Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh preview

Sri Lanka’s men’s cricket team will visit Bangladesh in March-April this year for a tour that includes all formats.

The tour begins with a sequence of T20I matches, starting on March 4 at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS) in Sylhet. The second and third T20Is will occur at SICS in Sylhet on March 6 and 9.

The first ODI will be held on March 13 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chattogram, followed by the second and third ODIs on March 15 and 18, also at ZACS in Chattogram, after the T20I series.

The initial Test is scheduled for March 22-26 at SICS in Sylhet, with the second Test following from March 30 to April 3 at ZACS in Chattogram.

2024 Sri Lanka Tour of Bangladesh Complete Schedule:

Date Match Type Location
1st March, 2024 Sri Lanka arrives in Bangladesh
4th March, 2024 1st T20i (6 pm) SICS, Sylhet
6th March, 2024 2nd T20i (6 pm) SICS, Sylhet
9th March, 2024 3rd T20i (3 pm) SICS, Sylhet
13th March, 2024 1st ODI (2:30 pm) ZACS, Chattogram
15th March, 2024 2ND ODI (2:30 pm) ZACS, Chattogram
18th March, 2024 3rd ODI (10 am) ZACS, Chattogram
22-26 March, 2024 1st Test (10 am) SICS, Sylhet
30 March – 3 April, 2024 2ND Test (10 am) ZACS, Chattogram


Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh: Head-to-Head

  • Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have played 54 ODIs. Sri Lanka has won 42 of these 54 games, with Bangladesh winning 10 of them.
  • They’ve also squared off in 13 T20 matches. Sri Lanka won nine of the 13 games, while Bangladesh won four.
  • Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have played 24 Test matches. Sri Lanka has won 18 of these 24 games, with Bangladesh winning just once. Five matches finished in a tie.

2022 Test Recap

In 2022, Sri Lanka won 1-0 against Bangladesh in their previous trip, drawing the first and second tests by 10 wickets.

The first Test concluded in a tie on the fifth day when Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella compiled an undefeated stand of 99 runs for the seventh wicket. Angelo Mathews, a teammate, was awarded the player of the match for his outstanding performance of scoring 199 runs in the first innings.

On the first day of the second Test, Bangladesh’s score plummeted to 24/5 in the initial hour of play. Mushfiqur Rahim and Litton Das had a 272-run partnership, the most for the sixth wicket or lower in a Test match when a side has lost its first five wickets for fewer than 25 runs. Bangladesh scored 365 runs in their first innings, with Mushfiqur Rahim ending on an unbeaten 175. Sri Lanka responded by amassing 506 runs, with Angelo Mathews once again leading the team with an unbeaten 145 runs.

Bangladesh scored 169 in their second innings, and Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets, securing a 1-0 series victory.

Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh Betting Odds

The top-rated cricket betting sites for the UK have yet to release odds on Sri Lanka’s tour of Bangladesh, but given their recent run of form, the visitors are expected to be favoured in most of the T20 and ODI meetings. 

Mahmudullah Returns for Bangladesh

Mahmudullah’s return to the T20I team after a prolonged sabbatical is a notable feature of the roster announcement. His expertise will enhance the team’s worth. Anamul Haque and Mohammad Naim have secured their positions in the T20I team due to their outstanding performances in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

Many players have been included for both T20I and ODI teams. Despite being the most experienced player on the team, Mushfiqur Rahim was selected for the ODI team but not included in the T20I squad.

Sri Lanka Tour of Bangladesh Expected Squads:

Bangladesh T20I: Taijul Islam, Rishad Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan, Aliss Al Islam, Mahedi Hasan, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Anamul Haque, Mohammad Naim, Towhid Hridoy, Soumya Sarkar.

Captain: Najmul Hossain Shanto

Bangladesh ODI: Anamul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, Tanzid Hasan, Liton Das, Mehidy Hassan, Taijul Islam, Rishad Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hassan, Mustafizur Rahman, Mahmudullah, Towhid Hridoy, and Mahmudullah.

Captain: Najmul Hossain Shanto

Sri Lanka T20I Squad: To Be Confirmed 

Sri Lanka ODI Squad: To Be Confirmed

On Route to the T20 World Cup

Bangladesh just achieved their first victory on New Zealand soil, culminating in a 1-1 series tie. They are now preparing for their next test. Sri Lanka recently lost to Afghanistan in the final match by three runs but won 2-1 overall in a one-off test at Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo.

Wanindu Hasaranga presently leads the T20 team as a talented spin-bowling all-rounder. In the first two T20 matches, he has shown leadership with his performance with the ball. He has also contributed significantly with his batting, playing at a higher position in the batting order than usual in international matches. Both previous captains, Angelo Mathews and Dasun Shanaka, provided medium-pace bowling and lower-order runs. However, Sri Lanka’s main strength rests in its frontline bowlers.

In addition to the three all-rounders already listed, Sri Lanka has a top-tier white-ball spinner in Mahesh Theekshana. Apart from him, they have two sling bowlers similar to Lasith Malinga in Matheesha Pathirana and Nuwan Thushara. Combine the rapid speed of Dushmantha Chameera with the towering left-arm skills of Binura Fernando, and you have one of the most intriguing bowling assaults globally. If Sri Lanka can maintain the fitness of all players, including Hasaranga, they might potentially cause some surprises in the T20 World Cup in June.