Will Bangladesh regain momentum on their landmark Test or will hosts continue their dominance?    AFP
Will Bangladesh regain momentum on their landmark Test or will hosts continue their dominance? AFP

Shrugging off the 259-run loss at Galle, Bangladesh enter the second Test at P Sara Oval in Colombo on a memorable note. Bangladesh will be playing their 100th Test and will be hopeful to overcome their recent poor run of form. Bangladesh have had a tough journey to their landmark Test with 76 defeats and a mere 8 wins off 99 Tests. Unfortunately, the Test at Galle was their fourth consecutive Test defeat though all four of them were in major nations, New Zealand, India and Sri Lanka. With a view to improve their previous records, Bangladesh have taken a huge step of dropping their senior player Mahmudullah, who had scored 8 and 0 at Galle. Instead, Bangladesh will be pleased to have their in-form opener Imrul Kayes back on this special occasion. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Colombo

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have ticked mark most of the boxes under stand-in captain Rangana Herath. They will be expected to take the momentum ahead. However, the hosts will want to improvise on their fielding in the deciding match. Sri Lanka had dropped crucial catches of Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim in the first innings, all of whom later went on to score half-centuries and put up a total of 312. Being a landmark Test for Bangladesh, rain might pay a visit in Colombo. But if the weather holds, an interesting competition is on cards. Here are possible XIs that the sides might go ahead with for the deciding match:

Top order: Bangladesh would witness their regular openers if Kayes returns to the side. Kayes and Tamim have been Bangladesh s most successful opening combination as they have already scored 2,205 runs with four century stands. The spotlight will be on Kayes, who returns after a hamstring injury and has been away from the longest format for a month while Tamim will want to shrug off his brain fade incident and ensure victory for his side. In that case Soumya Bangladesh s best batsman at Galle (he got 71 and 53) will drop down to No. 3.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka s experiments with their opening combination finally bore results and they are likely to go ahead with current successful pair. Where Dimuth Karunaratne played supporting role with 30 and 34, Upul Tharanga dominated proceedings with a century in the second innings, handled the task comfortably at the top. Joining them will be Kusal Mendis, Man of the Match of the first Test; riding high on his career-best Test score of 194, Mendis will hope to carry forward his amazing form in the second game. SL vs BAN, 2nd Test: Shakib vs Herath, Mushfiqur vs Perera and other key battles

Middle-order: At No. 4 will be Mominul Haque. Despite his poor form in the first Test with 7 and 5, Bangladesh may persist with him after his 73 in the tour match. Mushfiqur, Shakib Al Hasan and with no Liton Das around who is ruled out due to injury, the wicketkeeping responsibility will hold with Mushfiqur again. Mushfiqur scored 85 and 34 at Galle. Shakib did not get going, but he is fresh from excellent tours of New Zealand and India. He will want to make this special day count for Bangladesh. With no Liton around, Sabbir Rahman is likely to be called in after his recent success against New Zealand and debut series against England.

The Sri Lankan middle-order comprises of power-hitters like Dinesh Chandimal, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera. Chandimal had a forgettable series in South Africa, returned with a century in the practice match. He found stability in the previous match. Gunaratne continued his ODI form in Tests as well with a fine 85. Dickwella and Perera pressured the Bangladesh bowlers with boundaries across the stadium.

Lower order and bowlers: Although the lower-order of Bangladesh have not stood up to the occasion with the top seven batsmen handling the task, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed and comeback man Mustafizur Rahman had decent outing with the ball. Subhasis Roy impressed critics but managed to claim just a single wicket in the first Test. The inclusion of Taijul Islam may be on the cards, especially after his 7 for 185 against India. Fizz factor was back at his best, bowling accurately to finish with 3 for 92. Mustafizur and Taskin are likely to form a formidable pace attack. However, Bangladesh s real hopes lie with their spinners, Mehedi and Shakib. Bangladesh s 100th Test: Timeline

Bangladesh s biggest threat, of course, is Herath. He ran through the Bangladesh batting at Galle, ending with 9 for 151 and becoming the highest wicket-taker among left-arm spinners and second among left-arm bowlers. Supporting Herath will be Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan along with Gunaratne and Perera.

Bangladesh Likely XI: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (c &wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Subhasis Roy/ Taijul Islam and Mustafizur Rahman

Sri Lanka XI: Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath (c), Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara and Lakshan Sandakan