Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Galle March 7, 2013

Bangladesh's chance to surprise new-look Sri Lanka

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Match facts

March 8-12, Galle
Start time 1000 (0430 GMT)

Big Picture

A Test match in Galle against Bangladesh might usually comprise a straightforward challenge for Sri Lanka, but with the contracts crisis less than a week behind them and a fresh-faced top order set to take guard, the potential for an upset has shot up. Sri Lanka's selectors have approached the tour as an opportunity to blood young players, tilting the squad balance heavily towards raw talent, and if an improving Bangladesh side score a shock victory, Angelo Mathews' Test captaincy will have had as poor a start as he could have imagined.

On paper, Sri Lanka are by some distance the favourites in Galle - a venue from which they have customarily taken a 1-0 lead into the remainder of the series, having lost only three times in 21 matches there. The pitch, which usually takes turn from day one, shapes as a paradise for all spinners, but even men as gifted as Saeed Ajmal and Graeme Swann have not managed to imitate the success Sri Lanka's slow bowlers achieve there as a matter of routine.

It will help too for Sri Lanka that several batsmen in the likely top seven have scored heavily in first-class engagements since the tour of Australia. Angelo Mathews and Tillakaratne Dilshan both made big hundreds in their last match, while Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne have also strung together solid scores in the past few weeks. Either Jeevan Mendis or Kithuruwan Vithanage are likely to debut, and both men are also coming off big scores - in Vithanage's case, against the very attack the visitors will probably field in the first Test.

Bangladesh are also with several key players, but the ones on tour are a different breed than the cricketers who have visited Sri Lanka in the last four full tours. Bangladesh now gives their youngsters time on the domestic circuit before drafting them into the senior side. Anamul Haque and Mominul Haque are the latest talents to roll out of age-group and domestic cricket, with Jahurul Islam and Marshall Ayub being picked on their recent form.

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal will have to do most of the running, but the likes of Mahmudullah and Nasir Hossain have soaked up pressure in the recent past. Bangladesh's bowling attack however is thin, and the gap left by the injured Shakib Al Hasan will take some filling. Someone has to fill his role as the wicket-taker and then run-controller, but none of these bowlers have done so on the big stage for an extended period.

Sri Lanka's off field problems may have closed the gap between the teams somewhat, at least psychologically, but those who have seen Bangladesh capitulate in a matter of overs in Test cricket would still be wary of a one-sided contest. But this is a young team with several cricketers who seek the limelight; their desire would have to be translated on to the field for this to be a good Test match.

Form guide

Sri Lanka: LLLLW (Completed matches, most recent first)
Bangladesh: LLLLL

Players to watch

Angelo Mathews was by no means an automatic choice for Test captain, despite having been groomed for the role for the better part of two years, and he has plenty to prove in this Test and the series. He has a passable average of 39.71 for a No.6, but he's made only one hundred in 50 innings, and his bowling figures in the longest format are far worse than Dilshan's, who himself would not be termed an allrounder. Mathews has also rarely been seen offering tactical counsel for past captains, and in addition to his ability to re-energise the side after the weekend's disruptive events, his strategic nous will also be on trial.

Sohag Gazi is going to be Mushfiqur Rahim's go-to bowler in spinning conditions, particularly in Shakib's absence. The offspinner has greatly improved, going from playing first-class cricket for Barisal Division to becoming the leading spinner in his first away Test. A self-made cricketer, Gazi's breed of offspin isn't different from the orthodox lot but since making the senior team earlier this season, he has added a few more variations to his armoury.

Team news

With Mahela Jayawardene out through injury and Thilan Samaraweera not picked - and subsequently retired - Sri Lanka will have to pick at least four batsmen with fewer than ten Tests' experience, as it is unlikely they will play five bowlers. Kithuruwan Vithanage, who scored an unbeaten 168 in the tour match could be in line for a debut, but Jeevan Mendis has an equally good chance, as he can provide an extra bowling option.

The second spinner's spot is also up for grabs, and uncapped 19-year-old Tharindu Kaushal may also be looking at a debut, though he will have to fight off Ajantha Mendis, who is the more likely candidate. With so much inexperience elsewhere, Sri Lanka may choose the more seasoned hand of Nuwan Kulasekara over Shaminda Eranga.

Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne, 3 Kumar Sangakkara, 4 Lahiru Thirimanne, 5 Kithuruwan Vithanage, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt), 7 Dinesh Chandimal (wk), 8 Nuwan Kulasekara/Shaminda Eranga 9 Rangana Herath, 10 Ajantha Mendis/Tharindu Kaushal, 11 Chanaka Welegedara

To fill the four vacant slots in the batting line-up, Bangladesh are likely to give Mominul a Test debut at No. 6. Mohammad Ashraful will come in too, but there is still uncertainty about Jahurul Islam and Anamul Haque to open with Tamim Iqbal, who could play through pain in his right hand. Rubel Hossain has pain in his back so he too could be replaced by Shahadat Hossain. Or as a safety-first option, they could go with Elias Sunny, making it a completely spin-based attack.

Bangladesh (probable) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Jahurul Islam/Anamul Haque, 3 Mohammad Ashraful, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Mominul Haque, 7 Nasir Hossain, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Elias Sunny, 10 Abul Hasan, 11 Rubel Hossain/Shahadat Hossain

Stats and trivia

  • Bangladesh have lost all eight Tests they played in Sri Lanka, and have never taken a match into the fifth day
  • Kumar Sangakkara scored back-to-back double hundreds on Bangladesh's last tour to Sri Lanka, and averaged 428 in the series
  • In three Tests in Galle last year, Rangana Herath took 28 wickets at 14.28
  • This is the first Test Mahela Jayawardene will miss since July 2002
  • Mohammad Ashraful is by far Bangladesh's most successful Test batsman in Sri Lanka, scoring two hundreds including the one on debut that set the world record for the youngest batsman to score a century on debut

Quotes

"I think there is no added pressure as such. We have played without Shakib for parts of the series against West Indies, so nothing much has changed. I think a bit of pressure can be a good thing, and I am confident we, as a team, can handle it."
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim says his team can cope without Shakib

"Mahela and Thilan are two of our most experience players, so we will miss them. Bangladesh is a very good team, and they've played well in the recent past, so this is an opportunity for all of us to [prove ourselves and] come through with a win. I'm sure we can be successful."
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews is not taking Bangladesh lightly, but is confident his side will prosper

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  • Edansad on March 8, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    No shakib no tamim the best 2 player of bangladesh is not playing so now it is now depend on youngstars how the play this match

  • on March 8, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    New surprise packages are available in both teams !

  • xylo on March 8, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    yeah yeah... Zimbabwe's chance to surprise West Indies, and Bangladesh's chance to surprise Sri Lanka. FYI Andrew Fernando and Mohammad Isam: surprise - An unexpected or astonishing event, fact, or thing.

  • on March 8, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    2-0, 5-0, 2-0 results in 3 respective formats are on the cards if rain stay away from the game. Test matches won't last 5 days either.

  • miles100 on March 8, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    I would have left out Lahiru Thrimanne for 1 or 2 matches to give Samaraweera a retirement match as he insisted that he wants to retire in this tour than waiting for another 10 months against Pakistan. Players don't retire everyday. It is sad to see that great players like Sanath Jayasuriya and Thilan Samaraweera both did not get a good farewell match after doing a great duty to the country.

  • on March 8, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    dilshan, dimuth,sanga,thirimanna, mathews, kithruwan,chandimal,kule, rangana, welagedara, tharindu kawshal......... r the my team....

  • Prem2248 on March 8, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Matews 1st class and Test averages more than enough for a batter who always bats at a hopeless position as in the case of Samaraweera.

  • Prem2248 on March 8, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    While devaluing proven player like Mathews the authors have paste unwanted label on Gazi who is yet prove his worth who was a complete flop against the WI at home. As for Mathews he is the ideal player to lead the Country having a brilliant consistent career since his age of 15. By the way a Captain of any national Side is like an ambassador for that respective country. He has to deal many functions related to Cricket and with foreigners for that matter, therefore he has to be an intelligent person with good command of English (common language to all Test Playing countries). I don't see a better captain than Mathews in this present squad after Madugalle & Mahela.

  • huffpost on March 8, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    I am surprised people are making it appear like a close contest.. i am gonna stick my nose out and say that SL will easily win the test series 2-0...herath and mendis will be too much for the BD batsman and no bowler (except sohag) will trouble SL batsmen..

  • on March 8, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    best of luck bangladesh . we hope our tigers will play well and win test match

  • Edansad on March 8, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    No shakib no tamim the best 2 player of bangladesh is not playing so now it is now depend on youngstars how the play this match

  • on March 8, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    New surprise packages are available in both teams !

  • xylo on March 8, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    yeah yeah... Zimbabwe's chance to surprise West Indies, and Bangladesh's chance to surprise Sri Lanka. FYI Andrew Fernando and Mohammad Isam: surprise - An unexpected or astonishing event, fact, or thing.

  • on March 8, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    2-0, 5-0, 2-0 results in 3 respective formats are on the cards if rain stay away from the game. Test matches won't last 5 days either.

