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Mathews eyes Dhaka success

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews hopes familiarity will help breed victory as his side prepare to face Bangladesh in the first Test in Dhaka.

Mathews, 26, was one of 38 Sri Lanka players who played in Bangladesh for last year's Dhaka Premier League.

He hopes that the experience can give him an edge in the two-match Test series, starting on Monday, which swiftly follows on from Sri Lanka's recent tussle against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

"A few of the boys have played here before. Our support staff have also been here for quite a while and they know the conditions, so we get a lot of information," Mathews told espncricinfo.com.

"Even I played a few games at Mirpur and that was an experience for us, to see how the wickets are behaving.

"The World T20 is coming up in the next couple of months as well as the Asia Cup, so it was a good experience for all of us to get used to the conditions and the wickets here."

Despite the quick turnaround to the Test match series, which is followed by two international Twenty20 games and a one-day international against Bangladesh, Mathews is not concerned about burnout.

"We are closely monitoring the workload of the bowlers - particularly the fast bowlers - because they've done a lot of hard work in the UAE. They're pulling up pretty well and they'll be fit to go," Mathews added.

"It is a tight schedule for us. We've been playing continuous cricket and we will be playing continuous cricket in the next few months. It's going to be demanding as far as the body is concerned, but it's about managing yourself."

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim expects the biggest challenge for his side will come with trying to ensure their pace attack is firing.

"They have to take wickets but at the same time, create consistent pressure. I hope they deliver this time. I am sure we can take 20 wickets," Rahim said.

"We should take the most help from the wicket, grab the chances that come our way. If the pace bowlers give us a good start, then our spinners can come together and bowl them out twice."