When and Where to Watch Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Live Streaming, Match Preview, Timings, and Pitch Report for 2nd Test
Lahiru Kumara and Dilshan Madushanka have been ruled out of the second Test due to injuries.
Updated - Apr 28, 2021 9:28 pm
The opening Test in Pallekele turned out to be a damp squib as both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka racked up humongous scores on the board. The bowlers had to work out of their skins to make breakthroughs. In the end, the rain brought the curtains down on the game as the last session of the fifth day couldn’t happen.
The pitch at the venue turned out to be a placid one. In the meantime, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) found themselves in a bit of tangle after a ground-staff member in Pallekele tested positive for COVID-19. He and the ones who came in contact with him were sent into isolation on an immediate basis.
The home board must have gotten the situation under control with the second game scheduled to get underway on Thursday, April 29 in Pallekele. The hosts had more blows to endure after fast bowlers Lahiru Kumara and Dilshan Madushanka were ruled out due to injuries.
The 24-year-old Kumara was a part of the previous game, but he injured his hamstring while fielding on the third day. Later on, MRI scans confirmed the injury. The Lankans have called up Lakshan Sandakan and Chamika Karunaratne as their replacements.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, would be relieved after Najmul Hossain Shanto got his maiden Test ton after facing loads of criticism for being inconsistent. Skipper Mominul Haque Showrabh also would be high on confidence after his maiden Test century on foreign soil.
Taskin Ahmed made his comeback to Test cricket after nearly four years and he showed a lot of heart, bowling bouncers and yorkers. Tamim Iqbal looked fluent, but couldn’t get to his century in both innings. The visitors, however, would want to be a little more penetrative with the ball.
Playing combination for SL vs BAN
As a replacement for Kumara, the Lankans might give Asitha Fernando a chance in the playing eleven. Even as Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva scored big, the other batters could have done better. Fernando and Mathews got into their 20s but failed to carry on and make it big.
Wanindu Hasaranga couldn’t get a wicket, but he made sure of contributing with the bat in hand. Left-armer Vishwa Fernando was their standout bowler as he picked up four wickets in the scorching heat. The bowlers are again expected to work hard to get wickets in the upcoming encounter.
Predicted XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Lahiru Thirimanne, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Wanindu Hasaranga, Suranga Lakmal, Vishwa Fernando, Asitha Fernando
Bench: Ramesh Mendis, Roshen Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Dinesh Chandimal, Praveen Jayawickrama, Lakshan Sandakan, Chamika Karunaratne
The Tigers are unlikely to tinker with their combination. Saif Hassan had a torrid time with the bat as he managed scores of zero and one in the first Test. On a track, which is again expected to be batting friendly, he would be looking to make amends. The onus will again be on Tamim in the top order.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das are in good rhythm as well, scoring fifties. In the bowling department, Abu Jayed would be hoping to get amongst the wickets. Taijul Islam and Mehidy Hasan Miraz might again be expected to do a chunk of the work after bowling 103 overs in the first Test.
Predicted XI: Tamim Iqbal, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque (C), Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das (WK), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Jayed Rahi, Ebadot Hossain
Bench: Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Mohammad Mithun, Shoriful Islam
SL vs BAN Head-to-Head
Played – 21 | Sri Lanka – 16 | Bangladesh – 1 | Draw – 4
SL vs BAN Broadcast Details
Match Timings – 10:00 AM IST
TV– Sony Sports Network
Live Streaming – Sony LIV