Tamim: No defence for Bangladesh capitulation
Tamim Iqbal said there was no defence for Bangladesh's dramatic batting collapse after his imperious century had put England on the back foot on the first day of the second Test in Dhaka.
Opening batsman Tamim made a magnificent 104 from 147 balls, 12 of which were dispatched to the boundary and added 170 for the second wicket with Mominul Haque (66) to put the Tigers on top at Shere Bangla National Stadium.
Bangladesh folded following the loss of Tamim, losing nine wickets for only 49 runs in a remarkable turnaround as England spinner Moeen Ali (5-57) led the way with great support from Ben Stokes (2-13) and Chris Woakes (3-30).
England closed on 50-3 in reply to 220 all out and Tamim, who now has eight Test centuries to his name, made no excuses for the way the Tigers capitulated with the bat on a dramatic day.
"I didn't come to defend today's collapse," Tamim said frankly at a media conference.
"After first 10 balls the pitch was very much easy to bat on, we had got many boundary balls and managed to score some quick runs. In fact, Mominul was playing really well.
"But after 35 overs, ball had started to turn and it became difficult to bat on the crease, but certainly I'm not defending our collapse by saying this.
"We are facing reverse swing bowling from English bowlers and we are not used to play such type of deliveries. It's not an excuse, but certainly this lack of playing reverse bowling in domestic league or nets is costing us.
"We failed as a batting unit, it's true, but we haven't given up yet and hope to continue our venture with ball to restrict England within as trifle run as possible."