Tigers eye new history

Samsul Arefin Khan | Published: 00:05, Feb 08,2018

 
 

Mahmudullah, Dinesh Chandimal

Bangladesh will be looking to create a new piece of history by a winning Test series against a full-strength major opposition when they take on Sri Lanka in the second of the two-Test series at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium from today.
The Tigers have not defeated any team in Test series apart from Zimbabwe and an under-strength West Indies, though they have won some significant matches in the recent past.
Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka only once in their 20 meetings when they
registered a four-wicket win in their 100th Test in Colombo last year, but it could only help them secure a series draw.
Despite winning a match each against Australia and England in their last two matches in Dhaka, they also had to remain satisfied with a draw in the series.
It left them without a series victory since 2014 when they thrashed Zimbabwe 3-0 at home.
The Tigers were hoping to end the drought after they seized the momentum back to their way with a creditable draw in the first Test in Chittagong.
Mominul Haque and Liton Das shared a record 180-run for the fourth wicket to help Bangladesh recover from 81-3 in the second innings to deny Sri Lanka a win and 1-0 lead in the series.
‘We got out of a tough position in the first match. So, this game is a great chance for us to win a Test series,’ said Bangladesh’s stand-in skipper Mahmudullah on Wednesday.
‘I think all the players are thinking positively, which will help our outcome.’
The stake is higher for Bangladesh this time as they will move into eighth position in Test rankings for the first time if can avoid a defeat in this Test.
Bangladesh and West Indies have currently equal 72 ranking points, but the Tigers are fractionally behind the Caribbeans in the ninth position.
Mahmudullah claimed that they were not focusing on the rankings and instead concentrating on winning the Test series.
‘Ranking will take care of itself if you have good results. We have an opportunity to win the series, so we are not really thinking about rankings,’ he said.
Sri Lanka lost the opportunity to win the Chittagong Test despite being in
a better position before the fifth day but they will be aiming to continue their good run in their happy hunting ground Bangladesh.
Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal said that they can still find some positives in Chittagong Test where they were in control barring the first and final day.
‘First of all it was a really good pitch for the
batters, but not for the bowlers. It was a nightmare for the bowers. We need to get the positive out of Chittagong.
‘After they posted 500, we made 700-plus. It was a plus point for us. It was never easy in any conditions.
‘It is always good to have such a big score on the board, which is something positive for us. We have something up our sleeve,’ he added. 

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