Sports, Cricket

Tigers look to avoid series defeat

Published : 29 Mar 2024 09:26 PM

The stage is set for a riveting second Test at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram, where Bangladesh will confront Sri Lanka today at the Zaur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. The hosts are looking to bounce back after a hefty defeat in the first Test in Sylhet. The home side, led by Najmul Hossain Shanto, faced a batting collapse in Sylhet, crumbling under the pressure of Sri Lanka's bowling attack. With Shakib Al Hasan returning to the squad and the inclusion of uncapped pace bowler Hasan Mahmud, Bangladesh is aiming to strengthen both their batting and bowling.

The visitors, on the other hand, are riding high on confidence after their 328-run victory. Dhananjaya de Silva's leadership skills shone through in Sylhet, and with Asitha Fernando replacing the injured Kasun Rajitha, the Sri Lankan bowling unit looks to maintain its dominance.

The pitch at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium is known for its batting-friendly conditions, which may offer some respite to the Bangladeshi batsmen. However, the weather could play a role, with the possibility of rain affecting the game's progress.

For Bangladesh, all eyes will be on Shakib Al Hasan's all-round abilities and Najmul Hossain Shanto's leadership at the top. Sri Lanka will bank on Dhananjaya de Silva's form and the pace trio's ability to exploit any seam movement on offer.

Bangladesh's recent Test form has been a mix of highs and lows, with a notable victory against New Zealand but a struggle against top-tier teams. Sri Lanka's recent Test victory against Afghanistan adds to their confidence coming into this match. Alongside Shakib's all-round prowess, the hosts will rely on Mominul Haque's batting expertise, especially aft er his fighting 87 in the second innings of the first Test.

Meanwhile, for the Lankans, Dhananjaya de Silva remains the key player, having scored a century in the first Test. The bowling department will lean on the experience of Vishwa Fernando and the spin of Prabath. 

As the countdown to the second Test begins, Bangladesh faces the challenge of overcoming their batting woes, while Sri Lanka looks to maintain their stronghold. Fans can expect a battle of resilience from Bangladesh and strategic play from Sri Lanka in what promises to be a captivating Test match. Fans will be eager to see if Bangladesh can level the series or if Sri Lanka will take home the trophy.