After scored a total of 1533 runs combined by both teams in five days, Chittagong test was ended in a draw. Focus shifts to the national capital of Bangladesh which hosts the second and final test between Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka. Both teams looking forward for a positive result to seal the series. Second test match schedule to start at 9:30 AM Local | 9 AM IST on Thursday, 8th February 2018.
On the absence of Shakib al Hasan, other all-rounder Mahmudullah took over leadership responsibilities in this two match test series. Mahmudullah’s men did a good job with bat in the first innings of 1st test. But, as the track turned as a nightmare for bowlers, Bangladesh failed to capitalize the good start. Mominul Haque was the highlight of Bangladesh batting where he scored twin centuries in both innings of Chittagong test. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah also contributed with runs of 92 and 83* respectively in the first innings. The major top order batsman Tamim Iqbal started both innings in a decent way but he didn’t convert those into huge scores. Litton Das stood up in the second innings and played valuable knock to save the test for his team. Bangladesh bowlers had a very tough time in the first test and they bowled 200 overs in Sri Lanka’s first innings. Things are expected to be better in Dhaka and equally helps both batters and bowlers. Tamim Iqbal is the most experienced batsman at top order and there are lot of expectation on him. Mirpur is the happy hunting ground for him. Hopefully, he will come with much better knocks and probably score century in this test. Imrul Kayes will keep his place in the XI and will continue to open the innings with Tamim. It may a last opportunity for Kayes to cement the place in the test side. So, he will approach the game carefully.
The batting star of the first match, Mominul Haque in a position to carry on the momentum which he got in the first test. If he carry through the good form, that will help the team a lot. Middle-order batting looks strong with Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das and Mahmudullah. Sabbir Rahman has added to the squad for this test and with his arrival middle-order would be much more stronger. Liton Das will take care of gloves work while Mushfiqur plays as a specialist batsman. Sabbir will replaces Mosaddek Hossain who managed to score 8 runs each in both innings of Chittagong test. Bangladesh has played with triple specialist spinners in the first test, but as Sunzamul Islam dropped for this test match, possibilities are higher for Bangladesh to play with 2 specialist spinners and 2 pace bowlers. If they decides to go with triple spin options, Abdur Razzak may get a chance to make his comeback and he will with Mehidy Hasan and Taijul Islam. In case they go with two front-line pace attack, then Kamrul Islam Rabbi will join the ace pacer Mustafizur Rahman. As everyone struggle to pick wickets in Chittagong, Mustafizur also struggled a lot in his 32 overs. Hopefully, he will back with good spells in both innings of this Dhaka test.
SRI LANKA :
Finally, Sri Lankans are having some good tour after very long time. First they found a way to win the ODI Tri-series on this tour and performed so well with a bat in the first test in the ongoing series. Sri Lanka’s bowling performances were not so great when their bowlers allowed Bangladesh to score 500+ runs in the first innings. But, the stunning partnership between Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Mendis for the second wicket (308 runs) pushed back Lankans into the game. Both Dhananjaya and Kusal helped the team to be in good position by scoring huge centuries respectively. Kusal Mendis missed the double-century by 4 runs while Dhananjaya scored 173 runs on his part. Roshen Silva’s maiden century and half-centuries by Chandimal and Dickwella helped the team to post mammoth 713 runs in the first innings. Bowlers created a hope of winning by claiming three quick wickets on 4th day. But, they failed to take rest of the wickets on final day and with that match ended in a draw. Sri Lanka likely to play with the same batting unit after that good show in the first test. Dimuth Karunatne dismissed for duck in Chittagong, but the test specialist deserves a place in the top order and he had played lot of good knocks in that position. Kusal Mendis opened the innings last time and he will continue the same in this test too. He struggled with poor form for so long time, finally played a very important innings in the first test. He is back in form and he should carry forward it to this game too.
It was a back-to-back centuries in test innings for Dhananjaya de Silva. He scored a match-saving century in the second innings of third test against India in December and also scored mammoth 173 runs in Chittagong. Team wants him to be in red hot form once again in this series decider. Roshen Silva who batted lower middle-order against India, was promoted to no. 4 in the first test and he responded well with a maiden test century. He will keep the place at no. 4 once again in this match. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella are the pillars of Sri Lanka’s middle-order and both of them had scored much needed half-centuries in the first test. Chandimal, the most experienced batsman in the squad will lead the team from a front and we can expect a big knocks from him. Dickwella was in an average form during the ODI series, but that half-century in the last game will boost his confidence and that will help him to perform far better in this test. Bowling all-rounder Dilruwan Perera picked a wicket each in both innings of first test and also contributed with 32 runs with a bat. The off-spinner has a role to play once again in this test. The big wicket-taking aspect Rangana Herath has picked 3 and 2 wickets respectively. But he could do better for his standards, hopefully, he will come with 5 wicket haul in this test. The left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan also took a part in the first test and he claimed 3 wickets in 2 innings. Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara were a two pacers played in Chittagong. Lakmal did a good job by claiming 3 wickets in the first innings but Kumara remained wicket-less in both innings of a test. Either Dushmantha Chameera or Lahiru Gamage will replace Kumara in the XI.
KEY FANTASY PICKS :
- Tamim Iqbal
- Mominul Haque
- Sabbir Rahman
- Mehidy Hasan
- Taijul Islam
- Mustafizur Rahman
Wild Card Pick – Mushfiqur Rahim
SRI LANKA :
- Dimuth Karunaratne
- Dhananjaya de Silva
- Kusal Mendis
- Niroshan Dickwella
- Dilruwan Perera
- Rangana Herath
- Suranga Lakmal
Wild Card Pick – Dinesh Chandimal
POSSIBLE LINEUPS :
1. Tamim Iqbal, 2. Imrul Kayes, 3. Mominul Haque, 4. Mushfiqur Rahim, 5. Liton Das, 6. Mahmudullah, 7. Sabbir Rahman, 8. Mehidy Hasan, 9. Taijul Islam, 10. Abdur Razzak / Kamrul Islam Rabbi.
SRI LANKA :
1. Dimuth Karunaratne, 2. Kusal Mendis, 3. Dhananjaya de Silva, 4. Roshen Silva, 5. Dinesh Chandimal, 6. Niroshan Dickwella, 7. Dilruwan Perera, 8. Rangana Herath, 9. Suranga Lakmal, 10. Lakshan Sandakan, 11. Lahiru Kumara / Dushmantha Chameera.