Chandimal expects a result in series deciding Test

Published : 9:12 am  February 8, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (145) reads | 

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Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal said Bangladesh would be tough to beat at home on a spinning track, but his team had experienced players to deal with the conditions, ahead of the second Test which begins today at Dhaka.   


Having seen his team draw the first Test at Chittagong on a batting friendly wicket, Chandimal expects completely different conditions at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.   
“When you look at this pitch, definitely there will be a result. The pitch looks dry. Spinners will definitely come into play. It is challenging for both teams,” he said. 

 
“They are really good, especially (on) their home soil. They have performed well here. We never underestimate them, they are playing really good cricket.   


“We have more experienced players in our Test side compared to the ODI side. It is still challenging to us but we have some game plans according to the conditions and their players. We need to execute that well.”   


The hosts managed a draw despite Sri Lanka leaving them in a precarious position at 81-3 at stumps on the fourth day.   


The visitors — who declared at a colossal 713 for nine in their first and only innings — criticised the pitch after the match.   


Acting Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad meanwhile said that his team was confident of getting its first-ever Test series win over Sri Lanka after eking out a dogged draw in the opener.   
Mahmudullah, who is standing in for injured skipper Shakib Al Hasan, said Bangladesh played better at home and were confident of clinching a historic series win in Dhaka.  “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,” he told reporters.   

 

Mahmudullah said the Dhaka pitch was “result-oriented” and would favour spinners — conditions absent in the run spree at Chittagong. The International Cricket Council penalised the “below average” pitch in Chittagong for providing no seam movement to fast bowlers 


“I think our team is better, especially at home. It will be a good contest, which was mostly the case in Chittagong.” Bangladesh have not won a Test series since beating Zimbabwe 3-0 at home in 2014 and have defeated Sri Lanka just once in their last 19 contests in the longest form of the game.   


Mahmudullah said the Dhaka pitch was “result-oriented” and would favour spinners — conditions absent in the run spree at Chittagong.   


The International Cricket Council penalised the “below average” pitch in Chittagong for providing no seam movement to fast bowlers and too heavily favouring the batters.   


(AFP)  

 

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