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Vernon Philander    (Pro)    All Rounder    South Africa
Philander (back) will miss the first Test against Bangladesh as he continues to recover from his injury suffered in July, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The talented allrounder is a key cog in the Test squad, with seven half-centuries with the bat and a whopping seven four-fors and 11 fifers including a pair of 10-wicket hauls. While it was initially seen as a short-term injury that might not have even kept him out of the fourth Test at the beginning of August, this injury has lingered much longer than anticipated. The Proteas quicks have been ravaged by injury of late, but Philander's expected return for the second Test will be a boon as his fitness has always been a question mark about his career.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne (thumb) is likely to miss Sri Lanka's two-match Test series against Pakistan as he continues to recover from a broken thumb, Wisden India reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The batting allrounder hasn't played since July when he broke his thumb fielding in the first Test at Galle against India. While he's unlikely to be fit for the two Tests, Sri Lanka is hopeful that he'll be available for the five ODIs that follow, beginning on October 13.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan has been sidelined for the first three ODIs of the Australian tour of India due to family reasons, the first ODI is on Sunday. ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The Indian opening batsman asked to take leave from the game to take care of his wife, who has fallen ill. The loss, while not irreplaceable, will be disappointing for the Indian side due to the form Dhawan has shown recently. It is likely that Ajinka Rahane will replace Dhawan at the top of the order.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum will miss the duration of the CPL with an elbow injury, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum sustained the injury after being struck by a ball on 26 Saturday night against the Barbados Tridents and retired hurt. McCullum was in fine throughout the tournament, scoring 335 runs in 10 matches including a CPL-high 91 against the Jamaica Tallawahs in the previous matches. It's unclear how long McCullum will be out for, but with no international commitments, the Big Bash League is the next big domestic T20 tournament on his radar.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood is out of Australia's tours of Bangladesh and India having picked up a side strain in Australia's 20 run loss to Bangladesh in the first test match on Wednesday. ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The pacemen joins fellow quick Mitchell Starc on the injury list following his side strain injury. Hazlewood managed just short of five overs in he second innings on the third day when he left the field. It was later confirmed that Hazlewood would be heading back home by the close of the test. Steve O' Keefe has been selected to join the squad in the wake of Hazlewood's injury.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum top-scored with 91 off 62 including five boundaries and six maximums in Saturday's victory over the Jamaica Tallawahs.

Fantasy Analysis

After an unbeaten half-century in his first match of the tournament, he went through a rough patch where he didn't break 19 runs in a match and averaged 11.00 across a five-match stretch. However, since then, McCullum has hit a rich vein of form, scoring 196 runs with two half-centuries in the past three matches.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum hit an incredible 40 from 14 balls to contribute in a stunning victory against the Patriots on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

With 86 runs needed from six overs, McCullum is often a likely pick when a player is needed to do the job. In this instance he was at his destructive best and hit three sixes and five fours to score 40 from 14 balls and ensure victory for his side along with Darren Bravo.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan raced to 132 off 90 not out including 20 boundaries and three maximums in Sunday's ODI victory over Sri Lanka at Dambulla.

Fantasy Analysis

As if there was any question about the preeminent opener for India, Dhawan shined with needing just 71 balls to reach his 11th ODI century while raising his average up to 45.37. Dhawan partnered with Virat Kohli for 197 runs and won by nine wickets with a whopping 127 balls remaining. With India having four viable openers, Dhawan will look to further stake his claim prior to the 2019 World Cup over the course of the rest of the series.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan scored 119 runs from 123 balls on day 1 of the third Test against Sri Lanka Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhawan scored hit sixth Test hundred from 107 balls and included 15 fours. He along with his opening partner, Lokesh Rahul, put on a 188-run stand, the largest opening partnership by a side touring Sri Lanka. He was finally dismissed by eft-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara after sweeping a ball into the diving hands Dinesh Chandimal at square leg. The last time an India opener hit multiple centuries in an away series was in 2011 when Rahul Dravid hit three hundreds against England.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum was out for a golden duck despite his side winning against Guyana on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

The chase of Guyana's total worth 156 started in the worst possible way, with their opener McCullum being caught on the first ball of their innings. McCullum was caught by Gajanand Singh off the bowling of Sohail Tanvir. The ex-New Zealand skipper started the tournament with a bang, hitting 58 not out but has only managed scores of 19, 16 and a duck since.
Rangana Herath    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Herath will be rested for the third and final Test of the series against India, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Herath had pulled up with a bad back in the second innings of the second Test and has bowled a ton of overs of late, bowling more than 160 overs across the past three matches. While he did take a four-for in the first innings-even with a bum finger, injured in the first match-the 39-year-old is due for a rest, particularly with a Test series against Pakistan on the horizon and India already up 2-0 in the three-match series.
Nuwan Pradeep    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Pradeep tore his left hamstring and will miss the third and final Test against India, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Seemingly the only bowler in form for Sri Lanka, taking a career-best six-for in the first innings at Galle, Pradeep's injury is crushing to a team that already lacks even passable seamers. Pradeep has been afflicted with the injury bug for much of his career, which makes this disappointing, but far from surprising as he was a late fitness test coming into the series. His timetable requires at least two weeks to heal, which could put him back into contention for the ODI series, which begins two weeks from now on August 20.
Vernon Philander    (Pro)    All Rounder    South Africa
Philander is questionable for South Africa's fourth Test against England.

Fantasy Analysis

Philander has been experiencing lower-back spasms in the lead-up to the fourth and final Test of the series and will be assessed on the morning of the match. The 32-year-old missed much of the third Test thanks to a stomach problem that morphed into a viral infection. "Vernon at 100% fit means we can look at playing three seamers and play seven batters. Vernon at 90% doesn't mean you can play three seamers because you don't want to be in a position where you have a seamer break down and then you only have two bowlers, because that is basically the Test match over right there," said Faf du Plessis, the South Africa captain. Philander is the Proteas' third-highest wicket-taker in the series with 10 wickets from three matches.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne broke his thumb in the first innings at Galle and was ruled out for the remainder of Sri Lanka's tour against India, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Gunaratne picked up the injury in the 14th over of the first innings, diving to his left and having the ball strike off the end of his thumb. He immediately showed signs of distress and quickly left the ground in pain, with his x-ray showing a serious fracture in his thumb. The injury will keep him out for six-to-eight weeks and he will be unable to return for the duration of the Test series, as well as ruling him out for the ODI and T20 portions of the tour as well. Against Zimbabwe in the one-off Test, he turned in a crucial unbeaten 80 in the fourth innings chase against Zimbabwe and picked up a pair of wickets with the ball in the first innings to boot.
Rangana Herath    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Herath injured his finger in the first Test at Galle and is doubtful for the second Test, beginning August 3, against India, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Herath was extremely expensive in the first innings of the series, taking just one for 159 off 40 overs, though through his heavy workload, he actually posted a team-best economy of 3.97 for the innings. He bowled just nine overs in the second innings and it was later revealed that his finger, while not swollen, is still causing him pain. If he cannot play, the selectors are remaining mum as to whom would replace him, but Sri Lanka did get some positive news with the likely return of their skipper, Dinesh Chandimal, who had pneumonia and missed the first Test.
Nuwan Pradeep    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Pradeep took six wickets as India made 600 in the first innings of the first test on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

