Tiger captain Mominul Haque chose to bat first after winning the toss in the first Test of a two-match series against Sri Lanka at Kandy’s Pallekele Stadium on Wednesday.
Earlier, in a video conference on Tuesday, the Tiger captain said, “If you talk about pressure, I will say I don’t feel any pressure. The team is not under any pressure.”Sri Lanka left out former captain Dinesh Chandimal as the experienced Angelo Mathews returned to the side having missed a recent series in the West Indies.
Both teams packed their squads with fast bowling on a greenish wicket.
Sri Lanka have not won a Test since January last year, also against Bangladesh. Since then, they have lost four and drawn three.
Bangladesh are searching for their first overseas Test win in four years.
Mominul Haque (capt), Litton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Abu Jayed, Taijul Islam, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hassan, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Saif HassanSri Lanka
Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne, Oshada Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando
Umpires: Ruchira Palliyaguruge and Kumar Dharmasena (Sri)
Television Umpire: Ravindra Wimalasiri (Sri)
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri)