Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Series 2022
BAN vs SL First Test 2022: Four key Takeaways for Bangladesh
The ZACS Chattogram surface was suitable for batters for the first four days, and it was predicted before the BAN vs SL first Test 2022. The spinners found a groove from the last session of day 4 to the end of day 5. The first Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka ended in a draw, with little excitement among neutral supporters. However, fans in Bangladesh celebrated Mushfiqur Rahim's achievement of becoming the country's first player to surpass 5,000 Test runs. Here are five major takeaways for Bangladesh from the first match. First Test Match Report: BAN vs SL Series 2022 Sri Lanka understandably opted to bat first in the first Test in Chattogram, and they made 397 runs. Veteran Angelo Mathews was the top scorer for Sri Lanka, who guided the innings by playing a 199-run knock. Besides, Kusal Mendis (54) and Dinesh Chandimal (66) also had good contributions with the bat. Off-spinner Nayeem Hasan picked up six wickets for the hosts. In reply, Bangladesh were all-out for 465 in the third session of day 4. Tamim Iqbal (133), and Mushfiqur Rahim (105) both scored centuries. It was a special match for Mushfiqur as he reached his 5,000 Test runs milestone. Apart from them, Mahmudul Hasan Joy (58) and Litton Das (88) made two valuable contributions with the bat for the Tigers. Medium-pacer Kasun Rajitha picked up the highest 4 wickets for the Lankan side. Bangladesh did manage to pick up a couple of wickets before the end of day 4 and four more wickets in the second session of day 5. However, an unbeaten 99*-run partnership between Dinesh Chandimal (39) and Niroshan Dickwella (61) saved the match for the visitors. Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne (52) also made a fifty for his side. In Sri Lanka's second innings, left-arm orthodox spinner Taijul Islam bagged four wickets for Bangladesh. Angelo Mathews won the Player of the Match award for his outstanding contribution with the bat in the first innings. Major Outcomes for Bangladesh from the First Test of the Series The series-opening match against Sri Lanka produced some notable outcomes for Bangladesh. The majority of the discussion topics revolve around batting since the batters dominated most of the contest. Read: Shoriful ruled out of second Test vs Sri Lanka Mushfiqur Rahim Hits the 5000 Test Runs Milestone Bangladesh’s big takeaway from the match was Mushfiqur Rahim’s 5,000 runs milestone in the Test format. He became the first Bangladeshi player to achieve the feat by scoring 105 runs in the first innings of Bangladesh. Though Tamim had a chance to reach the landmark before Mushfiqur, he retired hurt on 133 due to a muscle strain. At that moment, Tamim was 19 runs away from scoring his 5,000 Test runs. Mushfiqur Rahim was under pressure prior to this series for not being able to play to his full potential. He was even warned by BCB's president that the selectors may consider dropping Mushfiqur if his barren run with the bat continues. So, it was a perfect response by Bangladesh’s most dependable batter. Overall, Mushfiqur Rahim has scored 5,037 runs in 81 matches with an average of 36.76. In Tests, he has a total of 825 fifties. Top five most runs for Bangladesh in Tests Player Match Runs HS Ave 100s Mushfiqur Rahim 81 5,037 219* 36.76 8 Tamim Iqbal 66 4,981 206 40.16 10 Shakib Al Hasan 60 4,055 217 39.36 5 Mominul Haque 52 3,516 181 39.06 11 Habibul Bashar 50 3,026 113 30.87 3 Source: https://www.espncricinfo.com/ Tamim Iqbal’s Aggressive Hundred Tamim made 133 off 218 balls in Bangladesh's first innings, striking the ball at a rate of 61. It was his 10th Test century and 25 overall. Tamim Iqbal has changed his batting style in the longer-version format in recent years. He is now more aggressive than he used to be and always tries to attack the opposition bowling attack. That is why Tamim’s strike rate over the last five years has been one of the best in the world. He has had the third-best strike rate among the openers (minimum 10 innings) in the Test format since 2017. Top five best strike rates by the openers since 2017 (at least 10 innings) Player Innings Runs Strike Rates HS 100s Shikhar Dhawan (India) 19 851 83.75 190 3 Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka) 14 307 65.73 64 0 Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh) 41 1593 64.07 133 2 David Warner (Australia) 63 2660 61.50 335* 7 Aiden Markram (South Africa) 53 1900 59.33 152 5 Source: https://www.espncricinfo.com/ Nayeem Hasan has the potential to replace Mehidy Hasan Miraz Nayeem Hasan had a great outing in this match, coming on to replace the injured Mehidy Hasan Miraz. The off-spinner made his Test debut almost four years ago against the West Indies in 2018. Since then, he has taken 31 wickets in 8 matches, including his career-best 6/105 against Sri Lanka in the first innings of the first Test in Chattogram. Nayeem’s bowling in the first innings was sparkling and caused real trouble for the Lankan batters. More importantly, most of his wickets were crucial. After this strong showing with the ball, Nayeem has definitely established a genuine case for himself with the selectors to consider him regularly for the longer-version format. If not, he should be the first choice if Mehidy Miraz falls victim to any injury in the future. Read: Chattogram Test: Bangladesh in driving seat Bangladesh's defensive batting strategy on the fourth day Since the pitch was suited to the batters, it was anticipated that runs would score in the first match. Expectedly, the batters did flourish from day 1 to day 4, as 901 runs had been scored for the loss of 22 wickets, averaging 225.25 runs per day. However, the run rate came down to 2.58 on day 4, which indicates players took a cautious approach to their batting. Since Bangladesh batted the whole day on day four, except for the last 17 overs, the blame should go to the home side in case of lower run rates. Mushfiqur Rahim, who was praised for reaching his 5,000 Test runs milestone on that particular day, was the main culprit for low run rates. Rahim had to play 285 balls for his 105 runs on a relatively very good batting surface. One can argue that the Bangladesh team should blame themselves for not creating a winning situation because of their defensive batting approach. Aftermath Bangladesh played safe and earned a draw in the BAN vs SL first Test 2022. The Tigers' team campaign had set the expectation that they would strive for a win against a relatively inexperienced Lankan side. However, Bangladesh did not appear worried about winning the match at any stage throughout the game. They took a defensive approach and got the outcome they wanted. Bangladesh should adjust its strategy for the second Test in Dhaka. The pitches at Mirpur would be more favorable to spinners, therefore the match should produce a result.
Reminiscence: Five Top Performances by Bangladesh Bowlers in Tests against Sri Lanka
Bangladesh have played a total of 22 Test matches against Sri Lanka since the two teams first met in September 2001. There were some remarkable individual performances despite the fact that Bangladesh have only won one Test match against Sri Lanka. Since both teams played in subcontinent conditions, spinners have dominated the top bowling performances leaderboard. Let's take a look at five of Bangladesh's top Test bowling performances against Sri Lanka so far, ahead of the BAN vs SL series 2022. Best Test Bowling Performances by Bangladesh Players against Sri Lanka Here are five notable bowling efforts by Bangladeshi players in Tests against Sri Lanka. 5) Mohammad Rafique: 5/114 (R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, 2005) The first Bangladesh bowler who picked a fifer against Sri Lanka in the Test format was Mohammad Rafique. The left-arm spinner was one of the most sought-after players in Bangladesh in early 2000. Rafique bagged a fifer in Sri Lanka’s first innings of the first Test in 2005 before the hosts declared their innings on 370/9d. Read: Cricket Australia: Sri Lanka tour still on despite unrest He finished his spell with 37-9-114-5. Bangladesh went on to lose the contest by an innings margin because of their disappointing batting performances in both innings. 4) Shahadat Hossain: 5/86 (Shaheed Chandu Stadium, Bogra, 2006) One of Bangladesh's fastest bowlers in the early 2000s was Shahadat Hossain. He has the most five-wicket haul (4) in an innings for Bangladesh among the pacers. One of his fifers came against Sri Lanka back in the 2006 home series. Shahadat picked up five wickets in Sri Lanka’s first innings of the second Test at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra. His final bowling figure stood at 21.3-2-86-5. In their first innings, Bangladesh bowled Sri Lanka out for 316. The hosts eventually lost the contest by 10 wickets. Read Five Best Test Knocks by Bangladesh Batters Against Sri Lanka: A Look Back 3) Mustafizur Rahman: 3/78 (P Sara Oval, Colombo, 2017) Bangladesh’s only victory against Sri Lanka to date came in 2017 away from home. Left-arm medium-pacer, Mustafizur Rahman played an important role with the ball in Sri Lanka’s second innings of the second Test. He removed three crucial Lankan batters and put the hosts under pressure. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 319 in their second innings, while Mustafizur Rahman finished his spell with 23-3-78-3. It was a brilliant effort by him to ensure Bangladesh had a comfortable total to chase. 2) Shakib Al Hasan: 4/74 (P Sara Oval, Colombo, 2017) Bangladesh's ace all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan, had a brilliant outing in Bangladesh’s historic victory in their 100th Test. In particular, his 4-wicket haul in the second innings helped Bangladesh bowl Sri Lanka out for 319. Shakib finished his spell with 36.2-9-74-4. Bangladesh only needed 191 runs to clinch the second match of the series, which they did quite comfortably in the end. Read: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Series 2022: ICC WTC standings predictions for both teams 1) Shakib Al Hasan: 5/70 (Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur) In 2008, Bangladesh put up a great fight against Sri Lanka in a home series Test match. They had created a genuine opportunity to upset a very strong Lankan Test side thanks to a great bowling performance in Sri Lanka’s first innings and Bangladesh’s second innings. Shakib Al Hasan was magnificent with his left-arm spin as a strong Sri Lankan side was bowled out for 293. Shakib Al Hasan’s