Cricket news - Have always played spin well, so adapted my game: Da Silva

Joshua Da Silva was dismissed on 92

Joshua Da Silva was dismissed on 92

West Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Joshua Da Silva conceded to have been disappointed to miss out on a deserving maiden century against Bangladesh in the second Test in Dhaka on Friday (February 12). Da Silva got to 92 and was looking set to notch his first Test hundred before an inside edge crashed onto the stumps off Taijul Islam.

"I can't even describe how it feels or what it means just to be eight runs short. I wish I could have that ball, it is the second time that I got out that way. Hopefully, next time I will not get out that way," said Joshua, before adding that he was confident against the spinners given he has always managed to bat well against slow bowlers. "I have always been a good player of spin so adapted my game to slower wickets. It is a little similar to home but in a different situation, so playing my part.

"Pick the line and length as early as possible. I worked with Monty, our batting coach, on moving forward and back positively and making that decision early," he said.

Joshua, who had partnered with Alzarri Joseph for a 118-run stand, was confident of the pacer keeping him company in the middle. Joseph himself scored a half-century before falling for 82 after which West Indies were bowled out for 409. "I had full confidence in Alzarri. I am more confident when he is batting against pace but he can bat against spin as well. We are in a top position but we can't take it for granted. We need to get the rest of the first innings wickets and then hopefully get all the wickets to win this Test match," he said.

After the stellar batting performance, the bowlers did well to reduce Bangladesh to 105 for 4 by stumps on Day 2, with the hosts trailing by 304. Although as many as three batsmen got half-centuries and looked on course to get to their respective tons, neither of them did. Joseph, too, conceded on being disappointed to have missed out miss his maiden Test hundred, especially since he had worked hard on his batting.

"It is disappointing not to get the hundred but I have been working hard on my batting. There will be other opportunities for me to get that score," said Joseph. "When I came to the crease, it was just to bat some time and support Josh at the crease. Josh has been batting really well. It is only his third Test and he is showing real maturity with the bat and also behind the stumps. His game is coming along really well.

"His encouragement to build partnerships, to look at small totals, every 10 runs, start over from zero again to score another ten runs, and again another ten runs, and in a matter of no time we had an 80-run partnership."