The quick bowler marked his return to cricket following a hamstring injury with his first six-for and first haul of wickets over four. He finished with personal career best figures in test cricket of six for 132 off 31 overs with two maidens. This included the wickets of India's top four.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan hit a massive 190 on his return to test cricket against Sri Lanka in the first innings on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Playing his previous test just under a year ago against New Zealand, Dhawan returned for India with 190 in his first innings back. Once again opening, his innings came from only 168 balls and included 31 fours. His innings included a massive partnership of 253 for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara.
Nuwan Pradeep    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Pradeep (hamstring) was named to Sri Lanka's Test squad for the first match of the series against India, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The pace bowler picked up a hamstring concern that sidelined him for two weeks, but his return to fitness means the end of Dushmanatha Chameera in the attack for the Test squad. With 24 Tests under his belt, he has an average of 42.98 and took his sixth-career four-for in his last Test innings against South Africa in January at Johannesburg.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn will have surgery on his left shoulder and is likely to be out until the end of the year, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

This is Lynn's third injury of the same shoulder in the past three years and while he said he's able to play through it, that he'd rather be at 90 or 100 percent than the 50 or so he's currently at. Lynn was supposed to play in the Caribbean Premier League and is unlikely to be available for the rest of the year, which means he'll miss Bangladesh's T20 league as well as Australia's proposed tour of India in September and October.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum was out for a five-ball duck in Middlesex's loss to Surrey Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

One day after returning his first substantial score of his T20 Blast campaign McCullum departed on the final ball of the first over after skying an attempted drive to Jason Roy off the bowling of Jade Dernbach. The Middlesex captain now has scores of nine, 10, 10, 88, and 0 in a season that currently sees them mid-table.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum blasted 88 from 51 balls to earn man of the match and fire Middlesex to victory over Kent on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

In first score above 10 in the Natwest T20 blast, McCullum unleashed with six sixes and nine fours to reach his score of 88 before he was bowled by Calum Hagget. The win gives Middlesex and outside chance of progressing in the tournament, sitting in fifth in the South group after six games.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance has been ruled out of the third Test between England and South Africa.

Fantasy Analysis

After just returning to England's Test set-up the Yorkshire batsman will once again be on the sidelines after a broken finger diagnosis was confirmed by a hand surgeon. The 27-year-old batsman suffered the injury after being hit by a short ball from Morne Morkel on the final day of the second Test. His return to the top level hasn't been a resounding success, with scores of 20, 34, 27, and four. England named Essex batsman Tom Westley as his replacement for the third match though he may be available for selection for the following match.
Rangana Herath    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Herath was named man of the series but not man of the match in a one off test match due to his bowling performances against Zimbabwe on Tuesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Despite not being named man of the match, Herath was named man of the series for the one off test match against Zimbabwe, which resulted in a four wicket win for Sri Lanka. Herath returned figures of five wickets for 116 off 32 overs and six wickets for 133 from 39.1 overs in the second innings. Herath also hit 22 runs from 30 balls in the first innings, not being required for the successful chase in the second innings.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne was named man of the match in Sri Lanka's victory over Zimbabwe on Tuesday with his performance with both bat and ball.

Fantasy Analysis

Over two innings, Gunaratne produced scores of 45 and a superb 80 not out to win the game for the home side when chasing a record 387 for Sri Lanka. With the ball, he bowled seven overs for 28 runs while taking two wickets. Gunaratne also took a catch in the first innings.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne slowly worked his way to 59 off 81 not out including four boundaries in Monday's defeat to Zimbabwe at Hambantota.

Fantasy Analysis

While his primary role is as a batsman, Gunaratne has taken on allround responsibilities and has seen his work with the bat falter a bit. However, on Monday, he shined with both the bat and the ball, reaching his first ODI half-century in 17 innings with the bat while bowling one for 23 off four overs with the ball to more than keep his side competitive. While a batsman by trade, his figures of seven for 177 with the ball made him one of the better options for Sri Lanka over the series made him one of the more economical options for Sri Lanka over the course of the series.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance was out for 20 on day 1 of the first Test between England and South Africa Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ballance was given another shot at Test cricket by his Yorkshire turned England Captain Joe Root but failed to make the most of it in his first innings back. The 27-year-old batsman faced 41 balls before he was sent packing by South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel. The Zimbabwe-born batsman was given out lbw after he was hit in front of middle stump but reviewed the decision anyway. Ball tracking wasn't on his side and he was forced to go after no evidence was found to save him.
Vernon Philander    (Pro)    All Rounder    South Africa
Philander finished day 1 with figures of three for 46 in South Africa's first Test against England Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Philander got the Proteas going early with the wickets of opening batsman Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings within two overs of each other, leaving England 17/2. Cook fell victim to a lazy back-foot push to the off side that found it's way into the hands of South Africa keeper Quiton de Kock. Jennings went 13 balls later after he was trapped lbw, though television cameras show if he would have reviewed the decision would have been overturned as the ball pitched outside leg stump. The 32-year-old medium pacer claimed his third and final wicket of the day after he pinned England keeper Jonny Bairstow plumb in front on the back foot. This marks a positive return to Test cricket for Philander. In SA's series against New Zealand in March he took only two wickets in three matches.
Dale Steyn    Bowler    South Africa
Steyn (shoulder) will miss the England Test series as he continues his rehabilitation, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Injured in November at Perth against Australia, the oft-injured Steyn is still one of the best Test bowlers in the world when fit. Unfortunately for the 34-year-old, his fitness has been called into question with greater regularity. While originally on track to play in the July Test series, his inability to bowl prior to now has made his return impossible for this series. While he won't be joining the South Africa squad, he hasn't ruled out the possibility of joining a county championship side to build up his match fitness with an eye on the rest of South Africa's Test fixtures. After the England series, they'll host Bangladesh for two matches at the end of September before hosting Australia in March 2018.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance was named in England's Test squad for their first match against South Africa at Lord's starting Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

In his latest Test appearance, or as most would have thought his last, Ballance scored just nine and five, He scored 24 runs overall in England's two-Test series against Bangladesh. However, the 27-year-old has been in magnificent form in 2017, average over 100 runs in the County Championship. In April the batsman had a stunning game, smashing 108 and 203 not out when Yorkshire took on Hampshire. "Yorkshire's Gary Ballance could play his first Test since October. He has been in fantastic touch with the bat in the Championship averaging over 100. He deserves to be included and we feel that he will add maturity and experience to our middle-order," said national selector James Whitaker.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan scored 63 runs from 59 balls in India's win over West Indies in their second ODI Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhawan cruised to his 21st ODI 50 from 49 balls with a glorious array of stroke play that netted him nine fours, he hit a total of 10 in his innings. The 31-year-old partnered with fellow opener Ajinkya Rahane for a century opening stand. The two batsman have a history together, they have the best average of any pair that have scored more than 1500 runs together in ODIs. Dhawan has been on a hot streak since the beginning of Champions Trophy, posting four half-centuries and one hundred and a total 488 runs in his last seven ODI innings.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan continued his Champions Trophy form with a score of 87 despite their being a no result between India and West Indies on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Having won the golden bat for most runs in the Champions Trophy with 338 in total as India were runners-up, Dhawan continued the form on to the ODI series with the West Indies, eventually being dismissed for 87 runs. His innings included eight fours and two sixes when he was out LBW by Devendra Bishoo. The game was eventually called due to rain with India three down for 199 before the 40 over mark and Indian captain Virat Kohli in the middle on 32.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan totaled 21 off 22 including four boundaries in Sunday's defeat to Pakistan and won the golden bat for most runs scored in the Champions Trophy.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhawan had been the model of consistency throughout the Champions Trophy, compiling two half-centuries and a century in his first three matches and scored 46 against Bangladesh in the semis. However, when they really needed a big knock from their openers, Rohit Sharma was beaten for a duck and Dhawan posted his lowest score of the tournament by 25 runs. Despite the low score, Dhawan still easily won the Golden Bat, scoring 338 runs in the five matches at a 67.60 average and a strike rate of 101.80.
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.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan mashed one six and 12 fours en route to 78 off 83 during Sunday's win against South Africa in the Champions Trophy.