spell finished with 28.4-4-70-5. It has been one of the most dominant bowling performances by any Bangladesh bowler against Sri Lanka in the Test format. Bottom Line Over the years, Bangladesh bowlers have had a harder time than the batters in the longer-version format against Sri Lanka. One of the reasons for this is that bowlers have had fewer opportunities than batters, as Sri Lanka have sealed eight innings victories out of seventeen against Bangladesh. Read IPL 2022: Favourites to Reach the Playoffs In all, Bangladesh bowlers have recorded five five-wicket hauls against Sri Lanka, although not all of them have had the same effect. Therefore, not all five-wicket hauls were considered in the top five Bangladesh bowling performances in Tests against Sri Lanka. Bangladesh players will hopefully put in even more outstanding performances in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.
Five Best Test Knocks by Bangladesh Batters Against Sri Lanka: A Look Back
Bangladesh have played most of the 22 Test matches against Sri Lanka since becoming an ICC full member on June 26, 2000. In the longer-version format, Team Tigers has many memorable moments against the Lankan side. Some of Bangladesh's most remarkable Test knocks have come against Sri Lanka, which the fans will always remember. The two sides will meet again in a 2-match Test series starting on Sunday (May 15). There is an expectation that more remarkable individual performances will be witnessed during the 2022 BAN vs SL Test Series. Let’s refresh the old memories by looking back at Bangladesh’s five most outstanding Test knocks against Sri Lanka. Brilliant individual Test innings by Bangladesh Players against Sri Lanka Bangladesh batters have produced some remarkable individual Test innings against Sri Lanka. Here are five of Bangladesh's best individual innings that fans will never forget. Mohammad Ashraful: 190 (Galle International Stadium, 2013) As the scorecard indicates, the Galle pitch was a batting paradise. A total of eight centuries were scored in the match. Of those, three were scored by Bangladesh batters. However, displaying brilliant batsmanship against superior opposition while playing for a weaker team is never easy. That’s why Mohammad Ashraful’s 190-run knock in the first innings was a brilliant effort. The Bangladesh team also made a record in that particular innings by playing 196 overs, their most in Test cricket history. Read Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Series 2022: ICC WTC standings predictions for both teams Mushfiqur Rahim: 200 (Galle International Stadium, 2013) Mushfiqur Rahim became the first Bangladesh player to score 200 runs during the first innings of the first Test in the 2013 bilateral series against Sri Lanka. It was a marathon innings by him, who made a 267-run stand with Mohammad Ashraful in the fifth wicket partnership. Bangladesh went on to score 638, their highest-ever Test score in an innings. Mushfiqur Rahim won the Player of the Match award for his magnificent batting effort. Shakib Al Hasan: 116 (P Sara Oval, Colombo, 2017) Shakib Al Hasan always comes into the scene whenever Bangladesh need him to step in. That’s exactly what he did against Sri Lanka in the first innings of the second Test in 2017. Bangladesh were 192/4 when Shakib came into bat. The visitors needed someone to play a big knock and get past Sri Lanka’s first innings total (338). Thanks to Shakib’s timely 116-run knock, Bangladesh managed to score 467 in their first innings and took a 129-run lead. Bangladesh went on to win the contest by 4 wickets and finish the series 1-1. Read BAN vs SL Test Series 2022: Five Crucial Players for Bangladesh Tamim Iqbal: 82 (P Sara Oval, Colombo, 2017) Bangladesh made history in their 100th Test match, winning the contest by 4 wickets against Sri Lanka. Special credit should go to opener Tamim Iqbal, who played a responsible knock of 82 in the second innings and guided Bangladesh to a glorious victory. Chasing 191 runs on day-5 on a turning pitch was a daunting task. Thankfully, Tamim rose to the occasion and gave his side a strong start in the innings. When he departed, Bangladesh only required 60 more runs to clinch the match, which they did quite comfortably. Mohammad Ashraful: 114 (Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo, 2001) The 17-year-old Mohammad Ashraful stunned the cricket world by scoring a century on his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2001. He made 114 runs in the second innings and also had a century stand with veteran Aminul Islam Bulbul for the fifth wicket. Ashraful also became the youngest Test centurion ever with that hundred. It is one of the best-ever Test knocks by a Bangladeshi batter. Read IPL 2022: Favourites to Reach the Playoffs Bottom Line A total of 15 centuries have been scored against Sri Lanka by Bangladesh players, and the majority of them were some efforts. Besides, the importance of some small innings also can’t be overlooked. Therefore, picking the best five was a difficult task. However, the above-mentioned have been the most memorable batting performances against Sri Lanka by Bangladesh players. The cricketers of the current Bangladesh squad can take inspiration from these innings to give their best effort in the BAN vs SL Test series 2022.
