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Fantasy AnalysisThe leg spinner was essentially the match winner as he tore through Kolkata's middle order with four wickets from his four overs including two in two balls in the seventh over. The four wicket bag propelled Sharma's campaign total to double figures of 13 from just eight matches. The consecutive wickets included Kolkata captain and tournament top run scorer Gautuam Gambhir and New Zealand allrounder Colin de Grandhomme for a first ball duck.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma's first wicket came from an outstanding one-handed full-strech grab from his captain Rohit Sharma at first slip to dismiss West Indies international Marlon Samuels for just one. The legspinners next two wickets were tailenders but he did claim the wicket of South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada who can me a force down the order. 3/11 is the 29-year-old's best figures for Mumbai this season, in his two other matches he took figures of 2/39 and 1/23. In the field Sharma held onto one catch to dismiss New Zealand international Corey Anderson.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving already retired from the ODI format, the experienced allrounder has not played at the international level for New Zealand since the semi-final loss in the World T20 to England in 2016. At 38 years old, the now T20 specialist brings a wealth of experience and batting firepower to the Birmingham side. Elliot played 83 ODIs for New Zealand with the highlight being the unforgettable 2015 World Cup semifinal where he produced the moment of New Zealand's limited overs cricket history to take the side to their first final.
Fantasy AnalysisThe year-long ban is effective from the moment he was provisionally suspended from the game, which was earlier in the month on March 14. "I was approached twice and it was my mistake that I did not report it to PCB's anti-corruption unit," said Irfan. The pace bowler can, however, have the suspension shortened to six months if he assists the Pakistan Cricket Board with their ongoing investigation into the corruption scandal now surrounding the PSL.
Fantasy AnalysisThough the 28-year-old cracked the Test squad for the first time in November of 2016 against Pakistan, he's quickly turned into a consistent opener for the Black Caps. Raval's first-innings half-century was his third in the past four innings with no scores below 36 in that time. While he's yet to score a Test ton, with his patience and form of late, it seems only a matter of time, having set his high score in back-to-back innings.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 34-year-old bowler has two weeks to respond to the charges of failing to disclose "any approaches or invitations received by the Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct under this Anti-Corruption Code," Code Article 2.4.4 states under the PCB Anti-Corruption Code. Irfan last bowled for the Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League and has 60 ODI caps and 20 T20I appearances for Pakistan internationally.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving made a bright start to international cricket against Pakistan, Raval made a series of starts without pushing on against Bangladesh. Now with the three test series against the stronger opposition of South Africa, Raval showed positive signs with a score of 52 coming from 102 balls in the first innings. Together with captain Kane Williamson, the pair put on a century stand, the highest for the second wicket against South Africa.
Fantasy AnalysisRussell recently played in the Big Bash League for the Sydney Thunder, but took part in his last internationals for the West Indies in August and had been widely assumed to be in violation of the doping code. If he does not appeal (and then win his appeal), he'll miss the Pakistan Super League (for which a replacement has already been named), the India Premier League, the NatWest T20 Blast (for which he plays for Nottinghamshire), and the Caribbean Premier League in addition to his international commitments for the Windies.
Fantasy AnalysisRaval is stepping into the shoes of his “inspiration”, Martin Guptill, who finally lost the patience of NZ selectors for his inability to put up big runs. Raval has impressed in New Zealand's domestic competition, averaging 59.8 last season. A question mark remains over Raval's ability to handle spin, so visiting side Pakistan can be expected to test the left-hander when they arrive next week.
Fantasy AnalysisBetween Shamsi and Kyle Abbott, South Africa was able to make quick work of Australia as those two bowlers accounted for seven wickets in just 18 overs of work between the two, holding Australia to just 36.4 overs in total. Bowling in just his third ODI and his first of the series, the 26-year-old looks to be in strong form. Furthermore, he was named to the team's Test squad and looks comfortable as either a holding bowler or playing a larger role in the attack as a debutant.
