Tigers show their grit

When Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan turned up for the post-match presentation, the small crowd at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium welcomed him by clapping. The performance of the all-rounder in the first Test was nowhere near expectation. Rather his poor decision to field first on a placid track had added some extra burden on the young Bangladesh skipper. The surprise ‘retirement’ of Rokibul Hasan on the eve of the match didn’t help Shakib’s cause either. So, it was his team’s fighting spirit that went someway in quelling the pressure on Shakib despite the fact that they went down by 181 runs. Also, some decent batting performance from Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah Riyad, ton-maker Junaed Siddiqui and none other than Mushfiqur Rahim re-established the claim that ‘this young side is improving.’