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Shannon Gabriel    Bowler    West Indies
Gabriel will miss at least the first two ODIs against India after picking up a side strain in the second ODI against Afghanistan, Cric Buzz reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The 29-year-old is the best seamer on the squad and with the Windies sitting in ninth in the ODI rankings while the top-eight automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup, Gabriel's absence makes an already-uphill climb even tougher. With no Gabriel, Kesrick Williams will remain in the squad, who acquitted himself nicely against Afghanistan during the T20Is, taking eight wickets across the three matches.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc has missed out on the tour to Bangladesh in August due to the ongoing injury to his right foot. ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The Australian pace bowler continues to have injury issues with his right foot and the stress fracture that was found on tour in India. The stress fracture was found to have not fully healed following the Champions Trophy. Starc now will be rested until the ODI series with India in September in preparation for the Ashes.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc toppled four for 29 off 8.3 overs including two maidens in Monday's no result against Bangladesh at The Oval.

Fantasy Analysis

Starc was excellent as always on Monday, knocking out the dangerman Tamim Iqbal on the first ball of the 43rd over and then two balls later, quickly bowled a double-strike of Mashrafe Mortaza and Rubel Hossain and then finished off the innings with his fourth wicket in nine balls by knocking out Mehedi Hasan Miraz. In just 66 ODIs, Starc has his seventh four-for to go with five five-fors. Starc will look to keep up his excellent form against a much-tougher English order on Saturday at Birmingham to qualify for the semifinals.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson suffered a tear to his right groin in the first innings of Lancashire's match against Yorkshire at Old Trafford and is a doubt for England's first Test against South Africa, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Anderson 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.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay (wrist/shoulder) won't be healthy for "a month or two," ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

During India's marathon Test season, Vijay sustained a shoulder injury in the fifth fixture versus England in mid-December. He wasn't deterred, though, crushing a century in the first innings of the first Test with Australia in early February. Although he proceeded to miss the second match against the Aussies, he wrapped up the series with appearances in each of the final three such outings. In a recent interview, Vijay revealed that he played through a "fractured wrist" during the latter stretch, which inhibited his ability to handle seamers. In the end, he expects to "pick up the bat again" in May or June, more or less ruling out the batsman for the rest of IPL10.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo (hamstring) has yet to make an appearance for the Gujarat Lions during IPL10, The Times of India reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The Lions enter Friday's game against the Knight Riders in dire straits at the bottom of the table and just two points to their name. Part of the problem has been the absence of Bravo, who has nabbed 122 wickets in IPL play across the prior nine seasons. The No. 5 T20I allrounder, his status remains in limbo due to January hamstring surgery.
Mitchell Marsh    All Rounder    Australia
Marsh (shoulder) wasn't chosen for Australia's Champions Trophy squad, Andrew Faulkner of The Australian reports.

Fantasy Analysis

After undergoing shoulder surgery on March 13, Marsh was iffy to make an appearance for Rising Pune Supergiant during the current IPL campaign. His omission from the Aussies' ODI squad was chalked up to an inability to "be considered," indicating that his recovery will extend into June and beyond.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo (hamstring) is still recovering from hamstring surgery and will likely miss the first leg of the IPL for the Gujarat Lions, Sportskeeda reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Bravo hasn't played since sustaining his hamstring injury in the waning days of 2016 while playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League. The talented allrounder has won two purple caps in the IPL and is one of the best death bowlers in the world while also providing good power in the middle order for both club and country. His absence, along with Ravindra Jadeja (finger), will force some squad players for the Lions to take on larger roles until they reach fitness.
Lokesh Rahul    Batsman    India
Rahul will miss the 2017 edition of IPL with a shoulder injury sustained in the recent Test series against Australia, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Rahul sustained the injury in the first Test against Australia but played through the entire series anyway and became the third-highest scorer from both sides with 399 runs in the four-match series. The 24-year-old will undergo surgery in London to correct the problem, according to sources within Royal Challengers Bangalore. Rahul's absence leaves RCB without their regular keeper, but coach Daniel Vettori said, "His absence will be definitely felt by the team, but both Kedar Jadhav and AB de Villiers are accomplished wicketkeepers, and we would look at one of them to take up the charge."
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay may sit out the upcoming IPL due to wrist and shoulder injuries, Arun Venugopal of ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Vijay toughed out the ailments during India's home Test season, but his IPL team, Kings XI, is awaiting word about the potential for shoulder surgery. If India physio Patrick Farhart advises that a procedure is necessary, Vijay will likely be absent from the 10th edition of the popular Indian domestic league. Having said that, Kings XI could still have one of their key batsmen available in their first match on April 8.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin will miss this year's edition of the IPL due to a sports hernia, Arun Venugopal of ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Slated to require 6-to-8 weeks of rehabilitation, Ashwin is nonetheless expected to be declared fully fit in advance of the ICC Champions Trophy, which starts on June 1. The absence comes on the heels of a Test season in which he bowled a whopping 738.2 overs while claiming a record 82 wickets, so the BCCI may have been searching for any reason to get him in tip-top shape for the all-important international tournament.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin snatched three for 29 off 13.5 overs in the second innings of India's fourth Test against Australia at Dharamsala.

Fantasy Analysis

After a frustrating Test at Ranchi, when India nearly bowled Ashwin into the ground as the Australian batsmen fought off ball after ball, Ashwin went back to his wicket-taking ways in the final innings of the series. His economical three-for more than got the job done as they held Australia to just 137 runs and fewer than 54 overs to give them plenty of time on the abbreviated chase. After an otherwise strong innings, Ashwin was responsible for the scalp of the most dangerous man in the lineup, Glenn Maxwell, who was beaten on 45 in the 33rd over, which hastened the Aussies' demise.
Kevin O'Brien    All Rounder    Ireland
O'Brien has been left out of the Irish team in the deciding ODI of the five-match series.

Fantasy Analysis

O'Brien produced a brilliant performance in the fourth ODI of the series, earning himself the Man of the Match title with 72 runs and four wickets. Remarkably, he notched up the hefty run total after initially retiring hurt on just nine runs. Having said that, his hamstring trouble proved too much for the fifth ODI, and he has been left out of the match to be replaced by brother Niall. Ireland won the toss, elected to bat, and were 23/0 at the end of the sixth over.
Kevin O'Brien    All Rounder    Ireland
O'Brien was Man of the Match in Wednesday's win for Ireland over Afghanistan.

Fantasy Analysis

The talismanic allrounder for Ireland produced a double act to lift his side to a three-wicket win to tie the five-game ODI series at 2-2. He firstly took four wickets to restrict the opposition to a score of 220 all out, which included dismissing the top-3 batsmen. O'Brien then returned later in the game with the bat this time to go unbeaten for 72 from 60 balls and get his side over the line with just over three overs remaining and three wickets in the bag.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay was out for 82 runs, adding 40 to his overnight total on day 3 of the first Test against Australia Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Vijay tormented Australia’s spinners with an array of slog sweeps on day 3. The 32-year-old opener took them for 52 runs on the leg side alone including five boundaries from sweep shots and a huge six over long-on. He strung together a 102-run stand with centurion Cheteshwar Pujara, adding 59 runs to Pujara’s 40. Vijay lost patience as he approached his ton though, walking straight past left-arm spinner Steven O’Keefe’s leg-side half-volley into the waiting hands of Matthew Wade, who took a regulation stumping.
Liton Das    Batsman    Bangladesh
Das (ribs) was hit on the ribcage by a net bowler on Monday and has been ruled out of Bangladesh's second Test against Sri Lanka, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The 22-year-old wicketkeeper had just played in his first Test since July 2015 and has already shown great promise both domestically and internationally, with nine first-class tons in 39 matches. Mushfiqur Rahim, who was slated to be a specialist batsman for the series, will take over the gloves for Das for the final Test against Sri Lanka.
Mitchell Marsh    All Rounder    Australia
Marsh underwent shoulder surgery on Monday and is likely out for the IPL and potentially much longer, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Marsh injured his shoulder during Australia's second Test against India at Bengaluru and faces a layoff of up to nine months. Marsh was set to rejoin the Rising Pune Supergiant, whom he played for last season, but was forced to leave the squad midway through the tournament last year as well due to a side strain.
Peter Siddle    Bowler    Australia
Siddle (back) has withdrawn from his Nottinghamshire contract for 2017 due to his back issues, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The 32-year-old Siddle was at one point in his career a mainstay in the Australia Test side, having taken eight four-fors and eight five-fors in his 62 Test career. Siddle has been saddled with back problems for much of the past two years and last played in a November Test at Perth against South Africa. It's unclear how long this injury will leave him sidelined, but this latest setback threatens his longevity across all formats.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc has been ruled out of the remainder of the Indian tour due to a stress fracture in his right foot found by a scan on Friday. ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The most recent injury to his foot has joined a host of injuries that Starc has had to endure as a pace bowler especially concerning his right foot/ankle. With the severity of the stress fracture unknown, it is still expected that Starc will be back from injury and available to the Australian ODI team for the Champions Trophy in England.
Lokesh Rahul    Batsman    India
Rahul totaled 51 off 85 in the second innings of India's victory over Australia in the second Test of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

In a series where good scores have been hard to come by, India's opening batsman has been the model of consistency. He racked up his third half-century in four innings this series. The 24-year-old struggled against Bangladesh at the batsman-friendly Hyderabad wicket, but seemed to find his form at the turning pitches over the first two matches. Rahul will look to keep his strong form going in the final two Tests of the series on what look to be more batsmen-friendly wickets.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin swiped six for 41 off 12.4 overs in the second innings of India's victory over Australia in the second Test of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

After struggling to take wickets in the first innings, but acting as a top-class holding bowler (a 1.71 economy in an arm-numbing 49 overs), Ashwin showed his form in the second innings, knocking off Australia batsman after Australia batsman. Paired up with Ravindra Jadeja, who sported a 0.37 economy during his eight over spell, Ashwin took his 25th five-for in just 47 Test matches, making him unquestionably the top Test bowler in the world.
Lokesh Rahul    Batsman    India
Rahul made 90 runs against Australia on day 1 of the second Test Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Rahul on his home ground, was the only India batsman to pass 30 on a day that was dominated by Australia offspinner Nathan Lyon. The 24-year-old set the tone for his innings from ball one, striking a boundary through point. He survived a life on 61 when his paddle sweep was dropped by David Warner at leg-slip. The opener's innings came to an end in a soft fashion after he hit a ball for the second time during his follow-through and lobbed and easy catch to mid-off.
Kevin O'Brien    All Rounder    Ireland
O'Brien hit 69 from 53 in a comfortable ODI win over the United Arab Emirates in Dubai on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

O'Brien was the flashy Yang to Porterfield's measured Yin, slashing and hooking eight balls to the boundary off fewer than half the deliveries it took Porterfield to send nine over the rope. His solid contribution of 69 was bookended by a healthy 34 and 33 from Niall O'Brien and Gary Wilson respectively.
Lokesh Rahul    Batsman    India
Rahul top scored for India with more than half of their total innings score against Australia in the first test on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

With only three Indian players to make it to double figures, Rahul pulled his side through to a score of 105 by making 64 runs himself. The opening batsman eventually fell to spinner Steve O'Keefe in the 33rd over along with two fellow teammates as O'Keefe picked up three in an over.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin bowled three for 63 in the first innings against Australia at Pune on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Bowling heavyweight Ashwin certainly made his mark with the ball on the first innings, claiming the crucial scalps of opener Matt Renshaw, captain Steven Smith and the resurgent Mitchell Starc, capping the latter's contribution at 61. In his 35 overs with the ball he gave up a miserly 1.80 runs per over, allowing only eight boundaries versus 173 dots.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc hit 61 from 63 in the first innings of the first Test against India on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Starc delivered a late and unexpected boost to Australia's middling tally on day one, notching 57 runs by stumps. The bowler's Test average is only 24.33, yet he managed nearly a run per ball off 63 deliveries. His form didn't carry over to day two, when he scored only four more runs in the first session before being caught out by Ravindra Jadeja off a Ravichandran Ashwin delivery to end Australia's innings.
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn (shoulder) is progressing ahead of schedule and is on track for South Africa's tour of England in July, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Steyn broke a bone in his shoulder back in November and has already begun swimming, putting him ahead of his schedule. The 33-year-old has 26 five-fors in his Test career to go along with 25 four-fors, and his return to the South Africa attack, along with Morne Morkel, would provide a breath of fresh air in the middle of a lengthy tour that will include ODIs, the Champions Trophy, and T20Is along with the four Tests that Steyn aims to return for.
Mitchell Marsh    All Rounder    Australia
Marsh scored 75 runs from 159 balls on day 2 of Australia's tour match against India A, on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Marsh's 17th first class half-century may have bolstered his chances for a Test recall especially since his biggest competitor for the spot, Glenn Maxwell, could only manage 16 not-out before Australia declared at 469/7. The 25-year-old all rounder hit 11 fours and one six in his 200 minute innings. The younger of the Marsh brothers was dropped from Australia's Test side after they lost their home Test series to South Africa 2-1 late last year.
David Willey    Batsman    England
Willey (shoulder) will miss England's ODI series with the West Indies in March, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Willey was injured while bowling against India in January and after further investigation, has a partial tear in his shoulder tendon. The allrounder has been used sparingly with the ball, using up his 10-over allotment in just seven of 25 ODIs. He has just one four-for with the ball and a top-score of 13 with the bat in his 25-match ODI career. He'll be replaced by Steve Finn on the ODI squad traveling to the Caribbean.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin snatched four for 73 off 30.3 overs in the second innings of India's Test victory over Bangladesh.

Fantasy Analysis

After struggling for form in the first innings before taking his 250th Test wicket to close out the innings, he opened up his spell in the second innings by ending Tamim Iqbal's day in the sixth over and then finished the match with his eighth four-for (to go along with 24 five-fors) in 45 Test matches. While he looks in line for a breather, he and Jadeja provide the backbone to the India attack and showed their class in the second innings, taking eight of the 10 wickets.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin became the fastest Test bowler to 250 wickets on Day 4 of the only Test between India and Bangladesh on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ashwin only took 45 matches to take his 250th scalp, three Tests faster than the previous record-holder, former Australia fast bowler Dennis Lillee. Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim gave the offbreak bowler the record when he was dismissed for 127 after edging Ashwin to India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. Anil Kumble held the record for the fastest bowler from India to 250 Test wickets, which came from 55 matches.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay hit 108 from 160 on day one of the Test against Bangladesh at Hyderabad on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Vijay was gifted a second chance while sitting on 35, after a botched run saw him and batting partner Cheteshwar Pujara at the same end of the wicket. A frantic dash back only saved him when bowler Mehedi Hasan failed to scoop up the throw from Kamrul Islam and missed the run-out chance. The near-miss did nothing to dent his confidence, and the Indian batsman went on for a total of 12 fours and a six before being bowled out by Taijul Islam for 108.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc snatched three for 63 off 10 overs and totaled 29 off 23 not out with the bat in Sunday's ODI defeat to New Zealand at Hamilton.

