Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Betting Tips 29/04/2021

April 28, 2021
Zohaib Ahmed
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Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Betting Tips 29/04/2021

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The hosts, thanks to their dominant record against Bangladesh, were expected to win the opening Test but it ends up becoming such a run-fest that a result was not possible.

In fact, the five-day match, which lost some time to rain, was barely long enough to fit two innings of the four planned. Bangladesh batted first and piled up a huge score that was surpassed by Sri Lanka, and that all but ended any hopes for a result.

The draw ended a 28-match streak of Test matches producing results in Sri Lanka, which shows that the opening Test was an exception, and a decisive result could be on the cards in the second Test.

The draw is being blamed on the dead wicket but the second Test will be played on a different strip of the same stadium so there is hope that the match will be livelier.

Anyway, Sri Lanka will be without Lahiru Kumara and Dilshan Madushanka as both are out injured. In their place, Left-arm wristspinner Lakshan Sandakan and fast bowler Chamika Karunaratne have been drafted in.

Word is that Kumara will not be replaced by a like-to-like pacer and instead, the hosts will prefer an additional spinner – likely to be one of Sandakan and Mendis.


Bangladesh were the ones that started heavy scoring in the first Test, amassing 541-7, in whose response Sri Lanka also had to dig deep.

The massive score is proof that batting wise the Tigers have their bases covered, except for opener Saif Hassan, who was out on duck the first innings and made just one in the second.

A late call can also be made on whether they again go with two spinners or bring in an additional pacer.

What do the Sportsbook Say

Sri Lanka are obviously the favourites but less than they were in the first game. With the threat of a draw also there, 22Bet has a Sri Lanka win priced at 2.06, Bangladesh at 5.5 and draw at 2.504.

Bet365 has a Sri Lanka win at 2.05, Bangladesh win at 5.50 and draw at 2.50. Meanwhile, LeoVegas has Sri Lanka at 2.0, Bangladesh at 6.0 and draw at 2.55.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Sri Lanka to win @ 2.06

In the opening Test, no team had looked wobbly except for Bangladesh for a little while in the second innings when they 27-2. It took an attacking 74 from Tamim Iqbal to relieve the pressure. But had the wicket offered anything at all, Sri Lankan bowlers might have made a match out of it even on the rain-hit final day. With the second Test’s wicket reportedly better and the motivation of not playing out another drab draw, chances are high of us getting a result. And in this fixture, a result is a must, then most likely Sri Lanka will end up on the winning side.

Tip: Top Batsman for Bangladesh in 1st innings – Tamim Iqbal @ 3.5

Tamim Iqbal is easily the best Bangladesh batsman of this generation. He was not the top scorer for his side in the opening innings of the first Test – Najmul Hossain Shanto was (168) – but he still scored a 90 and then contributed 74 in the second innings too.

Iqbal is more known for his breezy, stylish and stroke-filled knocks rather than big run amassing but he still has a Test double hundred to his name. He could be in for a big knock for his side, if not the biggest of the game.


In the pre-match buildup, murmurs coming out of Bangladesh camp are that they want to win the series rather than just avoid defeat. That should have them take more risk, which could play right into the hands of their hosts.

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