Domingo misses third seamer as Jayed’s effort goes in vain

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Bangladesh`s cricketer Abu Jayed Rahi (R) celebrates with teammate Mahmudullah after the dismissal of India`s cricketer Ajinkya Rahane during the second day of the first Test cricket match of a two-match series between India and Bangladesh at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on 15 November 2019. Photo: AFPIn an Indore pitch, which offers everything for a fast bowler who has control on his line and length, Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo missed the necessity of a third seamer, reports BSS.

Bangladeshi pacers duo -- Abu Jayed and Ebadot Hossain -- shared five of the fallen six wickets of India with the former keeping the pressure intriguing way to be rewarded with 4-108.

At the other end, Ebadot though couldn’t keep the things right and tight, he was actually better than the spinners who leaked runs in abundance and hardly got any assistance for the pitch.

Domingo thought a third pace bowler could come up as a help of Rahi and Ebadot and could resist India from batting them out from the game.

“The structure of the team needs to change. It is very hard to play with two seamers,” Doming said after day two, when India stretched their lead to 343, ending the day on 493-6 in reply of Bangladesh’s 150.

“We definitely need to find a third bowling seamer who can bat. There’s Saifuddin, but he is struggling with injuries. But the structure of the team needs attention. I think a lot of teams that play against Bangladesh will prepare good wickets, which won’t spin much. We need to find a seamer who can do a No. 7 or 8 job for us with the bat,” he added.

At the same time, Domingo informed that three seamers theory didn’t work for Bangladesh in the past.

“Hindsight is a great thing. We definitely considered playing three seamers but that leaves us very light with the batting line-up. We probably should have played three seamers but it hasn’t worked out for us,” he said.

The necessity of a third seamer was felt when Abu Jayed Rahi dismissed two key India batsmen -- Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli -- in his consecutive overs, leaving India in pressurised 119-3. After bowling so many overs in the morning session, he needs some rest. As Ebadot Hossain couldn’t do the things right, a third seamer is believed to be handy.

“It was a tough day. Full credit goes to India. They have absolutely dominated us in the last two days. Still three days to go. It is a very tough situation, but it provides a great opportunity for somebody to jump out of the box. There are so many guys who are averaging 20 or 30. We need somebody to make that big 100, 150, 200 like Mayank did today. So it is a great opportunity for our batters to do that in the second innings,” he said.

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