Galle - Sri Lanka captain Rangana Herath won the toss and elected to
bat in the opening match of a two-Test series against Bangladesh in Galle on
The hosts decided to pick three spinners, meaning the all-rounder
Dhananjaya de Silva misses out after playing in the last Test of Sri Lanka's
recent tour of South Africa.
Bangladesh omitted left-arm spinner Taijul Islam from their
starting XI after selectors opted for a three-man pace attack, including the
injury-plagued Mustafizur Rahman who is playing his first Test since August
Liton Das will keep wicket for the tourists after captain
Mushfiqur Rahim handed over the gloves in order to concentrate on his batting.
The second Test, which will be Bangladesh's 100th, will be
held in Colombo from March 15-19.
Sri Lanka: Rangana Herath (captain), Dimuth Karunaratne,
Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan
Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara.
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya
Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad, Liton Das, Mehedi
Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy, Mustafizur Rahman
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Marais Erasmus (RSA)
TV umpire: Sundaram Ravi (IND)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)