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We Can Win The Match, Says Bangla Skipper

Bangladesh has never chased down a fourth innings target of more than 215 but skipper Shakib Al Hasan said his side was confident of overhauling the 415 set by India to win the first cricket
PTI January 20, 2010 22:45 IST
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Bangladesh has never chased down a fourth innings target of more than 215 but skipper Shakib Al Hasan said his side was confident of overhauling the 415 set by India to win the first cricket Test in Chittagong.

"We are looking for a win and will play positive cricket. We want to bat the whole day," said Hasan after the fourth day's play which ended with Bangladesh still needing 348 runs with 8 wickets in hand.

The highest score Bangladesh has successfully chased down so far is 215 in July 2009 in St George's against the depleted West Indies when they scored 217 for six.

They had, however, scored 413 all out in the fourth innings in December 2008 against Sri Lanka at Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in Dhaka though for a loss cause.

The hosts failed to bowl out India in their second innings today and allowed them to score 413 for eight declared but skipper Shakib said overall he was happy with the performance of his bowlers.

"The fast bowlers -- Shahadat Hossain, Rubel Hossain and debutant Shafiul Islam -- bowled really well and I am happy with their performance," said the left-arm spinner, who took seven wickets in the match, the most among home side bowlers.

 Asked if Shahriar Nafees, who returned to the Bangladesh side after severing his ties with the Indian Cricket League, was struggling with form, Shakib said, "Yes he is a bit shaky now. I think he is working with coach (Jamie Siddons) on his footwork. I hope he will do well in future."

Shakib was one of the players, who was put on auction for the third Indian premier League yesterday but none of the franchises showed any interest in him but the talented all-rounder said he was not surprised.

"I am not at all surprised," he said. PTI