the crease and also score runs. I think we could have scored more runs had we applied ourselves better."

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Shakib also said that lack of wrist spinners in his team has cost the team, especially after seeing Afghanistan's spinners performing very well.

"The difference is that they have wristspinners, we have fingerspinners. [Mohammad] Nabi bhai took two wickets but our fingerspinners took all ten wickets. Their wristspinners were more effective, and without one on a flat wicket, it was difficult for us,"

Shakib is hopeful of a fightback from his team and is confident that his team can turn the tables.

"I expect these two wickets to bat out at least the first session. If we can cut down the deficit by 70 or 80 runs, it will give us a big advantage. It will be a tough challenge but the way they batted, I can believe.

"But then we have to bowl really well, which teams have done in the past in the second innings. Our bowlers have to do something magical, after which we have to depend on our batsmen."