We couldn't hit the heights of Bay Oval on opening day of 2nd Test: Ottis Gibson "We couldn't hit the heights of last week" - Ottis Gibson feels the Bangladesh pacers lacked the discipline they showed at Bay Oval

We couldn’t hit the heights of Bay Oval on opening day of 2nd Test: Ottis Gibson

Tom Latham and Devon Conway put on an unbeaten partnership of 201 for the second wicket on day one.

Ottis Gibson
Ottis Gibson. (Photo by Gareth Copley-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

After a surprising defeat in the hands of Bangladesh in the first Test at Mount Maunganui, the Kiwis have come out all guns blazing in the second Test. The New Zealand skipper Tom Latham remained unbeaten on a fantastic 186 at the end of day one’s play while Devon Conway is one run short of yet another Test century. It could not have been a better day for the hosts as they will resume on 349 for the loss of just one wicket on day two.

Ebadot Hossain who proved to be one of the heroes of the historic win in the first Test for Bangladesh was given a hammering by the Kiwi batters. He bowled 21 overs in the day going for 114 runs at an economy rate of 5.40 and was wicketless as well. Shoriful Islam was the pick of the bowlers having taken the only wicket in the day and was the most economical among the bowlers. Bangladesh’s fast bowling coach Ottis Gibson had a chat with the reporters at the end of the day and opined on the performance of the bowlers.

We didn’t bowl enough good balls: Ottis Gibson

Gibson was quick to address the flaws in the bowling plans and credited the New Zealand batters for the way they played out the new ball threat. He also noted that his bowlers were nowhere near the discipline they had shown in the first Test which helped in a massive way.

“I think they have played really well. We couldn’t hit the heights of last week. I thought Latham played really well. He left a lot of good balls early this morning. He made us bow to him. Unfortunately, we didn’t bowl enough good balls to create the sort of pressure we created last week. Conway is in unbelievable form,” Gibson told the reporters at stumps

Gibson went on to mention how the pitch was flat and he wanted his bowlers to learn a lot from the day. Bangladesh will also miss the services of experienced batter Mushfiqur Rahim and they will be looking for a better outing on the second day.

“The pitch didn’t do as much as we expected. But we didn’t bowl as well as we could have done either. When we bowled full, there wasn’t a lot of seam movement. We have to learn from today. We bowled too many four-balls and too many balls wide outside the off-stump. When we missed our lengths, we got cut or got too full to be driven,” he added