Bangladesh is going to be playing its first Test Match at home this season as it gets ready to hist Sri Lanka. Matches between them have been quite intriguing in the past and can often get quite feisty. From a betting point of view, the teams are seen as being quite evenly matched and so that means we get some attractive odds to play with.
Going into this match, both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are being offered the same odds to win the match. Sri Lanka has won both the previous series it has played against Bangladesh, one of which was in Bangladesh.
Match prediction and cricket betting tips for Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 1st Test match 2022. The match is going to be played at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram starting on the 15th of May 2022.
BAN VS SL TEAM PREVIEWS
Bangladesh will be happy that it has the services of Shakib Al Hasan available to it after a COVID scare. It is expected that his bowling is going to be less than 100% but his batting is good enough to warrant a place in the side alone.
Bangladesh’s batting lineup is quite decent and has a lot of experience. Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton Das, and Shakib Al Hasan should all find a place in the starting eleven. That is an amazing amount of batting depth, especially while playing in home conditions.
The bowling attack for Bangladesh is going to be a bit compromised as Taskin Ahmed and Mehidy Hasan are not fit. That means Taijul Islam, Shoriful Islam, and Ebadot Hossain will lead the bowling attack with support from the all-rounders.
Sri Lanka was demolished by India in the two Tests it played before this series and that seems to have resulted in several changes being made to the squad. A pretty new look batting lineup is likely to take the field in the first Test and that is a concern.
A lot of the pressure of scoring the runs is going to fall on Dimuth Karunaratne. He is the clear best Test player on this team and is often underrated. You can bet on him to score some runs in this match. Oshawa Fernando, Kusal Mendia, Angelo Matthews, Dhananjaya de Silva, and maybe Dinesh Chandimal are expected to find a place in the playing eleven.
The bowling attack for Sri Lanka is average at best and it also has some of its best players missing. Kasun Rajitha, Lasith Embuldeniya, Vishwa Fernando, and Praveen Jayawickrama are the ones that we think will form the bowling unit for the first match.
Once again, this is not a lineup that is going to take 20 wickets on flat pitches.
Match: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test
Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
Date & Time: 15th – 19th May at 9:30 AM IST and 10:00 AM Local Time
BAN VS SL TOSS PREDICTION
The team that wins the toss is going to want to bat first. That should be seen as a big advantage since the pitch should deteriorate as the match progresses and the team batting last could struggle.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The pitch is expected to be flat and good for batting. As a venue, the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium is one of the best for batting in Bangladesh or even Asia as a whole. The betting strategy here should be to back the middle-order batters from both teams to score runs in the first inning.
The weather is not very encouraging and there is some rain predicted n every single day of the match. That could take out a lot of time from the match and we could struggle to get a result.
BANGLADESH VS SRI LANKA PROBABLE XIS
Shakib Al Hasan has tested negative for COVID-19 and is expected to be included. Meanwhile, senior batter Tamim Iqbal, who will open the innings, will have a big responsibility of giving a good start to the home side.
PREDICTED XI: Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Litton Das (wk), Mosaddek Hossain, Taijul Islam, Shoriful Islam, Ebadot Hossain
A lot will depend on the skipper Dimuth Karunaratne to provide a good start to the visitors. Similarly, experienced batters like Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, and Dhananjaya de Silva will have the responsibility to counter the spin attack of Bangladesh and score runs for their team.
PREDICTED XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Oshawa Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Embuldeniya, Kasun Rajitha, Praveen Jayawickrama
BANGLADESH VS SRI LANKA MATCH PREDICTION:
Both sides have quality players and we can expect an intense battle between the bat and the ball over the next five days.
Sri Lanka looks like a settled unit and it won’t be a surprise if they get an early lead in the series by beating Bangladesh in the first Test.
Prediction: Sri Lanka to win this encounter.