Fantasy Analysis

After a strong close to the series against Pakistan, which saw him take four for 42 in the final match, Starc struggled at Auckland with both the bat and the ball. However, in a match that saw Australia's typically potent lineup whimper, Starc turned in a strong performance. While his skill is renowned with the ball, adding three wickets to his impressive haul for his career, his work with the bat helped keep Australia in the match, partnering with Pat Cummins for 51 before the final two batsmen whimpered out for just five.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell was suspended for one year for a whereabouts clause violation, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell 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.
Lokesh Rahul    Batsman    India
Rahul bashed 71 off 47 in the second T20I of the series between India and England, on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Rahul shared a 30-run opening with India captain Virat Kohli before the latter was dismissed for 21. Later Rahul partnered with Manish Pandey for a 56-run fourth-wicket stand of which the former contributed 36. The 24-year-old batsman smashed six boundaries and two sixes during his match-high 71. Rahul brought up his half-century off 32 balls.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc picked up four wickets in the victory over Pakistan to take the five-match series 4-1 on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Defending a big total of 369, Starc started the proceedings by picking up the wicket of Pakistan captain Azhar Ali in the third over of the innings. He then came back later to take the important wicket of dangerous batsman Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Hafeez shortly after. Starc finished with impressive figures of four wickets for 42 runs off 9.1 overs.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc has been rested for the third ODI against Pakistan on Thursday at the WACA in Perth. ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Australia's premier fast bowler in all formats has been given a chance to recuperate following a busy start to the summer and ahead of the remainder of the ODI series against Pakistan an upcoming ODI series against New Zealand. With Starc being rested, Billy Stanlake who debuted in Brisbane in the first ODI will come back into the side.
Mitchell Marsh    All Rounder    Australia
Marsh has been ruled out of the rest of Australia's ODI series against Pakistan.

Fantasy Analysis

Australia's six wicket loss to Pakistan added insult to Marsh's ongoing shoulder injury. "He's got an ongoing issue with his shoulder and we're giving him some time off to get that right," Smith said. The allrounder was elevated to the four spot in the second ODI against Pakistan and dismissed for a golden duck during Australia's lackluster batting performance, the hosts only managed 220 before being bowled out.
Mitchell Marsh    All Rounder    Australia
Marsh had a mixed bag of a game, hitting 70 runs but conceding 32 runs from his two overs as the Heat demolished the Scorchers on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Batting first, the allrounder top scored for his side and hit three sixes and five fours on the way to his score of 70 from 41 balls. Marsh combined with his brother Shaun Marsh to put on 38 runs, but Mitchell Marsh would stay there until the 19th over to be dismissed caught and bowled by Mark Steketee. Marsh couldn't back up his batting performance with the ball however, as he was dispatched by Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum for 32 runs from the two overs that he bowled.
Mitchell Marsh    All Rounder    Australia
Marsh scored 44 runs off 27 balls against Thunder, on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Marsh hit three sixes on his way to 44 not-out and took Scorchers to an ultimately match-winning total of 177. So far in this year's BBL the 25-year-old allrounder has scored 140 runs in just four matches at an average of 70.00, he finds himself the fourth-highest run scorer so far, just below teammate Ian Bell and just above teammate Mathew Klinger with 149 and 129 respectively. Scorchers currently top the BBL points table.
David Willey    Batsman    England
Willey returned figures of two for 21 in Scorchers' win over Thunder, on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

The England international removed both openers to start Scorchers' defense of 177. In the third over Willey struck twice, bowling Ryan Gibson through the gate with the fourth ball before removing Kurtis Patterson with the last ball, caught by wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman. The 26-year-old allrounder has claimed six wickets in this edition of the BBL and is currently in a four-way tie for second place on the most-wickets list.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo will have surgery after sustaining a left hamstring injury while representing Melbourne Renegades in the BBL.

Fantasy Analysis

Bravo fell to the ground holding his left leg after attempting to field a ball and was stretchered off the field in Renegades' match against Scorchers. There is no return date set for the West Indian allrounder. "It's a huge blow, he's one of the best allrounders in the world. It's an unbelievably damaging blow for us, but also for him because we know how much he loves coming out here," said Renegades' captain Aaron Finch.
Mitchell Marsh    All Rounder    Australia
Marsh belted 31 runs from 19 balls in Scorchers' 48 run victory against Strikers.

Fantasy Analysis

Marsh is missing out on the Boxing Day Test but turned in a valuable effort to drive Scorchers to their match-winning total of 197 runs. The allrounder's 19-ball 31 included two fours and two sixes, one of which was hit so hard it blew through Strikers' allrounder Kieron Pollard's hands at long-on on its way over the rope.
David Willey    Batsman    England
Willey returned figures of two for 15 off his four overs in Scorchers' win over Strikers.

Fantasy Analysis

The England international began Scorchers' defense of 198 by removing Strikers' opener Ben Dunk for zero with the third ball of the innings. In the third over Willey took his second wicket, the other opening batsman Jake Weatherald after her was struck in front of leg stump and adjudged lbw by umpire Greg Davidson.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin totaled 67 off 149 in the first innings of India’s Test against England at Chennai.

Fantasy Analysis

While Karun Nair will get all the headlines, you don’t get to 759 in an innings by yourself. Ashwin slowly worked his way to a half-century, spending two and a half hours in the crease and further wearing down the English attack by partnering with Nair for 181 runs. While his wicket taking prowess as a bowler will usually take center stage, this was his 10th half-century in 44 Test matches.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc snatched four for 119 off 38 overs in the second innings of Australia's victory over Pakistan at Gabba.

Fantasy Analysis

After choosing not to enforce the follow-on, Australia had as nervy a time bowling Pakistan out as possible. Needing 490, Pakistan just kept scoring runs after being bowled out at 142 in the second innings of the match. However, leave it to Starc to bowl an absolute peach to knock out the centurion Asad Shafiq for his fourth wicket of the innings followed by a run out the close out the 145th over and leave Pakistan 40 runs short. This was Starc's seventh four wicket haul in just 32 Test matches and is an absolutely integral piece of the Australian attack.
Lokesh Rahul    Batsman    India
Rahul smacked 199 runs against England on day 3 of the fifth Test Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Rahul started day 3 on 30 and propelled himself within one run on a maiden double-ton. The 24-year-old opener's new high score came from 311 balls and included 16 boundaries and three sixes. Rahul shared a century opening stand with Parthiv Patel before the latter was dismissed for 71 runs, then went through two other partners before combining with Karun Nair for 161 runs for the fourth wicket. England's Adil Rashid was the man to dismiss Rahul, who hit a loopy catch to Jos Buttler at extra cover.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin returned figures of one for 151 against England on day 2 of the fifth Test Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ashwin started day 2 off with a bang, claiming the wicket of England allrounder Ben Stokes by drawing an outside edge to India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel on the fifth ball of the morning. Stoke's wicket took England to 287/5 and India would have hoped to keep the wickets tumbling to ensure a more favorable first-innings total but conceded another 190 runs before bowling the tourists out. This is the 30-year-old off spinner's worst performance of the series so far, though he is currently the leading wicket-taker for the series with 29.
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn (shoulder) targets a June return to the South African national team after recovering from a broken shoulder, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Steyn was injured in November and with a six-month timetable, will miss the IPL as well as the team's fixtures prior to the Protean's tour of England, which he hopes to be fully fit for. His return would be a boon to the attack, having taken 417 wickets in his Test career including a whopping 26 five-fors and five 10 wicket hauls.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin snatched six for 55 off 20.3 overs in the second innings of India's victory over England in the fourth Test of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

What a fantastic spell for Ashwin against a tiring and frustrated England side that conceded 631 in the first innings reply. Ashwin snagged wickets in the 44th, 48th, 50th, 52nd, 54th and 56th overs to give India the innings victory. This was Ashwin's 24th five-for in his 43 match Test career and a whopping seventh 10 wicket haul in his storied Test career. Ashwin's snagged 27 wickets across the four matches and even added three half-centuries as a batsman to show just how invaluable the 30-year-old is to the Indian Test squad.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay was out for 136 runs on day 3 of the fourth Test against England on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

After losing his over-night partner Cheteshwar Pujara second ball of the morning, Vijay combined with India captain Virat Kohli for a third-wicket partnership of 116, of which Vijay scored 66. Vijay started day 3 on 70 runs and took 62 balls to reach triple figures. The 32-year-old opening batsman's eight Test hundred came from 231 ball total, including eight fours and three sixes. This is Vijay's second hundred of the series, he scored 126 in the first Test, in Rajkot.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashiwn was out for zero on day 3 of India's fourth Test against England on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ashwin lasted three balls before his innings was brought to an abrupt end thanks to a spectacular catch from England debutant Keaton Jennings. The 30-year-old's full blooded flick shot smashed into Jennings at short-leg, who was able to cradle the ball between his stomach and elbows to complete the catch. The allrounder was England batsman Joe Root's second victim of the day after he had Parthiv Patel caught behind in his previous over. This is only Ashiwn's third Test duck and his first of 2016.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin bowled four for 75 on day of the home Test against England on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ravindra Jadeja drew first blood by claiming England captain Alistair Cook's wicket for 46, but it was all Ashwin from thereon out. The off spinner took four crucial wickets in his 30 overs, including those of Joe Root and Keaton Jennings. Perhaps more impressive, he managed the feat while recording the stingiest economy rate – just 2.50 – of any Indian bowler. His 128 dot balls leads the side by a sizeable margin, although he had more opportunities, and he gave up just four boundary hits.
Mitchell Marsh    All Rounder    Australia
Marsh totaled 76 off 40 not out in Tuesday's victory over New Zealand in the second ODI of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

After some up-and-down performances against South Africa, Marsh was electric in the crease on Tuesday. Spending less than an hour at bat, he picked up a whopping seven maximums and two boundaries on 40 balls for his ninth ODI half-century. A supremely talented limited-overs batsman, he's also a decent holding bowler though he was a bit expensive with his three overs, conceding 26 runs, but his work at bat certainly helped the cause. The 25-year-old will look to keep up his strong form in the crease in the third and final ODI of the series on Friday.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc snatched four for 80 in the second innings of Australia's victory over South Africa in the third Test of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

The pacey bowler wasted no time in jumping on the South African batsmen, picking up a wicket in the first over and catching Dean Elgar for a duck. He also knocked out Faf du Plessis, Vernon Philander and the centurion Stephen Cook to end the innings. While his overs were a bit expensive at 3.42, Starc was attacking the wicket and his haul helped get Australia needing only 127 on the chase.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin scored 57 runs not-out on day 2 of the third Test against England on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

India's slide from 148/2 to 156/5 brought Ashwin to the crease where he joined his captain Virat Kohli for a 48-run stand before the latter departed. Ashwin and the new man in, Ravindra Jadeja, shared an unbeaten 67-run partnership for the seventh wicket of which the former contributed 35. This is Ashwin's third half-century of the current Test series and his ninth overall,he brought it up from 77 balls including seven fours. India finished day 2 on 271/6, just 12 runs short of England's first innings total.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin ended day 3 of the second Test of the series against England with figures of five for 67 Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ashwin picked up where he left off on day 3 removing Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, and James Anderson to bowl England out for 255 runs, 200 short of India's first innings total. The offspinner claimed Stokes for 70 runs after his successful LBW appeal was upheld on review to bring him his third wicket. Ashwin ended England's innings by dismissing Broad and Anderson in consecutive balls. With 22 Test five-wicket hauls Ashwin has the third most of any Indian behind Kapil Dev's 23 and Anil Kumble's 35.
Shannon Gabriel    Bowler    West Indies
Gabriel took three wickets for the victorious West Indian side against Sri Lanka in the ODI tri-series on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Gabriel led the West Indian bowling attack from the front with the new ball against Sri Lanka, picking up three wickets and conceding 31 runs in his eight overs bowled. This included wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella for 28.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay is the top scorer of the Indian first innings in the first test with a score of 126 against England on Friday

Fantasy Analysis

The Indian opener was dismissed in the last over of the second day for his seventh test match hundred on a score of 126 from 301 deliveries in what was an essential innings in India's chase of England's first innings total. Vijay's partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara was worth 209 runs and is the highest of the match so far.
Mitchell Marsh    All Rounder    Australia
Marsh is in danger of being dropped ahead of the South Africa Test in Hobart.

Fantasy Analysis

The Australian allrounder turned in an underwhelming performance in the first Test of the series in Perth last week, hitting just 26 runs in the second innings after going out for a duck in the first. His two wickets came during South Africa's catastrophic batting collapse in the first innings, but he found no such dividends in the second. Australian captain Steve Smith confirmed on Friday morning in Hobart that his side was considering bringing six “genuine batsmen” to Bellerive Oval to try and shore up what has been a woeful batting performance from the hosts. South Australian Callum Ferguson is in contention for Marsh's spot, but a decision rests heavily on the weather and won't be announced until the coin toss tomorrow.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc will play in against South Africa in Hobart this week despite the risk of injury.

Fantasy Analysis

The hosts have reportedly ignored medical data that shows Starc is a high injury risk, according to ESPN Cric Info. Team physiotherapist David Beakley said Cricket Australia had stretched their own conventions around fast bowling to allow him to play. Starc had only two weeks of bowling workouts to prepare for the Test – instead of the usual six – due to a serious leg injury he suffered while training earlier in the year.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson (shoulder) will join England's Test squad ahead of the first Test of the series against India, ESPNcricinfo reported Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Anderson was initially though to be ruled out of the first three Tests, but has been rushed to India with hopes of playing the second Test. England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker joins what is otherwise an unchanged squad from the two-Test series in Bangladesh. The 34-year-old fast bowler hasn't played a competitive match since England lost to Pakistan by 10 wickets in the fourth Test of the series in mid-August.
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn (shoulder) will play no further apart in the remaining days of the first test and the remainder of the test series against Australia having injured his shoulder while bowling on Friday. ESPN Cricinfo reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Taking the extremely important wicket of in-form batsman David Warner for 97 in his previous overs, fortunes were looking up for Steyn and the South African side. However, the fast bowler was unable to complete his next over and left the field, not to be seen again for the rest of the day. It was later confirmed that Steyn had fractured his right shoulder and that he would miss the entire tour. His replacement is likely to be Morne Morkel if he can be cleared from his own injury problems or Kyle Abbott.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc bowled four for 71 in a dominant first day of the South Africa Test in Perth on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Australia has a lot to prove in this first home Test of this cricket season, coming off a bruising 5-0 ODI loss in South Africa last month and a historic Test loss to Sri Lanka in August. A devastating bowling performance by Starc put the Aussies well and truly on the front foot by the end of day one, with South Africa all out for 242. Starc’s four wickets included opener Stephen Cook for a duck on the fourth ball, and captain Faf du Plessis for 37. Key scalps from Josh Hazlewood ensured the visitors never recovered.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson (shoulder) is now slated to miss the first three Tests of the India series, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Captain Alastair Cook previously announced that Anderson would miss the first Test of the series, but his shoulder concerns have extended beyond the Nov. 11 beginning of the series. Anderson was not named to the 16-man squad for the five-Test tour and said earlier in October that he was not going to miss the entire trip, but that's looking increasingly likely as his injury takes an increasingly long time to heal.
Shannon Gabriel    Bowler    West Indies
Gabriel took his best Test bowling figures of five for 96 against Pakistan on the second day of the second Test.

