Fantasy AnalysisWalton had been batting well throughout the tournament, recording a half-century in the first match and then three-consecutive scores between 33 and 37 in a three-match stretch. However, Walton neared his T20 high-score with a heroic performance, needing just 27 balls to reach his eighth T20 half-century and continued on at a good pace before a slight mishit was caught out at long on. However, his teammates were able to pick up the slack and deliver a four wicket victory with five balls remaining.
Fantasy AnalysisNot often in T20 cricket does someone reach a century and their team still loses. Yet that's exactly what happened on Sunday at Providence as Smith reached his fourth T20 century at a nice canter, needing 52 balls to reach his half-century and then only 17 more to get the next 50. Ultimately, despite four for 16 from Kieron Pollard, they were unable to defend 159. Smith has been one of the most consistent performers in the CPL and is averaging 37.83 thus far with 227 runs from six matches.
Fantasy AnalysisTaylor, who has been in good form in T20s including a solid two for 31 off four overs in the Windies' shock one-off victory over India at Kingston, was selected to the squad and is looking for his first ODI appearance since June 2016 against South Africa. In his last six ODI appearances, he has taken just three wickets, but has enough experience and is in strong enough form in limited-overs cricket to merit selection.
Fantasy AnalysisDue to his absence from the domestic 50-overs tournament, Samuels had been unavailable for selection by the West Indies ODI squad and hadn't played since October 2016. The 36-year-old is one of the most accomplished ODI batsmen in West Indies history and, along with Chris Gayle-who is also selected for his first ODI in more than two years-should provide experience and talent that the young squad sorely lacks. Samuels' first opportunity to play comes September 13 against Ireland before the five-match series against England begins on the 19th.
Fantasy AnalysisThe subject of an embargo against players who opted out of the domestic 50-overs tournament, Gayle hasn't played in an ODI since March 2015, but, along with Marlon Samuels, was selected to the international squad. In 264 ODI innings, he has 22 centuries and 47 half-centuries and is easily one of the most accomplished West Indies batsmen in the format. He and Samuels-along with Jerome Taylor-will join the Windies' squad, beginning with a match against Ireland on September 13 prior to the five-match series with England starting on September 19.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile Bravo's been consistent in taking the occasional wicket-taking at least one in six of seven matches throughout the CPL-his economy of 9.23 is jarring even for him, though his 21.55 average does help smooth things out a bit. After missing the Indian summer with a bum hamstring, he's returned in time to help the Knight Riders go atop the table.
Players Who May Be Returning Soon