Bangladesh must defy injuries to win the decisive Sri Lanka Test

Bangladesh must defy injuries to win the decisive Sri Lanka Test
Sri Lankan and Bangladesh players greet each other at the end of the first Test cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on May 19, 2022. (Photo by Munir uz ZAMAN / AFP)
Bangladesh must defy injuries to win the decisive Sri Lanka Test
Bangladesh must defy injuries to win the decisive Sri Lanka Test

With all four of its top bowlers sidelined, Bangladesh will rely on team spirit to win the series-deciding second Test against Sri Lanka, which begins on Monday.

Bowlers from both teams struggled to create an impression on all five days of the drawn first Test in Chittagong.

The Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium’s wicket, on the other hand, is likely to help, as no Test match has been drawn there since 2016.

Bangladesh, who won the first Test, will have to do so with a severely depleted bowling attack if they are to win the second.

With a finger injury, Nayeem Hasan, who took 6-105 in the first innings of the first Test, was the latest player to be ruled out on Friday.

The hosts are missing Taskin Ahmed, Mehidy Hasan, and Shoriful Islam.

Bangladesh chose not to replace pacer Shoriful, who suffered a hand injury in Chittagong, and is yet to name a replacement for Nayeem.

According to Skipper Mominul Haque, it would have to be a collaborative effort.

“Whether we’re batsmen or bowlers, we have better results when we work together.” When we all work together, we put the team in a favorable position. It will be beneficial to us in Dhaka,” Mominul stated.

Mominul noted the hosts’ vast experience with the wicket in the capital.

“Dhaka is where we play the majority of our matches.” “I believe we have a good handle on spin and tempo,” he remarked.

Sri Lanka sounded upbeat as well. They’ve won all three of their Test matches at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, including a 215-run victory in 2018.

“Our pacers outperformed theirs” (in the first Test). In that regard, we have a few positives,” all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva said.

De Silva started the Dhaka wicket “will be favorable to the spinners” while laying out a winning recipe for the second Test.

“If we bat first, we’ll try to reach 275-300 and then get them out in one innings for less than 150,” he stated. “It will give us a fighting chance.”

In the first Test, speed bowlers took seven of Sri Lanka’s nine wickets, with right-arm fast Kasun Rajitha (4-60) leading the way as a concussion replacement for Vishwa Fernando.



Mominul Haque (Capt), Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Yasir Ali, Mosaddek Hossain, Taijul Islam, Ebadot Hossain, Khaled Ahmed, Quazi Nurul Hasan, Rejaur Rahman, Shohidul Islam.

Sri Lanka

Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Kamil Mishara, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Sumida Lakshan, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka, Praveen Jayawickrama, Lasith Embuldeniya.

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