  • miles100 on March 8, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    I would have left out Lahiru Thrimanne for 1 or 2 matches to give Samaraweera a retirement match as he insisted that he wants to retire in this tour than waiting for another 10 months against Pakistan. Players don't retire everyday. It is sad to see that great players like Sanath Jayasuriya and Thilan Samaraweera both did not get a good farewell match after doing a great duty to the country.

  • on March 8, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    dilshan, dimuth,sanga,thirimanna, mathews, kithruwan,chandimal,kule, rangana, welagedara, tharindu kawshal......... r the my team....

  • Prem2248 on March 8, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Matews 1st class and Test averages more than enough for a batter who always bats at a hopeless position as in the case of Samaraweera.

  • Prem2248 on March 8, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    While devaluing proven player like Mathews the authors have paste unwanted label on Gazi who is yet prove his worth who was a complete flop against the WI at home. As for Mathews he is the ideal player to lead the Country having a brilliant consistent career since his age of 15. By the way a Captain of any national Side is like an ambassador for that respective country. He has to deal many functions related to Cricket and with foreigners for that matter, therefore he has to be an intelligent person with good command of English (common language to all Test Playing countries). I don't see a better captain than Mathews in this present squad after Madugalle & Mahela.

  • huffpost on March 8, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    I am surprised people are making it appear like a close contest.. i am gonna stick my nose out and say that SL will easily win the test series 2-0...herath and mendis will be too much for the BD batsman and no bowler (except sohag) will trouble SL batsmen..

  • on March 8, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    best of luck bangladesh . we hope our tigers will play well and win test match

  • on March 8, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    At 1st best of luck BANGLADESH CRICKET TEAM.I'll expect Anamul to open with Tamim.Best wishes to Ash & Mominul.I hope Nasir n Mushfiq will play their natural game.But i will depend on the Mr.dependable(Mahmudullah),Fearless Tiger(Suhag Gazi) most.Again saying we r going to won the desiarble win n keeping it up...\m/.

  • johnal on March 7, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    bangladesh will surely miss shakib. happy for ashraful hopes he makes good use of this chance given to him. sri lanka with a new skipper in angelo mathews is still the favorites .dilshan should have a great time .good luck to all the players .salim from trinidad west indies

  • Great-shot444 on March 7, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    SL will easily win by an innings :-)

  • on March 7, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    Surely Abul Hasan will bat at number 8 his debut he scored a hundred and has the highest average of any player without innings qualifications (120)

  • ILoveMyBangladesh on March 7, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    This is very strange::"Sri Lanka's selectors have approached the tour as an opportunity to blood young players, tilting the squad balance heavily towards raw talent" wow! Mahela is injured, Sama retired, Malinga does not play test. Who else they have to pick in the team other than this 11? Reporter, please name one SL player that has been left out in this tour? This is just rediculous writtings! I know that most probably cricinfo will not publish my post. Anyway, SL is one of my favourite team, good luck to both Bangladesh and SL.

  • on March 7, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    It will be an easy series win for SL in tests.BD will do well in ODI.

  • on March 7, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    i guess Ban Vs SL match 'll be a very exciting match ! New surprise packages are available in both teams !

  • gsingh7 on March 7, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    best of luck bangla tigers, indian tigers support u in this series. go on to win in sl.

  • RK204 on March 7, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    I can't understand 1 thing.!!!!!!! Why they are saying that they haven't picked their best 11 or picked a young team ?!!? i mean my question is whom they have left?? mahela is injured.. samara wasn't in form that's it.. or do they have any others to be mentioned... What i can see is that they are picking sanga without his fully fitness ..

  • on March 7, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    Cricket is a funny game guyz anything can happen

  • on March 7, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Go Bangladesh go go go. Support for Bangladesh brothers.

  • Shajadul on March 7, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    BD has picked 4 new players and there is no Sakib and Enamul. Bowling is weak, specifically in pace...Draw will be huge surprise....Let's hope BD does well...

  • on March 7, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    there is no easy ride for srilanka

  • tisra on March 7, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    This Bangladesh side don't look like getting 20 Lankan wickets, a win seems out of the equation. Atmost Bangladesh can sneak is a draw, but they don't get enough matches (both Tests and first class), so that will be hard. Shakib will surely be a big miss specially in the tests and with the inclusion of Abul Hasan as specialist no 10 batsman, Bangladesh are already a bowler short!

  • Jadejafan on March 7, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Its weird, whenever BD don't play Cricket, all their players are fit but whenever they do, there are multiple injuries.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on March 7, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Once a Tiger always a Tiger.