Fantasy Analysis

With an easy target of 192 after a wicket-laden first innings, India didn't have to press the issue too incredibly much, but its score was more or less in line with the Proteas' at the 10-over mark (37/1 versus 35/0). Dhawan and Virat Kohli kept chipping away, though, as both reached half-centuries in the middle overs and reduced the required run rate little by little. Although Dhawan was unable to bring India home, his 128-run partnership with Kohli laid the groundwork for Yuvraj Singh's match-winning six in the 38th. As Dhawan prepares for Thursday's semifinal versus Bangladesh, he remains the top run-getter in the tournament with 271, one of four batsmen to surpass 200 runs to date.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan scored 125 runs from 128 balls in India's Champions Trophy loss to Sri Lanka Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

The 31-year-old batsman and his opening partner, Rohit Sharma, ransacked the Sri Lanka bowlers putting on a 138-run stand for the first wicket, of which Dhawan scored 51. After weathering the storm of Sharma's wicket followed by a duck from Virat Kholi, Dhawan brought up his 10th ODI hundred with a boundary, just one of 13 in his 112 ball hundred. He hit 15 fours and one six overall. Following his century the opener combined with wicketkeeper MS Dhoni for an 82-run stand, of which Dhawan scored 40. He was finally out after holing out to a Kusal Mendis, fiedling three-quarters of the way to the long-on boundary.
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.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan opened the proceedings with 68 off 65 including six boundaries and a maximum in Sunday's victory over Pakistan at Edgbaston in the Champions Trophy.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhawan has become quite familiar with Rohit Sharma in an opening partnership and with Pakistan bowling relatively well to keep the run rate down, Dhawan and Sharma still put together an opening wicket 136 run partnership. Dhawan had been in good form in the IPL and scored 100 runs across the two warm-up matches. Dhawan will look to maintain his strong form as they travel to The Oval to take on Sri Lanka as they look to secure their place in the semifinals.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood picked up six wickets and his best ODI figures in Friday's Champions Trophy match against New Zealand that was rained out.

Fantasy Analysis

The Aussie seamer picked up the first wicket of the innings and followed it up with five more in ensuing spells to leave him with his best figures in his ODI career of six for 52. Hazlewood took the first wicket of Martin Guptill, who was caught by Glenn Maxwell for 26, but had to wait a while before tearing through the middle and lower New Zealand order with the opposition collapsing from 254/4 to 291 all out. Recently, Hazlewood has struggled to take wickets, as he last took more than one wicket in an innings against India on the 4th of March.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne hit an unbeaten 70 and took a wicket in a loss to Australia by two wickets on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Having underachieved lately with the bat, Gunaratne turned it around in this innings with a well-compiled 70 where he was not out at the end of the innings. His innings included 8 fours and two sixes, and came from just 56 balls at the back end of the Sri Lankan innings. With the ball in hand, Gunaratne took the wicket of tail-ender James Pattinson for 9, clean bowling him.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn blasted 84 off 52 with eight boundaries and three maximums in Tuesday's defeat to Kings XI Punjab.

Fantasy Analysis

Since returning from a shoulder injury on Sunday, Lynn hasn't missed a beat in the crease. After a rapid-fire 50 in his first match back, Lynn was as terrifying as ever on Tuesday, finding the boundary 11 times in 52 balls and finishing with a strike rate of 161.53. Somehow for the tournament, his strike rate sits at 186.33 with an average of 86.33 and has more runs in just four matches than established stars such as Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma in twice (or more) as many matches.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan blasted 62 off 46 not out with four boundaries and two maximums and was named Man of the Match in Monday's victory over the Mumbai Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

Something of a T20 specialist these days, Dhawan has consistently put up strong scores night after night and through his strong run of performances, was selected as the opening partner of Rohit Sharma for this summer's ICC Champions Trophy. His unbeaten half-century, his third fifty of the tournament, earned him his first Man of the Match honors and moved him into second on the orange cap table with 450 runs in 12 matches and just 12 runs away from 5,000 career T20 runs.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn pummeled 50 off 22 with five fours and four maximums in Sunday's victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Fantasy Analysis

After missing the past month with a dislocated shoulder from attempting to make a diving catch, Lynn returned ahead of schedule and formed one of the most impressive partnerships of the season thus far. With Sunil Narine batting at an otherworldly 317.64 strike rate, Lynn wasn't too far behind, finding the boundary quicker than every third ball for his second half-century of the tournament in just three innings to give him 175 for the tournament, outscoring batsmen like Karun Nair and Chris Gayle despite playing a fraction of the games.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum raced to 45 off 27 with five fours and two maximums in Monday's defeat to the Rising Pune Supergiants.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum did well in the powerplay to partner with Ishan Kishan for 55, but couldn't get much going with anyone else as wickets started falling with greater consistency. After struggling over his past three matches, scoring just 15 runs, this was his sixth score above 30 this tournament to put him sixth on the orange cap table and with the third-most maximums.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan scored 29 runs from 30 balls in Hyderabad's win over Kolkata on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhawan had the best seat in the house for David Warner's magnificent 43-ball ton, scoring his 29 runs at a leisurely strike rate of 96.66 while Warner has tearing the Knight Riders apart. By the time Warner brought up his 50, Dhawan had only eight. When Warner reached his 100, Dhawan had only just reached 20. Dhawan was run out after an exceptional direct hit from Kuldeep Yadav exposed a bit of lazy running. In his last five innings, Dhawan has posted scores of 15, 70, 30, 77, and 29.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan top scored for the Sunrisers as they took a 26-run win over Kings XI on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

The Indian opener crossed the half-century mark for the second time in this season's IPL, having made 70 earlier on. His contribution in this game was central to getting his side over the 200-run mark in their allotted 20 overs. The opening partnership of 107 with David Warner was key in the big total that Hyderabad put on the board.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum hit a quick-fire 33 from 17 balls in Gujarat's win over Kolkata on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

The former New Zealand captain continued his rich form with another score of substance to take him to the top of the run scorers leaderboard in the 2017 IPL. The innings included five fours and a six, which took him to equal highest for sixes in the tournament thus far. McCullum was a presence in the field, too, with a catch and sharp run out to go along with the runs he made later in the game.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan produced his first 50-plus score of the 2017 IPL in the Sunrisers' victory over the Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

