Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh: Dimuth Karunaratne and Co goal to finish lengthy drought in Check format
Pallekele: It’s been a very long time between Check wins for Sri Lanka, a report coach Mickey Arthur has ensured the gamers are conscious about.
Sri Lanka will begin a two-match sequence towards Bangladesh on Wednesday, aiming for his or her first Check win since January 2020.
The run since then has included two losses in South Africa, two losses at residence to England and two attracts within the Caribbean towards the West Indies.
In all six exams, Sri Lanka had their probability however let the sport slip away after some pricey errors. A batting collapse, dropped catches, accidents and poor use of the choice referral system to overview umpiring calls have been pricey.
“We’ve spoken at size about taking that chance when it presents itself and making use of stress for lengthy interval till the opposition inevitably breaks,” Arthur mentioned. “Should you take the West Indies sequence, we have been in positions the place we may have dominated however they managed to wriggle out of the conditions.”
Sri Lanka have gained 16 of their 20 cricket Assessments towards Bangladesh and misplaced solely as soon as — at Colombo in 2017 — though three of the final eight matches have led to a draw.
There’s a good grass cowl on the pitch and, whereas most anticipate the curator to shave it off earlier than the Check begins Wednesday, Sri Lanka appear to have modified their methods to financial institution on their quick bowlers greater than an inexperienced spin division.
“We are going to look to get pitches that do give our pacers some help for positive however I imagine we now have all bases coated and have the power to have a balanced facet with spin as nicely,” Arthur mentioned.
Quick bowler Lahiru Kumara and former captain Angelo Mathews are anticipated to return to the lineup after lacking the West Indies sequence.
Bangladesh, in the meantime, have struggled in current months. There was intense criticism following a house sequence loss to the West Indies and a tricky tour of New Zealand, the place Bangladesh misplaced all six white ball video games.
The absence of prime all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan and left-arm quick bowler Mustafizur Rahman — each unavailable due to the Indian Premier League — can even be a check of depth.
“Sri Lanka are a fantastic group at residence. Will probably be difficult for us,” Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque mentioned. “We’ve to take up this problem and get a very good end result.
“I believe it is going to be a aggressive sequence. Each groups have good tempo bowlers (so) batting goes to be crucial.”
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Lahiru Thirimanna, Oshada Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya De Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis and Praveen Jayawickrama, Dinesh Chandimal, Asitha Fernando and Roshen Silva.
Bangladesh: Mominul Haque (captain), Abu Jayed, Ebadot Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Liton Das, Mohammad Mithum, Mukidul Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nayeem Hasan, Najmul Shanto, Nurul Hasan, Saif Hassan, Shadman Islam, Shohidul Islam, Shoriful Islam, Shuvagata Hom, Khaled Ahmed, Taijul Islam, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed and Yasir Ali.
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena and Ruchira Palliyaguruge.
TV umpire: Ravindra Wimalasiri. Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle
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