BAN vs SL Test Series 2022: What would the combined XI look like?
The BAN vs SL Test Series 2022 will be a part of the ICC’s World Test Championship. Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka can improve their current standings in the World Test Championship at the conclusion of this series. As a result, players will be motivated to give their all during the competition. Furthermore, players on both sides are usually eager to give their all whenever these two teams meet due to their history. Let's take a look at who can make it to a combined Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Test XI. 2022 Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Test Series: The best combined XI The Bangladesh cricketers have been granted a little preference in the combined XI selection because they are playing on home soil. One of the reasons for this is their relatively strong performance in Bangladeshi conditions. Moreover, Sri Lankan cricketers' success in sub-continental conditions is noteworthy. This has been considered as well. 1) Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh) Test Inn: 125 | Runs: 4,848 | HS: 206 | Ave: 39.41 | 100s: 9 The veteran Tamim has one of the best batting records among the Bangladesh batters. He could be one of the major headaches for the Lankan side during the series. Tamim will play the anchor role for Bangladesh and he can single-handedly take the game away from the opposition. Read BAN vs SL Test Series 2022: Who holds the advantage in records? 2) Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka) Test Inn: 147 | Runs: 5,620 | HS: 244 | Ave: 39.57 | 100s: 14 Sri Lankan captain Karunaratne has the highest number of centuries (14) on both sides. He is the most consistent Test batter among the Lankan players. Dimuth Karunaratne will have to play a crucial role for the visitors during the series. 3) Kusal Mendis (Sri Lanka) Test Inn: 93 | Runs: 3,078 | HS: 196 | Ave: 34.58 | 100s: 7 Two years ago, Kusal played a match-winning knock against South Africa away from home. Since then, he has had a special place on the Lankan side. Kusal is a big-match player and can step up when needed. Read Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Test Series 2022: Squad comparison 4) Mominul Haque (Bangladesh) Test Inn: 95 | Runs: 3,514 | HS: 181 | Ave: 39.48 | 100s: 11 Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque has a brilliant record at home. He has more than a 50 average in 49 innings in Bangladesh. Mominul’s captaincy and his batting performance in the middle-order will be crucial for the hosts. 5) Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh) Test Inn: 148 | Runs: 4,932 | HS: 219* | Ave: 36.26 | 100s: 7 Mr. dependable Mushfiqur Rahim is the heart of Bangladesh's middle-order. He can be lethal with the bat during the BAN vs SL Test Series 2022. Read Mosaddek or Nayeem: Who Should Play in CTG Test of BAN vs SL Series 2022? 6) Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) Test Match: 59 | Runs: 4,029 | HS: 217 | Ave: 39.50 | 100s: 5 | Wickets: 215 | BBI: 7/36 | Ave: 31.30 | 5Ws: 18 Shakib is an automatic choice for the number six spot. He is the best player between the two teams and will be vital in the series’ final outcome. Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal are also experienced players and can easily find a place in the playing XI. However, given their recent performances, others deserve more than them. 7) Litton Das (Bangladesh) Test Inn: 53 | Runs: 1,730 | HS: 114 | Ave: 33.26 | 100s: 2 Wicket-keeper batter Litton Das has been one of the most consistent batters since 2021. He has matured a lot as a genuine Test batter. Litton can play a vital role lower down the order for Bangladesh. Read Australia names full-strength squads for Sri Lanka tour 8) Praveen Jayawickrama (Sri Lanka) Test Match: 4 | Wickets: 25 | BBI: 6/92 | Ave: 19.48 | 5Ws: 2 Bangladesh’s pitches could be ideal for Lankan young left-arm orthodox spinner Jayawickrama to shine with the ball. He could put pressure on the Bangladesh batters at the crucial stages of a contest. 9) Lasith Embuldeniya (Sri Lanka) Test Match: 15 | Wickets: 70 | BBI: 7/137 | Ave: 34.77 | 5Ws: 5 Embuldeniya has had a brilliant start to his Test career. He has picked up 70 wickets in just 15 matches, showing his wicket-taking ability. Bangladesh’s batters should be watchful against Lasith Embuldeniya. Read Men's Asian Games Hockey Qualifier 2022: Bangladesh's Full Fixtures, Squad 10) Taijul Islam (Bangladesh) Test Match: 36 | Wickets: 153 | BBI: 8/39 | Ave: 32.01 | 5Ws: 10 Among the Bangladesh bowlers, Taijul Islam has the best record in home conditions. Taijul has picked up 115 wickets in just 23 matches in Bangladesh, which shows his effectiveness on slow pitches. 