Bangladesh batting coach Jon Lewis finds positives from the second against New Zealand in Christchurch, which he thinks was a 'step in the right direction'. He also hailed right-handed batsman Mohammad Mithun for his exceptional knock that kept the Tigers in the game and gave hope.
Bangladesh posted 271/6 in the second ODI, a significant improvement from the first ODI's shocker (131 all-out). They couldn't seal the match due to poor fielding display, but Lewis seemed hopeful of a better result in the next game on Friday.
"It wasn't good enough because we didn't get the result we are after, but at least there was a step in the right direction," he said during a virtual press conference.
"I think the big aspect of batting overseas for Bangladeshi batsmen is dealing with quality seam bowling with the new ball and a little bit more bounce. Tamim has more experience than most of the guys. He uses his role to create a foundation for the second half of the innings," Lewis added.
He hailed Mihtun's batting, saying he was doing things right in his own way, and he did cope with the situation early.
"Mithun played an exceptional innings in Christchurch. He was trying to get himself closer to the line of the ball. He was trying not to look at the offside by keeping the leg side as an option. You can do it where the ball bounces above the stumps a bit more than [in] Dhaka or Chattogram."
Lewis believed that the key will be to not lose more than one wicket even if that meant scoring around 30-35 in the first 10 overs.
"The important thing for us against the new ball is to not allow people like Trent Boult and Matt Henry to do too much damage to us. If we only get to 30-35 or 40 [runs] in the first 10 overs, if we are none or one down then we will feel that we have probably done okay."
"I think the big aspect of batting overseas for Bangladesh players is dealing with a bit more bounce and dealing with quality seam bowling with the new ball as well. Tamim has got a little more experience than most of the guys in the squad. And using his role to try and create a foundation for the second half of the innings is important for us," Lewis concluded.