Fantasy Analysis

After snagging two wickets on day 1, including first Test triple-centurion Azhar Ali, Gabriel started day 2 by removing Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq for 96 runs. 20 overs later the Trinidadian quick castled Sarfraz Ahmed with a low full toss clocked at 152 kph. Pakistan's innings was ended for 452 runs when Zulfiqar Babar edged Gabriel to wicketkeeper Shai Hope, giving him his maiden Test five-wicket haul.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson is set to miss the first test on the 9th November for England against India due to a continuing shoulder injury. ESPN Cric info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Having previously missed out on England's tour to Bangladesh, it has been confirmed by English captain Alistair Cook that the nations highest wicket-taker in test cricket will mis out on the first test against India. This is due to the stress-fracture in his shoulder. While being physically up to fitness, Anderson has not yet bowled in the nets.
Mitchell Marsh    All Rounder    Australia
Marsh swatted 50 off 72 and snagged one for 22 off five overs in Sunday's ODI defeat to South Africa.

Fantasy Analysis

The highly-rated allrounder has been as disappointing as the rest of his squad, but helped bolster his squad with both the bat and the ball on Sunday. The half-century was his first of the series, having scored just 52 runs across the first three matches combined. With the ball, he's been better, having taken four wickets in the last three matches of the series, but will need to perform better if he is to salvage anything from this series in the final match on Wednesday.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin swiped seven for 59 off 13.5 overs in the second innings and took 13 wickets for the match in India's Test victory over New Zealand in the third Test of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

Ashwin was sensational in both innings, taking six wickets in the first innings and exceeded that total in fewer than 14 overs to make quick work of the usually strong-batting Black Caps. Over the three-match series, he took 27 wickets and has an otherworldly six 10 wicket hauls and 21 five-wicket hauls in an innings in just 39 Test matches. His strong form will be crucial in making quick work of New Zealand during the upcoming ODI series, starting Sunday at Dharamsala.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay scored 10 runs before failing to a juggling catch at short leg.

Fantasy Analysis

Vijay’s last three innings haven’t been so great, scoring 9 and 7 before perishing for 10 against New Zealand on the first day of the third Test in the current series against New Zealand. Vijay started with promise, he drove New Zealand swing bowler Trent Boult for two boundaries in the third over. However, in the fifth over Jeetan Patel drew Vijay into a flick that ended up in the hands of Tom Latham at short leg, after a few attempts.
Mitchell Marsh    All Rounder    Australia
Marsh bowled one for 61 and hit two from eight in Wednesday's ODI loss to South Africa.

Fantasy Analysis

Marsh did little to justify his selection in the third ODI at Durban, notching just two runs in the first innings before an ill-consider hit on a short delivery from Dale Steyn led to a diving midwicket catch by David Miller. He was marginally more productive in the second innings, claiming the wicket of Dwaine Pretorius while allowing 61 runs in 10 overs.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc hopes to return in time for New South Wales' Sheffield Shield opener on October 25.

Fantasy Analysis

The Australian fast bowler says his knee is “fine” after a freak leg injury he picked up two weeks ago after colliding with some training equipment. At the time he said he could “see a couple of bones” and needed around 30 stitches, but avoided tearing his patella tendon. Starc is currently wearing a knee brace, but expects to be back in time for the Sheffield in October and Tests against South Africa and Pakistan in November.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson will miss England's Test series in Bangladesh next month due to a shoulder injury, ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

He's been sidelined with a sore shoulder since the end of the Pakistan series in August.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin swiped six for 132 off 35.3 overs in the second innings of India's victory over New Zealand in the first Test of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

Just on the other side of his 30th birthday, Ashwin was tremendous, taking his 200th Test wicket in the second innings, his 19th five-wicket haul in an innings and his fifth Test ten-for, all in just 37 matches. No slouch with the bat either, he posted 40 runs in the first innings and didn't need to bat in the second. While coming into the series, he was the third-ranked Test bowler behind Dale Steyn and James Anderson, his performance against New Zealand could continue to climb him up the charts as he's easily the most in-form bowler in international cricket right now.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo provided the only true score of substance for his side as he posted a score of 55 in the West Indies T20 loss to Pakistan on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

The West Indies T20 specialist, Bravo led the way with the bat and was only one of two from the side that made double figures (Jason Holder 21). His half-century was almost a run-a-ball, coming from 54 balls and included two sixes and five fours. Bravo was less fortunate with the ball, only bowling two overs but conceding 16 runs for no reward.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay scored 65 from 170 on the first day of the India – New Zealand Test Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Vijay's fall to Ish Sodhi in the 59th over heralded the start of a run of cheap wickets for the New Zealand bowlers, hobbling India's battle to maintain its early batting form. While he led his side in runs scored on day one, the Indians could only eke out 106 runs from the following five wickets to put them at nine for 291 at stumps.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell has been replaced in the West Indian T20 squad to face Pakistan beginning on the 23rd of September, having asked to withdraw from the series due to personal matters. ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

A 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.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc will be hoping to be fit for the first test against South Africa in seven weeks time due to undergoing surgery for an injury picked up during a training session on Thursday. ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Australia's fast bowler collided with training equipment during a training session in Sydney on Thursday, shuddering a deep laceration to his left shin. Starc was taken to hospital soon after where he then received medical attention including approximately 30 stitches. He hopes to make his return for the first test of the Australian summer.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc snatched three for 26 off four overs in Tuesday's T20 victory over Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

Starc has been outstanding in all three formats against Sri Lanka. Across the nine matches comprising this super-series, Starc has picked up at least one wicket in every match and at least two wickets in eight of the nine matches. With a rest coming for Australia's ODI series against South Africa, look for him to make a final statement in the second T20 against Sri Lanka while sitting on 39 wickets across the nine matches.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc was the pick of the bowlers for the victorious Australian side as they managed to restrict Sri Lanka to 195, with the opening bowler picking up three wickets Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

In what was an all round strong bowling performance from Australia, Starc picked up three wickets including stand-in captain and key batsman Dinesh Chandimal for just one run. The fast bowler finished with impressive figures of three wickets for 40 runs from nine overs bowled. In the field, Starc also took the catch of opener Dhananjaya de Silva from the bowling of James Faulkner.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc will be rested for the upcoming one-day series between Australia and South Africa in preparation for the Australian summer. ESPN Cricinfo reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Following the Australian tour of Sri Lanka where the pace bowler found much success, bringing up the milestones of 100 test and 100 ODI wickets, the Australian team along with Starc himself have found in their best interest that their talismanic fast bowler be rested in preparation for the upcoming summer.
Lokesh Rahul    Batsman    India
Rahul scored big in the first T20 for India against the West Indies despite losing, finishing with a total of 110 not out.

Fantasy Analysis

Matching the efforts of Evin Lewis in the West Indies innings, Rahul took the Indian side within inches of victory with an equally as impressive knock. His 115 not out came from only 51 deliveries and included 12 fours and five that cleared the fence. It was however not quite enough as India’s captain MS Dhoni was dismissed off the last ball of the game to give the West Indies a one run victory.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc took three for 32 off 10 overs in Australia's ODI victory over Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

The 26-year-old has made quite a name for himself with the ball throughout his young career. Having taken his 100th Test wicket earlier this month during their Test series against Sri Lanka, he followed that up with his 100th ODI wicket in record time, needing just 52 innings to take his 100th wicket. He followed that up with one more to help shorten the Aussies' chase. His 3.20 economy was the best mark on the squad and, despite bowling 10 overs, he didn't allow as much as a single four. He'll look to carry his strong form into Wednesday's second ODI after being the only bright spot of the Test series.
David Willey    Batsman    England
Willey (hand) will rejoin England's ODI squad after Wednesday's first ODI against Pakistan, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Willey's most known for his work at the T20 level, with more than 100 wickets and a rare century to his name at that level. Since first joining the ODI squad in May of 2015, Willey's made his mark as a bowler, collecting 29 scalps in 18 innings. As a batsmen, he's topped out at just 13 not out. His return to the squad will be a boost to the English attack and, for a strong bowler, can help out with the bat as well.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc took two for 58 off 17 overs in the second innings of Australia's third Test against Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

After leading the charge with five wickets in the first innings, Starc couldn't quite replicate his success in the second innings. After grabbing a huge lbw in the first over, Starc took just one more wicket for the match. The pace bowler held an economy of 3.41 for the innings, nothing to write home about, but better than some of his teammates, who couldn't figure out how to best the Sri Lankan batters.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc bowled five for 63 in the first innings of Australia's third Test against Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

One of the few bright spots of Australia's disastrous series in Sri Lanka, bowler Mitchell Starc has consistently delivered in all three matches. The 26-year-old left-armer claimed his third five-for this series in the first innings of this match, including a fifth-over duck for opening batsman Kaushal Silva. Starc conceded a miserly 63 runs in his 25.1 overs at the crease, allowing no sixes while delivering 125 dots for an economy rate of 2.50.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin posted a score of 118 in the first innings of the third Test match between India and the West Indies, as India went on to total 353 on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Batting at No. 6 again, Ashwin continues to look increasingly comfortable in the elevated batting position as he notched up his second Test hundred since being promoted. Ashwin combined well with Wriddhiman Saha, as they took the score from 126 to 339 for the sixth wicket.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell took one for five off 2.1 overs in Sunday's CPL final victory over the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Fantasy Analysis

Coming off the quickest CPL century in Qualifier 2, Russell did his damage with the ball Sunday. On the fourth ball of the match, Russell caught the outside edge of Nic Maddinson's bat and ended his night with a golden duck. Russell was also the bowler for the final wicket of the innings, a run out of Adam Zampa on the first ball of the 17th over to give the Tallawahs a shorter chase than they could've possibly imagined. Finishing the tournament with the third-most maximums at 23, Russell also posted the third best bowling figure at 4/23 and one of just three 2016 CPL centuries.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell blasted his way to 100 from 44 deliveries and took two wickets as the Tallawahs beat the Knight Riders in a rain-affected game Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

The West Indies international came through for the Tallawahs when he was needed, blasting the fastest century in the history of the CPL off just 44 balls to take his side to 195. Russell then backed up with the ball, taking two wickets from his three overs as a result of rain affecting the match and reducing the second innings to 12 overs.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc followed up his five-for in the first innings by taking six wickets in the second innings of the second Test against Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

In what has so far been a disappointing match for Australia, Starc has been the shining light. His figures from this match, 11/94, overtake his previous best figures of 8/208. He did, however, fail to make a contribution with the bat in Australia's first innings, being dismissed for a golden duck by Rangana Herath on a hat-trick ball.
Lokesh Rahul    Batsman    India
Rahul blasted a top score of 158 off 303 in the first innings of India's second Test against the West Indies.

Fantasy Analysis

The 24-year-old wasn't included in the first Test squad, but has shown his mettle with the bat whenever he's been given an opportunity. As the opening batsman, he nearly outscored the entire West Indies side, posting his third century in just 11 Test innings, and was a force to be reckoned with in their limited-over series against Zimbabwe, opening the first ODI with a unbeaten century. His score of 158 was his high score in a Test, but with his trajectory, that doesn't look like it will last long.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo notched a four-wicket haul Sunday, conceding 13 runs during the Trinbago Knight Riders' eight-wicket victory versus the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots.

Fantasy Analysis

After Kieran Powell smashed two fours and a six off Ronsford Beaton in the second over of the match, Bravo decided to take matters into his own hands in the fourth. Bravo allowed a first-ball single to Powell, but an outside edge was promptly induced from Evin Lewis' bat, with a diving catch completing the first dismissal. Three ensuing dots to du Plessis set Bravo up to add some pace, and the South African couldn't connect with a yorker that hit middle stump. In the death, Bravo reintroduced himself to the Patriots, bowling Shamarh Brooks in the 18th and making a return catch from Devon Thomas on the final ball of the innings. With the four-for in his back pocket, consistent run scoring and timely boundaries helped the Knight Riders completed the contest with 18 balls to spare.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin swiped seven for 83 off 25 overs in India's victory over the West Indies in the first Test match of the series at North Sound.

Fantasy Analysis

After a rare spell batting sixth saw him strike his third Test century, Ashwin followed it up with a miraculous seven-wicket haul that gave India a comfortable 92-run victory with an innings in hand. This was the first time he'd picked up a five-for outside of Asia, much less seven, picking up the final two in the 78th over to seal the deal. With the West Indies in desperate search of runs, the spinner confounded batsman after batsman and will look to carry his strong form to Kingston for the second Test starting Saturday.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson snatched three for 41 off 16 overs in the second innings of England's victory over Pakistan in the second Test of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

After skipper Alastair Cook chose to not force Pakistan to follow-on in order to give Anderson, recently coming back from injury, a bit of a break, it paid dividends in the fifth over when he knocked out Shan Masood for the sixth time in a row. Anderson then picked up the second wicket in the 11th over before grabbing a massive lbw in the 51st to help put one of the final nails in Pakistan's coffin. The talented bowler was sorely missed in the first Test at Lord's and will be instrumental in England's success moving forward in the final two Tests of the series.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Batting at six for the first time in his career, Ashwin exploited the opportunity and made his third Test century with a score of 113 against the West Indies in the first innings.

Fantasy Analysis

Being promoted up the batting order to bat at six proved to be beneficial as Ashwin showed true batsmanship and control throughout his innings until his dismissal for 113, being caught by Shannon Gabriel off the bowling of Kraigg Brathwaite. Ashwin has also bowled three overs for no wicket so far in the Windies' first innings.
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn picked up four wickets in Wednesday's rain-delayed win for the Tallawahs against the Tridents.

Fantasy Analysis

Chasing 195 in 18 overs was a big ask for the Tridents, and the victory for the top-of-the-table Tallawahs was confirmed thanks largely to the bowling performance of Steyn. Wickets included the Tridents' captain Kieron Pollard on 16 and fellow countryman David Wiese for a golden duck. The four-for now takes Steyn's tournament total to 12 as he leaves the CPL having been recalled by Cricket South Africa.
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn has been recalled from the CPL by Cricket South Africa, the International Business Times reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Steyn ended the tournament with a flourish, nabbing a pair of wickets in each of his last three matches. Overall, his eight dropped every 16.3 balls, which was accompanied by a 6.82 economy rate. When he returns to South Africa, he'll merely be upholding a contractual obligation at an annual awards ceremony.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell took four for 23 off four overs and had 44 off 24 with the bat in Monday's victory over the Knight Riders.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell both managed to muster a match-high 183.33 strike rate to put the Tallawahs in a decent position to win and then helped them secure it with his four wickets. Bowling in the 17th over, Russell got Kevon Cooper and Sunil Narine on back-to-back balls to beat back the Knight Riders' chase. As a batsman, this was Russell's top score of the tournament to date as he looks for his first half-century in the CPL this season.
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn took two for 21 off four overs with one maiden in Monday's victory over the Knight Riders.

Fantasy Analysis

After a tremendous two for five performance Saturday, Steyn backed it up with another outstanding job with the ball, notching a rare T20 maiden while knocking Colin Munro and Dwayne Bravo out of the match, the latter of which helped put the Tallawahs in the driver's seat. Steyn has picked up two wickets in each of his past three matches and is rounding into excellent form as the tournament winds to a close.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson (shoulder) was selected for the second Test against Pakistan, which begins Friday, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Anderson bowled 22 overs for Lancashire in the championship, taking three for 58 off with an innings-high 106 dot balls and seven maidens to his credit. With his shoulder healed, he'll look to build off the success he found against Sri Lanka, where he picked up a 10-for in the first Test of the series on May 19. Anderson will replace Toby Roland-Jones on the squad, while Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid will also join the side after a disappointing defeat in the first Test with Pakistan.
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn bowled two for five in Saturday's 108-run win over the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots.

