Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh will kick off with the first Test match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram from 9:30 PM IST on Sunday, May 15. The teams will play a total of two Test matches. Notably, both the Tests are part of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23. Currently, Sri Lanka occupy fifth and Bangladesh eight spot on the 9-team WTC points table.
The last time the two Asian teams clashed against each other in the red-ball format was in May 2021. Bangladesh had toured Sri Lanka and lost the 2-Test series 0-1. The Mominul Haque-led side will look to return the favour this time around.
Captain Dimuth Karunaratne (834 in 10 matches) and Dhananjaya de Silva (463 in 5 matches) are the top two active players to score most runs against Bangladesh in a Test match. Whereas, Mushfiqur Rahim (1043 runs in 15 matches) and Mominul Haque (884 in 9 matches) top the list for Bangladesh
As we gear up for the high-voltage clash, let us have a look at the top lucrative team & player betting tips from the BAN vs SL head-to-head encounter.
Mentioned below is the top team bet from the BAN vs SL head-to-head contest.
Bangladesh have lost their last four home Test matches on the bounce. Overall, 7 looses, 2 wins and one draw is what Bangladesh have seen in their last 10 Test outings. Further, Bangla Tigers have managed only one win in their last 10 Test matches against Sri Lanka, dating back to March 2013. Also, Bangladesh are yet to beat Sri Lanka at home. Sri Lanka have six out of their eight Test matches in Bangladesh. Bangladesh last won a Test match against Sri Lanka in 2017. Four more matches have been played since then and Lankan have won two of them. The two teams have played three Test matches in Chattogram, the venue for the first Test. Sri Lanka won the first one in 2009 by 465 runs. The next two matches in 2014 and 2018 respectively, ended in draws.
Sri Lanka aren't the same team they were a decade ago and their performances in the last few months haven't been spectacular either. Their last two matches in the longest format have seen them losing by a massive margin against India. Prior to that, Sri Lanka won three back-to-back matches on their home turf. Moreover, the presence of experienced red-ball players - Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Matthews keep them in good stead against Bangladesh. The fast bowling department looks a little inexperienced and a lot will depend on spinners Lasith Embuldeniya and Dhananjaya de Silva.
Bangladesh have the likes of Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan but all these players and others barring Shakib failed to make any difference when they toured the island nation in 2021. Bangladesh have won just one out of their 22 matches against Sri Lanka, and we don't see that changing at least in the first BAN vs SL Test. If you feel the same, head over to Pari Match and place your bet on Sri Lanka at the odds of 1.85 from the BAN vs SL head-to-head encounter.
Dimuth Karunaratne and Mominul Haque are my top two player betting tips for the BAN vs SL 1st Test match. Have a look at it for reaping the best returns.
Dimuth Kuranuratne is Sri Lanka's fourth-highest run-scorer against Bangladesh in Test matches. Among the current crop of Sri Lanka batters, he is leading the list with 834 runs in 10 matches at an average of 49.05. The 34-year-old Sri Lanka captain has scored as many as three hundreds and two fifties against Bangladesh in the red-ball format. His last 11 innings have seen him score four hundreds including a double against Bangladesh.
Since the start of 2020, Karunratne has averaged 54.50, against his career average of 39.57. The veteran of 76 Test matches has registered scores of 118, 66 and 244 in his last three outings against Bangladesh. He will enter the first BAN vs SL Test on the back of a hundred which he scored against India in his last Test match. Dimuth Kuranuratne is almost certain of going for the kill against the Bangla Tigers. Keep an eye out for Dimuth Kuranuratne on Pari Match from the BAN vs SL head-to-head contest.
Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque has 884 at a staggering average of 58.93 against Sri Lanka. The 30-year-old southpaw has scored as many as four hundreds against the Lankan side. The record improves when he bats against Sri Lanka in home conditions. At four matches at home against Sri Lanka, Haque has aggregated 485 runs at an average of 69.28. Three of his four hundreds against the opposition have come at home. In the last five Test matches against Sri Lanka, Mominul Haque has scores of 49, 127, 0, 176 and 7 to his name.
Off late, Mominul Haque has struggled in the format. His last five innings has seen him register two ducks. On the other three occasions he scored - 6, 88 and 1. However, his good record against Sri Lanka and at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram, makes him one of the top batters to watch out for in the first BAN vs SL Test. Pari Match offers the best odds for Mominul Haque to score impeccably and so hop onto the site and place your bets for lucrative returns.
Sri Lanka to win - @ 1.82 (Pari Match)
Dimuth Karunaratne to score over 32.5 runs - @ 1.87 (Pari Match)
Mominul Haque to score over 33.5 runs - @ 1.87 (Pari Match)
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