Team Bangladesh is in Sri Lanka to take part in Nidahas Trophy including India and hosts Sri Lanka. The Tigers reached Sri Lanka on 4th March and had their first practice session at Colombo’s P Sara Oval the next day.
P Sara Oval will be forever remembered in Bangladesh’s history. They clinched a four-wicket victory over the Lankans last year. Tamim Iqbal played a crucial in Tigers’ win with his 49 in the first innings and a history-making 82 in the second innings while chasing a target of 191.
“Everyone felt elated when we entered the dressing room and saw the ground because we can actually visualise that moment. The amount of tension we had at one point of the game, because we could have lost the game, and then we eventually managed to win the match. Not just me; those who were present during that game were all excited to return to this ground. It’s good to be back here again,” said Tamim at this venue yesterday (March 5).
“Obviously, I am feeling good after walking up to the pitch today [Monday] and taking a look; I played a match-winning knock for my team when I arrived at the ground. It always feels great to return to the ground where I played well and helped my side win a Test match.”
P Sara will not host any of the matches of Nidahas Trophy. R Premadasa Stadium will host all the games. Bangladesh will face India on March 8.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com