Fantasy Analysis

An economy rate as low as 1.30 is usually associated with a particularly small sample of deliveries, but not so with Steyn. The 33-year-old South African spent nearly four overs at the crease, conceding just five runs from his 23 balls while claiming the wickets of Krishmar Santokie and Alzarri Joseph. Granted, Steyn was playing with the very bottom of the barrel of the Patriots' batting order. His yorker on Joseph ended the match in the 16th over, but at just 75 runs the Patriots were never a threat to catch the Jamaicans.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell bowled two for 11 and tallied 16 from 15 in Saturday's 108-run win against the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots.

Fantasy Analysis

The first sign of a rout came on just the third ball of the second innings at Sabina Park on Saturday, when Russell claimed the scalp of Lendl Simmons for a duck with a catch off his own ball. The wickets fell fast and frequently from thereon out, with five of the seven Jamaican bowlers getting a taste. Russell's third-over dismissal of Faf du Plessis completed the decimation of the Patriots' top order, leaving it up to Jonathan Carter to try and salvage their innings. With the bat, Russell chipped in a meager offering, which included one six and a four, before being caught out by Devon Thomas.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo bowled two for 34 and scored 23 not out in Saturday's seven-wicket victory over the Barbados Tridents.

Fantasy Analysis

Bravo hit the winning run with 14 balls remaining in his side's relaxed chase of Barbados's 172-run total, but his contribution with the ball did more for the Knight Riders' success at Kensington Oval. The allrounder bowled out Tridents lead scorer Shoaib Malik in the 15th over and later hobbled Nicholas Pooran for a duck. Bravo's four overs at the crease came at a 34-run cost for his side, but his 23-run contribution off 11 balls went some way to clawing it back. A pair of fours and sixes helped him tally a whopping batting strike rate of 209.09 before his stint was cut short by the game-winning score.
Kevin O'Brien    All Rounder    Ireland
O'Brien took four for 45 in 10 overs and had 35 off 27 in Tuesday's ODI defeat to Afghanistan in Belfast.

Fantasy Analysis

The supremely talented allrounder shined with both the bat and the ball despite the defeat. As a batsman, his 129.62 strike rate led the team by a wide margin thanks to one four and three maximums. With the ball, he posted a strong 4.50 economy to go along with a team-high four wickets. This was his third four-wicket haul in 82 ODI innings. After two subpar bowling performances in Ireland's last ODIs against Sri Lanka, this was a nice return to form for Ireland's star.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo crushed a quick-fire 25 off eight, before taking two for 33 off four overs in Sunday's win against the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Fantasy Analysis

Taking over the reins from Hashim Amla (64) in the 18th, Bravo took a liking to the ropes, clearing them entirely on three occasions and tacking on another four for good measure. Bravo lasted just eight balls, but the effort helped push the Trinbago Knight Riders to 151. With the ball, the captain gave up his fair share of boundaries -- two sixes and two fours -- but he picked up key wickets in the form of Jason Mohammed in the 11th and Martin Guptill in the 19th. The latter dismissal ended most hope for a successful chase with the Amazon Warriors sitting on 122 at the time, and indeed the Knight Riders fended off the hosts for a seven-run victory.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson (shoulder) won't be available for the first Test against Pakistan, which begins on July 14, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Anderson had only recently bowled in the nets, and "gently" at that. Although he expected to ramp up his pace in advance of the series, his selection for the upcoming Test would have been followed by his first action since June 13 (or day five of the third and final Test of England's completed series with Sri Lanka). In the meantime, he'll continue to rehab from the stress fracture in his right shoulder, with the hope of an appearance in the second Test versus Pakistan from July 22-26.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson (shoulder) bowled "gently" in the nets on June 30 and expects to boost his workload in advance of the first Test with Pakistan, which begins in July 14, The Telegraph reports.

Fantasy Analysis

In all likelihood, Anderson won't have any recent match reps under his belt, as he isn't expected to be a part of Lancashire's playing XI on Friday against Worcestershire in the NatWest t20 Blast. The soft throws last week have been accompanied by weights and gym sessions without any setbacks in his right shoulder, which was revealed to have a stress fracture after the last Test against Sri Lanka in mid-June. Prior to the injury, he was in rare form, accruing 21 wickets in the three-game series. No matter that performance, England's selectors have one week to determine whether Anderson is ready for the opening of the series.
David Willey    Batsman    England
Willey stymied Sri Lanka with four for 34 off 8.4 overs during Saturday's win in the fifth ODI of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

Clicking on all cylinders at the moment, Willey and the rest of the English bowling unit likely relished getting to bowl after putting up 324 in the first innings. Willey himself made the first inroad, hitting Kusal Perera's back leg in an LBW decision confirmed by Hawkeye in the fourth. Continuing to keep boundaries to a minimum, Willey emerged from his first spell with figures of 5-0-18-1, with the wicket total spiking upon his reintroduction with Sri Lanka at 174/7 after 36 overs. The big prize came in the form of Dinesh Chandimal, who whiffed completely on a back-of-length ball that swung away from the batsman and into the top of middle stump in the 41st. With the match all but wrapped up, Willey put the finishing touches on the series in his very next over with the removal of bowling specialist Nuwan Pradeep.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo dealt out 66 off 46 during Friday's victory against the Barbados Tridents.

Fantasy Analysis

The Trinbago Knight Riders suffered dismissal after dismissal to kick off the first innings, losing Brandon McCullum, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, and Umar Akmal before the end of the fifth over. After the bleak stretch, though, Dwayne Bravo united with Hashim Amla and steered the squad back to the light, building to a platform of 78 through the 13th from which to launch a late assault. The tandem produced at least 10 runs in six of the final seven overs with the aid of seven sixes and three fours. Once the final ball of the innings was bowled past Amla, they had cobbled together the largest fifth-wicket stand in T20 history and the most fruitful wicket of any kind in the annals of CPL. Dwayne Bravo was unable to match this match-winning effort Saturday versus the Guyana Amazon Warriors -- 18 off 17 -- but his second half century in 29 CPL innings fueled the Knight Riders' first win of the season.
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn was selected by the Jamaica Tallawahs to replace Lasith Malinga (knee) during the 2016 CPL.

Fantasy Analysis

The pace bowler picked up multiple wickets in each of his last four NatWest t20 Blast matches for Glamorgan and comes into the CPL season with form few of his South African teammates can match. He'll join Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Kumar Sangakkara among others on the Tallawahs, who begin their season Saturday against the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo will play for the Trinbago Knight Riders of the CPL this season.

Fantasy Analysis

Previously known as the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, the Knight Riders followed their predecessor's footsteps with the selection of Bravo in the first round of February's draft. The allround talent has been modest with the bat in season's past, averaging 25.1 in 26 innings, but he's made his presence felt on the other end of the spectrum. In 31 CPL innings, he's toppled 47 wickets, including 28 during his side's run to the title in 2015. He'll seek a repeat performance in the first match of the tournament Wednesday versus the St. Lucia Zouks.
Mitchell Marsh    All Rounder    Australia
Marsh scored 32 from 45 and went three for 32 off 10 overs in Australia's 58-run victory over the West Indies in Sunday's ODI Tri-Series final.

Fantasy Analysis

Obsessive-compulsive cricket fans will be overjoyed by the neat symmetry of Marsh's ODI performance against the West Indies, which saw him both score and concede 32 runs. His three wickets tipped the balance decisively in his favour, however, just as he did for his Australian side Sunday. The 24-year-old claimed the key wickets of Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Johnson Charles between the 17th and 21st overs, putting the West Indies at a disadvantage from which they never recovered. Marsh's economy rate of 3.20 made this one of his strongest performances with the ball, easily earning him man of the match honors.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson has a stress fracture in his right shoulder blade, ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

He'll miss Lancashire's County Championship matches against Middlesex and Nottinghamshire. He's hoping to return for a Test match against Pakistan on July 14, but that looks unlikely.
Mitchell Marsh    All Rounder    Australia
Marsh generated 79 off 85 not out during Tuesday's win against the West Indies in the Tri-Nation Series.

Fantasy Analysis

Marsh's medium pace has been used on a part-time basis throughout this tournament, as he previously bowled 24 combined overs in Australia's four complete matches. Captain Steve Smith followed suit Tuesday, but Marlon Samuels took kindly to Marsh in his only lengthy spell, hitting five fours in the span of seven deliveries at one point. After finishing with figures of 5-0-36-0, Marsh likely took solace in the fact that he recorded the catch of Samuels on the final ball of the first innings. Marsh later repaid Smith, backing up his insertion at No. 5 with a two-hour stint in the crease. The initial swings didn't indicate such a stay, as Marsh posted one from his first nine balls, but a four off Kieron Pollard in the 22nd officially opened the door. Moving onward with Smith, the pair cobbled together a 122-run stand before the skipper was run out in the 42nd. At this stage, Australia required 62 from the final 50 balls, but Marsh and Glenn Maxwell (46 off 26) clinched a spot for their side in the triangular series final with two balls to spare.
Lokesh Rahul    Batsman    India
Rahul went zero for one in Saturday's T20I defeat to Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club.

Fantasy Analysis

After 196 runs in his first ODI series against Zimbabwe including going 63 not out and 100 not out, Rahul really disappointed in his first T20I innings. The golden duck was taken when Donald Tiripano bowled him out off stump. Rahul will look to bounce-back in the next two matches of the series on Monday and Wednesday.
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn took four wickets and conceded 18 runs in four overs as a bowler in Friday's NatWest t20 Blast victory over Kent in Cardiff.

Fantasy Analysis

The well-traveled South African bowler who joined Glamorgan at the beginning of the month had his best innings for the team on Friday. He took four wickets and had 16 dot balls in his four allotted overs and helped guide Glamorgan to a comfortable victory. His position at ninth in the batting lineup limits his upside as a batsman, but he's quickly become one of the top bowlers in the NatWest t20 Blast league.
Kevin O'Brien    All Rounder    Ireland
O'Brien had 64 off 49 and took one wicket while conceding 46 runs in 10 overs in Thursday's ODI defeat to Sri Lanka in Dublin.

Fantasy Analysis

Ireland's talented allrounder had struggled of late, but looked to be in good shape, forming a 68-run partnership with William Porterfield and batting into the 38th over before Nuwan Pradeep caught him LBW. The dismissal effectively ended Ireland's day, as they scored just five more runs after O'Brien was bowled out. He'll look to improve off his half-century and bowling performance in the next ODI on Saturday in Dublin.
Lokesh Rahul    Batsman    India
Rahul recorded 63 off 70 not out during Wednesday's 10-wicket win against Zimbabwe.

Fantasy Analysis

For the third time in as many ODIs in this series, Rahul played a prominent role in chasing down meager first-innings marks from the hosts. His fielding aided India's cause, as he scooped up a thick edge from Hamilton Masakadza in the sixth and dove for another from Richmond Mutumbami in the 35th. These catches were sandwiched about Rahul's toss to MS Dhoni in the 34th to complete a run out of Malcolm Waller. With 123 to pursue, Rahul and Faiz Fazal were tasked with making inroads but instead handled the task alone. Striking two sixes and four fours, Rahul contributed the larger portion of the stand that surpassed Zimbabwe's total within 22 overs.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson picked up England's only wicket and conceded 27 runs in nine overs during the second innings of the third and final test against Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

After picking up five wickets in three of the first four innings of the series, Anderson finished with 21 wickets across the six innings, picking up the final one on a fantastic lbw on Kaushal Silva before rain forced the day to be cut short and the match declared a draw. With an accomplished bowling career with 218 innings under his belt, this was one of his strongest series in recent vintage.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo went three for six as a batsman and picked up two wickets in 0.3 overs during Thursday's victory over Hampshire in the NatWest t20 Blast at the Oval.

Fantasy Analysis

One of the team's two international players, Bravo closed out his first match for Surrey with a flourish, needing just four balls (one of which was a no-ball) to collect the final two wickets to end Hampshire's day after just 16.3 overs. Bravo has 17 half-centuries to his name in 258 t20 innings, which makes his day with just three runs disappointing, but the exciting all-rounder is sure to find his form quickly enough.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc nabbed two for 37 off nine overs during Sunday's win in the Tri-Series versus the West Indies.

Fantasy Analysis

Following a lengthy recovery from foot surgery, Starc made his first appearance of any kind since last November. His pace caused trouble for the hosts from the outset, as he got Andre Fletcher to take a careless swing and hit to backward point in the first over of the match. The wicket landscape was barren for a stretch, but Mitchell Marsh's dismissal of Darren Bravo and Starc's of Johnson Charles in the span of 13 balls started a domino effect. Sitting on 50/1 after 11, the Windies tumbled all the way to 116 all out in just 32.3 overs. Such a mark wasn't daunting in the slightest for David Warner and the rest of Starc's mates to handle in the chase.
Oliver Stone    (Olly)    All Rounder    Northamptonshire Steelbacks
Stone is out indefinitely after tearing his ACL, ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Stone suffered the injury after landing awkwardly while jumping in celebration during a match. He'll likely be out several months if not a full year.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell wasn't picked for the West Indies' ODI squad for the upcoming Tri-Series with Australia and South Africa.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell injured his left leg in the latter stages of IPL9 and missed KKR's final three games, including a loss in the Eliminator to eventual champion Sunrisers. Before limping off the ground at Eden Gardens on May 16, he was easily the best player for the squad, putting together a batting strike rate of 164.91 and swiping 15 wickets every 14.6 balls with a 7.97 economy rate. It's unclear if the ailment was the impetus for his absence from the national team, but the WICB is only committed to the current members for the first four matches of the Tri-Series, meaning Russell could be tabbed at some point before the Windies take on Australia on June 21.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin corralled four for 34 off four overs in Saturday's win against Kings XI.

Fantasy Analysis

After Punjab posted a fair mark (52) in the Powerplay, Ashwin was introduced in the eighth and quickly broke up what amounted to their most-formidable stand, inducing Hashim Amla into a soft dismissal to midwicket. The nemesis of the first innings, M Vijay, also fell against Ashwin, who added to the haul in his fourth and final over with the wickets of Gurkeerat Singh and David Miller. Nonetheless, Ashwin and the Supergiants were still faced with a tough slog in the chase. As the second innings proceeded, RPS received valuable contributions from Usman Khawaja (30) and Thisara Perera (23), but Ashwin had a front-row seat for MS Dhoni's throwback display, which included a solo effort to gather the final 23 runs in the last over and avoid the bottom of the standings in IPL9.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay notched 59 off 41 with the help of three sixes and four fours during Saturday's season-ending loss to RPS.

Fantasy Analysis

Taking a back seat to Hashim Amla at the outset of the game, Vijay announced his presence with back-to-back boundaries to conclude the fifth, as the duo cruised to 52 in the Powerplay. Shortly thereafter, Amla and then Wriddhiman Saha were dismissed by opposition captain MS Dhoni's favored weapon (spin), but Vijay kept up a steady pace with Gurkeerat Singh. By the time Vijay was bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin in the 16th, the partnership produced 58 runs, which was a cornerstone in the first-innings mark of 172. In dramatic fashion, though, Dhoni, the legend, reached deep and wrapped up a successful chase with successive maximums off Axar Patel.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin took two for 30 off two overs in Saturday's loss to the Knight Riders.

