International matches are back finally after a small break of one month. It is a big game in terms of the ICC Test Championship standings as Bangladesh lock horns with Sri Lanka in a must-win Test for both sides.
Bangladesh got smacked when they visited South Africa last month and returned with 0 Test championship points to their name. They didn’t show much fight like they showed earlier this year when they visited New Zealand and drew a series there.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, also had a terrible away tour last time around as they were outplayed by an Team India. They also returned home with 0 championship points. The importance of the series is a lot as Sri Lanka need to win both the Tests in order to have a good chance at the top two spots of the ICC World Test Championship.
Bangladesh are not out of the race but it’ll be incredibly difficult for them to make it to the top two and have tough fixtures ahead of them also after this series.
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka – 1st Test
Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
Date and Time: 15th May at 9:30 A.M IST
The pitch at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium is mostly a batting wicket, where the ball comes on bat very nicely in the 1st innings as compared to 2nd. As the match progress the wicket tends to slow down and spinners can play a crucial role in the 2nd innings.
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are the two teams which have had an inconsistent run in all formats making it an even tie from the start. There is no doubt that home advantage will favour Bangladesh but the winner can also be decided by the team which wins the toss as it might be a flat wicket in the first two days.
Predicted Playing XI
Bangladesh (BAN): Liton Das, Tamim Iqbal (C), Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), M Hasan Joy, Najmul Hasan Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehdy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Ebadot Hossain, S Islam
Sri Lanka (SL): Kusal Mendis (WK), Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjay Da Silva, Lasith Embuldeniya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Vishwa Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne
BAN vs SL – Fantasy Team Predictions
Fantasy Team 1 : Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Tamim Iqbal, Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Angelo Mathews, Shakib Al Hasan (VC), Mehdy Hasan Miraz, Shaban Da Silva, Lasith Embuldeniya, Taijul Islam, Chamika Karunaratne
Fantasy Team 2: Mushfiqur Rahim, Kusal Mendis, Tamim Iqbal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Oshada Fernando, Mominul Haque (VC), Shakib Al Hasan (C), Mehdy Hasan Miraz, Dhananjay Da Silva, Lasith Embuldeniya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Taijul Islam