The Bangladesh spinners have time and again failed to make any real impact in matches, especially in the longest format, when the pitches are not conducive to spin. With no real variations to keep batsmen guessing, spinners regurgiate the 'tagline' of maintaining line and length, but to what extent it works in their favour, remains a big question.
Were the likes of Shane Warne or Saqlain Mushtaq sorely relying on maintaining a certain line and length to bamboozle some of the world's top batsmen of their era? Or did they continuously come up with new ways to bowl their variations and improving their spin artistry?
"In Sri Lanka, the line and length are very important for spinners since the wickets are very good. I feel that it may not work for one or two days but after three or four days there is help for the spinners. I think as spinners, we can take advantage of that since in the last Tests we have played, maybe we didn't have that advantage [of spin conducive pitch]," spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz said in a video message from Katunayake.
Essentially, the spinners would be Tigers' main choice of weapon in Lankan pitches with not much lateral movement on offer for faster bowlers. But Miraz in essence was also saying that keeping consistent line and length had helped them pick up wickets before whilst also ignoring the fact that their particular strategy not working on the first two days could see the game slip completely out of their hands.
"What we had tried, me and Taijul [Islam] bhai, is to contain the flow of runs and bowl in good areas. That had worked and we will try again what we had tried for the last few Test matches," he said of the matter.
However, the spinners had failed to bowl to consistent line and lengths in the past few Tests they played. On top of that, they lost the Chattogram Test at home to Windies after staying on top for four days. The spinners and the team's think tank had concluded that adequate help was not available for the spinners in Chattogram. The turn had been slow even as the odd ball kept low.
Then when the wickets do not feature sharp turns, Miraz would likely keep maintaining what they had done before. The only eventuality? A positive twist that might work in favour of the Tigers would be that batsmen lose patience and throw their wickets away. Not essentially outwitting them, just getting them bored out.