Mahmudullah wants Bangladesh to play with positive intent


7 February, 2018 19:50 PM

Mahmudullah wants Bangladesh to play with positive intent

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The series-deciding second Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will start tomorrow at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

 Bangladesh are now confident of sneaking their first win against Sri Lanka at home, after their confidence-boosting draw in the opening Test at Chittagong when their back was pushed against the wall.

The surface in Dhaka is not expected to be similar to the one in first Test that had hardly anything for the bowlers. Spinners in Dhaka are expected to play the key role.

Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah emphasised on playing with a positive intent on a pitch that is expected to be result-oriented. "We will play with positive intent, like we did in Chittagong. The pitch is result-oriented and there will be help for spinners," Mahmudullah told reporters ahead of the second Test.

"I think our team is better, especially at home. It will be a good contest, which was mostly the case in Chittagong. We got out of a tough position in the first match. So this game (there) is a great chance for us to win a Test series. I think all the players are thinking positively, which will help us get the desired outcome," he added.

Mahmudullah said that Bangladesh are well aware that their opponent will be relying on the spin combo of Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera. Herath is proven performer for his country and is the only left-arm spinner in the world with 400 Test wickets while off-spinner Perera is also making rapid progress; becoming the quickest among Sri Lankan to pick 100 Test wickets.

The Bangladesh skipper said he's confident his team has capable batsmen to handle Sri Lankan spin threat and all they need to do is execute their plans properly in the middle. "Herath is very experienced and both him and Dilruwan are good quality bowlers. They can trouble batsmen with their skills but our batting is getting better day by day and we are confident of executing our plans against them.

"From what I have seen, it seems like a dry surface. There was help for bowlers in the tri-nation (ODI series). I think it will be challenging for the batsmen, but we have to play with positive intent," he said.

Mahmudullah said that they are yet to decide the playing XI but also hinted that veteran Abdur Razzak, who recently became country's first bowler to grab 500 first-class wickets, might get a nod in the second game. Razzak, who returned to the national set-up after a long gap, was not considered in the opening game as the team management placed their faith in young Sanjamul Islam by handing him a debut in Chittagong.

Razzak is under consideration and so are the other spinners but we haven't finalised our best XI yet," said Mahmudullah. "After we took the first wicket of Sri Lanka, we had a few opportunities. We could have put them under pressure if we could have availed the opportunities. There will be extra help for spinners here which sometimes gets us too excited. So we have to keep that in check and bowl well in partnerships," he concluded.