The winning of the 21st match came down to the key partnership between Kane Williamson and Dhawan, who moved onward after captain David Warner opened with only five. The larger partnership was worth 136, and Dhawan contributed 70 overall to the innings total of 191, which was too much for Delhi. His innings included seven fours and a six and came from 50 deliveries.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum mashed seven maximums and two fours on his way to 72 off 44 in Tuesday's defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Fantasy Analysis

While it can be a bit feast or famine with the long-time New Zealand international, McCullum showed just how powerful he can be in an inspiring effort — albeit a losing one. His seven maximums vaulted him to the top of the leaderboard with 15 sixes for the tournament, three above the next highest total. He also moved into second with 225 runs scored. While the Lions have struggled, McCullum has been excellent, particularly of late, as he's scored 185 runs over his past three innings. His side will travel to Kolkata to take on KKR on Friday.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum totaled 64 off 44 with six fours and three maximums in Sunday's defeat to the Mumbai Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

After his opening partner Dwayne Smith was beaten for a duck on the second ball of the match, McCullum continued to show his class once he got himself going. After just missing a half-century Friday, scoring 49 against the Supergiant, and a tough Pakistan Super League that saw him average 13.28 in eight matches, McCullum finally seems to be finding his form for the Lions. He'll look to keep up this form in Tuesday's visit from Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn opened his IPL account for the tournament with a huge unbeaten 93 in his side's 10-wicket win over the Gujarat Lions on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Chasing a respectably large score of 183, Lynn showed once again how he can take a game completely away from the opposition, as he did in the BBL. His massive 93 not out came from a mere 41 balls and included eight massive sixes in his favourite zones of straight down the ground and over mid-wicket. This score comes off the back of the fantastic BBL season, where Lynn was in the top-5 run-scorers, despite playing only five innings compared to at least eight from the rest and finishing with an astonishing average of 154.50 and strike rate of 177.58.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan opened his IPL season with a solid score of 40 in his side's win over the Royal Challengers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Coming into the tournament on the back of good form with the India B side (45, 50 and 128), Dhawan provided the perfect base for the Sunrisers to launch a big innings total of 200-plus. Dhawan hit his score of 40 off 31 balls, with five fours smashed throughout his innings, where he was particularly strong with the pull shot.
Rangana Herath    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Herath took figures of six for 59 on day 5 of the first Test against Bangladesh Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

The Sri Lanka captain's six-for bowled Bangladesh out for 197 runs, 259 short of their target and took him to the third win on the trot as captain. Herath wrecked the low-order, removing the last six batsmen in the order including Mahmudullah Riyad for zero. The 38-year-old became the most successful left-arm spinner in Tests with a total 366 wickets in 79 matches, passing Daniel Vettori's 362.
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.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne hit 85 from 134 in the first innings against Bangladesh this week.

Fantasy Analysis

Sri Lanka's fifth man up notched a hefty 85 at Galle this week, in a respectable performance that was completely eclipsed by a 194-run monster effort from Kusal Mendis. The Gunaratne-Mendis partnership was far and away the most productive of the first innings, producing 196 runs in a marathon fourth-wicket stand. The 31-year-old batsman hit seven boundaries in his three-hour tenure, all fours. In the 83rd over, he was bowled out with a new ball from Taskin Ahmed.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood snatched six for 67 off 24 overs in the second innings of Australia's defeat to India in the second Test of the series at Bengaluru.

Fantasy Analysis

Hazlewood found success early, knocking off both Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja before the 40th over. After a tremendous partnership between Rahane and Pujara was broken by Mitchell Starc, it was Hazlewood who kept the wickets coming, knocking off Pujara, Ashwin and Yadav across a two-over spell with the second new ball. This was his fifth five-for and his best bowled innings in a Test match. On more batsmen-friendly pitches at Ranchi and Dharamsala, Hazlewood will look to keep his form going.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne was named to Sri Lanka's Test squad for their upcoming two-Test series against Bangladesh, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The 31-year-old didn't make his international debut until a year ago, but has come on strongly ever since. After a number of convincing performances against South Africa in their ODI series earlier in February and following that up with a pair of half-centuries against Australia in T20I's, Gunaratne earned this call-up. In his two Test caps, he's recorded a half-century and a century and sports an average of 75.
Nuwan Pradeep    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Pradeep was not selected for Sri Lanka's T20I series at Australia.

Fantasy Analysis

While Pradeep has shown his class at the domestic T20 level, he's been given just two caps in T20I's including at Centurion against South Africa in January. However, he was not selected during Sri Lanka's 2-1 series victory over Australia as he struggles to get consistent run in the Sri Lanka international squad across any of the three formats. He did bag a four-for in the first innings of the final Test at Johannesburg, but in a 3-0 whitewashing, there were few positives to take away for Sri Lanka. He'll look to return to the Test squad for their upcoming pair of Test matches in March against Bangladesh.
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    South Africa
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.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne blasted 84 unbeaten runs from 46 balls in Sri Lanka's trilling last-ball win over Australia in the second T20I Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Gunaratne ransacked Australia in the last two overs of Sri Lanka's chase, helping the team score 36 from the last 12 balls - the most runs scored from the last two overs to win a match in T20I history - including a final-ball boundary to seal the game. The 31-year-old batsman brought up his fifty with a massive six from 38 balls, he hit six fours and five sixes overall. Sri Lanka is a perfect 5-0 in T20Is in Australia, that record is second only to Pakistan who have won six on the trot in Zimbabwe.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne hit his maiden ODI century for Sri Lanka despite their loss to South Africa in the fifth and final ODI match.

Fantasy Analysis

The allrounder had a mixed bag of a game, succeeding with the bat but was expensive with his five overs that went for 46 runs. His century came at almost a run-a-ball, finishing with 114 not out from 117 balls. This included two sixes and 14 fours, but more importantly came at a time where Sri Lanka were four wickets down for 70 runs when Gunaratne came in to bat.
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.
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.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum smashed the second fastest BBL half century against the Melbourne Renegades on Friday

Fantasy Analysis

Having to chase a total of 200 to win, McCullum was quick out of the blocks and hit his 50 off 18 balls, still six balls short of the quickest fifty in the tournaments history set by Chris Gayle. Heatstroke then hit McCullum and he struggled to a score of 64 before he holed out to Long on for a score of 64 runs, still off only 40 balls.
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.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn has been made unavabile for the third ODI against Pakistan on Thursday due to injury (neck). ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Lynn missed out on the second ODI loss against Pakistan at the MCG and it has now been confirmed that he will miss the remainder of the five-match ODI series and also the upcoming Chappell-Hadlee series against New Zealand.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood will miss the first ODI between Australia and Pakistan due to his workload during the Test season.

Fantasy Analysis

Hazlewood carried a large load during the Australian Test summer bowling upwards of 40 overs in five of the six Tests he played. The 26-year-old broke a 10-year record for most overs in an innings by an Australia fast bowler, bowling 42 overs in the first innings of the Brisbane Test. "If one of our other fast bowlers picks up an injury in the run-up to Friday's first game at The Gabba then he could be called up to slot in," Australia coach Darren Lehmann said.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn has been named in Australia's ODI squad of the upcoming series against Pakistan.

