Gibson Not Surprised By Bangladesh Fightback
Bangladesh's stirring fightback on day three of the opening Test in Mirpur came as no surprise to West Indies coach Ottis Gibson, who says he knew his bowlers were in for a challenge due to the nature of the pitch.
Bangladesh closed the day on 455 for six, replying to the West Indies' score of 527 for four declared to trail by 72 runs thanks to a maiden century from Naeem Islam and 89 from Shakib Al Hasan.
Bookmakers bet365 expect the match to end as a draw (1/4) although West Indies are 5/1 and Bangladesh 10/1 to produce a win.
"When we looked at the way the pitch played during our innings, we recognised it was a flat pitch and our declaration was based on the belief that we would need more time at the back-end of the game to force a result," Gibson said.
"We could make 600, but we would still need to have enough time to bowl them out twice and win the match. There is not much in the pitch for either pace or spin.
"We knew that the guys would have to work hard to get wickets – and if we wanted to get 20 wickets, we needed time more than runs to be able to bowl them out."
The match has already set the record for most first innings runs scored in a Test in Bangladesh - 982 - but despite that Gibson has not given the match up as a draw just yet.
"There are still two more days to go and I would like to think that Bangladesh would think they can still win," he said.
"If they targetted to draw the match then it would be a negative situation. They have played really well and I would like to think that would give them confidence that they could win the match.
"But we came here to play Test matches and win them. There are still two days ahead of us and they are still behind us, so who knows what will happen."
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