Sri Lanka and the Bangladesh Tigers will meet in the second Test of their short series at the P Sara Oval in Colombo on Wednesday, in what will be the 100th Test to be played by the tourists, on the 140th anniversary of Test Cricket. The hosts are leading by 1-0 after their crushing 259 run victory in the first Test played in Galle.
Bangladesh become the tenth nation to play 100 Tests, having taken the field for the first time back in November 2000 in Dhaka against their neighbors India. In that inaugural fixture, they became just the second side, after Zimbabwe, to post a score in excess of 400 in their first Test.
After losing all but one of their first 27 Tests, and being made to wait until their 35th appearance to taste victory, facing Sri Lanka their current opponents have become their least favorite opponents, as they have been beaten on 15 occasions.
The Bangladesh selectors have omitted the veteran all-rounder Mahmudullah from the squad for the second Test, and he has returned home.
The decision has yet to be taken as to whether he will return to Sri Lanka in due course for the three match ODI series and two T20Is that will be played after the conclusion of the Test series.
Given the recent poor form of the all-rounder, his omission is not a total surprise. A return of 303 runs in his last 12 innings, including scores of just 8 and 0 in Galle, where he only bowled two overs, is not the level of contribution that the selectors are looking for.
His overall record since making his debut against the West Indies in the Caribbean back in 2009, since when he has appeared in a total of 25 Tests, is 1404 runs.