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Tigers eye maiden series win against Lankans

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 23 May, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh will be looking to win their maiden Test series against Sri Lanka when they take on the visitors in the series-deciding second Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur of Dhaka today.

The match will start at 10:00am and will be aired live on T Sports and GTV.

The Tigers have played 10 Test series against the islanders since 2002, but failed to win any of them.

Their best result against Sri Lanka came in 2017 when they drew a Test series 1-1 in Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh had the chance to beat Sri Lanka during the last two Test series between the two neighbouring countries in 2018 and 2020 respectively but they lost the last Test on both the occasions to finish the series’ on the losing end.

Although the first Test in Chattogram ended in a draw, there seems to be a result happening in Dhaka as no Test has finished in a draw on the ground since 2016.

“Whether we play in Mirpur or elsewhere there is always a chance (of winning). If we consider the condition and everything, we have a good chance to win the series. It’s not the biggest chance but there is a chance to clinch the series,” Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque said on Sunday.

“Very few matches end without result in Mirpur and it’s difficult to say when there was no result here. The bowling is very important as well as batting and certainly, we are planning on what to focus on to win the game,” he added.

Although Bangladesh got memorable Test victories against England and Australia in 2016 and 2017 respectively through spin-web at the SBNS, it hasn't remained the same for them over the last few years.

Sri Lanka had won a Test at the SBNS in 2018 to clinch a two-match series against the hosts while recently Bangladesh lost to Pakistan and West Indies here at the venue.

In a team update, all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain, who last played a Test in September, 2019, is likely to replace off-spinner Nayeem Hasan after the latter sustained a finger injury in the last Test and was ruled out of the match.