Bangladesh vs Srilanka 1st Test

Published: January 27, 2014

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Amidst growing concerns of the formation of a two-tier Test system in world cricket, Bangladesh will venture into their first Test series of the year today when they take on Sri Lanka in the first of the two-match series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

The match will begin at 9:30 am and will be broadcast live on BTV and Maasranga.

The main point of contention for Bangladesh remains their opening position. The team management will have to choose between uncapped Shamsur Rahman and experienced Imrul Kayes to partner Tamim Iqbal at the top today.

The team management might also reckon to bring in Mahmudullah Riyad instead of Abdur Razzak as an extra batting option.
The Lankans have a nearly flawless record against Bangladesh, when it comes to Test cricket. Of the 14 matches that the two teams faced, Sri Lanka have won 13 of them. The only draw took place last year in March at Galle; a match which saw Mushfiqur become the first Bangladeshi to score a double hundred.

Despite the visitors’ strong record, Sri Lankan captain expects the series to be challenging.

“The Bangladeshis have improved vastly in the last few years and we will be going hard at them,” he said in a press conference at Mirpur yesterday.

The Tigers’ response was similarly aggressive. “Gone are the days when we played for draws or a few good sessions. We are going for a win,” said Shakib Al Hasan on Saturday.

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