Fantasy Analysis

In a match characterized by precise bowling from KKR and a rain delay of greater than two hours, the Supergiants were tasked with containing the opposition to 66 within nine overs under the guidelines outlined under D/L method. Ashwin initiated the second innings with the all-important scalps of Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir, potentially setting the tone for a much-needed win. However, Ashwin's second over dashed those hopes with Yusuf Pathan's utter disregard for the confines of Eden Gardens. Once Pathan's final boundary off Ashwin surpassed the ropes, the RRR had been whittled from 6.28 to 3.66, and only the most perfect of storms could have stopped the force that is Pathan at the moment.
Lokesh Rahul    Batsman    India
Rahul didn't enter the crease during Saturday's 144-run win versus the Lions.

Fantasy Analysis

After replacing Chris Gayle as opener for a large portion of the tournament, Rahul has been bumped to the middle order in successive games. The move didn't have a negative impact on Rahul, who put together a steady 68 off 53 on Wednesday against the Indians, but the forces known as Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers combined for a T20-record partnership of 229 on Saturday. The outbursts ensured that Rahul's bat remained quiet for the first time since April 17.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay nailed one six and 12 fours en route to 89 off 57 during Monday's defeat to the Royal Challengers.

Fantasy Analysis

Faced with a steep climb to 175 at the outset of the second innings, Kings XI reached the ropes in each over of the Powerplay but the first and, despite losing Hashim Amla along the way, sat on 50/1 upon its conclusion. Vijay continued onward with Wriddhiman Saha until the latter and David Miller were dismissed on the last two balls of the 11th. With two modest stands in his back pocket, Vijay and Marcus Stoinis merely exchanged the strike in the 12th before he unleashed a barrage of fours, striking seven of his 12 for the match. In the end, Vijay added 43 for the fourth wicket, which doubled as his departure as he holed out to square leg in the midst of the death, but Stoinis did his best impression of Punjab's captain, only to come up one run short of the win.
Mitchell Marsh    All Rounder    Australia
Marsh has been ruled out of IPL9 as a result of a strained side, ESPN Cric Info reports. "Mitchell experienced some pain over his left abdominal area while batting at a training session with his team Pune in the IPL a few days ago," Cricket Australia sports science and sports medicine manager Alex Kountouris said. "He missed his team's next game and the pain has not resolved. He had scans in India that suggest he has a side strain injury and will now return home for further assessment and treatment ahead of the tour of the West Indies. Once we have a better understanding of the extent of the injury we will be able to advise on his return-to-play timeframes."

Fantasy Analysis

Part of the playing XI only three times in the Supergiants' first seven games, Marsh recorded a pair of two-wicket hauls, with the four dropping every 13.5 balls with a 5.00 economy rate. He's now the third of the squad's international players to drop out due to injury. However, he'll focus on achieving optimal health in advance of Australia's first match of the Tri-Nation Series on June 5.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay catapulted Kings XI to victory Sunday, notching 55 off 41 during a 23-run victory versus the Lions.

Fantasy Analysis

Taking on the role of captain from the uninspiring David Miller, Vijay's success with the bat translated to his playing XI decisions, with the insertion of Marcus Stoinis and Wriddhiman Saha yielding the desired result. With the former, Vijay launched an immediate assault on Gujarat's bowlers, accounting for 31 of the 34 runs through four overs. In the two overs remaining in the Power Play, Stoinis showed off his prowess with the bat, with three boundaries dotting the landscape and another just three balls before his dismissal in the seventh. Vijay outlasted three more teammates, but his remaining partnerships resulted in five, zero, three, and 27 runs. After his second half century of IPL9, he's on the doorstep of his seventh season in a row with at least 200 runs.
Lokesh Rahul    Batsman    India
Rahul recorded a catch, completed a run out, and top-scored for RCB with 51 off 28 during Saturday's defeat to Sunrisers.

Fantasy Analysis

Despite Chris Gayle returning from paternity leave, Rahul remained in the playing XI, at least for one more match. In the first innings, Rahul held onto a nick from Kane Williamson, ending the Kiwi's day with exactly 50 on the ledger. After busting the bails for the run out of Deepak Hooda at the end of Hyderabad's time with the bat, Rahul channeled his domestic cricket success for the second consecutive game, regularly touching up the boundary from his opening position. Losing Virat Kohli in the sixth didn't deter Rahul from keeping up the pace, and upon his own edge to keeper Naman Ojha to conclude the 10th, Rahul's one six and six fours had fueled yet another half century.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell cobbled together an all-round performance Saturday, taking three for 26 off four overs and producing 17 off 12 in a 27-run loss to the Daredevils.

Fantasy Analysis

Captain Gautam Gambhir's decision to bowl paid immediate dividends, with Russell taking the new ball and making quick work of Dehli's openers. Russell ensured that Shreyas Iyer's dismal tournament continued with an LBW on the third ball, and three balls later Quinton de Kock holed out to deep square leg. The Jamaican's efforts were slowly but surely undone, though, mostly on the backs of a 105-run stand in the middle and Carlos Brathwaite's 34 in the death. Saving his last over until the end of the first innings, Russell finally rid KKR of the Barbadian pest, but a daunting chase to surpass 186 now await them. Without Robin Uthappa keeping his side on a semblance of the required run rate, Russell's appearance with the bat would have been all for naught. Upon entering the crease with 80 needed from the last 39, Russell teamed with Uthappa to put up Kolkata's top partnership of the day -- 44 off 21 -- but the former's exit at the end of the 17th set off a domino effect, as the last five wickets fell within 10 balls.
Mitchell Marsh    All Rounder    Australia
Marsh took two for 14 off four overs during Tuesday's win versus the Sunrisers.

Fantasy Analysis

Marsh was among a bowling unit that prodded Hyderabad's batsmen from the outset, and Ashok Dinda set the tone with the almost immediate scalp of David Warner. With the big basher out of the picture, Marsh swung the ball left and right, totaling 15 dot balls and yielding only one boundary (a four). The pair of dots that signaled departures were both edged to keeper MS Dhoni, though the latter required an outright dive to send off Moises Henriques. After his third innings of IPL9, Marsh has captured his four wickets every 13.5 balls with a 5.00 economy rate.
Lokesh Rahul    Batsman    India
Rahul contributed 51 off 35 to Sunday's defeat to the Lions.

Fantasy Analysis

Virat Kohli's search for a consistent partner quickly shuffled through Shane Watson and AB de Villiers, leaving the Royal Challengers sitting on 59 with two balls remaining in the eighth over. From that point onward, though, Rahul answered the call, finding Gujarat's offerings to his liking. Augmenting Kohli's bombardment of the boundaries with three sixes and four fours of his own, Rahul recorded the first 50 of his IPL career. Rahul's opportunities to pitch in could dry up once Chris Gayle returns to the team following the birth of his child.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay sustained Kings XI's chase with 53 off 49 during Sunday's win against the Supergiants.

Fantasy Analysis

Vijay and Manan Vohra had a semi-daunting task on their hands: hunt down 152, or the highest score to that point in IPL9 without a six in the tally. Among his first 14 balls, he hit a trio of fours and the first six of the match to chart a possible path to victory. Eventually, though, he was tasked with exchanging the strike while Vohra aimed for the fences, supplying three additional boundaries -- two fours and one six -- before top-edging one from legspinner Murugan Ashwin to keeper MS Dhoni. Vijay will seek out his third score of 40-plus when Punjab hosts KKR on Tuesday.
David Willey    Batsman    England
Willey supplied 21 off 14 in his late-order performance against the West Indies in the T20 final, then conceded a stingy 20 runs while taking three wickets in four overs of bowling.

Fantasy Analysis

Willey's first ball trapped Lendl Simmons LBW for a golden duck, a sensational start for England in the second innings. In four overs he took two more wickets and gave up 20 runs, including 13 dot balls in the process. His team-leading economy rate of 5.00 had England feeling confident at the end of his tenure, but none of his successors managed to maintain the pace. Earlier, with the bat, he notched up a respectable 21 from 14 before a high hit saw him caught out by Johnson Charles.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo concluded the West Indies' title run through the World T20 with nine wickets, which he took at a 16.0 strike rate.

Fantasy Analysis

Making valuable contributions with the ball, Bravo matched Samuel Badree and Andre Russell for the team lead in scalps throughout the tournament. However, Bravo's trio in the first innings of the WT20 final were key, as he sent England's Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali, among others, to the showers. After the Windies lost three batsmen within the first 15 balls of the chase, Bravo teamed up with top scorer Marlon Samuels for a 75-run stand, powering 25 off 27 with one six and one four. In line for a respite from the international game, Bravo will suit up for the Gujarat Lions' inaugural season in the IPL, which begins Monday against Kings XI.
David Willey    Batsman    England
Willey notched an unbeaten 20 off 17 and downed two for 23 off four overs during Wednesday's 15-run victory against Afghanistan at the World T20.

Fantasy Analysis

Willey opened the second innings with the immediate scalp of Mohammad Shahzad, swinging the ball into his middle- and leg-side stumps. In his very next over, Willey also got Gulbadin Naib to a catch at extra cover, which leaves the seamer with four wickets, an 8.72 economy, and a 15.0 strike rate for the tournament.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay (hamstring) is attending the preparatory camp for the upcoming series against South Africa, The Times of India reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Vijay's sole appearance in the middle Test at Sri Lanka was sandwiched by two absences due to a hamstring injury, settling for a duck and an 82 in his innings. Proving his fitness will be of utmost importance with the first of three T20s landing on Oct. 2, which kicks off the 72-day series.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson (intercostal strain) hopes to play in one of Lancashire's two remaining Division 2 Championship matches, Sky Sports reports. "I am hopefully going to play for Lancashire at the end of this season, which will be good," he said.

Fantasy Analysis

After missing the final two Ashes Tests due to injury, Anderson has declared himself "fully fit" for games against Surrey on Sept. 14 and later versus Essex on Sept. 22. If he fails to make an appearance on the County Cricket stage, though, he should be set for the first Test of the upcoming series against Pakistan, which commences on Oct. 13 in the UAE.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay (hamstring) has been ruled out of the third and final Test at Sri Lanka due to a "mild reoccurrence on his preexisting injury in his right hamstring," BCCI.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Vijay was held out of the first test of the tour due to the injury but returned for the second fixture, scoring a duck and 82 in his innings. Along the way, though, he aggravated the ailment and will "need further strength training to recover completely." With more than a month until India begins its next series against South Africa on Oct. 2, he has a great chance to heal for the three T20s, five ODIs, and four tests over the course of the subsequent months. In any case, Karun Nair will take over Vijay's spot in the playing XI to conclude the current series.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay (hamstring) opened the first innings of the Second Test at Sri Lanka on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

After missing the first Test in order to tend to a hamstring injury, Vijay may have been forced into action early due to the loss of Shikhar Dhawan to a fractured right hand, as he was beaten inside edge on a full toss on the fourth ball of the match. No matter, fellow opener Lokesh Rahul (108 off 190) salvaged India's chances, accounting for a 164-run stand with captain Virat Kohli and 55 more with Rohit Sharma. Vijay will attempt to bounce back when the second innings roll around.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson was ruled out of the fifth and final Ashes Test due to a left side strain, BBC Sport reports. "He bowled yesterday but at about 60 to 70 percent," said English captain Alastair Cook on Wednesday. "He's gutted but it's probably about a week too early."

Fantasy Analysis

After racking up a six-for in the first innings of the Third Ashes Test, Anderson proceeded to grab another in the second innings but left the pitch for good during his ninth over with discomfort in his side. With absences in the final two Tests, the 33-year-old may have played his last Ashes match, as the next series doesn't take place until the 2017-18 season in Australia. His next chance to play for the national side arrives on Aug. 31 in a one-off T20 against the Aussies.
Lokesh Rahul    Batsman    India
Rahul has replaced M Vijay (hamstring) for India's available player pool in the first Test at Sri Lanka, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

With Vijay unavailable for the first of three Tests, captain Virat Kohli will trot out Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan to open India's time in the crease. The 23-year-old Rahul has only two Tests under his belt, and aside from hammering 110 off 262 against Australia in Sydney in January, he's managed just 20 combined runs in the other three innings. If his track record in first-class cricket is any indication -- he's posted a 57.01 average and 54.75 strike rate in 59 innings -- he could be a formidable batsman at the top of India's order.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay won't be available for the first Test in India's upcoming series at Sri Lanka due to a hamstring injury, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

During last month's series in Zimbabwe, Vijay sustained the ailment yet still played in all three ODIs and both T20s. After logging one off nine in the opener, he followed the quick exit with no score lower than 13 in the next four matches, including 72 in the second ODI and 34 in the first T20. The loss for the current series is a significant one for India, as Vijay has racked up more than 1,000 runs in his last 10 Tests, with three centuries and six fifties across 19 innings en route to a 54.42 average. While the opening batsman will be replaced by KL Rahul for the initial Test against Sri Lanka, it's unclear if Vijay will be healthy enough for the opening of the second fixture on Aug. 20.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson suffered a left side strain during the Third Ashes Test, which will force the fast bowler out of the next such Test at England, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Anderson was the bane of Australia's existence in the first innings, taking out opener David Warner in the third over, before utterly decimating the middle order in quick succession. In the span of six overs, Anderson sent Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, and Mitchell Johnson to the showers. Anderson's performance in the second innings was just as crisp -- one for 15 off eight overs -- but in his ninth over, he was in noticeable discomfort and left the field, never to return. While he'll miss the Fourth Test (Aug. 6-10), he's aiming to return for the fifth and final one, which commences on Aug. 20.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo downed two for 22 off three overs during Tuesday's defeat to the Amazon Warriors.

Fantasy Analysis

Two boundaries aside in his first over, Bravo was on point, delivering seven dot balls and taking out Brad Hodge at 33. After sending him off, Bravo ensured his sixth match in a row with multiple scalps. He remains the easy leader in the category with 21, which have toppled every 9.6 balls with an accompanying economy rate of 7.34.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell wrangled one for 36 off four overs and led the Tallawahs with 36 off 22 during Sunday's loss to the Red Steel.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell downed Darren Bravo along the way but otherwise yielded one four and two sixes in his last nine balls to settle for expensive overs. In an attempt to make amends, Russell recorded two fours and three sixes himself before picking out deep point in the 19th to end his time in the crease. While he's left something to be desired with the ball -- his eight wickets have fallen at a 22.5 strike rate -- he boasts a 152.87 batting strike rate on the season.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson finished with figures of zero for 38 from seven overs in the Second Ashes Test at Lords on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Anderson went wicket-less for the third time in four innings in this series so far. His seven overs cost 38 runs without a maiden, and he bowled with an economy rate of 5.42. This followed up his poor performance in the first innings, where he went wicket-less after 26 overs whilst conceding 99 runs at a rate of 3.80.
Mitchell Marsh    All Rounder    Australia
Marsh capped off a great allround performance, finishing with figures of one for eight from three overs in the Second Ashes Test at Lords on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Marsh took one wicket on the final day as Australia bowled out the English in the second innings. This followed up his first innings performance of two for 23 from eight overs in which he took the important wickets of Alistair Cook and Ben Stokes after they rescued the English first innings. Marsh's performance with the bat was also significant, as he struck 27 off 19 while hitting one four and two sixes at a strike rate of 142.10. He looks to have cemented his spot in the Australia team for the rest of this series.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay was named to India's squad for the tour of Zimbabwe, The Times of India reports.

