Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka 2021
1st Test – Wed, 21st April
Sri Lanka has lost its two very fresh test series at home, but they came against New Zealand and England. These are two solid test nations but in years gone, they would have toiled against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka as well. Therefore, we don’t believe Sri Lanka can take a victory against Bangladesh for granted.
Their team includes the return of Lahiru Kumara and Angelo Matthews, both of whom missed out against the West Indies. Their inclusion is going to help bolster the batting roster and add teeth to the fast-bowling line-up as well.
The big obstacle for Sri Lanka in its latest matches has been bowling. Lasith Embuldeniya was the finest bowler in the Test series against England, nevertheless, he is injured and side-lined.
Wanindu Hasaranga and Dilshan Madushanka are the lead spin bowlers that Sri Lanka has to pick from. Sri Lanka’s bowling is decent in home situations but it is going to have to depend on some errors being made from the Bangladeshi batters as well.
Possible playing XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Lahiru Kumara, Oshada Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Lasith Embuldeniya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara.
Bangladesh has chosen 21 players in its force for this Test series, but it will not have the benefits of Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan, both of whom are competing for their clubs in the IPL.
There are not a lot of recognizable names in the Bangladeshi team, and we don’t think that is a great thing. There are not sufficient people pressing the holders for places and that is why poor feats are going without punishment.
Bangladesh is a team that can bat especially well but it very seldom seems to do so. The batters will match up well against the Sri Lankan line-up since it doesn’t have express pace and is a spinner intense attack.
Possible playing XI: Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Mithun, Mominul Haque (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Yasir Ali, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Liton Das (wk), Mehidy Hasan Miraj, Taijul Islam, Abu Jayed, Taskin Ahmed.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The conditions in Pallekele are a little overcast and there is some rain projected on at least three days of the test game. That implies we could be in for a lot of walkouts. Nevertheless, games move very quickly in Sri Lanka and draws are very unusual. Keep that in mind when you are placing your bets.
The wicket should be slightly flat to start and then take an escalating amount of spin as the match proceeds. There are sufficient chances to score runs on an initial couple of days and a big first-inning score is important.
Bangladesh is going to be playing a test series against Sri Lanka in the framework of an epidemic and some of its finest players competing in the IPL. This series was intended to have been played in 2019 but was rescheduled and is ultimately taking place.
Sri Lanka used to be a major force at home but in latest years it has strived to keep the superior hand over visiting sides. Bangladesh has been incapable to figure out a way to be effective in test matches for many years now. Sri Lanka is one of the rare teams that Bangladesh appears to be able to get the cleverer of quite regularly, though, and it would certainly be aiming for a win in this series.
Sri Lanka is the favourites at the odds of 1.52, Bangladesh is at 4.60 and draws at 5.50. And thereby, we also back Sri Lanka for a win. The rationales for this are that Sri Lanka is welcoming back its highly skilled player in Angelo Matthews, it has all of its leading players available, and its batting line-up appears exceptional to Bangladesh.
Both teams have a feeble bowling attack but home benefit should help Sri Lanka get a better hand in this contest.