Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo


Bangladesh ► Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim(c), Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das(w), Mehedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy, Mustafizur Rahman, Sabbir Rahman, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Rubel Hossain, Taijul Islam

Sri Lanka ► Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath(c), Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Kumara, Dhananjaya de Silva, Vikum Sanjaya, Malinda Pushpakumara, Nuwan Pradeep

Bangladesh will be focussing on seizing crucial moments in the game in order to have the upper hand. In the first Test, they allowed Kusal Mendis and Asela Gunaratne to rebuild after getting rid of three wickets quite early. On the batting front, even though three out of the top four registered fifty-plus scores in the first innings, the middle order offered little resistance. And that has prompted the management to drop senior pro Mahmudullah for this big clash. Mahmudullah has been a regular member of the Bangladesh side since making his Test debut in 2009 and has played 33 Tests so far. But poor form – one fifty in his last 13 Test innings – has forced the tourists to leave out the 31-year-old out of the marquee Test.

Sri Lanka are expected to strengthen their batting by bringing in middle order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva back into the side. De Silva had a tough tour of South Africa having gone through 14 innings across all three formats of the game without making a half-century. He was dropped for the tour of Australia that followed and was overlooked for the first Test in Galle, which Sri Lanka won. The hosts played five bowlers in Galle and the return of De Silva means that Sri Lanka will have to sacrifice one of them. If the surface appears to be aiding seamers, like it has done traditionally, then expect the team management to drop a spinner, else it could be Lahiru Kumara making way for De Silva.

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