‘If we get early wickets tomorrow, we can hold the match’ says Shanto


Najmul Hossain Shanto, the second-highest run-scorer for Bangladesh on Day 1 of the opening Test, showed confidence to hold the match if his side takes a few early wickets tomorrow.

Bangladesh posted 233 runs while batting in the first inning of the opening Test. Shanto contributed 44 runs off 110 balls. Pakistan will bat in first inning tomorrow.

“I think we are a few runs short but if our bowlers take early wickets tomorrow, we can hold the home side,” he said in a post-day conference.

Shanto shared his experience batting at Pindi stadium’s pitch where initially the bowl was moving. “There was a movement in the pitch in the morning. Losing two wickets earlier put us under pressure but then I and Mominul Haque tried to rescue our team,” he said.

“Pakistani bowlers bowled at aggressive line and lengths. Especially, Abbas and Shaheen bowled consistently,” he added.