Fantasy Analysis

Lynn's form in the BBL has been to good to ignore for the Australian selectors, he's currently the leading run-scorer with 309 runs from five matches. "Everyone loves what he's brought to the T20 format, now the challenge for him is to do that in the one-day format, which we know he can," Australia coach Darren Lehmann said.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn was once again the man of the match in his sides victory over the Scorchers on Thursday with a tremendous knock of 98.

Fantasy Analysis

Coming to the crease in the third over, Lynn made light work of the total of set by the Scorchers and together with Brendon McCullum finished the game by the 14th over. His score of 98 not out extended his lead atop the rankings for most runs in the tournament, hitting 309 runs altogether in just five innings. His knock of 98 included an incredible 11 sixes.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum hit an unbeaten half century in the Heat's victory against the Scorchers on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

The nine wicket win by the Brisbane side showed just how deadly the second wicket partnership between McCullum and Chris Lynn has been and has the potential to continue to be this season in the big bash. With Jimmy Peirson falling for 18 in the third over, the pair then had an unbeaten stand of 148 to cruise home with over five overs to spare. McCullum, the sides captain made 50 himself and was rarely overshadowed despite his half century coming from 31 balls.
Vernon Philander    (Pro)    All Rounder    South Africa
Philander snatched four for 27 off 12 overs in the first innings of South Africa's second Test against Sri Lanka at Cape Town.

Fantasy Analysis

The allrounder was a bit disappointing with the bat, mustering just 20 runs, but more than made up for it with the ball, picking up double-strikes in the 41st and 43rd overs to end Sri Lanka's innings on 110. Philander has made an absolute meal of Sri Lanka's batsmen this series, taking a five-for in the first Test and he now has 10 wickets in the first three innings of the series, though his bat hasn't had quite the same success of late.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn was man of the match in the Heat's seven wicket win against the Hurricanes on Friday, following an unbeaten 84

Fantasy Analysis

Lynn came to the crease early to join his captain Brendon McCullum and together the pair took the game away from the Hobart side, putting on 109 for the second wicket when McCullum was dismissed. Lynn continued on to score 84 runs from 50 deliveries in a knock that contained seven sixes, including one that went 121 metres and cleared the stadium.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum smashed his way to 72 as the Heat flew to their third victory in the BBL against the Hurricanes on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

The Heat captain took the game by both hands having his fellow opener Jimmy Peirson dismissed in the second over of the innings by Englishman Stuart Broad. McCullum hit four sixes and 10 fours on his way to a score of 72 from only 35 balls. Together with Chris Lynn, the pair made light work of the total of 174 despite McCullum being dismissed by Cameron Boyce in the 10th over, caught by Dan Christian.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum was man of the match following his quick fire 42 from 21 deliveries as the Brisbane defeated the Adelaide Strikers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

The former New Zealand captain led the Brisbane Heat to a victory in their opening match of the 2016/17 Big Bash against the Adelaide Strikers. McCullum smashed three sixes and four fours to have a strike rate of 200 by the time he left the crease for 42, caught off the bowling of Kieron Pollard. He later also took the catch of English import Chris Jordan for just one run.
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.
Dale Steyn    Bowler    South Africa
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.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood snatched three for 49 off 10 overs in Australia's victory over New Zealand in the first ODI of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

Hazlewood was a rare bright spot in Australia's wretched Test series against South Africa, taking 17 wickets across the three match series and continued his strong form in the first ODI, taking a team-high three wickets, starting with Tom Latham in the second over and keeping it up from there. While he's been one of the strongest members of the Australian attack in Test cricket, he's been less-so in limited-overs formats; however, the 25-year-old is bowling as well as he ever has of late.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne snatched three for 10 off 4.3 overs in Sri Lanka's ODI victory over Zimbabwe in the finals of the Zimbabwe Tri-Nation Series.

Fantasy Analysis

Gunaratne made his ODI debut at the beginning of this tournament and quickly took to the format. The 30-year-old needed fewer than five overs to snatch the final three wickets, ending Zimbabwe's afternoon in the 37th over and did so at an economy that would make even a Test bowler pleased. After making his international debut in February, 2016 has been extremely kind to Gunaratne as he looks like an integral part of the Sri Lankan side for both ODI's and Tests.
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.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne took three for 21 off 6.3 overs in Sri Lanka's ODI victory over Zimbabwe.

Fantasy Analysis

After impressing in his Test debut, hitting for a half-century in his first innings and a century in his second career Test, he translated his strong form with the bat over to his work with the ball. His third and final wicket ended Zimbabwe's afternoon on 154, which Sri Lanka needed less than half of their allotted overs to reach. Gunaratne will be a vital part of the Sri Lanka attack throughout the Zimbabwe Tri-Nation Series, which sees their next fixture come on Wednesday at Harare against the West Indies.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood snatched six for 89 off 30.5 overs in the first innings of Australia's defeat to South Africa in the second Test of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

Despite Australia hitting a real valley of form in this series, Hazlewood has still managed to impress. An accomplished Test bowler, he nearly reached his best bowled innings. He now has 11 wickets across his three innings bowled, but managed just 14 runs in the second Test as a batsman. While he's not there to prop them up as a batsman, he actually scored the most runs of anyone batting below fourth in the order thanks to his six runs unbeaten in a futile batting performance by Australia. They'll look to save face at Adelaide on Nov. 24 for the third and final Test of the series.
Vernon Philander    (Pro)    All Rounder    South Africa
Philander decimated Australia's batting line-up, taking five for 21 on the first day of the second Test of the series Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

David Warner for one, Usman Khawaja for four, Adam Voges for zero, Joe Meanie for 10, and Nathan Lyon for two, that is the destruction that Philander caused. The 31-year-old allrounder bowled Australia out for just 85 runs, their lowest total at home in 32 years. While most people would think that five for 21 would be Philander's cheapest five-for ever, the South African has a history of taking low-run five-wicket hauls, against the same opposition in Cape Town in 2011 he took five for 15 in just seven overs and in 2013 against New Zealand, again in Cape Town, he snagged five for seven in six overs!
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.
Rangana Herath    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Herath has put in another extremely successful bowling performance against Zimbabwe in the second test Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Having already taken five wickets in the Zimbabwe's first innings, Herath has repeated the performance in the second innings with still three wickets to be taken on the fifth day of the match for Sri Lanka to win. These wickets come from 16 overs, having conceded 45 runs from these.
Rangana Herath    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Herath snatched five for 89 off 26 overs in the first innings of Sri Lanka's second Test against Zimbabwe.

Fantasy Analysis

After taking six wickets in the first Test against Zimbabwe, Herath continued his strong form by taking his 27th five-for in his 75th Test. Herath has long been one of the top Test bowlers, currently coming in at fourth in the ICC Rankings and has been a big reason why Sri Lanka's found success of late. He'll look to continue his strong form in the final innings to consolidate the sweep.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne totaled 116 off 193 in the first innings of Sri Lanka's second Test against Zimbabwe.

