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.