11) Vishwa Fernando (Sri Lanka) Test Match: 16 | Wickets: 43 | BBI: 5/101 | Ave: 37.30 | 5Ws: 1 Pace bowling is the weakest link for both sides. Lankan left-arm pacer Vishwa Fernando has the most wickets among the two teams’ pace bowlers. Fernando's stats show that he is more capable of picking up wickets than others. Read 2022 Happy Mother’s Day: Five Athletes Who Make a Big Comeback After Becoming Mothers Afterward Finding the best-combined XI from a pool of excellent players is never an easy task. The combined Test XI for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka was selected depending on their recent bilateral series performances and overall contribution to their respective country in the longer-version format. The picked players have shown consistency, and their performances have had a significant influence on their respective teams' outcomes. The BAN vs SL Test Series 2022 is expected to be a highly contested affair.
BAN vs SL Test Series 2022: Who holds the advantage in records?
The Sri Lanka cricket team arrived in Dhaka on Sunday (May 8) afternoon to take part in a Test series against Bangladesh. The Lankans should feel confident ahead of the contest as they have a way better Test record than the tigers. However, Bangladesh team’s performance has been improving, and they have minimized the gap in recent years. Will Sri Lanka maintain their dominance, or will Bangladesh end their hegemony and make history in the BAN vs SL Test Series 2022? Let's take a look at head-to-head Test records between the two teams. Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka: Head-to-head Bilateral Test series record The Sri Lanka Cricket Board announced the best possible squad for the Bangladesh series, which includes some uncapped players. On the other hand, all the expected names were included in the Tigers Test squad. The eleventh bilateral Test series (BAN vs SL): This will be their eleventh Test series together. Both sides had played 10 bilateral Test series previously. Sri Lanka hosted six series, while Bangladesh hosted four. Nine series have been won by Sri Lanka, with one series ending in a draw. In fact, Bangladesh have only defeated Sri Lanka once. Read Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Test Series 2022: Squad comparison Noteworthy Test records between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka The following are some of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka's most noteworthy Test records. Significant Test Records between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Bangladesh Sri Lanka Matches Played (22) 1 17 Most Runs Mohammad Ashraful (1090 runs in 26 innings) Kumar Sangakkara (1816 runs in 21 innings) Highest Score Mushfiqur Rahim (200) Kumar Sangakkara (319) Most Hundred Mohammad Ashraful (5) Kumar Sangakkara (7) Most Wickets Shakib Al Hasan (29) Muthiah Muralidaran (89) Best Bowling Figures Shakib Al Hasan (5/70) Rangana Herath (7/89) Most Matches Mushfiqur Rahim (15) Kumar Sangakkara (15) Highest Partnership Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim (267) FDM Karunaratne and DM de Silva (345) Most Catches Shahriar Nafees (8) Mahela Jayawardene (17) Most Dismissals Litton Das (16) Prasanna Jayawardene (29) Source: https://www.espncricinfo.com/ Read Mosaddek or Nayeem: Who Should Play in CTG Test of BAN vs SL Series 2022? BAN vs SL Test series 2022: Venue Stats First Test (15-19 May): The first Test match of the forthcoming BAN vs SL Test Series 2022 will be played at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. Test Matches: 21 | Highest Individual Innings: 319 (Kumar Sangakkara) | Best Bowling Figure in an Innings: 7/36 (Shakib Al Hasan) | Highest Team innings: 713/9d | Lowest Team Innings: 119 Bangladesh’s Test record (ZACS): Win: 2 | Lost: 13 | Draw: 6 Sri Lanka’s Test record (ZACS): Win: 2 | Lost: 0 | Draw: 2. Read Australia names full-strength squads for Sri Lanka tour Second Test (23-27 May): The second Test match of the series will be held at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in Mirpur. Test Matches: 22 | Highest Individual Innings: 226 (Azhar Ali) | Best Bowling Figure in an Innings: 8/39 (Taijul Islam) | Highest Team innings: 730/6d | Lowest Team Innings: 87 Bangladesh’s Test record (SBNCS): Win: 6 | Lost: 13 | Draw: 3 Sri Lanka’s Test record (SBNCS): Win: 3 | Lost: 0 | Draw: 0. Read Nayeem added to Test squad to replace injured Mehidy Recent Test records of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Neither team has had a good record in the longer-version format in recent years. Bangladesh have lost eight of their eleven Test matches since 2021, winning only two. On