Sri Lanka will take on Bangladesh in the second and final match of the two-match series in Mirpur tomorrow.
Sri Lanka has never lost a Test at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne will be determined to consolidate the record.
The first match of the series ended in a draw at Chattogram on Thursday. Sri Lanka opting to bat, went on to make 397 with Angelo Mathews scoring 199.
Bangladeshis in their first essay scored 465 curtsey centuries from Tamim Iqbal Mushfiqur Rahim.
Sri Lanka then responded with 260/6 in the second innings before both captains decided to shake hands one hour prior to close of play.
Meanwhile, All-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva said spinners will play a bigger role in the second test in Mirpur.
Speaking ahead of the encounter, de Silva said Sri Lankan pacers did a commendable job in the first Test. Pace bowlers took seven of Sri Lanka’s nine wickets in the first Test, with right-arm quick Kasun Rajitha – playing as a concussion substitute for Vishwa Fernando – leading the way with 4-60.
Outlining a winning formula for the second Test, de Silva said the Dhaka wicket will be helpful to the spinners.
He said, “If we are batting first we will try to get 275-300, and then get them out for less than 150 in one innings. It will give us a chance to win.”
All-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva also said that the Lankans will take the positives from the first test and will aim to consolidate their unbeaten run at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.
Bangladesh Test skipper Mominul Haque meanwhile feels that they have got an opportunity to see their pace-bowling bench strength in the series-deciding second Test.
The series finale will get underway at 9.30am tomorrow.