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Friday, 18 January, 2019

Gritty Mushfiqur can make Proteas bowlers work hard again

Bangladesh keeper-bat hit a ton in heavy first-ODI defeat

Mushfiqur Rahim (left) has been in excellent touch this year
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South Africa v Bangladesh second ODI
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Pakistan v Sri Lanka third ODI
12.30pm Wednesday

South Africa slammed Bangladesh by ten wickets in Kimberley on Sunday, with openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla enjoying a record partnership of 282, and bookmakers are expecting more pain for the Tigers in Paarl.

The Proteas are no bigger than 1-10 to secure the series spoils a game early and they are 2-5 to have the higher first-innings score and 4-7 to hit most sixes at Boland Park.

So dominant were De Kock and Amla at the Diamond Oval, that Mushfiqur Rahim's 110 not out in underpinning a total of 278-7 has slipped under the radar.

Back the gritty Bangladesh keeper-bat to make at least another fifty at 7-2. He hit 61 in June's Champions Trophy semi-final defeat to India and began that tournament with 79 against England.

Back-to-back tons from Babar Azam have largely been responsible for Pakistan taking a 2-0 lead in their five-ODI series against Sri Lanka in the UAE but nine 50-over defeats on the spin counsels against a value bet on the Lankans at 11-5. 

Instead, have a wager on leg-spinner Shadab Khan being Pakistan's top wicket-taker for a second straight game in Abu Dhabi.

Shadab took 3-47 as Sri Lanka slid to 187 all out and a 32-run defeat at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Monday.       

Mushfiqur Rahim to hit a fifty
1pt 7-2 Hills 
Shadab Khan top Pakistan wicket-taker
1pt 7-2 Betfair

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Shadab took 3-47 as Sri Lanka slid to 187 all out and a 32-run defeat at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Monday
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