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Silverwood ready for another tough battle

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 23 May, 2022 12:00 AM
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Sri Lankan head coach Chris Silverwood feels that the series-deciding game in Dhaka will be a well-contested one as both the teams will look to win the match to complete the series victory.

As the first Test in Chattogram ended in a draw, both the teams will now be eyeing to wrap up the series by clinching a victory in the second and final Test, scheduled to start at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur from today. Despite conceding a 68-run lead in the first innings of the opening Test, Sri Lanka fought back well in the second innings and forced a stalemate result in the match.

“I don’t think this is going to be an easy game at all,” said the 47-year-old Englishman on Sunday. “Both teams want to win this game. I think the last game was a close-fought contest. The momentum swung both ways, rapidly at times. Bangladesh had us on the ropes at times. We had to fight back hard to make sure that we got back into the game.

 “I think this will be similar. The game will go forward at a quicker pace. We have to be ready for that.  I am looking forward to some exciting cricket,” he added.

Silverwood hinted that there might be possible changes in their side for the final Test while he also informed that he would take assistance from his colleague Naveed Nawaz on Mirpur wicket. “There is (possibility of changing the XI from Chattogram). Looking at the statistics, we will select a squad that gives us all the options whether that’s picking one seamer or whichever way we decide to go. We will make sure there are plenty of options for the captain in that squad for tomorrow morning,” he said.

“I haven’t seen this wicket but I do have someone who you all know, is in my coaching staff, who knows these conditions. I will speak to my assistant coach so that we fully understand how this wicket will play. We will be using his knowledge from his time in Bangladesh, and the statistics of this ground to make sure the captain has the best possible bowling attack to exploit the conditions,” he added.