Batting let us down, says Ervine

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The Zimbabweans opted to bat first on a relatively good batting track but were all out for 265 runs in their first innings

Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine has admitted that a below-par first-innings total pushed them on the backfoot, and that their overall batting was not upto the mark in the lone Test match against Bangladesh.

The Zimbabweans opted to bat first on a relatively good batting track but were all out for 265 runs in their first innings.

Although Ervine hit an impressive hundred in the first essay, the other batsmen failed to score around him as the visiting side eventually fell short of posting a competitive total.

Zimbabwe’s Craig Ervine shakes hands with Bangladesh’s Mominul Haque Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Bangladesh later declared their first innings on 560 for the loss of six wickets before Zimbabwe suffered a 106-run innings defeat after capitulating to 189 all out in their second innings.

“Winning the toss and batting first in a wicket like this, I think 265 was not enough. We should have scored at least 400. The wicket was good enough to post a score like that. Our first innings total put us on the backfoot and allowed Bangladesh to go on to the driving seat,” said Ervine at the post-match press conference Tuesday.

“And starting the second innings with a 290-run deficit was always tough. Again we needed to bat well in the second innings as well but we could not do that also. The wicket was not that tough to bat on as it was not deteriorating that much. So our batting let us down,” he concluded.