Fantasy Analysis

After making his debut in the first Test of the series, Gunaratne wasted no time in picking up his first Test hundred. With just one international cap coming into this series, a T20I against India in February, the 30-year-old is having a renaissance of form, even if it is against Zimbabwe. He'll look to carry his strong form into the second innings as he looks to consolidate his place in the Test squad moving forward.
Vernon Philander    (Pro)    All Rounder    South Africa
Philander was the key bowler for South Africa as he took four wickets on the second day of the first test match against Australia on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Having only made a total of 242 on what appeared to be a good batting pitch, South Africa looked in trouble when Australia passed 150 without losing a wicket. However, Philander and the South African bowlers fought back strongly, cleaning up the Australian middle and lower order to restrict the home side to a lead of just two runs. Philander finished with the figures of four wickets for 56 runs from 19.2 overs bowled.
Dale Steyn    Bowler    South Africa
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.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood bowled three for 70 in a strong first day for Australia in a Test against South Africa in Perth on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Hazlewood and Starc were the one-two bowling duo of this opening innings in Perth, taking turns to pick apart the South African batting lineup all the way down the order. After Starc send opener Stephen Cook packing for a duck, Hazlewood followed up by claiming the wickets of Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla in quick succession. By the ninth over the visitors had lost three top-order batsmen for a paltry 20 runs. A short delivery to Quinton de Kock ended the wicket keeper’s 84-run stand, and any hope of a South African resurgence with it.
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.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance was out for just five runs in the second innings of England's devastating loss to Bangladesh on day 3 of the second Test of the series Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

The 26-year-old batsman was one of six dismissed by offspinner Mehedi Hasan. Offering an aggressive shot to a bad ball, Ballance skyed a simple catch to Tamim Iqbal at mid-off. He ended his dreadful tour of Bangladesh with only 24 runs in four innings. The first Test of the series against India starts in just 10 days, England may give Ballance one more chance before opting for 19-year-old Haseeb Hameed.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance scored just nine runs in England's second innings of the first Test of the series against Bangladesh on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Scoring one run in the first innings and nine in the second, Ballance's first Test in Bangladesh is going rather badly. The Zimbabwean born batsman has only crossed double figures once in his last four innings, 17 runs in the second innings against Pakistan at The Oval. Ballance fell victim to a leg-side trap, sweeping a ball directly into the hands of Imrul Kayes at leg-slip
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.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum has retired from international cricket and underwent back surgery to ameliorate a longstanding problem and will focus on professional T20 cricket, Stuff.co.nz reports.

Fantasy Analysis

With 12 centuries and 31 half-centuries across his 101 Test caps and success at both the ODI and T20I levels, McCullum's recurring back problems were enough for him to withdraw from consideration from the international team. He will now focus on solely T20 cricket, where he's shown himself to be quite an accomplished batsman, striking seven centuries and 33 half-centuries in 251 T20 matches, having recently completed a stint for the Trinbago Knight Riders in the CPL.
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.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance scored three off 24 in the first innings and one off 16 in the second innings of Yorkshire's county championship match against Somerset at Headingley.

Fantasy Analysis

The Test batsman played in all four of England's Tests against Pakistan, but mustered just one half-century in seven innings and failed to break a dozen in multiple innings. While he did notch one century, his return to county cricket has been far from successful, typified by his paltry run total. With Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan withdrawing from the side, Ballance will likely be included in the two-Test series in Bangladesh, but needs to regain form ahead of their five-match tour of India.
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.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn injured his shoulder during a fielding drill and will be unavailable for Australia's upcoming T20 series against Sri Lanka, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Lynn had a tremendous CPL, leading the run charts with 454 runs and has shown incredible promise in his short tenure as an international batsman. This is his third consecutive year succumbing to a shoulder injury, having previously torn his rotator cuff in his left shoulder prior to the 2014-15 season and injured the same shoulder in September 2015. The severity of Lynn's injury is still unclear, but if he's forced to miss any real length of time, it will be another major setback in what was once such a promising career. Lynn will be replaced by George Bailey for the first match of the series while Matthew Wade will stick around for both.
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.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood will take the upcoming ODI series against South Africa off as he prepares for the busy summer schedule for Australia. ESPN Cricinfo reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Australia will have to look elsewhere in regards to having someone to lead the bowling attack, with both usual frontline quicks Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc will be back home resting for their upcoming busy schedule.
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.
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.
Nuwan Pradeep    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Pradeep (hamstring) has been ruled out of the Sri Lankan ODI squad, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Pradeep looked as if he was fit to play but aggravated his injury just before Sunday's toss. While he's not typically a part of the ODI squad, he participated in six during Sri Lanka's tour of Ireland and England. The pace bowler will be replaced not with a seamer, but rather with Angelo Perera, a middle-order batsman.
Rangana Herath    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Hearath tore through the Australian team in the second innings, taking seven wickets and pushing him to 13 for the match as the Sri Lankans defeated the Australians on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

The performance of Herath in the first and second innings meant he was justly awarded both the Man of the Match and Man of the Series award, taking 13 wickets in this Test and 28 in total for the series. The spinner was at the heart of the Australian collapse in the second innings, as the visitors fell from 100 for the loss of two wickets to 160 all out, handing Sri Lanka a 3-0 series whitewash.
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.
Rangana Herath    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Herath retired hurt after copping a painful blow while batting in the third Test against Australia on Saturday, but he returned to bowl Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

The star spinner of Sri Lanka's historic demolition of the Australian batting unit was forced back to the pavilion Sunday after a nasty hit to the groin from a bouncing Josh Hazlewood delivery. Herath was unable to return to add to his 33-run first-innings total, but managed to shake off the pain in the tea break to return in the second. In 13 overs with the ball, Herath gave up 36 runs but claimed no wickets.
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.
Rangana Herath    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Herath claimed four wickets in the first innings of the second Test match with Australia on Friday. Among those was a hat trick, becoming only the second left-arm orthodox bowler to do so.

Fantasy Analysis

The veteran Sri Lankan spinner made light work of Australia's middle order, taking four cheap wickets as the visiting side crumbled to 106 all out in their first innings. Herath's wickets included the Australian captain Steve Smith and batsman Adam Voges. Herath also contributed with the bat, making 26 in an important 61-run partnership with Dilruwan Perera at the back end of the Sri Lankan second innings.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum earned Man of the Match honors in the Knight Riders' five-wicket win against the Zouks on Thursday, making two catches in the field and top scoring with 49 off 41 not out.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum suffered through two drops in the first innings, only to make amends with a pair of catches in the death. First, he knocked out Grant Elliott on 10 in the 18th, but a top edge to McCullum at long-off from the dangerous Darren Sammy in the 19th sent him to the showers after a blazing 40 off 22. Staring down a formidable total of 164 in the chase, McCullum walked to the crease in the fifth, when Trinbago opening batsman Umar Akmal fell for the second wicket. Fortunately, Akmal, Hashim Amla, and Colin Munro racked up 57 runs to that point in the match, but McCullum was more steady than smashing the rest of the way. None of McCullum's four partnerships matched the early standard, but he and Sunil Sarine accrued the final 30 with nine fewer balls than were required when they joined forces in the 16th. McCullum and company will attempt to reach the CPL final during Friday's Qualifier 2 against the Tallawahs.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn top scored with a knock of 49 in Wednesday's win against the Tallawahs in the first qualifier of the CPL playoffs.

