Host Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will lock horns in the two-match Test series, starting from 21st April at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne will be hoping to end their winless streak on home series. Earlier this year, Sri Lanka suffered a 2-0 whitewash at the hands of Bangladesh.
Spinner Lasith Embuldeniya has ruled out of the upcoming series against Bangladesh due to an injury sustained during Sri Lanka’s tour of West Indies. Uncapped Praveen Jayawickrama has earned maiden call-up to the national side for the upcoming two-match Test series.
Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara and Asitha Fernando are prominent pace options, while Ramesh Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga and Praveen Jayawickrama are prominent spinners for the upcoming two-match Test series.
On the previous trip to Sri Lanka in 2017, Bangladesh managed to secure a draw against Sri Lanka in two-match Test series. Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan are not available for this series as they are currently playing in the Indian Premier League. Uncapped pacer Shoriful Islam has been included for the opening game of the Test series. Mominul Haque will lead Bangladesh for the Test series.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 2021 Test series is going to interesting contest as both teams have been struggling in red-ball cricket for past 12 months.
Here are some of most important statistics with regards to Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 2021 Test Series.
4 victories for Bangladesh out of their last 11 Test matches played since July 2018. They suffered 2-0 whitewash at the hands of England in a two-match Test series played in Sri Lanka in 2021.
2018 was the last time Sri Lanka won a Test series in home conditions. The Islanders suffered two whitewashes in their last three Test series played in Sri Lanka.
104.00 is the average for Dinesh Chandimal against Bangladesh in Test cricket. He has scored 416 uns in four matches and will be looking to continue his decent form against Bangladesh.
13 wickets needed by Sri Lankan left-arm quick Vishwa Fernando to complete 50 wickets in the five-day format. He currently has taken 37 wickets in 13 Test matches at an average of 35.05.2
252 runs needed by Sri Lanka Captain Dimuth Karunaratne to complete 5,000 runs in Test Cricket. He has scored 4,748 runs in 71 Test matches at an average of 36.24 with eleven centuries and twenty-five half-centuries to his name.
137 runs required by Sri Lankan opener Lahiru Thiramanne to complete 2,000 runs in Test cricket. Left-hander has accumulated 1,863 runs in 41 Test matches at an average of 25.87 with two centuries and nine half-centuries to his name.