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06-Mar-2017 09:10:00 GMT
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Galle

Bangladesh aim for improving away record

Galle: With an eye on improving its less than impressive away record, Bangladesh will look to catch an under-strength Sri Lanka off guard when the two-Test series gets underway in Galle on Tuesday.

Bangladesh has won just three of its 45 away matches -- two against West Indies in 2009 and one against Zimbabwe in 2013 -- but has shown considerable improvement since its last victory overseas.

In its own backyard, Bangladesh has won four Tests, drawn five and conceded only three defeats since 2014. It showed impressive recent form against New Zealand and then India in away matches despite losing in both countries.

Sri Lanka has a solid record at home and blanked Australia 3-0 in the last series it hosted, in August 2016. But Bangladesh will be buoyed by the return of Mustafizur Rahman, the left-arm paceman who has not played a Test since his debut series against South Africa in 2015.

Sri Lanka has won each of its last five Tests on home soil and will be captained by Rangana Herath, its experienced left-arm spinner who replaced Angelo Mathews.

Teams from:

Sri Lanka:
Rangana Herath (capt), Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Vikum Sanjaya Bandara, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Malinda Pushpakumara.

Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Mehedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mosaddek Hossain, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Subashis Roy, Rubel Hossain.

Stats and trivia

  • In 16 Tests between these teams, Bangladesh have lost 14 games and other are draws
  • Herath has 357 Test wickets - five short of the tally of Daniel Vettori, who is presently the most successful left-arm spinner in history.
  • Chandimal averages 128.33 against Bangladesh, with three centuries in five innings.

Match facts
March 7-11, 2017
Start time 1000 local (0430 GMT)

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