the contrary, Sri Lanka have lost five of their eleven Test matches since 2021, while winning three. Both sides have failed to perform well in the Test format. Some of Bangladesh's prominent players have continued to skip Test series following the post covid-19 phase. On the other hand, Sri Lanka have failed to compete as a unit. The hosts should be in a stronger position to put the visitors under strain since all of Bangladesh's senior players are available for this series. Read Sri Lankan cricket team arrives in Dhaka Bottom Line Sri Lanka have the upper hand against Bangladesh in a head-to-head battle. A relatively inexperienced Lankan side will play a competitive Tigers Test team in the BAN vs SL Test Series 2022. This group should be confident about winning a Test series against Sri Lanka for the first time since they showed some potential in their previous away Test series. However, this Sri Lankan team isn't as good as it once was, and their recent results have been disappointing. The visitors would face huge pressure from the hosts during the series. Therefore, Sri Lanka's chances of dominating Bangladesh in the next series are slim. Read Mustafiz should play Tests, not pick and choose: Khaled Mahmud
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Test Series 2022: Squad comparison
The much-anticipated two-match Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Test series 2022 will begin next week in Chattogram on Sunday (May 15). The second Test will start on May 23 at the SBNCS, Mirpur. Both sides have already announced their squads for the series. The Bangladesh team started their practice, while the Sri Lanka team is scheduled to arrive on May 8. Since the series is part of the ICC Test Championship, both teams are anticipated to fight hard. Let’s take a look at the squad strength comparison of the two teams. Bangladesh Squad for Sri Lanka Series The BCB selectors announced their 18-member squad last month. Two of the regular members in recent years, Shadman Islam and Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi, weren’t picked due to their poor performances in the recent series. Besides, Mehidy Hasan Miraz was excluded from the first Test one day after selection. He sustained an injury while playing a DPL match. Later, BCB included off-spinner Nayeem Hasan and all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain. Pacer Taskin Ahmed will miss the series due to an injury. Squad Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque (captain), Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan, Taijul Islam, Ebadot Hossain, Khaled Ahmed, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Shoriful Islam, Shohidul Islam, Mehidy Hasan Miraz (will not be available for the first match). Read IPL leader Gujarat beats Bangalore despite Kohli 58 Sri Lanka Squad for Bangladesh Series The Sri Lankan Cricket Board announced their 18-man squad on Wednesday (May 4). The SLC selectors included a number of uncapped players, and some recalled for the upcoming series. The squad comprised a few highly experienced players as well. So, this announced Sri Lankan Test team is a mixture of young and experienced players. Sri Lanka Squad Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Kamil Mishara, Oshada Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Chamika Karunaratne, Ramesh Mendis, Dilshan Madushanka, Praveen Jayawickrama, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suminda Lakshan, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando, Asitha Fernando. Read Mosaddek or Nayeem: Who Should Play in CTG Test of BAN vs SL Series 2022? Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka: Squad Assessment Both sides have some exciting and talented players who have the ability to showcase game-changing performances when needed. In addition, both sides' team management will be expected to see their fringe players fire up during the Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Test Series 2022. Here is the two teams’ squad comparison. Batting/Top-Order Bangladesh's top order in the forthcoming series includes Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, and Najmul Hossain Shanto. Tamim is a vastly experienced player who has a nearly 40 average in Tests. The southpaw had a match-winning knock against Sri Lanka back in 2017. Besides, Mahmudul Hasan joy started his Test career with a lot of promises. He played two incredible knocks against New Zealand and South Africa, respectively, away from home. Now, Joy will get a chance to showcase his talent in front of home crowds. No.3 batter Najmul Hossain Shanto has also been having a good time with the bat in the recent series. Read Australia names full-strength