Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka: The first Test ended in a dull draw, adding to a pile of Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka encounters which have ended in boring draws over the last five years. The pitch was too flat, providing nothing for the bowlers and a draw seemed inevitable after the first two days.
Despite the flatness in the surface though, both sides had some nice performances. Angelo Mathews reminded everyone of his presence with an authoritative 199 while Mushfiqur Rahim was among the runs as well, crossing the 5000 run mark on his way to a century. There were some gritty knocks from Chandimal and Dickwella as well to help save the Test when Bangladesh seemed to have a very small sniff at victory.
Match: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka
Date: 23rd May 2022
Time: 9:30 AM IST
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
There are some rain interruptions predicted over the first two days of the Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Test while the rest of the days will see some hot weather.
The Mirpur stadium is known to produce results and despite rain around the surface is expected to take a lot of turn throughout the game. Batting first and stocking the line-up with spin is the best option.
Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque (capt), Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Taijul Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain
Oshada Fernando, Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Ramesh Mendis, Lasith Embuldeniya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Asitha Fernando/Kasun Rajitha
Mushfiqur Rahim has found form and was really good with the bat in the first test. He went on to become the first Bangladesh batter to reach 5000 Test runs and showed why he is one of the best batters in the side, With the series in balance, his experience will need to come in play again as Bangladesh look to grab some valuable World Test Championship points.
Angelo Mathews was another experienced head who showed up and reminded everyone of his presence in the Sri Lankan line-up. Walking in at a odd situation, Mathews played a blinder as he finished with 199, taking control of the innings.
Both teams had great outings with the bat in the first game but with the next game likely to be decided on the might of the spinners, it is tough to choose who has an edge. A draw is highly unlikely, while on paper, the Bangladesh spin attack may go past Sri Lanka.
Match Prediction: Bangladesh will win the match.