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Friday, 18 January, 2019

Bangladesh could make fast start in St Kitts decider

South Africa can put Test troubles behind them

Opener Tamim Iqbal is aiming to guide Bangladesh to victory in the decisive ODI
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West Indies v Bangladesh
2.30pm Saturday
Bangladesh head into the decisive third ODI against the West Indies haunted by the fact that they should have sealed the series in Guyana last time out.

Their three-run defeat was a bitter blow given that they had required just 14 runs off 13 balls with six wickets in hand.

However, the Tigers have played some fine cricket in this series, with senior batsmen Tamim Iqbal (130 not out and 54), Shakib Al Hasan (97 and 56) and Mushfiqur Rahim (30 off 11 balls and 68) making significant contributions.

Bangladesh's opening bowlers have kept the dangerous Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis quiet in the first two ODIs, restricting the home openers to 98 runs off 145 balls, and the Tigers are worth backing to outscore their hosts in St Kitts over the first 15 overs.

Bangladesh to have higher score in first 15 overs
1pt 13-10 bet365

Sri Lanka v South Africa
5.15am Sunday
With Dinesh Chandimal serving a four-game ban, Angelo Mathews will captain Sri Lanka in a five-ODI series against South Africa, starting in Dambulla on Sunday.

South Africa had no answer to the home spinners in the Test series, suffering 278-run and 199-run defeats, and they had to recover from 32-3 and 125-5 to win their 50-over warm-up game against a Sri Lanka Board 11.

However, they have a decent chance of bouncing back against a Lankan side who are going through a woeful spell in ODIs.

They saw off Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to win a tri-series in Dhaka in January but had lost six of their previous seven bilateral series, including 5-0 drubbings by Pakistan, India and South Africa.

South Africa to win first ODI
2pts 8-11 BoyleSports

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South Africa had no answer to the home spinners in the Test series, suffering 278-run and 199-run defeats
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