P Sara Oval to host Bangladesh’s 100th Test

Colombo’s P Sara Oval will host Bangladesh’s 100th Test match as they take on hosts Sri Lanka in the second Test starting from 15 March. The Tigers are set to become the tenth Test nation to play 100 or more Tests. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ কলম্বোয় শততম টেস্ট খেলবে টাইগাররা]

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Bangladesh played their first ever Test match in 10 November, 2000 against India in Dhaka. They became the tenth Test nation on 26 June that year when they were granted Test status. Since then, there have been many ups and downs in Bangladesh’s Test arena.

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Bangladesh’s first ever win in Test cricket came against Zimbabwe in Chittagong in 2005. They played their Test no.50 against New Zealand in Dunedin in 2008. A year later, they won two Tests against West Indies in West Indies.

Since then, Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe four times and England once. In all, they have victories against Zimbabwe (five Tests), West Indies (two) and England (one) in 98 Tests.

Bangladesh lost 75 Tests among them and drew 15. They have the worst losing percentage (76.53) among all Test playing nations.

Tamim Iqbal is Bangladesh leading run-scorer in Tests with 3470 runs with eight centuries. Shakib Al Hasan has the most wickets for the Tigers in Tests, 167 with 15 five-wicket hauls.

In 17 years, nine players have captained Bangladesh in Tests. Current skipper Mushfiqur Rahim has the best record of all. Bangladesh won five Tests under him, all came from 2013.

England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe have played over 100 Tests. Bangladesh will need to wait for another month to join this elite club of playing 100 Test matches.

Bangladesh will tour Sri Lanka next month for two Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is.

-Ruffin, Correspondent,

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