Fantasy AnalysisThe former West Indian captain last made an appearance for the international side at the 2013 Champions Trophy against India, 13 years after his debut for the West Indies in 2000. Sarwan leaves the international side with 20 international centuries (15 in tests and five in ODI's), as well as 41 wickets across the three international formats.
Fantasy AnalysisA leading player for the Caribbean side in recent times, Russell's reasons for withdrawal from the upcoming games are unknown. However, it is speculated that the allrounder is set to face the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission in the forthcoming days for allegedly missing tests. As a result, Kesrick Williams has been called into the squad as Russell's replacement.
Fantasy AnalysisRaval earned his promotion to the NZ Test squad that toured Africa with an impressive performance in the country's domestic first-class competition that produced a 55.71 average, but the Indian-born batsman hasn't been so fortunate this time. The 27-year-old left-hander will miss out on the upcoming Indian tour despite earning praise from NZ selectors. "Jeet Raval misses out on this tour, but we were really pleased with what we saw of him in Africa. He did everything asked of him and we'll continue to monitor him closely,” said Gavin Larsen.
Fantasy AnalysisSehwag leaves the game as one of India's greatest opening batsmen, playing in 104 Tests, 251 ODIs and 19 T20Is between 1999 and 2013. While he was key to Indian victories at the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup, his prowess in Test cricket (23 centuries, including two 300s) is of particular note, as he recorded an 82.23 strike rate in the long format. The 37-year-old will now turn his attention to the Masters Champions League, which a T20 tournament based in the UAE.
Fantasy AnalysisAbsent from July's tour of Zimbabwe due to a fractured finger on his left hand, Sharma has instead played in five List A games and one First-class match against Australia A and South Africa A squads. Emerging unscathed, the spinner will be among 30 players in consideration for the 72-day series versus the Proteas, which starts on Oct. 2 with a T20.
Fantasy AnalysisShamsi locked up the meat of Barbados' order in the middle overs, including the scalps of Dwayne Smith, Jason Holder, and Jonathan Carter. The outing marked Shamsi's second consecutive four-for, with his 10 wickets cascading to the pitch every 10.2 balls. Furthermore, his four tidy overs Monday lowered his economy rate more than a run to 6.82 in his first CPL season.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma's absence leaves Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane with only two spinners, Harbhajan Singh and Axar Patel, to chose from for the three ODIs and two T20s of the tour. In the meantime, there's no telling when Sharma will be cleared for action, but the nature of his injury like equates to a lengthy recovery effort.
Fantasy AnalysisIrfan missed the first ODI on Tuesday, with two absences to follow Friday and Sunday, as a result of a stress fracture in his pelvis. He initially came down with the injury leading up to the World Cup quarterfinal versus Pakistan, but not before taking eight wickets in five games, which were accompanied by a 4.53 economy rate and 30.7 strike rate. His next chance to return arrives at the start of the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka on June 17, which includes three Tests, five ODIs, and two T20Is.
Fantasy AnalysisThe tour kicks off with the first of three ODIs on Apr. 17, but Khan won't make a possible appearance until a T20I on Apr. 24, with two Tests to follow starting on Apr. 28 and May 6. Any selection would mark his first since Jan. 11 due to a "traction injury of the nerve in the posterior right thigh," which kept him out of the World Cup. In nine T20I matches, he's toppled eight wickets for 29.50 while allowing 8.74 runs per over. However, his Test career is far more renowned, with 65 wickets taken for 28.83 and a 2.84 economy rate in 33 innings across 18 fixtures.
Fantasy AnalysisKhan missed the recent two-match ODI series against host New Zealand due to a "traction injury of the nerve in the posterior right thigh" suffered while training for the Cup. Instead, he was in the middle of a rigorous rehab program at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, Pakistan, which didn't bring about the intended results. Pakistan will thus be without its premier pace bowler, hindering its chances of advancement through the knockout stages, assuming the Misbah-ul-Haq-helmed squad emerges from Group B.