The ongoing second Test against Sri Lanka marks Bangladesh’s 100th Test and they certainly are in a good position as we approach the end of the day’s play at the P Sara Oval in Colombo. The visitors were able to put the hosts under pressure with very little assistance from the dry pitch. The side’s aggressive approach, especially in the first session paid off as almost every bowler stepped in to create problems for the Sri Lankan batsman.
The Tigers were given a warm reception and greeted by dignitaries in the presence of Sports Minister Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara. A small ceremony was conducted by Sri Lanka cricket to facilitate the visitors.
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Bangladesh in their 100th Test match but from our side this is another Test. So we are hoping to play with a winning mindset to have a good Test match,” said Sri Lankan skipper Rangana Herath.
While it’s the quickest by any team to a century of Tests, Bangladesh has found it pretty tough to win games, especially away from home. Before December 2008, Bangladesh only managed one win, losing 51 Tests in just 58 Tests. By far, it could be considered as the worst ever.
However, from January 2009, the tigers were able to bag 7 win in the 41 games played.
After a total of 99 Tests, Bangladesh’s win-loss ratio of 0.11 is the poorest among all teams, though they have won one match more than New Zealand at the same stage.
It has taken 16 years, 4 months and 6 days for Bangladesh to play their 100th Test, opposed to Sri Lanka’s 18 years. Bangladesh made their Test debut against India on the 19th of November 2000.
“We would like to recognise the participating teams and give the team medals before the game for playing this match. This is a historic occasion for Bangladesh and we are happy that they are sharing it us with. During 1998, I was the President the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka. We voted for Bangladesh for Test status. I was also the President of Asian Cricket Council at the time. As an ACC initiative, we also sent four coaches for age-level cricket (U-13, 15, 17, 19). We have been helping each other since then and the team itself has come a long way,” said Sri Lanka Cricket president Thilanga Sumathipala.(Before play)
Meanwhile, a total of 85 players have played Test Cricket for Bangladesh over the period of 16 years. Mohammad Ashraful (63) has played the most number of Tests with Mushfiqur Rahim (53) and Habibul Bashar (50) in 2nd and 3rd place.
Bangladesh has a batting average of 30.63 and a bowling average of 45.88 at this point. They may have taken the long road with less success but the last few years have been good with the introduction of raw talent. Mustafizur Rahman and Mehedi Hasan are two talented prospects for Bangladesh in the longer run. They certainly have stepped up with a few experienced guys in the side.
Records aside, Bangladesh has done pretty well in the recent past. It’s just a matter of consistency, especially in games away from home. They’ll have to hold their nerve and dig deep to generate wins from situations that tend to sway.
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