  • Pradip_Somase on March 7, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    First challenge for Bangladesh will be to make this to 5 days game.

  • Chris_P on March 7, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    BD may surprise, but the headlines should read read "shock" instead of "surprise". Given one side has a fc format that prepares its players for test conditions & the other does not, in most cases, only one result will occur. Let's wait & see.

  • warneneverchuck on March 7, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    It will be even contest between no.6 an no.9 ranked team

  • Baundele on March 7, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Bangladesh squad does have a sad looking especially without Shakib. Kallis is equivalent to 2 players for SA, while Shakib is equivalent to 4 players (2 batsmen and 2 bowlers) for Bangladesh. I do not know why Abul Hasan is picked, he is not good enough to play for any national team, including the associates. Shakib and Mashrafe could make a huge difference. Sri Lanka lacks only Mahela; otherwise they are a full strength side.

  • TwohedulAzam on March 7, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    I do not agree with the assumption that srilanka has deliberately choosen a young team.....mahela is injured and thilan was not picked due to his form....so much that he decided to retire...this is not like they have rested sachin tendulker knowing rest of the guys would be enough to beat bd...imagine sachin decides to retire becuse he was not picked against bd.....so the bottom line is this is srilankas full strength side at this moment....the selectors did not show any luxury by choosing a young side...this is their best at this moment...and the match should be viewed with that in mind.....there is no easy ride for bd...

  • on March 7, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi, I will have to say the chance of us lasting 5 days, let alone winning, is very slim. The team itself is just terrible - I cannot believe we keep persisting with Shahadat and Abul Hasan. They are extremely mediocre bowlers and won't get anything out of Sri Lankan pitches. Nazmul has always been an obvious choice over them and he's been consistently ignored. Elias Sunny is out of form, hence Mosharraf would've been a better choice. And Mominul over Marshall? Really? Mominul, despite his talent, is inexperienced and that can always prove to be risky. Having said all that, Shakib's spot cannot be filled with one player and Tamim is uncertain. All in all, the team is in terrible shape and the selectors need to wake up or be replaced. We need to be searching for genuine all-rounders like Shakib and take chances with them.

  • on March 7, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Please don't pick Raju , he is not ready for top level as I think just worst choice, Robiul would be far better than him with good FC record and recent form.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on March 7, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    I would like to see Kithuruwan Vithanage to debut on 1st Test. Mushfiq shud bat at no.6 & Mahmud shud b at 4 followed by Mominul. BD team shudn't include Anamul for 1st test. Anamul & Marshall can debut in 2nd test if BD top orders will tatter in the 1st match.

  • on March 7, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Why did the selectors pick 2 spinners and 4 pacers and Nazmul Hossain isnt even in the 4 pacers. Excluding Gazi, none of our players can get wickets! This selection panel needs to be changed. Lets see tomorrow what these players can do. If we win toss we should bat first.

  • marteen on March 7, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Though this SL team in bit weaker than their original team but even this team is far better than BD team. So we should not expect much from BD. If they can take the match to 5th day...that will be a good achievement. SL winning record in their own field is really great...We should be realistic regarding our hope....

  • on March 7, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Best of luck Lions, lets crush the Tigers again

  • on March 7, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    go ahead we r with u. best of luck

  • salahibnuakbar on March 7, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Best selection from Bangla tigers. I wish you to win the series 2.0.

  • TheRisingTeam on March 7, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    I just hope its a very good contest even if we do lose. I want to see this fighting spirit of Bangladesh to continue, can't ask for much more best of luck!

  • HatersAreOrdinary on March 7, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    idk why sunny was picked for the tests. he is not test fit player. mosharraf hossain or saqlain sajib deserved to be in the squad ahead of sunny. shahdat leaks too many runs even in test cricket he does not deserve a place in the squad too.

  • faizan_feroz on March 7, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    lets hope that it is competitive , rest doesnt matter

  • on March 7, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    I wish Bangladesh to play for five days - then win, draw or lose doesn't matter. If theY can sustain for 5 days anything is possible. GOOD LUCK TIGERS, OUR SUPPORT IS ALWAYS WITH YOU.

  • BD_CricFan on March 7, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Abdur Razzak would have been a better pick than Sunny unless he's not physically fit for test cricket. But having said that on a spin friendly pitch Sunny should be an automatic pick than Shahadat (not sure why he's even on the team!).

