Bangladesh face an uphill task to square the series as they take on fancied Sri Lanka in the second and final test at Shaheed Chandu Stadium here tomorrow, reports BSS.
The islanders are leading the series 1-0 with an eight- wicket win in the first test at Chittagong.
Bangladesh are going to face Sri Lanka in their 42nd test at the newly-built picturesque Shaheed Chandu Stadium, the fourth test venue after Bangabandhu National Stadium at Dhaka, Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Ruhul Amin Stadium and MA Aziz Stadium, both at Chittagong.
Bangladesh captain and the most prolific batsman of the side Habibul Bashar made no excuse at their dismal batting performance in the second innings of the first test at a pre-match news conference after nearly a three-hour practice session of his team this morning.
Admitting the poor records of his side in tests, Bashar said, "We could not do well in the last few series. We thought of changing the trend in this series."
"But despite dismissing Sri Lanka's top batsmen for the 170 odd runs, we failed to mop up the tail and our rivals managed a slender lead which we should have done. Then as usual we faltered in the second knock and provided the game in a platter to our rivals.
"Current condition of the team is good, players are in form and I have a firm belief we would stage a fightback and make our rivals fight for every run," said Bashar.
When asked on prospects in the test, the captain said test and one-day are quite different but promised to do better.
"We would try to play better this time and hopefully force at least for a draw," said Bashar, who scored 2,514 runs in 38 tests, including three centuries and 21 fifties.
Bangladesh have won only one test against Zimbabwe and drawn four out of their 42 matches they have played since 2000.
Taking about Sri Lanka's champion spinner Muttiah Muralidaran in the first test, the Bangladesh captain said no doubt he is a great bowler, but out of his six victims at Chittagong, five of them were gifted while the sixth was a victim of umpire's error.
"We cannot avoid Muralidaran. If we are to do well against Lankans, We have to play confidently against the champion bowler Muralidaran also," Bashar said.
Bashar disclosed that young Mushfiqur Rahman will be drafted in place of Alok Kapali. This wicket here looks similar to that of Chittagong, so we believe it would be another batting track. It would we wise to strengthen the batting lineup.
On inclusion of Aftab Ahmed, Bashar added: "It would be finalized tomorrow morning after seeing the track."
Bangladesh team (probables): Habibul Bashar, Khaled Mashud, Javed Omar, Nafis Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful, Shahriar Nafees, Mohammad Rafique, Syed Rasel, Mushfiqur Rahman, Shahadat Hossain, Enamul Haque (Jr), Aftab Ahmed, Alok Kapali.