Bangladesh hope to end los­ing streak in 100th Test

New Straits Times - - Sport -

COLOMBO: Bangladesh will be look­ing to over­come their re­cent dis­mal form as the peren­nial min­nows try to make their 100th Test ap­pear­ance an oc­ca­sion to cel­e­brate against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Test cricket’s new­est en­trants have showed oc­ca­sional prom­ise since they were drafted into the elite cricket com­pe­ti­tion in 2000 but have mostly em­bar­rassed their loyal fans with a se­ries of be­low-par per­for­mances in the game’s most en­dur­ing for­mat.

They go into to­day’s Test at the P Sar­a­vana­muttu Sta­dium trail­ing the twom­atch se­ries 0-1 af­ter last week’s crush­ing 259-run loss at Galle — their 76th de­feat and the fourth in a row in 99 Test matches.

No other Test-play­ing coun­try has lost so many times in their first 100 Test matches and the du­bi­ous hon­our high­lights Bangladesh’s strug­gle in the five­day for­mat over the past 17 years.

So far they have won only eight Test matches, one more than New Zealand, who had only seven wins in their first 100 Tests, though the Ki­wis man­aged to eke out 47 draws against Bangladesh’s 15.

Five of Bangladesh’s eight wins came at home in­clud­ing four against fel­low strug­glers Zim­babwe. And they won just three of their 46 games abroad — two against an un­der-strength West Indies and one against Zim­babwe.

The Tigers, as they are af­fec­tion­ately called by their fans, lost 21 con­sec­u­tive Test matches be­tween 2001 and 2004, the worst ever los­ing run by a team which no other side has even come close to em­u­lat­ing.

They have im­proved in re­cent matches, draw­ing their home se­ries against Eng­land be­fore drag­ging their last four Tests into the fifth day, which many saw as a mark of suc­cess. AFP

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