Will it be spin for spin in Bangladesh 100th Test?    Getty Images
Will it be spin for spin in Bangladesh 100th Test? Getty Images

The second Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will have a lot of impetus for both sides. For hosts, it is a golden opportunity to seal the series; their second consecutive Test series win at home after Australia (3-0). But for Bangladesh, the equation is completely different. Bangladesh have played and lost all their previous four Tests, against New Zealand (0-2), a one-off Test against India and the series opener at Galle. When they walk in for Colombo Test against Sri Lanka, they will be playing their 100th Test. With a series of defeats and inconsistency at large, the Bangla tigers have a huge task of turning the tides and salvaging a victory. The odds stand against them, but the Tigers are known to come out against them. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Colombo

But will they come out of nothingness and create magic of pulling victory in their 100th Test to set things right. Bangladesh have made a number of changes for the Colombo Test, dropping Mahmudullah and getting in Imrul Kayes. Going by the numbers, Bangladesh have managed to win just 8 of their 99 Tests they have played so far, with their win-loss ratio of 0.11, which is the worst for any team. Ghosts of the past can come to haunt the visiting side, but the concerning issue for tem would be the senior players being far from away of their genuine form. Hence, to avoid defeat in the 100th Test, the visitors need to be at their best; something which has eluded them in the recent past.

So based on these happenings, let s have a look at some of key clashes which will play pivotal role in Colombo Test:

Rangana Herath vs Shakib Al Hasan Herath and Shakib are the two most experienced players in the respective sides. Herath was spot on in the first game scalping 9 wickets in the total. Shakib, on the other hand, was on the lower side managing just 3 wickets and scoring 31(23 and 8). Shakib, relied on bowling a lot straighter at Galle hoping to restrict the batsmen wicket-to-wicket. But this plan failed him utterly as he became too predictable as the game progressed. With bat too, Shakib has had a dismal run. Reckless shorts, anxiety to score runs and counter attack have cost the Bangladesh veteran big time.

But then, Herath has become the Sri Lanka wine who is enriching itself as years pass by. He knows where and when to pitch the ball offering flight and varying his pace often. Herath has been shrewd overall and knows how to get better of Bangladesh. Bangladesh s 100th Test: Timeline

Suranga Lakma vs Soumya Sarkar: Suranga Lakmal was lethal with accurate bowling. He hardly strayed down the line bowling some excellent out-swingers to left-handed batsmen. Lakmal gets the tempo running from the very first over with his jittery run-up and bangs the ball hard on deck with his bowling action.

Sarkar on the other hand, was the one of the few best batsmen for Bangladesh managing healthy scores of 71 and 53. But the 24-year old, needs to covert his starts in big ones. In both innings he appeared too casual in his approach playing lethargic shorts throwing away hic wicket. But despite this, Sarkar looks in good-nick and needs to emulate the same performance at Colombo.

Upul Tharanga vs Taskin Ahmed: Tharanga scored a vital century in the second innings to laying foundation for Sri Lanka s victory. Tharanga has the natural ability to rotate strikes and he has exhibited consistent performance over the past eight months helping him grow in confidence.

For Bangladesh Taskin has been a vital member of the squad. He has the necessary pace and on any given day Taskin can be too hot to handle. Taskin bowled a lot fuller in the series opener nipping the ball away off the seam. And ones or twice Taskin hits the block holes putting the batsmen in danger. Hence the Tharanga will have to wary of Taskin s bowling which can come back in at any moment putting the batsmen in tricky situations. BAN hope for turnaround in historic 100th Test vs SL

Dilruwan Perera vs Mushfiqur Rahim: Dilruwan Perera has been the second best bowler for Sri Lanka after Herath. Dilruwan tosses the ball up and deceives the batsmen usually with too much of flight on offer. Also playing under Herath has given him 2-3 more variations in his bowling. This has made the lives of Bangladesh batsmen difficult in the middle.

Mushfiqur Rahim, the skipper, scored vital 85 in the first innings at Galle. He is the only batsman in the current side to have scored back-to-back two hundreds in as many series. In addition to this, he has been relieved of his wicketkeeping responsibilities. The Bangladesh skipper has the natural ability to play against spinners and relies on sweeping with the turn to score runs. Hence he will again have the duty to neutralise Dilruwan before the spinner is all over Bangladesh.