  • asiacricket1234 on March 7, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi fan and I don't know how on earth anyone expecting Bangladesh to win a test. This team couldn't win a test in home against WI team which is weaker than SL. How they are going to beat SL in SL??? I wish them luck and will be over the moon if they win but I don't think thats going to happen :(

  • hasib9 on March 7, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Abnul Hasan needs to be dropped.. He is nor a batsman and has done nothing with the ball.. If he is picked, he will not be bowling much as his econ will be over 4.5.. Shahaha is the only other choice but still better.. Anamul over Jahurul will be a solid choice.. Good luck

  • on March 7, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Tharindu K. should play. this SL team looks like an SL "A" team from one year back.

  • Saif-Suhail on March 7, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    I hope it is very good chance for Bangladesh to show their ability. also now a days they are playing good cricket. in test week point for Bangladesh is 2nd innings. if they can overcome it then they will successful. best of luck of Bangladesh..

  • bootlicker on March 7, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    exynos, you are very patriotic, but it is not the reality. BD can beat SL but it is not going to be easy in their backyard. I agree there is no Mahela but still Dilshan, Mathews, Sanga, Chandimal are quality players. I wish best of luck for both teams

  • on March 7, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    i think sri lanka will win the series 1-0. bangladesh have strong chance to draw at least one test. best of luck bangladesh as well as sri lanka. if bangladesh can manage a win by any chance it will be a huge turn over for bangladesh n there will be no turning back to be a cricketing power house. lets roar for the tigers yaaayyyyyyyyy :D

  • on March 7, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Best of Luck Tigers...Lions too....:)...Both are my favorite team..But i wish to see Bangladesh win the match.

  • rmcsr86 on March 7, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    @exynos, ITS Gonna be white wash for Bangladeshis....!. We are playing in sri lanka.

  • on March 7, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    No one should underestimate bangladeshi's. If Srilanka could do it. BAN too can. Besides they have more people than us. It's just a matter of time BAN becomes a cricketing powerhouse. I hope we win this series comfortably. To assert our superiority.

  • S-Matrix on March 7, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    @exynos: let us not get carried away - Bangladesh have a better chance of winning than before but Sri Lanka are still overwhelming favourites.

  • on March 7, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    lets see what happen. i want bangladesh to play atleast upto their potential

  • Third_Gear on March 7, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Bangladesh is the favorite

  • rmcsr86 on March 7, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    My team is ,Dimuth Karunaratne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kushal Janith Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis, Shaminda Eranga.

    Its gonna be white wash for Bangladeshis....!

  • Samin on March 7, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Bangladesh can only win if each and every player performs well and take each others responsibility. Sri lanka, having lost mahela, will also have to work hard to win. But as a Bangladeshi supporter, I wish BEST OF LUCK to the both teams.

  • on March 7, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi supporter, I am heavily disappointed to see many of us underestimating Sri Lankans. Hope the boys do not get carried away and stick to their basics, and we can have a good game hopefully. Best of luck to both the teams!

  • exynos on March 7, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Bangladesh can beat Srilanka easily.Only herath can take wickets for srilanka.Sanga is the only decent batsman(but overrated)they have.I predict 1-0

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  • exynos on March 7, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Bangladesh can beat Srilanka easily.Only herath can take wickets for srilanka.Sanga is the only decent batsman(but overrated)they have.I predict 1-0

  • on March 7, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi supporter, I am heavily disappointed to see many of us underestimating Sri Lankans. Hope the boys do not get carried away and stick to their basics, and we can have a good game hopefully. Best of luck to both the teams!

  • Samin on March 7, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Bangladesh can only win if each and every player performs well and take each others responsibility. Sri lanka, having lost mahela, will also have to work hard to win. But as a Bangladeshi supporter, I wish BEST OF LUCK to the both teams.

  • rmcsr86 on March 7, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    My team is ,Dimuth Karunaratne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kushal Janith Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis, Shaminda Eranga.

    Its gonna be white wash for Bangladeshis....!

  • Third_Gear on March 7, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Bangladesh is the favorite

  • on March 7, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    lets see what happen. i want bangladesh to play atleast upto their potential

  • S-Matrix on March 7, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    @exynos: let us not get carried away - Bangladesh have a better chance of winning than before but Sri Lanka are still overwhelming favourites.

  • on March 7, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    No one should underestimate bangladeshi's. If Srilanka could do it. BAN too can. Besides they have more people than us. It's just a matter of time BAN becomes a cricketing powerhouse. I hope we win this series comfortably. To assert our superiority.

  • rmcsr86 on March 7, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    @exynos, ITS Gonna be white wash for Bangladeshis....!. We are playing in sri lanka.

  • on March 7, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Best of Luck Tigers...Lions too....:)...Both are my favorite team..But i wish to see Bangladesh win the match.