Fantasy Analysis

With numerous veterans getting the trip off for purposes of rest, Vijay is poised to take part in his first ODI since July of 2013. In his 13 innings in the format, he's averaged 19.46 at a miserable 66.40 strike rate. Those figures won't experience a rebound if his performance in his year's IPL (22.81 average and 110.08 strike rate) are any indication.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin will be rested during the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, The Times of India reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Ashwin has managed a heavy burden in 2015, which has so far included the World Cup, IPL8, and a tour of Bangladesh. Primarily making his hay with deadly offspin, he's toppled at least one wicket in 11 of 12 ODIs this year, with his 20 falling every 34.8 balls with an accompanying 4.32 economy rate.
David Willey    Batsman    England
Willey gave up 22 in 2.2 overs but salvaged his day with three wickets during Tuesday's 56-run victory versus New Zealand in a one-off T20.

Fantasy Analysis

The early scalp of Martin Guptill aside, Willey's opening overs of the second innings were far from economical, as he served up two fours and one six. Willey, who completed a catch and an impressive run out of Kane Williamson in the field as the match continued, punctuated the series upon taking the ball in the 17th. After a wide on the initial delivery, Willey canceled out the Black Caps' final two batsmen on back-to-back balls to end the game. Willey has already returned to his county base with Northamptonshire, securing 31 off 12 in Friday's win against Worcestershire.
Liton Das    Batsman    Bangladesh
Das struck five fours on his way to 36 off 41 during Sunday's victory in the second ODI versus India.

Fantasy Analysis

Das is making his first international appearances in this series, which has so far amounted to a 22.00 average and four catches through two ODIs. In Sunday's contest, the 20-year-old managed a pair of partnerships with Soumya Sarkar (52 off 62) and Mushfiqur Rahim (12 off 16), before Das' departure in the 20th over on an edge to the keeper. If his List A figures are any indication -- 42.00 average and 90.48 strike rate -- Das' performance Sunday could very well become the norm.
David Willey    Batsman    England
Willey swiped two for 50 off 10 overs during Saturday's victory in the fifth ODI against New Zealand.

Fantasy Analysis

Willey was a wicket fiend in the last three ODIs of the series, taking his seven every 25.7 balls with an accompanying 6.93 economy rate. On Saturday, he induced more contact than each of his colleagues yet finished with the second-best economy among English bowlers. He made his mark in the death, though, with the scalps of Ross Taylor and Luke Ronchi, helping to stifle the Black Caps' late run. With that behind him, Willey is slated to take part in Tuesday's one-off T20I before heading back to Northamptonshire to finish out the NatWest t20 Blast.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin nailed down three for 51 off 10 overs during Thursday's loss in the first ODI at Bangladesh.

Fantasy Analysis

Per usual, Ashwin's primary contribution came with the ball, marking his first three-wicket haul since a four-for in the World Cup against the UAE on Feb. 28. No matter, he made an earlier than expected appearance due to struggles from the opening pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav, who combined to allow 28 runs in the two overs prior to Ashwin's first delivery in the eighth. Notching all three scalps in the middle overs, Ashwin notched the key dismissal of Tamim Iqbal via a tight delivery in the 18th. In 10 ODIs this year, Ashwin has picked up a wicket in all but one game, with his 17 dropping every 33.8 balls en route to a crisp 4.53 economy rate.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson wasn't selected for England's ODI squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand, which starts on June 9, BBC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Anderson was heavily involved in England's disastrous World Cup showing, capturing his five wickets every 55.2 balls with a 5.32 economy rate in six games. In the meantime, he's been a fixture in Tests against the Windies and Black Cups, adding 23 scalps to his career tally in five outings in the format. While he's taking a rest from ODIs, national selector James Whitaker mentioned that Anderson hasn't "been ruled out of playing a role for England in limited-overs formats in the future."
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin ended IPL8 as one of 28 bowlers to rack up 10 or more wickets, as his 10 were taken every 23.4 balls to go with a 5.84 economy rate.

Fantasy Analysis

Ashwin missed three games mid-tournament due to a laceration on his right middle finger but maintained his status as a regular wicket-taker when healthy enough to do so. While his overs were far more cheap after the respite, he nabbed wickets less often, as evidenced by his splits before (6.83 economy rate, 18.0 strike rate) and after (5.28 and 31.5, respectively). No matter, as a member of India's upcoming tour of Bangladesh, he'll be available for selection for the only Test and three ODIs.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo captured two wickets for 36 off four overs during Sunday's loss to the Indians in the IPL Final.

Fantasy Analysis

Perhaps Bravo could have stemmed the tide of the match if captain MS Dhoni had utilized the Trinidadian earlier than the 12th over, which he concluded by breaking up Mumbai's 119-run stand between Rohit Sharma and Lendl Simmons. Although his innings weren't particularly cheap, Bravo later added the scalp of Hardik Pandya for his IPL-leading 26th of the season. Outside of 62 not out against the Royals on Apr. 19, Bravo produced little with the bat, riding four more unbeaten outings to a miserable 14.77 average and 118.75 strike rate. Despite previously announcing his retirement from Test cricket, there remains a chance that he plays in the upcoming Test series against Australia.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin recorded 23 off 12 and conceded 22 off three wicket-less overs during Tuesday's defeat to the Indians in Mumbai.

Fantasy Analysis

With a spot in the IPL championship match on the line, Ashwin had nothing to lose with 62 runs needed from the last 27 balls. Bringing such an approach to the pitch, he smashed two fours and one six in the midst of 21- and 14-run stands, but any hope of a successful chase dwindled upon his dismissal for the ninth wicket with eight balls remaining. While Ashwin is rarely required to hit -- he's picked up the bat on four occasions in 12 matches -- the spinner's nine wickets have toppled every 22.0 balls to go with a shiny 5.87 economy rate.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo nailed down three wickets for 40 off four overs and supplied 20 off 15 during Tuesday's loss to the Indians at Mumbai.

Fantasy Analysis

Bravo's first two overs were particularly crisp, as he gave up nine runs while capturing the wickets of Parthiv Patel and Rohit Sharma. However, the Super Kings' fielding was less than inspiring throughout the match, and Bravo suffered through 15- and 16-run bombardments in the death. Powered by Kieron Pollard, Bravo finally induced a top edge to long off to send the fellow Trinidadian to the pavilion at 19.4. In the second innings, Bravo scattered his offering with the bat across stands of 24 and nine runs, before he was run out in the 15th via a direct hit from keeper Parthiv Patel. When needed, Bravo has fared well with the bat this season, averaging 26.57 at a 131.91 strike rate in 12 innings. However, he's made his real impact with the ball, leading the IPL with 23 wickets.
Lokesh Rahul    Batsman    India
Rahul recorded 25 off 24 during Sunday's loss to the Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

Entering in a precarious spot -- 23/3 through 5.3 -- Rahul found modest success compared to his teammates, of whom only three surpassed his 104.16 strike rate. Predictably, Rahul's three partnerships combined for 28 runs in 6.4 overs, meaning he performed the majority of the heavy lifting. The performance was a reflection of his season, which resulted in a final average of 28.40 with a 112.69 strike rate.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell chipped in another productive allround performance, capturing three for 32 off four overs and striking 37 off 20 during Saturday's nine-run loss to the Royals at Mumbai.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell continues to be occasionally leaky with the ball, scattering five fours about his time in the middle overs, but he nailed down scalps in each of his final three overs to record his best figures of IPL8. In the second innings, the Knight Riders were keeping pace with Rajasthan's tally of 199 upon his entrance in the ninth, and he brought the match into further focus with four fours and two sixes during a 55-run stand in the span of 5.1 overs. A mishit to long-off in the 14th ended his day, though, and the chase didn't receive an infusion of boundaries until it was too late. In any case, Russell's first full IPL season was an unquestionable success, as he posted a batting average of 36.22 at a stellar 192.89 strike rate. He was nearly as effective with the ball, taking 14 wickets to go with a 7.96 economy rate and 17.4 strike rate. Expect his next appearance to occur in the CPL, which commences on July 11.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo picked up his IPL-leading 20th wicket during Saturday's victory against Kings XI in Chandigarh.

Fantasy Analysis

The Super Kings' bowling unit cobbled together cheap enough overs that Bravo was contained to two in the death. After conceding two sixes en route to 20 runs, he induced Axar Patel to top edge to keeper MS Dhoni on his final delivery, keeping Bravo one scalp ahead of the competition. With 20 on the ledger, Bravo has toppled them every 12.4 balls, which is the third-best mark among the 26 players with double-digit wickets for the tournament.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay was held out of Punjab's final two games of IPL8, ending his tournament with a 22.81 average and 110.08 strike rate in 11 appearances.

Fantasy Analysis

Following his significant purchase price of Rs 3 crore in February's auction, according to ESPN Cric Info, Vijay held down a spot at the top of the order for last year's finalist. However, he failed to replicate that unit's quick starts, failing to tally a half century or better for the first time since the 2009 IPL campaign. In any case, the 31-year-old didn't live up to the hype.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell (shoulder) was shelled for 50 off four overs, but with one wicket and 51 off 21, he aided in Saturday's win against Kings XI.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell suffered through his most expensive overs of the tournament, giving up two fours and four sixes, with two apiece coming in the final over of the first innings. In the midst of disaster, he bowled and caught Gurkeerat Singh, which appeared to right Russell's compass. Handling the bat for the first time and the Knight Riders wavering at 4/84 near the end of the 11th, Russell teamed up with Yusuf Pathan for 53 in the next 25 balls to get his side back on course. Russell proceeded to account for 20 of 23 runs for the sixth wicket, which doubled as his dismissal on an edge to keeper Wriddhiman Saha in the 17th. Because the left shoulder injury suffered last Monday hasn't kept the allrounder out of KKR's playing XI in the interim, Russell will bring along a 41.00 batting average and 11 wickets at a 17.8 strike rate into the last two matches before the postseason begins.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin (finger) returned from a three-game absence Friday to corral two wickets for 17 off four overs during the Super Kings' loss to the Mumbai Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

On Tuesday, Apr. 28, Ashwin suffered a laceration to his right middle finger as he attempted to catch a screamer to the covers, forcing the trio of missed outings. In his return, he accounted for 15 dot balls and only suffered one expensive over due to a six from the bat of Lendl Simmons in the sixth. Ashwin eventually set down the Indians' openers, Simmons and Parthiv Patel, in the 11th over via two catches in the deep, bumping his wicket total in IPL8 to eight in eight games. Considering his shiny 6.09 economy rate and 16.5 strike rate, Ashwin can be expected to continue taking wickets with regularity as the tournament proceeds.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc stymied Kings XI on Wednesday, corralling the first four-wicket haul of his two-year IPL career.

Fantasy Analysis

Starc's campaign experienced a delayed start due to knee soreness, but after six innings, he's already closing in on the top spot on the wicket leaderboard. He commenced the Royal Challengers' defense of 226 with the immediate dismissal of fill-in opener Manan Vohra, who was taken via a diving grab at the covers. Mixing in 15 dot balls as the match progressed, Starc proceeded to quell the bottom of Punjab's order, sending off Mitchell Johnson, Anureet Singh, and Karanveer Singh with a combined five runs to their names. While Starc's 15 wickets are impressive by any calculation, he's backing it up with mind-boggling figures, namely a 5.45 economy rate and 8.8 strike rate.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell injured his left shoulder Monday against the Sunrisers, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell's time in the crease was short-lived, as he posted only one off three, and one over removed from his first over with the ball, his diving attempt to keep the the ball within the ropes resulted in the injured shoulder. He left the match for a time but eventually returned to bowl the final over, grabbing one wicket and settling at 10 runs yielded in his two overs. His ability to complete the over intimates that he should be available for selection Thursday against the Daredevils, which will be imperative due to the allrounder's 46.20 average and nine wickets taken in the tournament.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo dominated in the field Monday, completing a stellar run out and taking the final two wickets for 17 off 3.4 overs, during the Super Kings' 24-run win versus the Royal Challengers.

Fantasy Analysis

Dropped to No. 8 in the order, Bravo mustered just two off three at the end of the first innings, but the allrounder proceeded to make amends with the ball. Although he wasn't heard from until the 14th over of Bangalore's innings, he made his presence felt on the final ball of his first over bowled. Opposing captain Virat Kohli blocked a yorker back to Bravo, who in one motion jumped, fielded the ball with his right hand, and fired the ball at the stumps while Kohli crept out of the crease. In the final over, RCB needed a daunting 25 runs to pick up the win, but Bravo put the clamps down, sending David Wiese and Iqbal Abdulla packing in the span of four balls. Bravo now ranks second in wickets taken behind teammate Ashish Nehra with 16, which have been toppled every 12.3 balls.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin's finger is healing, but stitches have yet to be removed, leaving him highly questionable to play Friday against the Mumbai Indians, ESPN Cric Info reports. During Monday's game, he said, "The injury is easing up now, haven't got the stitches off yet so it will take a couple of days."

Fantasy Analysis

Since sustaining a laceration to his right middle finger on Tuesday, Apr. 28, Ashwin has missed the Super Kings' last three matches, and remaining out of the playing XI on Friday is growing more likely by the day. In seven innings before the injury, he took his six wickets every 18.0 balls, with a 6.50 economy rate for good measure.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc collected yet another three-wicket haul Monday, yielding 24 off his four overs during the Royal Challengers' 24-run loss to the Super Kings at Chennai.

Fantasy Analysis

Starc's start to this year's edition of the IPL was delayed due to a sore knee, but he continues to climb the wicket leaderboard in pursuit of the Purple Cap, which is awarded to the bowler with the most scalps by tournament's end. Taking the new ball Sunday, he immediately put the clamps on the Super Kings, ending the first over by bowling over Dwayne Smith's off stump. As the first innings drew to a close, Starc's final over included the wickets of Dwayne Bravo and Pawan Negi via yorker. With 11 to his credit in five innings, Starc, the seamer, carries the cheapest figures (9.54 average, 5.83 economy rate, and 9.81 strike rate) of any player with at least one wicket during IPL8.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay produced 39 off 34 and allowed 12 off his sole over bowled during Sunday's loss to the Mumbai Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

After an appearance in each of Punjab's first seven games of IPL8, Vijay was left off the playing XI against the Daredevils on Friday, perhaps with the hope that a change at the top of the order would turn around their waning fortunes. Alas, it was not to be, with the Top 4 batsmen falling within the first 21 balls. Vijay's presence don't bring about the desired outcome and held Kings XI at the bottom of the standings, but he posted his second tally of 30-plus in the last three games, bumping his average for the tournament to 24.62, which lines up with his career IPL mark of 25.36.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc took one wicket for 15 runs at an economy rate of 7.50 in Saturday's rain-shortened game in Bangalore where the bowlers were only allowed to bowl a maximum of two overs. After winning the toss and electing to field, the Challengers won by seven wickets with two balls to spare.

Fantasy Analysis

Starc is a wicket-taking machine, but it's also his economy rate that keeps him at the forefront of T20 bowlers. His IPL economy rate is 7.13 while his career T20 rate is 7.11. Because he bowls fast yorkers, he is a very hard man to get away. Batsmen are not allowed to free up their arms to swing lustily.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo posted 30 off 32 and bowled two expensive overs for 27 during Thursday's loss to the Knight Riders in Kolkata.