Fantasy Analysis

Qualifier 1 went to the Amazon Warriors, who also finished at the top of the table in the regular season, as they beat the Tallawahs with two balls to spare to go straight through to the final. Lynn was key to the win, hitting 49 from 47 balls including three sixes as he anchored the Amazon Warriors' winning innings. The knock also sent him to the top of the most runs leaderboard with 447 runs for the campaign to date.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance notched up his first Test match fifty since his return to the England side, as he top scored with 70 against Pakistan in the third Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Pressure was put on Ballance as, although England didn't look to be in trouble, they clearly need some scores of substance to make it a passable first innings total. The partnership between Ballance and Moeen Ali did so, with both batsman making half-centuries (70 and 63, respectively). The sixth wicket stand pushed the home side forward to an eventual total of 297 all out at the close of the first day.
Nuwan Pradeep    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Pradeep injured his hamstring in training Monday, and his status is in doubt heading into the second Test against Australia starting Thursday, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

After a brutal first innings with the bat, Pradeep was one of the saving graces with the ball in the first Test of the series. As the only true pace bowler who made the squad, Sri Lanka will be left reeling against an Australia side who will be chomping at the bit to even up the series. Pradeep was one of the most experienced bowlers in the Sri Lankan attack and could be replaced by either Vishwa Fernando or Asitha Fernando, both of whom would be making their debutante appearance for the Test side if Pradeep can't go.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum struck for 43 off 28 during Sunday's victory against the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots.

Fantasy Analysis

Upon exchanging William Perkins for McCullum after eight overs, the Knight Riders already had a suitable platform from which to build upon. McCullum and Denesh Ramdin did just that, slowly whittling down the RRR until 34 runs were needed from the last 36. After bookending the 15th with sixes, McCullum tacked on one four and another maximum in the 16th, which left just four from the final 24. Thisara Perera made the pair work, but Ramdin pushed a full and wide delivery through cover point for the match-winning single to end the 17th.
Rangana Herath    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Herath bowled five for 54 in the second innings of Sri Lanka's historic Test win over Australia at Kandy on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Herath's absurdly stingy tally would probably have earned him the Man of the Match title, were it not for Kusal Mendis' phenomenal 176-run demolition of the Australian bowling unit. Herath, the 38-year-old left-arm bowler, will have to make do with five Australian scalps for just 54 runs conceded and a downright miserly economy rate of 1.61 in the second innings. Opening batsman David Warner was the first to fall to Herath's attack, as he was bowled out for just a single run in the second over. Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith and Steve O'Keefe were also among Herath's haul in an innings where the visitors managed just 1.81 runs per over.
Rangana Herath    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Herath picked up four wickets in Australia's first innings as the Sri Lankans restricted the visiting team to a total of 203 in the first Test match that began Tuesday.

Fantasy Analysis

The veteran left-armer recorded impressive figures of four for 49 from 25 overs. Herath, along with debutant Lakshan Sandakan, restricted the away side to an agreeable sore, meaning Sri Lanka trailed by 86 runs as they headed into their second innings. The four-wicket haul was Herath's third in Pallekele in just four innings, and he took three scalps in the other.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood swiped three for 21 off 10 overs and picked up four maidens in the first innings of Australia's Test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele.

Fantasy Analysis

The accomplished pace bowler nabbed five wickets in his last ODI in the Tri-Nation Series against the West Indies and showed no drop in form in the first innings of the first Test against Sri Lanka. He picked up his first wicket in the sixth over and then followed that up with the next wicket on the first ball of the 10th over just three runs later. After a bit of a break, Hazlewood took his third wicket just before lunch at the end of the 26th over to put the Aussies firmly in the driver's seat. Batting 10th, Hazlewood will look to bat just once (maybe not at all) thanks to his and the fellow bowlers' performance in the attack.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn blasted 86 off 45 in Sunday's defeat to the St. Lucia Zouks.

Fantasy Analysis

After Nic Maddinson's time in the crease mercifully ended in the fourth, Lynn put up his top score of the tournament, forming a century partnership with Dwayne Smith that lasted nearly 12 overs and was only caught out by a tremendous play in the field. The 26-year-old Australian now leads the CPL in runs scored with 332, passing Hashim Amla for that title.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan hit a solid knock of 84 from 147 balls in India's first innings total of 566 against the West Indies on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

The job of an opening batsmen is to see off the new ball, and Dhawan did that and more with his innings of 84 stretching into the 55th over. This allowed batsmen such as Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin to capitalize on the old ball as well as the fatigued bowlers. Dhawan's innings included nine fours and a six over backward point.
Dale Steyn    Bowler    South Africa
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    South Africa
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    South Africa
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.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance had 43 off 66 in the second innings of England's defeat to Pakistan during the first Test of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

After just 33 runs from the first three batsmen and needing 283 on the chase, Ballance formed a pair of strong partnerships, scoring 49 with James Vince and 39 more with Johnny Bairstow before being bowled out with England on 135. A surprise selection who was dealing with a groin injury coming into the Test, Ballance validated his selection with a strong run in the crease, even if it was in a losing effort. With a career Test average of 46.03, Ballance seems to have worked his way into the middle of the English batting lineup for the series.
Dale Steyn    Bowler    South Africa
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.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance is tending to a groin injury, which held him out of Sunday's game against Derbyshire in the NatWest t20 Blast, ESPN Cric Info reports. "Gary's got a bit of a tight groin which he sustained on Friday in the T20 against Birmingham," said Yorkshire's director of cricket Martyn Moxon. "At this stage, we don't know whether he will be fit for the [first] Test [against Pakistan], but he may be okay."

Fantasy Analysis

A surprise selection for the aforementioned Test, Ballance was in form before picking up the ailment, notching 132 in the first innings against championship leader Middlesex early in the week. He followed up that performance with 33 against Warwickshire in a T20 on Friday, but he took a turn for the worse in the interim. Ballance has mere days to regain a semblance of health with the Test starting Thursday at Lord's.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn posted 34 off 37 in Saturday's victory against the the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots.

Fantasy Analysis

Providence Stadium has been far more conducive to bowlers than batsmen in this tournament, with perseverance the commonality in most fruitful batting displays. After Lendl Simmons supplied nearly half of the Patriots' runs in the first innings -- 50 of 108 -- the Amazon Warriors' subsequent chase endured the loss of Dwayne Smith in the second over, but the ensuing partnership between Martin Guptill and Chris Lynn reaped ample rewards. Guptill was the aggressor, powering a 60-run stand with four sixes and three fours, and following his exit in the eighth, Lynn continued to construct a more traditional innings in his home confines. Although Lynn moved on at less than a run per ball and just one other teammate (Sohail Tanvir) reached double-digit runs, Guyana put a bow on the game with nearly four overs left.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance has been recalled into the England Test team for the upcoming Test against Pakistan starting July 14, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Following being dropped during the Ashes, Ballance's future England career hung in the balance, but because of Nick Compton's decision to take a break from the game, Ballance has been given another chance to prove himself against the red ball. Ballance, who averages 33.64 in the championship and recently hit his first century of the season for Middlesex, faced strong competition for the spot from Scott Borthwick, who averages 58.50, but got the call-up from England coach Trevor Bayliss.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn top scored with 39 off 35 not out during Thursday's win against the Jamaica Tallawahs.

