Fantasy AnalysisAnderson had been bowling excellently through his first five-plus overs of the match, with four maidens and a wicket to his name while conceding just five runs, but pulled up with a groin injury and was unable to proceed. The 34-year-old has 122 Test caps under his belt, but has struggled for fitness of late, missing matches against Bangladesh and India. If fit, he'll be a part of the attack against South Africa, starting at Lord's in July.
Fantasy AnalysisThe limited-overs specialist saved his best bowling for the end of the tournament, building off Friday night's three for seven performance to get them into the final and then knocked off Rahul Tripathi in the powerplay, followed by MS Dhoni cheaply at 10 for 13 to breathe new life into the Indians' defense as RPS looked in excellent position to successfully chase down Mumbai's meager 129 target. The Gujarati bowler is likely to feature heavily in India's ICC Champions Trophy squad, with their first match coming on Sunday, 4 June against Pakistan at Edgbaston.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 35-year-old was excellent in the Big Bash League, but with a variety of internationals at their disposal, found consistent run in the XI hard to come by. However, when it mattered the most, Johnson came up big for Mumbai. He took a pair of wickets in the eliminator on Friday before adding 13 runs unbeaten with the bat and then taking three wickets—including a pair in the death over—to guide the Indians to victory in the IPL final.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile he didn't take a single wicket in any of his last four matches, Pandya came up big with the bat when his team needed it. Stepping into the crease at three for 41 in the eighth over, Pandya batted through the duration of the innings, nearly doubling the next-best score on his squad to provide some sort of batting threat as wickets were falling all around him. While 129 is a difficult score to defend, thanks to some economical bowling by the rest of the squad, the Indians were able to gut out their third IPL victory.
Fantasy AnalysisThe top-order batsman showed his skill in the four meetings between the Indians and the Supergiants, scoring 198 runs and no scores lower than 38 in those matches. Rahane once again had the Indians bowlers' number, slowly working his way to 44 before being excellently caught out in the field toward the end of the 12th over. However, his slow pace ended up contributing to RPS' eventual demise, needing just 130 on the chase, they came up just one run short of knotting things up.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter an underwhelming performance against the Indians at Mumbai in a victory on Tuesday in the first qualifier, Smith slowly poked his way to his third half-century of the tournament, but his slow run rate at just above a run per ball ended up being too conservative as his Supergiants would eventually fall by just one run. He ended the tournament fourth on the orange cap table with 472 runs and will captain the Aussies in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, starting on 2 June against New Zealand at Birmingham.
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