squads for Sri Lanka tour. Bangladesh’s top-order batting stats Player Innings Runs HS Ave 100s Tamim Iqbal 125 4,848 206 39.41 9 Mahmudul Hasan Joy 7 225 137 32.14 1 Najmul Hossain Shanto 29 817 163 29.17 2 Source: https://www.espncricinfo.com/ Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have experienced players in the top order. Sri Lankan captain Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis are big-match players, while Oshada Fernando has a lot of first-class cricket experience. Read Stokes chosen as England test captain. Sri Lanka’s top-order batting stats Player Innings Runs HS Ave 100s Dimuth Karunaratne 147 5,620 244 39.57 14 Oshada Fernando 24 726 102 34.57 1 Kusal Mendis 93 3,078 196 34.58 7 Source: https://www.espncricinfo.com/ Advantage: Sri Lanka Batting/Middle-Orders Bangladesh have a very capable and experienced middle-order who can shine with the bat on home soil. Shakib, Mushfiqur, Mominul, and Litton all have very good records at home. The host can expect a commanding performance from its middle-order batters. Read Nayeem added to Test squad to replace injured Mehidy. Bangladesh’s middle-order batting stats Player Innings Runs HS Ave 100s Shakib Al Hasan 109 4,029 217 39.50 5 Mushfiqur Rahim 148 4,932 219* 36.26 7 Mominul Haque 95 3,514 181 39.48 11 Litton Das 53 1,730 114 33.26 2 Source: https://www.espncricinfo.com/ Sri Lanka have some quality middle-order batsmen, but some of their regulars have not been in good form recently. Sri Lanka lost the Test series against India because of their middle-order lack of form with the bat. However, players like Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Niroshan Dickwella are very capable batters. Read Key Takeaways from the DPL 2022. Sri Lanka’s middle-order batting stats Player Innings Runs HS Ave 100s Angelo Mathews 169 6,432 200* 44.05 11 Dinesh Chandimal 117 4,217 164 39.41 11 Dhananjaya de Silva 72 2,517 173 38.13 8 Niroshan Dickwella 84 2,529 96 32.42 0 Source: https://www.espncricinfo.com/ Advantage: Bangladesh Bowling Bangladesh and Sri Lanka both have some quality spinners in their respective squads. Shakib Al Hasan, the world's best all-rounder, will spearhead the hosts' spin attack, while Taijul Islam and Nayeem Hasan can be lethal in Bangladesh's conditions. If Mehidy Hasan Miraz is available for the second Test, he has the potential to be a real weapon for the home team. However, it’s the pace of bowling that can make the difference, as Bangladesh pacers have done well in recent series. Fast bowlers like Ebadot Hossain, Khaled Ahmed, and Shohidul Islam can fire up with the ball using home conditions. Read Anamul's record-breaking season keeps getting better. Bangladesh’s top Five Key bowlers bowling stats Player Match Wickets BBI Ave 5W Shakib Al Hasan 59 215 7/36 31.30 18 Taijul Islam 36 153 8/39 32.01 10 Nayeem Hasan 7 25 5/61 26.24 2 Ebadot Hossain 14 25 6/46 57.48 1 Khaled Ahmed 5 9 4/92 61.55 0 Source: https://www.espncricinfo.com/ Experienced Suranga Lakmal is not part of this squad. Therefore, the Lankan pace bowling unit is not strong enough to take a real test from Bangladesh’s batters. However, Sri Lanka’s spin bowling department has some quality players who can put pressure on the opposition batters. Among the spinners, Praveen Jayawickrama and Lasith Embuldeniya can be lethal against Bangladesh batters. Read BAN vs SL Series 2022: Bangladesh Test Squad Analysis. Sri Lanka’s top Five Key bowlers bowling stats Player Match Wickets BBI Ave 5W Praveen Jayawickrama 4 25 6/92 19.48 2 Lasith Embuldeniya 15 70 7/137 34.77 5 Ramesh Mendis 4 26 6/70 21.53 2 Kasun Rajitha 9 25 3/20 31.16 0 Vishwa Fernando 16 43 5/101 37.30 1 Source: https://www.espncricinfo.com/ Bottom Line The Sri Lankan squad is comprised of some new faces, while Bangladesh selectors included all the expected names in their squad. The Lankan side recently suffered a huge defeat against India. On the other hand, Bangladesh’s recent performance in the away Test series has been impressive. From that perspective, the hosts can expect a dominant performance during the Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Test series 2022. Besides, the ICC’s World Test Championship will add a new dimension to the contest. Both sides will be eager to perform well in order to collect points to move up the standings. 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BAN vs SL Series 2022: Bangladesh Test Squad Analysis
