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Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Big-hitting Perera may have to bail out Sri Lanka's struggling top order

South Africa on top in ODIs

Thisara Perera on his way to 61 for the World 11 against the West Indies at Lord's
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Sri Lanka v South Africa
Third ODI, 5.30am Sunday
Sri Lanka's miserable form in one-day cricket has continued with back-to-back defeats at home to South Africa and the Proteas are 4-7 to wrap up the five-ODI series in Kandy.

The third game starts at 5.30am on Sunday with the Lankans aiming to avoid a 28th defeat in 36 completed ODIs since the start of 2017.

Any feelgood factor from the Test series win over South Africa has swiftly disappeared after substandard batting displays from the hosts, who were all out for 193 in the first ODI and struggled to 244-8 in the second game.

South Africa’s new-ball bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi are a real handful and it may be worth chancing number seven Thisara Perera to top-score.

The powerful all-rounder made 49 – the second-highest score of the innings – in the first game and cracked 111 off 88 deliveries for Sri Lanka A against Bangladesh A last month.

He smashed 64 from 37 balls against Zimbabwe in his first ODI of 2018 and given the poor form of the batsmen above him in the order, odds of 12-1 are worth a small interest.

Recommendation
T Perera top Sri Lanka runscorer
1pt 12-1 Betfair, Coral, Paddy Power


West Indies v Bangladesh
Second Twenty20 international, 1am Sunday
Bangladesh lost both openers for golden ducks on their way to a seven-wicket defeat against the West Indies in their first Twenty20 international.

The Tigers are 2-1 to level the three-match series in Lauderhill, Florida but they may well be overpowered at a venue where India fell just one run short of the Windies’ 245-6 two years ago.


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South Africa’s new-ball bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi are a real handful and it may be worth chancing number seven Thisara Perera to top-score
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