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Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Niroshan Dickwella could trouble India

Niroshan Dickwella of Sri Lanka can be a destructive batsman
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India v Sri Lanka
Sky Sports Cricket, 1.30pm Friday
Sri Lanka were bowled out for 87 in the first Twenty20 international against India and they are 11-4 to turn things around in the second game in Indore.

Batting frailties have dogged the Lankans in limited-overs cricket whereas India racked up 180-3 in the series opener and six-hitting machine Hardik Pandya didn't even get a bat.

Sri Lanka's batsmen have to go on the offensive at a venue where Australia and India struck 15 sixes in an ODI in September.

Opener Niroshan Dickwella has the shots to get them off to a flying start and he is worth backing at 5-1 to top-score for the tourists.

Dickwella started 2017 with a fine Twenty20 series in South Africa, scoring 43 off 19 balls, 22 off 15 and 68 off 51, and he has huge potential at the top of the order.

Recommendation
N Dickwella top Sri Lanka runscorer
1pt 5-1 general

New Zealand v West Indies
Sky Sports Cricket, 10pm Friday
A top-order collapse undermined the West Indies' chances in the first ODI and New Zealand's classy pace attack could trouble the tourists again in Christchurch.

The Black Caps are 4-11 favourites against a Windies side sweating on the fitness of Chris Gayle, who is struggling with illness.

Gayle was outshone in the first match by opening partner Evin Lewis, who made 76, having scored a stunning unbeaten 176 against England at The Oval in his previous ODI innings.

Recommendation
E Lewis top West Indies runscorer
1pt 3-1 Betfred

Sri Lanka's batsmen have to go on the offensive at a venue where Australia and India struck 15 sixes in an ODI in September
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