Bangladesh and Sri Lanka meet for their first of two test series. Bangladesh earlier lost what they felt was a sure-fire win against Sri Lanka in the tri-series. Bangladesh were defeated in yet another final. And lost an opportunity to win a trophy for their nation. It was a comfortable win for Sri Lanka. Right-arm pacer Shehan Madushanka became the fourth bowler in history to claim a hat-trick on debut as Sri Lanka bowled out Bangladesh for 142 runs in 41.1 overs after they were restricted to 221 runs.
News: Shakib ruled out of first test. After four years, Razzaq has been added to the Bangladesh squad. That is a pity. The newly appointed test captain was doing a bang-up job for the team. Thanks to the injury in his left hand, he was forced to leave the field and now the first test match against Sri Lanka. No fracture. That is a good sign. Mahmudullah will take over the captaincy responsibilities. The first Test will be played from January 31 to February 4 in Chittagong.
Left arm spinner Abdur Razzaq is surprised to be called back, and excited. Bangladesh call in spinner Nayeem Hasan for first Test against Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka have named offspinner Akila Dhananjaya in the 16-member squad for the two-match Test series against Bangladesh that gets underway later this month. He is the 4th spinner. The others are veteran Rangana Herath, fellow offspinner Dilruwan Perera and chinaman bowler Lakshan Sandakan. Seeing as this is a subcontinent pitch, this is not unexpected.
Everyone agrees to the fact that openers of the sub-continent usually struggle to find their feet at the international stage, particularly because of the batting-friendly pitches of the sub-continent.
Sri Lanka Test squad:
Dinesh Chandimal (c), Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Roshen Silva, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Dilruwan Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Gamage and Lahiru Kumara
Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Liton Kumar Das, Mushifiqur Rahim, Mominul Haque, Mosaddek Hossain, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Mehidi Hasan Miraj, Rubel Hossain, Nayeem Hasan.
Match Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
Match Time: 03:30 AM GMT / 09:30 AM LOCAL
Capacity: 20000 Seats
Avg 1st innings score: 365 Runs
Avg 2nd innings score: 338 Runs
Avg 3rd innings score: 338 Runs
Avg 4th innings score: 338 Runs
Highest Total: 599/6 (138.3 Ov) by Eng vs Ban
Lowest Total: 119/10 (39.5 Ov) by Ban vs RSA/span>
Highest Chased: 317/7 (137.5 Ov) by NZ vs Ban
Lowest Defended:263/10 (81.3 Ov) by Ban vs Eng
Rangana Herath / Nayeem Hasan
This is a subcontinent pitch. I am going to fill my lineup with spinners.
What do you think?