About the Match
After winning the Tri-Series ODI title in the finals against the hosts, Sri Lanka is a rejuvenated side and will look to have good results in the upcoming test series against Bangladesh. The two teams will take on each other in the 1st test match beginning on 31st January at Chittagong. Bangladesh reigned supreme throughout the ODI series but lost to the Islanders in the finals; they will try to make amends here with a positive start in the longer format of the game. Sri Lanka, which has been struggling in tests, will seek this opportunity to build upon the momentum gained and improve their rankings with a win here.
Mahmudullah, the all-rounder middle-order batsman, will lead the side that comprises of batsmen like Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Imrul Kayes and all-rounder Tanbir Hayder, who will replace Shakib Al Hasan who suffered an injury in the last match and won’t be featuring in the first test match.
Veteran left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, who has 500 first-class wickets to his name, has been called in to play for the side after a long gap of four years and will bring his experience to the team. Sunzamul Islam, the left-arm spinner who has been performing well in recent outings, retains his position in the team and could add depth to the attack.
Pacers Rubel Hossain, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Mustafizur Rahman and spinners Taijul Islam, Mehidy Hasan, Mominul Haque, Naeem Hasan and Mosaddek Hossain will try to provide regular breakthroughs. They have a well-balanced team of experienced batsmen and bowlers, who could help dominate here.
Dinesh Chandimal will continue to lead the side that consists of batsmen like Angelo Matthews, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjay de Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella and Roshen Silva. Pacers like Suranga Lakmal, Dushamantha Chameera, and Lahiru Kumara bring variety to the attack and could try to stifle the hosts here with their precision. Spinners Lakshan Sandakan, who was quite successful in the ODIs, Akila Dananjaya, veteran spinner Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka are in good form and could pull out some tricks from up their sleeves to stun the opponents here.
The batting unit hasn’t done too well recently, but Dickwell and Chandimal’s strong partnership in the tri-series finals, helped them gain an edge over the hosts and win the title. They will need to build a solid foundation in the longer format of the game if they want to redeem themselves here.
The pace and spin attack have been consistently taking wickets, whether in T20s or the 50-over format; they could prove to be a formidable force to reckon with in the tests too against Bangladesh.
The Lankans have received a major morale boost with their title victory in the tri-series and will fight hard to keep their winning momentum going. However, we feel that Bangladesh with all their spin armory and the home advantage, are better placed to emerge victorious in the first match.