B’desh confident of doing better

Chittagong, February 27:

Bangladesh are hoping to inspire themselves with their one-day win when they take on Sri Lanka in a two-Test series starting here on Tuesday. “Our Test record is not good but we are confident of doing better after our recent performances in one-dayers,” said captain Habibul Bashar, who led his team to their first ODI win over Sri Lanka last week.

The home side won the second one-dayer of a three-match series on Wednesday to keep alive the series, a rarity for Bangladesh. They eventually lost 2-1 but after wins over India and Australia in the past two seasons, they have shown their capability of springing the odd surprise in ODIs.

But they have yet to turn the tables on any big team in Tests, having lost 35 of their matches, 24 by innings margins. Their only win was against Zimbabwe and they have yet to save a Test against Sri Lanka after five away matches. Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene though said his team would not take things easy.

“We have to work hard and need to show patience, temperament and maturity. But the presence of players like Muttiah Muralitharan is always a big morale booster for us in Test matches.” Muralitharan will be playing his 100th Test. The ace off-spinner, who has taken 584 wickets, is second on the list of wicket-takers in Tests behind Australian Shane Warne (659 in 135 Tests).