After 28 consecutive consequence Tests in Sri Lanka – an exquisite run stretching once more to 2014 and a world doc (by a distance) for any Test-hosting nation – the first Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka was primarily trash from start to finish. The flooring was gradual from the outset, there was little movement accessible off the pitch or inside the air, and since the deck had reside grass on it, it didn’t break apart for the spinners each.
We can solely truly hope that the ground for the second Test will in all probability be fully totally different. The strip that had been marked out for the second Test nonetheless had numerous grass on it when the first Test concluded, and was nonetheless being watered. Perhaps they could shave it down and dry it out sooner than Thursday morning, which must, in precept, make it greater for the spin bowlers. If the first Test taught us one thing, it is that even in Pallekele – the most effective of Sri Lanka’s Test venues – it is troublesome to arrange a seam-friendly pitch all through these scorching months of the 12 months.
Although bowlers will differ, neither crew will in all probability be significantly upset at how the first Test went. Tamim Iqbal appeared wonderful in every innings, whereas Mominul Haque made his first century on abroad soil, and Najmul Hossain Shanto scored his first ever hundred. With two others moreover making half-centuries, they could actually really feel identical to the batting order is in sort.
Sri Lanka also have a excessive order that seems, for now, to be functioning, nonetheless will concern about taking 20 wickets. They have in no way hosted Bangladesh for a Test assortment and did not win not lower than one Test. What if the pitch is just too very similar to the one rolled out for the first Test? They have misplaced Lahiru Kumara, who possibly appeared essentially the most undoubtedly among the many many bowlers to convey a ineffective pitch to life. It might be going they need to depend upon wristspinners Wanindu Hasaranga and Lakshan Sandakan. The state of affairs is, neither have ever truly gained a Test for Sri Lanka, off their very personal bowling.
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In the spotlight
Dhananjaya de Silva promised heaps in his debut assortment, in the direction of Australia in 2016. He has been by some leaner years since then, when he was up-and-down the order, along with in-and-out of the XI. Over the last few years, though, his batting appears to have grow to be further fixed, and he has made a lower-middle order spot his private. Now, though, he is anticipated not merely to provide the types of runs he did inside the first match (he hit 166) however as well as contribute collectively along with his offspin. If he can get that batting frequent above 40, and begin to be considerably further threatening with the ball, he might grow to be a really invaluable participant – his fielding necessities having been continuously extreme.
Although he didn’t hit 100 Tamim Iqbal was possibly Bangladesh’s most spectacular batter in Pallekele. His first-innings 90 off 101 taking the wind out of the Sri Lanka bowlers’ sails sooner than his 74 not out off 98 inside the second dig crushed any mild hope the hosts may have had of forcing a victory. Through the course of every innings, Tamim was fearless, and had the look of a batter who might presumably be poised to play a series- defining innings.
Pitch and conditions
The pitch, optimistically, will give the spin bowlers considerably further assist than the ground for the first Test did. If there’s cloud cowl, there can usually be movement inside the air for seamers at this venue as successfully.
Sri Lanka are vulnerable to substitute the injured Kumara with a spinner. Question is, do they go for left-arm wristspinner Sandakan or offspin-bowling allrounder Ramesh Mendis? They might take into accounts bringing Asitha Fernando into the XI for his skiddy seam on what may be a pitch with out numerous bounce, nonetheless will likely stick with Suranga Lakmal and Vishwa Fernando: the earlier for his experience, the latter on account of he was in all probability essentially the most spectacular of the seamers inside the first Test.
Sri Lanka (doable): 1 Dimuth Karaunaratne (c), 2 Lahiru Thirimanne, 3 Oshada Fernando, 4 Angelo Mathews, 5 Dhananjaya de Silva, 6 Pathum Nissanka, 7 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 8 Ramesh Mendis/Lakshan Sandakan, 9 Wanindu Hasaranga, 10 Suranga Lakmal, 11 Vishwa Fernando.
Bangladesh are unlikely to rock the boat, and their coach Russell Domingo has talked about Saif Hassan will maintain his place on the excessive of the order no matter his low scores inside the first Test. Depending on how they see the pitch, they will even must take a reputation on their bowling assault though every their biggest spinners carried out inside the ultimate sport.
Bangladesh (doable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Saif Hassan, 3 Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mominul Haque (capt), 5 Mushfiqur Rahim, 6 Liton Das (wk), 7 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 8 Taijul Islam, 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Abu Jayed, 11 Ebadat Hossain.
Stats and trivia
- Dimuth Karunaratne desires eight runs to complete 5000 Test runs. He may be the tenth Sri Lanka batter to the milestone. Among energetic Sri Lanka players, solely Angelo Mathews has further runs, with 6219 runs.
- Mominul Haque has 3198 Test runs, nonetheless solely 886 of those have come away from residence. Of his 11 numerous, 4 have come in the direction of Sri Lanka nonetheless – in all probability essentially the most in the direction of any nation.
- Tamim now averages 62.5 in Sri Lanka, with a strike rate of 62.14. His numbers are greater solely in England, the place he has carried out merely two Tests.
- These teams have carried out each other in 21 Tests altogether. Sri Lanka had gained the first 12, nonetheless of the most-recent 9, 4 have been attracts and one has been a Bangladesh win.
“We want to try to win the series. It will be a great achievement for Bangladesh to win a series in Sri Lanka. Winning a Test series abroad is a goal that we have set ourselves. We have to play well over the five days. Sri Lanka are a tough side to beat especially at home. Our focus is on starting the Test well, and one session at a time.”
Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo on their aspirations to win a group.