The Sri Lanka cricket team arrived in Dhaka on Sunday (May 8) afternoon to take part in a Test series against Bangladesh. The Lankans should feel confident ahead of the contest as they have a way better Test record than the tigers. However, Bangladesh team’s performance has been improving, and they have minimized the gap in recent years. Will Sri Lanka maintain their dominance, or will Bangladesh end their hegemony and make history in the BAN vs SL Test Series 2022? Let's take a look at head-to-head Test records between the two teams.
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka: Head-to-head Bilateral Test series record
The Sri Lanka Cricket Board announced the best possible squad for the Bangladesh series, which includes some uncapped players. On the other hand, all the expected names were included in the Tigers Test squad.
The eleventh bilateral Test series (BAN vs SL):
This will be their eleventh Test series together. Both sides had played 10 bilateral Test series previously. Sri Lanka hosted six series, while Bangladesh hosted four. Nine series have been won by Sri Lanka, with one series ending in a draw. In fact, Bangladesh have only defeated Sri Lanka once.
Noteworthy Test records between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
The following are some of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka's most noteworthy Test records.
Significant Test Records between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
|Matches Played (22)||1||17|
|Most Runs||Mohammad Ashraful (1090 runs in 26 innings)||Kumar Sangakkara (1816 runs in 21 innings)|
|Highest Score||Mushfiqur Rahim (200)||Kumar Sangakkara (319)|
|Most Hundred||Mohammad Ashraful (5)||Kumar Sangakkara (7)|
|Most Wickets||Shakib Al Hasan (29)||Muthiah Muralidaran (89)|
|Best Bowling Figures||Shakib Al Hasan (5/70)||Rangana Herath (7/89)|
|Most Matches||Mushfiqur Rahim (15)||Kumar Sangakkara (15)|
|Highest Partnership||Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim (267)||FDM Karunaratne and DM de Silva (345)|
|Most Catches||Shahriar Nafees (8)||Mahela Jayawardene (17)|
|Most Dismissals||Litton Das (16)||Prasanna Jayawardene (29)|
BAN vs SL Test series 2022: Venue Stats
First Test (15-19 May):
The first Test match of the forthcoming BAN vs SL Test Series 2022 will be played at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
Test Matches: 21 | Highest Individual Innings: 319 (Kumar Sangakkara) | Best Bowling Figure in an Innings: 7/36 (Shakib Al Hasan) | Highest Team innings: 713/9d | Lowest Team Innings: 119
Bangladesh’s Test record (ZACS): Win: 2 | Lost: 13 | Draw: 6
Sri Lanka’s Test record (ZACS): Win: 2 | Lost: 0 | Draw: 2.
Second Test (23-27 May):
The second Test match of the series will be held at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
Test Matches: 22 | Highest Individual Innings: 226 (Azhar Ali) | Best Bowling Figure in an Innings: 8/39 (Taijul Islam) | Highest Team innings: 730/6d | Lowest Team Innings: 87
Bangladesh’s Test record (SBNCS): Win: 6 | Lost: 13 | Draw: 3
Sri Lanka’s Test record (SBNCS): Win: 3 | Lost: 0 | Draw: 0.
Recent Test records of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
Neither team has had a good record in the longer-version format in recent years. Bangladesh have lost eight of their eleven Test matches since 2021, winning only two. On the contrary, Sri Lanka have lost five of their eleven Test matches since 2021, while winning three.
Both sides have failed to perform well in the Test format. Some of Bangladesh's prominent players have continued to skip Test series following the post covid-19 phase. On the other hand, Sri Lanka have failed to compete as a unit. The hosts should be in a stronger position to put the visitors under strain since all of Bangladesh's senior players are available for this series.
Sri Lanka have the upper hand against Bangladesh in a head-to-head battle. A relatively inexperienced Lankan side will play a competitive Tigers Test team in the BAN vs SL Test Series 2022. This group should be confident about winning a Test series against Sri Lanka for the first time since they showed some potential in their previous away Test series.
However, this Sri Lankan team isn't as good as it once was, and their recent results have been disappointing. The visitors would face huge pressure from the hosts during the series. Therefore, Sri Lanka's chances of dominating Bangladesh in the next series are slim.