2/7/2018 1:12:03 PM

Bangladesh look for first-ever Test win against Sri Lanka

Bangladesh look for first-ever Test win against Sri Lanka

Dhaka: Acting Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad said on Wednesday his team was confident of getting its first-ever Test series win over Sri Lanka after eking out a dogged draw in the opener.

The decider starts on Thursday and follows a controversial drawn first Test in Chittagong that drew censure from cricket's governing body.

The hosts managed a draw despite Sri Lanka leaving them in a precarious position at 81-3 at stumps on the fourth day.

The visitors -- who declared at a colossal 713 for nine in their first and only innings -- criticised the pitch after the match.

Mahmudullah, who is standing in for injured skipper Shakib Al Hasan, said Bangladesh played better at home and were confident of clinching a historic series win in Dhaka.

"We got out of a tough position in the first match. So this game is a great chance for us to win a Test series," he said. "I think our team is better, especially at home. It will be a good contest, which was mostly the case in Chittagong."

Bangladesh have not won a Test series since beating Zimbabwe 3-0 at home in 2014 and have defeated Sri Lanka just once in their last 19 contests in the longest form of the game.

Mahmudullah said the Dhaka pitch was "result-oriented" and would favour spinners -- conditions absent in the run spree at Chittagong.

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