Fantasy Analysis

The allrounder never seems to impact matches with both the bat and the ball in a given game, and Thursday was no different. Upon his entrance at No. 5 in the sixth over, the wickets of Faf du Plessis and MS Dhoni were toppled in quick succession, but Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja responded with the Super Kings' most-productive partnership, racking up 57 off 58 balls. With the ball, though, Bravo was touched up for two fours and two sixes against KKR's finishing combination of Robin Uthappa and Andre Russell, which is a far cry from Tuesday's three-wicket haul versus the same squad. Nonetheless, Bravo still has 11 wickets and a 29.00 average to his name, meaning he shows up in some fashion from outing to outing.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell swiped two wickets for 20 off four overs, which he one-upped with an unbeaten 55 off 32 in the second innings, during Thursday's win against the Super Kings.

Fantasy Analysis

Alternating between length deliveries and slower balls in his first two overs bowled, Russell finally bowled through Dwayne Bravo with an offcutter, which knocked down the offstump to send his fellow West Indian to the dugout. Russell picked up another scalp for his seventh of the tournament, pushing the allrounder to five in the last three games. After his side stumbled to 57/3 through 9.1, he moved up to No. 5 in an attempt to bring the match into focus, and his tandem with Robin Uthappa discovered immediate chemistry. With the required run rate hovering around 10.00, the duo constructed an innings with ever-increasing momentum, as boundaries were plentiful between the 12th and 17th overs. Along the way, Russell hammered four fours and four sixes to nudge into the Top 20 run scorers in IPL8. While his 186.86 strike rate sits second among batsmen to score at least 100 runs, his average for the season, 61.66, ranks first overall.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin injured the middle finger of his right hand during Tuesday's win against the Knight Riders and will miss two games as a result, ESPN Cric Info reports. "Ashwin has a split in his middle finger. We do not know how many stitches he will require," Super Kings' team manager Russell Radhakrishnan said after the match.

Fantasy Analysis

In his attempt to catch a Suryakumar Yadav strike to the covers, Ashwin sustained a cut on his middle finger and didn't partake in the remainder of the game. Prior to the play, Ashwin contributed to the victory with two wickets for five runs off his two overs, stopping Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey along the way. Nevertheless, Ashwin will sit out Thursday's rematch with Kolkata and Saturday's outing against the Royal Challengers in Bangalore.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo earned Man of the Match honors Tuesday, after his three-wicket haul in the Super Kings' win against the Knight Riders.

Fantasy Analysis

Wickets were easy to come by in this game, and Bravo himself was contained to a cameo appearance in the first innings, posting five off seven before heading back to the bench. Entering the second innings with 134 to defend, Robin Uthappa struck an early blow with 39 before departing on the first ball of the sixth over, but Chennai's bowling unit whittled away at the opposition as the latter overs approached. Kolkata required an attainable 45 with 30 balls remaining when Bravo was handed his first over, which experienced the wicket of Yusuf Pathan. Picking up a pair in his next over, Bravo currently sits third on the wicket leaderboard, as his 11 have been accompanied by a 7.75 economy rate and 12.72 strike rate.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell held the Super Kings in check Tuesday, nabbing two wickets for 26 off four overs during the Knight Riders' two-run defeat.

Fantasy Analysis

After Chennai cruised to 55 runs from the first seven overs, Russell brought pace to the forefront, allowing no more than seven runs in any of his overs. Along the way, both Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni edged deliveries to keeper Robin Uthappa, marking Russell's second haul of multiple scalps in the tournament. With five in the last four matches, he boasts a 7.66 economy rate and an impressive 14.4 strike rate during that stretch.
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn wasn't selected for Monday's eventual win against Kings XI.

Fantasy Analysis

Because of the restriction of four internationals per playing XI, Steyn has been held out in favor of fellow seamer Trent Boult more often than not, though the duo both participated in Saturday's loss to the Indians at Mumbai. In his three appearances, Steyn has managed to nab three wickets with an 8.09 economy rate and 22.0 strike rate.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin wrapped up two wickets for 14 off his four overs during Saturday's win against Kings XI.

Fantasy Analysis

The Super Kings' brilliant bowling contained Punjab to only 95 runs, and Ashwin's sleek 3.50 economy rate in this game was actually a tick behind Mohit Sharma's 3.33. Firing 14 dot balls, Ashwin stopped M Vijay and Axar Patel in their tracks in his second and third overs, respectively, acting as his first wickets since Chennai's second outing of the tournament. Ashwin's strike rate remains an uninspiring 24.0, but he's at least quelled the opposition to the tune of a 7.00 economy.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starring once again with the ball, Starc blasted three wickets for just 20 runs from his four overs in the Challengers rout of the Daredevils on Sunday at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.

Fantasy Analysis

With speed and accuracy his main weapons, Starc has continued his stellar year by claiming three wickets unassisted by the fieldsman. He started his IPL campaign just five days ago and has taken seven wickets for 66 runs at an average of 9.42 and an economy rate of 5.5. In his very first over, he put the Daredevils on the back foot and they never recovered, making just 95, the lowest team score of IPL8. Gayle and Kholi knocked these runs off in just 10.3 overs
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
In another fine bowling performance, Starc knocked over three Rajasthan batsmen for just 22 runs on Friday to help set up a big victory for his Royal Challengers.

Fantasy Analysis

Starc will have to think about building a new cabinet at home to put all his trophies in after adding another Man of the Match award to his impressive tally this year. His accurate bowling, even on slow pitches, has again proved almost impossible for batsmen to get on top of. He has taken wickets in every match he has played since the beginning of the World Cup with a majority being LBW, bowled or caught at the wicket, as he gives batsmen no room to play their more expansive strokes. Although three wickets is the most he has ever taken in a T20 match, with a best of 3/11, he keeps batsmen guessing with genuine pace and swing. To add to his night, he caught Rajasthan captain Shane Watson before he could really do any damage.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc made an impressive return from injury (knee) to take one wicket for 24 runs from his four overs at M Chinnaswamy Stadium against the Super Kings on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

In his first match since the World Cup, Starc took up where he left off. His economy rate of just 6.00 was valuable, although not enough to see his side through to victory. He bowled 14 dot balls, with only one over, his third, being at all expensive. He didn't seem hampered at all by the knee soreness that has kept him on the sidelines since the end of March. He has played in 70 T20 matches, bowling in them all. His total of 103 wickets at an average of 18.03 and a strike rate of 15.0 are testament to what a fine bowler he has become.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay was run out Tuesday, but not before recording 21 off 18 during Punjab's win against the Royals.

Fantasy Analysis

To commence the second innings, Vijay was contained to two off his first eight, which coincided with Virender Sehwag's run out on the last ball of the second over. While Vijay slowly but surely edged his run rate above a run per ball, he suffered the same fate in the seventh over with Kings XI residing at 42/1 and 192 to pursue. Since starting this tournament with back-to-back 30s, he's averaged a miserable 13.33 at a strike rate of 100.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell failed to take a wicket for 21 off his three overs during Monday's victory versus the Daredevils.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell didn't enter the crease for the second time in four matches, but his bowling was relatively cheap, lowering his economy rate for the tournament to 8.08. In two innings with the bat, though, he's prospered, tallying an unbeaten 41 against the Royal Challengers and 66 versus Kings XI. While his 107.00 average and 201.88 strike rate are sure to revert to the mean, captain Gautam Gambhir may consider moving Russell up in the order to take advantage of his batting prowess.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo blasted eight fours and one six en route to 62 off 36 not out, while grabbing one wicket for 30 off 2.2 overs, during Sunday's loss to the Royals.

Fantasy Analysis

Bravo started slowly in his initial partnership with Dwayne Smith, hitting eight off eight during a 26-run stand by the latter's departure on the first ball of the 10th over. Teaming up with MS Dhoni for the remainder of the first innings, Bravo tapped out the occasional boundary, but upon unleashing the typical onslaught from the 16th over onward, the captain was unable uphold more than a run-per-ball, despite hitting four fours. Sunday's performance marked Bravo's best batting of IPL8, and while he knocked down his seventh wicket, his bowling average bumped up to 17.28 on the backs of an 8.44 economy rate.
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn made his maiden appearance of IPL8 on Saturday, toppling one for 27 off four overs during the Sunrisers' loss to the Daredevils.

Fantasy Analysis

Steyn took the place of seamer Trent Boult in Hyderabad's bowling unit, which is dominated by medium pace, and opened with three sleek overs at a clip of 16 runs. Although the strike was exchanged throughout the fourth, Steyn forced countryman JP Duminy to redirect his final delivery into the stumps for his first wicket of this tournament. As a stalwart presence in each edition of IPL, Steyn's 90 wickets have gone for 23.84 with an economy rate of 6.58.
Lokesh Rahul    Batsman    India
Rahul pounded 44 off 28 to close out the Sunrisers' chase of the Royal Challengers on Monday.

Fantasy Analysis

In pursuit of 166, David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan cruised to 82 through the first 47 balls, and after Kane Williamson's two overs with the bat, Rahul entered to uphold what the openers started. Rahul passed the strike with Dhawan with regularity, while hitting a four and six on back-to-back deliveries to achieve Hyderabad's first win of the tournament. After the unbeaten outing, the 22-year-old Dhawan has bumped up his IPL average to 21.36 with a 108.79 strike rate across 12 innings.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay opened with 35 off 29 during Sunday's 18-run win against the Mumbai Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

After producing two fours during a 10-run first over, Vijay effectively exchanged the strike with his partners but for a few instances. He hit four more fours and one six prior to his dismissal in the 11th over, partnering up with Virender Sehwag for 60 off 40, Glenn Maxwell for eight off six, and David Miller for 20 off 16. Despite 37 and 35 runs in his first two fixtures of the tournament, Vijay's IPL average resides at 25.73 at a 124.93 strike rate in 77 matches.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell added a quick-fire 41 off 17 not out during Saturday's defeat to the Royal Challengers.

Fantasy Analysis

Coming on at 131/4 in the 17th over, Russell launched six fours and two sixes across the remainder of the first innings, avoiding late wickets of Yusuf Pathan and Shakib Al Hasan to notch his first unbeaten performance in IPL action. Russell's residence in the latter half of the Knight Riders' order won't result in an appearance in the crease in each match of the tournament, but his time with the ball has been fruitless in two fixtures. In five overs bowled, his pace has yet to knock over a wicket, while translating to a 7.40 economy rate.
Murali Vijay    Batsman    India
Vijay posted 37 off 32 with four fours and one six during Friday's loss to the Royals.

Fantasy Analysis

In the second innings, Vijay was quickly without fellow opener Virender Sehwag, who left with a golden duck in tow. Thereafter, Vijay couldn't muster much more than a run per ball, before he was run out with only a 115.62 strike rate and Kings XI sitting at 65/4 through 8.4. In his seventh IPL season, the opening batsman has been fairly consistent in the crease, averaging 25.61 with two 100s and eight half centuries across 76 innings.
Mitchell Marsh    All Rounder    Australia
Marsh had a rather disappointing World Cup campaign after a very promising start. His match against England to kick off the tournament was exceptional, taking career best figures of five for 33 and making a handy 23. However, his form tailed off badly in the two remaining matches he played, making just a further eight runs and not capturing another wicket.

Fantasy Analysis

Marsh was a surprise inclusion in the Australian team at the expense of Shane Watson in Perth against Afghanistan but failed to grab his opportunity, making eight and taking none for 25. The 23-year-old is still finding his way in international cricket, as he made his test debut against Pakistan in 2014 and only has 17 ODI matches to his name so far. He has been selected in the Australian Test touring squad for the northern summer trips to the West Indies and England.
Dwayne Bravo    (Johnny)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Bravo grabbed two wickets for 36 off his four overs during Thursday's triumph against the Daredevils.

Fantasy Analysis

Retired from Tests as of Jan. 31, Bravo can still impact limited-overs formats, as evidenced by Thursday's outing. His pace got the better of Yuvraj Singh in the 15th over, as Bravo finished his first three overs with 19 runs allowed. With Dehli needing 19 runs from the final six balls, Bravo took out Imran Tahir but delivered length ball after length ball, which Albie Morkel feasted on to bring his side within five runs and one ball remaining. Bravo's last delivery was then hit to the ropes but fell just shy, sewing up a one-run win. The 31-year-old has been sporadic throughout his IPL career, ranging from one appearance last year to 37 combined in the two seasons prior, but he's nonetheless taken 81 wickets for 23.08 and an 8.06 economy rate in 75 matches.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell recorded multiple wickets in five of seven World Cup games, toppling 11 in all for a 31.18 average and 6.35 economy rate. With the bat, he further contributed 104 off 56 with two unbeaten innings.

Fantasy Analysis

After a slow start, wicket-wise, to the tournament, Russell knocked down exactly two in each of the West Indies' final four fixtures, and his 11 ultimately ranked second on the team to Jerome Taylor's 17. Russell also provided key knocks at the end of innings, including 27 off 13 not out against Ireland, 42 off 13 not out versus Pakistan, and 20 off 11 against New Zealand in the quarterfinals. With the Cup behind him, the pace bowler will commence his second season with the Kolkata Knight Riders on Apr. 8. However, he's been used sparingly in three IPL campaigns, tallying two wickets while allowing 10.03 runs per over across nine outings.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc will miss the first 2-to-3 weeks of the upcoming IPL season due to a sore knee, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Starc will merely rest following his Player-of-the-Tournament performance from the recent World Cup, during which he took 22 wickets for 10.18, while giving up merely 3.50 runs per over. He recorded at least two wickets in each of Australia's eight matches, including his best ODI outing, six for 28, against New Zealand on Feb. 28. Once his knee is cleared by Cricket Australia, Starc will embark on his second IPL campaign with the Royal Challangers. In 2014, he toppled 14 for 28.71 and an economy of 7.49.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc won the man of the series for the recently completed World Cup. Clean bowling the New Zealand danger man Brendon McCullum with the fourth ball of the match at the MCG on Sunday, Starc took his second wicket in the batting powerplay to finish with two for 20 from his eight overs, with an economy rate of 2.50.

Fantasy Analysis

Starc took wickets in all eight matches of the World Cup, totaling 22, of which 12 were cleaned bowled, and conceding just 224 runs. This was an amazing effort, as he always bowls in the powerplays or at the death. He has bowled in 41 ODIs, taking six four-wicket and five five-wicket hauls. His best bowling was six for 28 against New Zealand in Auckland earlier in the tournament. On Tuesday, he was named in the squad to tour the West Indies and England in the northern summer, but a minor knee injury will see him miss the first three weeks of the IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin picked up figures of one for 42 off 10 overs in India's World Cup semifinal against Australia in Sydney on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ashwin restricted an explosive Australian batting order, conceding just 4.20 runs an over. He has been India's most economical bowler throughout the World Cup, with an economy rate of 4.28, whilst taking 13 wickets. He will now turn his attention to the IPL, where he will look to lead an inexperienced Chennai bowling attack.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson finished the 2015 World Cup with five wickets taken for 49.00 while conceding 5.32 runs per over across six innings.

Fantasy Analysis

After two tournament fixtures, Anderson found himself with no wickets for 104 off 15 overs. However, the seamer got back on track thereafter, posting a 28.20 average and 4.54 economy rate, which are slight improvements upon his career ODI marks (29.22 and 4.92, respectively). His next international appearances commence on Apr. 13 during England's Test series against the West Indies.
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn (leg) was smashed early but settled for one wicket at a cost of 76 off 8.5 overs during Tuesday's semifinal defeat to New Zealand.