The national men's cricket team of Sri Lanka is set to arrive in Bangladesh in the second week of May for a two-match Test series against the hosts. The series will begin in Chattogram on May 15 and will be part of the ICC Test Championship's second edition. The Bangladesh Cricket Board named a 16-man team for the longer-version contest on Sunday. The squad includes all of the expected names, ensuring that a full-strength team will challenge the Sri Lankan Test side. Check out Bangladesh's squad for the BAN vs SL series 2022. Bangladesh’s Test Squad for BAN vs SL Series 2022 The BCB named a 16-man squad on April 24 for the Test series against Sri Lanka. Shadman Islam and Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi were not selected for the upcoming series because of their recent performances on the international stage. In-form Taskin Ahmed was not selected due to an injury. Oppositely, Shoriful Islam was picked, although his participation in the series will be contingent on his fitness. Furthermore, left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman was not considered for this longer-version contest. Read: BAN vs SL Series 2022: Mustafizur's versatile bowling could have been beneficial for Bangladesh The ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who missed the South Africa series due to family obligations, has returned to the Test team. Promising cricketer Rejaur Rahman Raja has also been included in the squad as the fifth pacer. All of the anticipated names were selected for the Sri Lanka series, which will be led by Mominul Haque. Tamim Iqbal is poised to open Bangladesh's innings alongside promising youngster Mahmudul Hasan Joy. Bangladesh will have a good chance of winning the Test series because the Sri Lankan team is likely to be inexperienced. Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Test Series 2022 Fixtures First Test: May 15-19 May | Venue: ZACS, Chattogram Second Test: 23-27 May | Venue: SBNCS, Dhaka Read IPL 2022: Jos Buttler's Record-Breaking Knock Helps Rajasthan Reach the Top Bangladesh Squad: Mominul Haque (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nurul Hasan, Yasir Ali, Mahedi Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Ebadot Hossain, Khaled Ahmed, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Shohidul Islam, Shoriful Islam. The Major Highlights of the Declared Squad Shadman Islam and Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi dropped The selectors decided to leave both Shadman Islam and Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi out of the series against Sri Lanka since they have struggled in the recent international Test series for Bangladesh. Shadman Islam has scored 284 runs in his past 14 innings, including a century and a half-century, according to statistics dating back to January 2021. On the other hand, Abu Jayed Rahi has only taken 6 wickets in his last six innings since 2021. Read: Bangladesh announces squad for Sri Lanka series Shakib Al Hasan is back in the squad Due to family obligations, Shakib Al Hasan was unable to participate in the Test series against South Africa. Shakib's mother was ill, and his mother-in-law died of cancer in April. Shakib's inclusion in the Bangladesh squad will undoubtedly benefit the team. Mustafizur Rahman overlooked Bangladesh's most talented pacer, Mustafizur Rahman last played a Test match in early 2021 against the West Indies, and he hasn't played any of Bangladesh's past ten Test matches. Mustafizur Rahman isn't interested in playing the longer-version format, preferring instead to concentrate on the shorter formats. However, Mustafizur's bowling could have been quite effective against Sri Lanka in Bangladesh's conditions. Mustafizur should have been selected for the series by the selectors. Read Mosharraf Hossain Rubel: The late cricketer's major achievements as a player Uncapped Rejaur Rahman Raja included Pacer Rejaur Rahman Raja was named for the Pakistan series in December but did not play a single international match. The right-arm medium-fast bowler has 36 first-class wickets at an average of 24.61 in 11 matches. Rejaur Rahman's bowling abilities might surprise everyone if he is given a chance to play against Sri Lanka. Bottom Line Bangladesh team is expected to start the series against Sri Lanka as favourites, thanks to a full-strength Test lineup. Bangladesh will be able to overcome a relatively weak Sri Lankan Test side if they play to their full potential. Furthermore, this Sri Lankan squad recently suffered a humiliating defeat in a Test series against the Indian team. As a result, their confidence level would be a little lower when they encounter the hosts. Aside from that, there's a lot to play for, since this will be Bangladesh's fourth bilateral Test Championship contest. Bangladesh's standing in the ICC World Test Championship would improve significantly if they whitewash Sri Lanka. Read Sheikh Jamal, Legends of Rupganj in Pole Position to Win DPL 2022