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Lanka challenge in front of the depleted Bangladesh side

The Bangladesh cricket team is currently touring Sri Lanka for a bilateral Test series. Where there are 2 Test matches in the series. The first Test match started today, April 21 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy. The second Test match will be played at the same venue from April 29 to May 3.

The world’s best all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has taken leave from the series to play in the IPL considering the upcoming T20I World Cup. His presence gives the team a different kind of strength. This has been the scenario for the past 10 years. The absence of Shakib has a bad effect on the whole team, creating big problems in team combinations as well. Shakib has been absent from all the Tests that Bangladesh has lost in the last two years. In New Zealand, India, or Pakistan – Bangladesh has felt the absence of Shakib in all the Tests. Shakib’s absence from this year’s tour of Sri Lanka will be a big challenge for Bangladesh.

Since 2001, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have met in a total of 20 Test matches. Where Sri Lanka has won 16 matches and Bangladesh has won only 1 match and drawn 3 matches. However, in the last 2-match Test series between the two teams in 2018, Sri Lanka won 1-0 against host Bangladesh. In their last 2-match Test series of the West Indies tour, the Lankans drew both matches. Sri Lanka won the last Test match and series against Zimbabwe in January last year. The visiting Sri Lanka won that series by (1-0).

On the other hand, Bangladesh won their last Test match and series against Zimbabwe. They won the only Test match of that series. The previous win before that instance was in the series against West Indies (2018/19). In between, Bangladesh could not win any Test series and Test matches for more than 2 years. Bangladesh was also whitewashed in the latest Test series against the West Indies at home. So, this time it is a golden opportunity for both teams to prove themselves. Both teams will want to try their best to make the series memorable. So this series is very important for both teams to create a strong position in the ICC Test rankings.

In the ICC Test rankings, Sri Lanka is in the 7th position with 83 rating points in 36 matches and Bangladesh is in the 9th position with 51 rating points in 20 matches.

Test Squad:
Sri Lanka – Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Wanindu Hasaranga, Vishwa Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Kumara, Ramesh Mendis,  Dilshan Madushanka, Asitha Fernando,  Praveen Jayawickrama.
Bangladesh Mominul Haque (c), Liton Das (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Abu Jayed, Taijul Islam, Najmul Hossain Shanto, , Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Saif Hassan, Yasir Ali, Shoriful Islam.

Test match schedule for Sri Lanka and Bangladesh:
1st Test – 21st-25th April, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium (Kandy), 10:30 (GMT+6)
2nd Test – 29th-03rd May, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium (Kandy), 10:30 (GMT+6)

Some furious cricket battle is awaiting as The Tigers are on the Lions den. Predict the winners of the matches and place bets on!

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