About the Match
The hosts suffered a massive defeat in the 1st Test match against Sri Lanka; losing by an innings and 248 runs, the Bangladesh team is reflecting internally on its team composition and reasons for its dismal performance. The second Test match starts on Feb 4th at Chittagong and the home side will be eager to level the series by putting up a much better show here. Leading 1-0, the visitors are emphatic with their huge victory and will be going forward with a positive mind and try to attain a series win.
The hosts didn’t make any efforts to try and save the game; facing a tall target of 498 runs, the batsmen failed to rise up to the occasion and lacked in building partnerships once again. The middle order performed better than the top order and tried to keep the runs coming but they couldn’t face the Lankan bowlers who were always on top of their game. While Mominul Haque posted a half century in the 2nd innings, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim built an 86-run partnership for the 5th wicket, both reaching their half-centuries; Sohag Gazi also did well to score 42 runs from 56 deliveries towards the end but they could only get to 232 runs. Shakib and Sohag gave an all-round effort as they took 5 wickets between them but the rest of the bowlers could hardly make a dent on the Lankan batting line-up that had a long tail. Batsmen like Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur Rahman and Marshall Ayub need to come out all guns blazing and the team needs to introspect on their bowling options and come better prepared for the next match.
The bowlers continued to put up a spectacular performance and Lakmal, Eranga, Perera and Herath were once again a key to the team’s success; while Eranga and Perera picked up 5 wickets each, Lakmal took a total of 6 wickets and Herath claimed 3 wickets in total. The bowlers have been consistent in their disciplined attack and have not failed to amaze so far; Mahela Jayawardene posted 203 runs off 272 deliveries in the 1st innings while Kaushal Silva opened strong with a 139 runs off 244 balls. With such a strong top and middle order, the lower order didn’t fall behind in contributing to the run flow; Vithange posted 103 runs off 104 balls coming in at No.8 and the team showed just how invincible their batting line-up is. It was a good team effort and they will come back again in the second test to dominate the hosts and try to win the series.
Bangladesh has performed well against overseas teams that are not accustomed to the sub-continent conditions, however against a top team like Sri Lanka, who are well adjusted to these surfaces, the hosts will need to re-invent themselves and bounce back into the series. Sri Lanka on the other hand is at the top of the game in all departments and looks well placed to take the title home with a series win here.
Sri Lanka, 1.44 @ Bet365
The same old story continued as Bangladeshi openers failed to put up a solid start and Sri Lankan openers left nothing to capitalize on weak Bangladeshi opening bowlers. With good opening pair in good form, I believe Sri Lankan openers will put more runs than that of Bangladeshi’s
Highest Opening Partnership:
Sri Lanka, 1.44 @ Titan Bet