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Bangladesh up against daunting task in 100th Test match

  • Published at 01:26 am March 15th, 2017
Bangladesh up against daunting task in 100th Test match
It will be a daunting task for Bangladesh to level the series as probable changes in numerous positions in the starting XI would likely make their job difficult against a spirited Lankan side. Liton Kumar Das, who kept wickets for Bangladesh in the Galle Test, was hit on the chest by a bouncer during a practice session last Monday. After receiving the x-ray report, it was learnt that he will be out for the second Test. In his place, Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim will don the gloves. In that case, Mushfiq is likely to bat at No 5. Mushfiq has been outstanding with the bat as he has scored 441 runs at an average of 88.20 this year. Reshuffling the middle-order means the captain will have to play a big role. Mahmudullah has been dropped for the Colombo Test so changes are likely in the middle-order. Sabbir Rahman or Mosaddek Hossain will replace Mahmudullah. No 3 batsman Mominul Haque could also be dropped from the starting XI with Imrul Kayes a likely replacement for the Cox's Bazar cricketer. Mominul has come under the line of fire after scoring two half centuries in his last 10 Test innings at an average of 23.20. Bangladesh played three pacers in the last Test but it is unlikely to happen in the second Test. Right-arm paceman Subashish Roy could be replaced by left-arm spinner Taijul Islam. However, a final decision regarding this issue will only be taken hours before the match. Subashish picked up one wicket in the first innings and went wicket-less in the second essay, finishing with match figures of one for 137 runs. Before the series, critics predicted that the relatively inexperienced Lankan side, missing regular captain Angelo Mathews to injury, will face tough times against the comparatively experienced Bangladesh. However, Sri Lanka thoroughly outplayed Bangladesh in the Galle Test. History is also against Bangladesh as they have lost 15 times in 17 matches with the other two matches ending in a draw. Bangladesh have played three times at P Sara Oval and conceded innings defeats in all of them. The last time they played here was back in 2007 where they were bowled out for 62 in the first innings. Mushfiq played that Test as a wicketkeeper-batsman. History suggests that the P Sara Oval pitch generally offers good pace and bounce for the fast bowlers in the first few sessions. But as the game progresses, just like the other sub-continent wickets, the cracks of the pitch will open up and assist the spinners. Weather might play an important role in the eventual outcome as it drizzled on Tuesday in the afternoon and evening. It was still raining later in the evening when this report was filed and according to forecasts, it will rain on Wednesday and Thursday as well. A short programme has been arranged to mark Bangladesh's historic Test. BCB president Nazmul Hasan has already arrived in Sri Lanka, along with other board officials. BCB will give special blazers to the cricketers during the occasion. SLC will also provide medals to the players.