Fantasy Analysis

Taking the new ball, the vaunted seamer conceded at least one boundary in each of his first three overs, including three fours and two sixes during Brendon McCullum's 25-run bombardment in the fifth over. Steyn's next spell lasted only one over, as he left the field to receive treatment on an undisclosed leg injury. After returning a short time later, his subsequent four overs went cheaply (for 19 runs). However, with the Black Caps requiring 12 runs in the final over to pull out the victory, he couldn't contain the opposition, bowling two byes and yielding two boundaries, including a match-clinching six off the bat of Grant Elliott. As the World Cup concludes for Steyn, he downed 11 wickets for 31.45 while giving up 5.02 runs per over. He'll return to Sunrisers Hyderabad for the imminent IPL season.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc continued his stellar World Cup campaign Saturday in Hobart against Scotland. He took four for 14 off 4.4 overs at a stunning economy rate of 3.00.

Fantasy Analysis

Starc's statistics for this tournament are 16 wickets for 136 runs at an average of 8.50 and an economy rate of 3.67. These figures are excellent considering he opens the bowling in the power play and bowls at the death when the batsmen are swinging heartily. He was named man of the match again in Hobart.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson toppled two early wickets for 45 off 10 overs during Monday's loss to Bangladesh.

Fantasy Analysis

Anderson sent Bangladesh's opening batsmen, Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal, to the showers within his first seven deliveries, which could have set the tone for the match. Although fate wasn't looking kindly on England, Anderson bowled economically throughout, racking up 35 dot balls while conceding five fours. After failing to take a wicket in the first two games of the World Cup, the right-arm pacer has responded with four in the past three outings for a 41.00 average and 5.13 economy rate.
Kevin O'Brien    All Rounder    Ireland
O'Brien tallied 24 off 22 in Saturday's win against Zimbabwe. However, he conceded 90 off 10 overs while knocking down two wickets.

Fantasy Analysis

During his brief time in the crease, O'Brien combined with Andy Balbirnie for 59 runs across 5.3 overs, boosting Ireland's run rate more than 0.6 runs per over to 6.23 before his dismissal in the 45th over. With a formidable 331 to defend, O'Brien was blitzed for 12 fours and two sixes, but one of his wickets ended Sean Williams' pursuit of a century at 96 for 83 on a controversial ruling. After surrendering 90-plus runs in back-to-back outings, O'Brien's six wickets taken in the World Cup have been offset by a horrid 52.83 average and 9.61 economy rate. On a positive note, he's followed up a run out in the opener by averaging 40.67 at a 108.93 strike rate in the next three games.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc took two for 29 off 8.2 overs at the SCG on Sunday against Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

Starc has been the most improved player in the Australian team this summer. Not only is he taking wickets, but his ability to keep the run rate down has proven to be a match winner. Seven of Starc's last nine wickets have been bowled, showing how straight and full he is bowling. His economy rate in this match was 3.48, with his overall ODI rate being 4.86.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin recorded figures of one for 38 off nine overs during Friday's match versus the West Indies. Moreover, he contributed 16 off 32 not out to India's seventh and final wicket to help secure the victory.

Fantasy Analysis

Ashwin continues to exhibit supreme control with slight variations of his offspin, and although he bowled a team-low 33 dot balls, he took his ninth wicket of the tournament. After his first eight overs in the middle of the Windies' innings, he had surrendered just 3.38 runs per over, meaning the 11 runs allowed in the ninth skewed his final marks. Ashwin isn't altogether unaccomplished as a batsman, boasting a career ODI average of 17.91 and strike rate of 88.23. However, his unbeaten 16 is all the more impressive as a part of the 51-run stand with captain MS Dhoni to complete a successful chase.
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn strangled the Pakistani batting lineup, finishing with figures of three for 30 in his 10 overs in South Africa's World Cup match in Auckland on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Steyn bowled with pace and accuracy, conceding just 3.00 runs per over. He bowled 43 dot balls and had three maidens as he stifled the batting. He has taken wickets in all five matches of the World Cup, and his averages and strike rates for the tournament are coming down after a slow start.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell produced eight off eight but made up for the transgressions with the ball, taking two for 43 off eight overs during Friday's defeat to India.

Fantasy Analysis

Undue pressure was placed on the West Indies' middle and late order after finding themselves at 35/4 after 9.1. Upon his own entrance at 72/6 on the last ball of the 22nd over, Russell lasted 13 minutes before his attempt at a big knock ended any dreams of his third unbeaten score of the World Cup. He fared far better with the ball, stamping out both Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja on short deliveries, but a wild streak -- five wides and one no ball -- elevated his runs per over to 5.37. Through five games in the tournament, Russell is still averaging 38.50 at an astounding 208.11 strike rate, with his seven wickets going for a 32.43 average and 6.31 economy rate.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc pummeled two wickets for 18 off six overs during Australia's domination of Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Firing yorkers in the opening and latter overs, Starc's pace was too much for the associate side. The result was 24 dot balls and one four allowed in six overs en route to a tidy 3.00 economy rate. With 10 wickets in his back pocket, Starc sits in a tie for second-most in the World Cup, which is supported by a 9.30 average and 3.87 runs yielded per over.
Kevin O'Brien    All Rounder    Ireland
O'Brien was besieged by South Africa on Tuesday, surrendering 95 off seven overs while taking a wicket. With the bat, he responded with 48 off 65 on the backs of three fours and one six.

Fantasy Analysis

Only one Irish bowler allowed less than one run per ball, but O'Brien went the other direction, accumulating an atrocious 13.57 economy rate. South African batsmen launched at least two boundaries off O'Brien in six of his seven overs bowled. However, in the other, he at least stopped Faf du Plessis at 109, so the day wasn't all for naught. As he became Ireland's most-capped player, O'Brien salvaged his performance with the ball by racking up at least 48 runs for the second consecutive game. His bowling has thoroughly disappointed in three World Cup matches -- four wickets for a 56.75 average while giving up 9.87 runs per over -- but he's averaging 32.67 with a 107.69 strike rate in the crease.
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn nabbed two early wickets and settled at 39 off eight overs during Tuesday's demolition of Ireland.

Fantasy Analysis

The Proteas' posted a massive 411 runs in the first innings, but Steyn wasn't messing around as he took the new ball. DRS review was required to confirm what the umpire missed -- Paul Stirling getting an edge in the third over -- and in his next over bowled, Steyn induced Ed Joyce into a catch at first slip. With five wickets downed through four World Cup games, Steyn also carries a 36.40 average and 5.35 economy rate.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson yielded 48 runs in eight wicket-free overs during Sunday's loss to Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

Through four World Cup matches, Anderson's form has escaped him, with only two wickets taken for a 91.00 average and undesirable 6.28 economy rate. If he can turn around his fortunes, the pace bowler boasts career marks of 29.31 and 4.93, respectively, in the format.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin bowled beautifully to take four wickets for 25 in his 10 overs against the United Arab Emirates in Perth on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ashwin ripped through the United Arab Emirates' middle order, taking four key wickets whilst bowling 44 dot balls and conceding just one boundary. He has led India's young bowlers well in this World Cup so far, taking eight wickets at an average of 13.37 and an economy rate of 3.82.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc was brilliant Saturday, taking a career-best six for 28 off his nine overs, almost single-handedly saving the match for Australia.

Fantasy Analysis

Starc figures of six for 28 were the second-best figures in World Cup history. Of his six scalps, four were bowled as he displayed a menacing streak, especially toward the tail-enders. Starc now has eight wickets in his two games this World Cup, at a stellar average of 9.38. This was also the second six-for that Starc has taken this year, previously getting six for 43 against India in January.
Kevin O'Brien    All Rounder    Ireland
O'Brien conceded 61 off seven overs, while taking two wickets, but he redeemed himself with a 25-ball 50 during Ireland's two-wicket victory against the UAE.

Fantasy Analysis

Bowling with his usual medium pace, O'Brien took a wicket in both of his first two overs, but his final three overs in the death weren't as kind. He offered up short and wide deliveries, which were converted into five of his seven boundaries allowed for 43 runs. Left with 278 to chase, Ireland was unable to sustain anything close to one run per over until Gary Wilson took his place in the crease. When O'Brien entered at 175/5 near the end of the 39th over, he teamed with Wilson to whittle down a required run rate of 9.45, striking eight fours and two sixes to aid a 72-run stand before his own dismissal. After posting his 11th ODI 50, O'Brien's strike rate resides at 100.88 in 2015, but his 22.8 average with the bat and 6.38 economy rate leave something to be desired.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson took two for 30 off six overs during Monday's win against Scotland.

Fantasy Analysis

With 303 runs to defend, Anderson took the new ball, induced Calum MacLeod to attack an outswinger in his second over, and notched the first wicket of Scotland's innings. Anderson tallied his second wicket of the game, and tournament, in the death overs, as he attempts to return to the form that saw him nab seven wickets in his first four ODIs of 2015. Despite the dearth of wickets, he'll carry a 4.62 economy rate in the format this year into Sunday's outing against Sri Lanka.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin took three wickets for 41 off 10 during Sunday's win versus South Africa.

Fantasy Analysis

Ashwin's day started innocuously enough, as he surrendered two boundaries, both fours, in his first over. Once South Africa's Powerplay arrived, though, wickets started to fall at desirable rate for India's defense of 307. In the span of six overs, five members of the Proteas were dropped, included Jean-Paul Duminy, Vernon Philander, and Morne Morkel via the right-arm offspin of Ashwin. With five wickets taken in his last three ODIs, Ashwin will carry a 27.20 average and 5.04 economy rate from that span into Saturday's game against the UAE.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell captured the Man of the Match award Saturday against Pakistan, scoring an unbeaten 42 runs off just 13 balls, including three fours and four sixes, and also took three wickets for 33 runs in his eight overs.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell has yet to be dismissed in this World Cup, amassing 69 runs in the two games so far, but his major role for the West Indies is with the ball. In his seven ODIs in 2015, Russell has taken 10 wickets at 35.50, with a slightly expensive economy rate of 6.22. Both of those numbers are worse than his career averages, but it's hard to expect him to bowl as well as he did against Pakistan either.
Kevin O'Brien    All Rounder    Ireland
O'Brien was run out for no runs, while taking for 71 off nine overs, during Ireland's World Cup opener Monday against the West Indies.

Fantasy Analysis

O'Brien made his entrance with Ireland on the doorstep of a successful chase of 304 runs, but a partnership with his brother, Niall, abruptly ended on a failed attempt to snag two runs. On the bowling side of the equation, Kevin notched the first wicket of the West Indies' innings, forcing Dwayne Smith to loft a ball directly to long on. The outing follows January's Dubai Tri-Series, in which he notched 30, 13, and 21 on his way to a 73.56 strike rate. The allrounder also grabbed four wickets with a 26.00 average and 4.95 runs allowed per over.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell crushed three fours and one six on his way to 27 off 13 during the West Indies' World Cup opener Monday against Ireland. Moreover, he conceded 33 off six wicket-free overs.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell was part of a lower half that produced the second-most runs (218) in ODI history, but the trio of Lendl Simmons, Darren Sammy, and Russell couldn't make up for the top of the order, as Ireland was able to chase down the Windies' final tally of 304. Prior to the Cup, Russell experienced similar success, including a 30.75 average and 143.02 strike rate in five ODIs versus South Africa. While he also took seven wickets during that series, his 43 overs bowled went for an expensive 6.72 economy rate.
James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    England
Anderson was unable to take a wicket for 67 off 10 overs during England's World Cup opener Saturday against Australia.

Fantasy Analysis

Anderson's lack of success was circumstantial, as Australia's opening pair, David Warner and Aaron Finch, offered up catchable balls in his first three overs that were instead dropped or whiffed on entirely. The foibles set Finch up for his sixth ODI century, and the opposition's 342 runs meant a likely appearance for Anderson in the crease. Anderson proceeded to bat for the second time in five ODIs this year, recording eight off 11. However, Saturday's elevated run rate didn't afflict his 2015 marks, which now stand at seven wickets taken with a 29.00 average and 4.27 economy rate.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc picked up two for 47 in nine overs in Australia's opening match of the World Cup on Saturday versus England.

Fantasy Analysis

Starc got the early wicket of Moeen Ali in his first spell, and then came on toward the end of the English innings to collect the wicket of Stuart Broad. At the moment, Starc is in good form, taking 16 wickets from his last seven limited overs games. He has the ability to swing the ball both ways at pace and could prove a handful on Australian pitches.
Mitchell Marsh    All Rounder    Australia
Marsh smashed 23 off 20, including three boundaries, before taking five wickets for 33 in nine overs against England on Saturday in Australia's opening match of the World Cup.

Fantasy Analysis

Marsh knocked over five of England's top seven batsmen, crippling their run chase to leave it at 6/92. He bowled economically Saturday,­­ conceding just 3.66 runs per over while bowling 33 dot balls. In 2014-15, Marsh has turned himself into an explosive lower order hitter, averaging 36.40 with the bat at a strike rate of 89.21.
Mitchell Starc    Bowler    Australia
Starc played in the Tri-Series Final against England in Perth on Sunday and probably played his poorest match of the series. He didn't take a wicket, and his economy rate was a disappointing 5.71 in seven overs.

Fantasy Analysis

In some ways, Starc has been the surprise packet of the Australian One-Day summer. Criticised heavily in the media for his Test performance against India in early January, he started the ODI Tri-Series spectacularly and continued to take wickets of both India’s and England’s top order batsmen, totaling 12 in five matches. Starc has always been behind Mitchell Johnson in the Australian team as a left arm fast bowler but this season has played alongside Johnson with some success. However, if James Faulkner (abdomen) is fit, the Australian selectors may opt to avoid playing three left arm fast bowlers. Starc is also handy with the bat, coming in around No. 9, and can make a valuable contribution to the finishing overs of a run chase.
Mitchell Marsh    All Rounder    Australia
Marsh batted at No. 6 in the Tri-Series Final versus England on Sunday, making 60 before being run out going for quick runs in an innings-saving partnership with Glenn Maxwell. Although he didn't take a wicket, Marsh's seven overs were very economical, going for just 18 runs.

Fantasy Analysis

Marsh is the new order all rounder: a tall, strong, young man who can hit the boundary and clear the fence with ease. Another Australian whose body can let him down, he is both a damaging batsman and a more than handy fast/medium bowler, if he stays injury-free.
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn did not bowl in Wednesday's warmup against New Zealand after posting figures of 0/40 against Sri Lanka on Monday.

Fantasy Analysis

Steyn picked up six wickets in the three ODIs he participated in within the recent series against the West Indies, posting an elite economy rate of 3.60. Boasting best ODI figures of 6/39, Steyn, the highest ranked bowler playing in this World Cup, is the Proteas' main strike weapon and is primed for an impressive showing.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin bowled economically in India's final warmup Tuesday against Afghanistan, finishing with figures of one for 37 off his 10 overs with one maiden.

Fantasy Analysis

Ashwin's bowling has been a bright spark in India's warm-up games. His 1/37 followed his figures of 0/29 off six overs against Australia. Ashwin could play an important role in India's title defence, having to bowl in the middle and Powerplay overs. He has the ability to shut one end down and has taken wickets in each of the last 13 ODI matches in which he's played.

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