1st Test – Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Live Match Score & Updates | SL vs BAN Live Fri Mar 8 – Tue Mar 12, 2013
Match Overview & Live Updates
Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga arrives at Sri Lanka cricket board headquarters in Colombo March 3, 2013. A pay dispute between Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and its 23 centrally contracted players threatened to disrupt a two-test series against Bangladesh, which is due to commence in Galle on Friday. REUTERS
1st Test – Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Live | SL vs BAN 1st test live
Galle International Stadium
Fri Mar 8 – Tue Mar 12
04:30 GMT | 10:00 local | 09:30 PKT
Toss: Sri Lanka, who chose to bat
Umpires: RK Illingworth and NJ Llong
TV umpire: TH Wijewardene
Match referee: ; DC Boon
Reserve Umpire: MSK Nandiweera
Watch this space for latest updates and match report of the 1st Test match between Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh at Galle International Stadium starting from Friday Mar 8.
Sri Lanka is all set to take on visiting Bangladesh in the 1st Test match (of total of two to be played) during their tour. The central contract issue has been resolved and Sri Lanka now picks up full-strength squad against Bangladesh. Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Samaraweera, however, retired from international cricket on Wednesday after selectors dropped him from the opening Test against Bangladesh which starts in Galle later this week.
A key figure in Sri Lanka’s batting line-up for more than a decade, Samaraweera, 36, rebuilt his career after being shot in a militant attack on his team bus in Pakistan in 2009.
On the other hand, a gaping hole in the batting order stares at Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim, coach Shane Jurgensen and on-tour selector Habibul Bashar when they decide the final eleven of the first Test against Sri Lanka. Mominul Haque and Mohammad Ashraful are both likely to be picked for the first Test though.
The good news for Sri Lanka is that top-order batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been declared fit and will play his first competitive match in almost three months.
Sangakkara suffered a fracture on his left index finger when he was hit by a ball from Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson during the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and has been recovering from the injury since.
The only other experienced batsman in the side, which is filled with youngsters, is opener Tillakaratne Dilshan.
With Dinesh Chandimal taking over the wicketkeeping position from Prasanna Jayawardene for the series, the number seven spot in the lineup has become vacant for either a batsman or an all-rounder.
Uncapped Test players Kithruwan Vithanage and Jeevan Mendis are vying for that spot.
Left-hander Vithanage scored a career best 168 not out off 165 balls for Sri Lanka Development XI in the three-day warm-up game against Bangladesh at Matara last week, and leg-spinner all-rounder Mendis has been part of the ODI team.
The pitch at Galle is favourable for spin and Sri Lanka are likely to go with two spinners, Rangana Herath and either Ajantha Mendis or uncapped Tharindu Kaushal, with Dilshan playing the role of a third spinner.
The 1st Test between Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh is being played at Galle International Stadium from Fri Mar 8 – Tue Mar 12 (Follow daily updates on March 8, March 9, March 10, March 11 & March 12) at 04:30 GMT, 10:00 local and 09:30 PKT in Pakistan.
You can catch ball by ball coverage with commentary and live scores along with batting, bowling and fielding statistics for the 1st Test match of SL vs Ban here on Cricket.com.pk – You can also read Sri Lanka and Bangladesh match updates and match report after the match is over.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Squads
Bangladesh Team for 1st Test: (From) Mushfiqur Rahim (c/wk), Mahmudullah (vc), Abul Hasan, Anamul Haque, Elias Sunny, Jahurul Islam, Marshall Ayub, Mohammad Ashraful, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Robiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Tamim Iqbal
Sri Lanka Team for 1st Test: (From) Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shaminda Eranga, Rangana Herath, Dimuth Karunaratne, Tharindu Kaushal, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Ajantha Mendis, Jeevan Mendis, Kushal Janith Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Chanaka Welegedara
Sri Lanka’s top cricketers signed Sri Lanka Cricket’s contracts on Monday, bringing the crisis to an official end, after having been frozen out by SLC during the weekend just before the series against Bangladesh.
The top pay category has been expanded from five players to seven, with new captain Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara and Rangana Herath joining Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Lasith Malinga in the top bracket. Thilan Samaraweera, who was in last year’s top tier, has been put in a special category with Prasanna Jayawardene, as both players will only be considered for Test selection. Twenty20 captain and Test and ODI vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal has been given a category two contract.
Mahela Jayawardene is the only player who has not yet signed a contract, but he is expected to do so when he returns to the country.
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim is confident though that his team can take advantage of a depleted Sri Lankan squad and secure a maiden Test win over their opponents in the two-match series.
Bangladesh has played Sri Lanka in 12 Tests since 2001 and lost all of them.
Mushfiqur’s confidence is borne by the fact that their main tormentor of the past, off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, is not around to bamboozle their batsmen.
Muralitharan, who retired from Test cricket in 2010 with a record haul of 800 test wickets, is the leading wicket-taker for Sri Lanka against Bangladesh with 89 wickets from 11 Tests.
Sri Lanka are also without two of their experienced middle order batsmen, Mahela Jayawardene (injury) and Thilan Samaraweera, who announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka will be led by a new skipper in Angelo Mathews,who will become the youngest to lead his country in a test match at the age of 25 years.
Sri Lanka now hosts Bangladesh for two Tests, three ODIs and a single T20 match.
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