Fantasy Analysis

Runs, let alone boundaries, were few and far between in this match. The precedent was set upon Chris Gayle's exit via LBW on the second ball, but nary a Tallawah found much fluency outside of Rovman Powell (38) and Shakib Al Hasan (25). Chasing down 100 shouldn't have been too tall of a task, with the Guyana Amazon Warriors boasting an opening pair of Dwayne Smith and Martin Guptill. However, both were sent to the showers in the fourth, putting the impetus on Lynn for a sustained run in the crease. A 42-run stand with Jason Mohammed for the third wicket brought the innings back into focus, while Lynn and Anthony Bramble put together 48 off 28 to wrap up the contest with 12 balls to spare.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum will be a part of the draft for the 2017 Pakistan Super League, Umar Farooq of ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum was off to a tough start in the CPL, scoring just 13 runs in his first three matches for the Trinbago Knight Riders, but turned in a 35 for 18 performance on Monday against the Tallawahs. After a strong stint with Middlesex in the NatWest t20 Blast, even at 34 years old, McCullum still has plenty left in the Twenty20 format.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn recorded 77 off 43 with the aid of eight sixes and one four during Saturday's win against the Trinbago Knight Riders.

Fantasy Analysis

In contrast to a first innings in which Colin Munro's unbeaten century was met by silent bats on the other end, Lynn found fluent teammates aplenty in this match. Confronted with a target of 162, Dwayne Smith opened with a flurry, notching two sixes and three fours within his first 12 balls. In the fourth, Smith's dismissal LBW brought Lynn together with captain Martin Guptill, who continued his near run-per-ball pace until he was bowled in the 10th. After that 45-run stand, Lynn ramped up the onslaught as the death commenced, striking five of his sixes in the span of 13 balls at one point. Lynn suffered the same fate as Smith in the 19th, but not before whittling down the requirement to eight from the final 10 balls.
Dale Steyn    Bowler    South Africa
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.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum will serve as the marquee overseas player for the Trinbago Knight Riders in the 2016 CPL campaign.

Fantasy Analysis

Notching another juncture off his professional belt, the Kiwi will hit the Caribbean after a modest run with Middlesex in the NatWest t20 Blast that concluded with a flourish. Last Friday, he struck for an unbeaten 87, which was fueled by five sixes and four fours. Otherwise top scoring at 16 in four other innings with Middlesex, the run didn't deviate much from IPL9, when he had just one half century in 16 innings on his way to a 22.12 average. No matter his current form, though, he'll have an opportunity to overturn prevailing opinion in Trinbago's opener Wednesday versus the St. Lucia Zouks.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood took five wickets and allowed 50 runs to lift his Australian side to victory in Sunday's ODI Tri-Series final against the West Indies.

Fantasy Analysis

Hazlewood knocked the home side off-balance by claiming opener Andre Fletcher's wicket in the 11th over, then returned after Mitchell Marsh's strong performance to mop up the back half of the Windies' batting order. Hazlewood capitalised when Fletcher ran forward early on the fatal delivery, shortening his length to take the high edge of the bat for an overhead catch by captain Steve Smith. In the end, Hazlewood managed an economy rate of 5.17 from 58 deliveries, allowing six fours and a six in his time at the crease. He was named man of the series after Australia's 58-run win.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum hit a typically exhilarating 87 off just 57 balls to lift Middlesex to 210 in 20 overs versus Kent on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

In his last game for Middlesex for the summer campaign, ex-Blackcap skipper McCullum put together a century opening stand with Dawid Malan in the NatWest T20 Blast. McCullum's knock included four fours and five sixes and helped propel Middlesex to a 40-run victory. He finished not out but was unable to reach triple figures due to running out of balls left.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum hit a typically exhilarating 87 off just 57 balls to lift Middlesex to 210 in 20 overs versus Kent on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

In his last game for Middlesex for the summer campaign, ex-Blackcap skipper McCullum put together a century opening stand with Dawid Malan in the NatWest T20 Blast. McCullum's knock included four fours and five sixes and helped propel Middlesex to a 40-run victory. He finished not out but was unable to reach triple figures due to running out of balls left.
Nuwan Pradeep    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Pradeep conceded 64 runs but still swiped a pair of wickets off 10 overs during Tuesday's draw against England at Trent Bridge.

Fantasy Analysis

England didn't have much trouble reaching the boundaries during his various spells, but Pradeep did contribute to an early cascade of wickets. Residing at 72/4 in the 16th, the seamer induced Eoin Morgan into a catch to the keeper, breaking up a 42-run stand with Jos Buttler. After drinks, Pradeep's very next over included a four from Moeen Ali, but the Englishman proceeded to offer a return catch for his second wicket.
Dale Steyn    Bowler    South Africa
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.
Nuwan Pradeep    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Pradeep picked up three wickets and gave up 37 runs in 15 overs in the second innings of Sri Lanka's third test against England.

Fantasy Analysis

The pace bowler took five maidens and held a 2.46 economy, more than a run better than his test average, in the second innings after a tough first innings. While he adds virtually nothing as a batsman, Pradeep's bowling ability is strong enough to make up for that.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood swiped two for 20 off 10 overs in Tuesday's defeat to South Africa at the West Indies Tri-Series.

Fantasy Analysis

Seamers like Hazlewood were surprisingly effective on the stagnant grounds at Providence Stadium. Firing 47 dots across three different spells early, middle, and late, he benefited from a review to get Quinton de Kock LBW in the seventh and later bowled Wayne Parnell in the 29th. Although his side was unable to chase down the first-innings mark of 189, Hazlewood posted the lowest economy rate of any Australian to use the maximum 10 overs since 2005.
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.
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.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan eked out 28 off 25 during Sunday's win in the final of IPL9 against Royal Challengers.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhawan put together an equitable opening stand with David Warner, with each picking their spots yet still striking the odd boundary. As per usual in this tournament, Dhawan served in an anchor role, taking dots on nearly half of his balls faced. Just prior to his departure on a top edge to deep square leg, he contributed 25 to the 59 accrued in the Powerplay, which Sunrisers built upon on their way to 208 in the first innings. Ultimately, the bowling unit picked up timely wickets of Chris Gayle (on 76) and Virat Kohli (on 54), after which no Royal Challenger could uphold the required run rate.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan was run out on zero during Friday's win against the Lions in Qualifier 2.

Fantasy Analysis

Boasting a career IPL strike rate of 121.14, Dhawan puts together the occasional flurry but normally requires time to build up an agreeable score. In this game, a lack of patience to open the chase was his undoing, as he pushed his fourth ball to cover and bolted down the track. As the throw from Brendon McCullum hit the stumps, it was evident that Dhawan was short of the bowler's end, which replay upheld in a prompt manner. After Dhawan's departure, David Warner's search for a viable partner came up empty until Bipul Sharma came on at No. 8. While the duo gathered the final 46 (from 25) with four balls remaining, Dhawan will attempt to reboot in anticipation of Sunday's IPL final against Royal Challengers.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum emerged from his slumber, smashing one six and eight fours en route to 48 off 27 during Saturday's victory versus the Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

Since the calendar flipped to May, McCullum had top-scored at 29 with four single-digit scores among six matches, averaging 9.16 at a strike rate of 83.33. Despite the dour stretch, Gujarat was the sole team to clinch a playoff spot entering the weekend, but a desire for a berth into Qualifier 1 may have inspired the capable Kiwi on Saturday. Channeling his ever-potent bat, McCullum sidestepped the abrupt exit of fellow opener Aaron Finch and joined forces with Suresh Raina. That duo took kindly to Mumbai's bowlers, nailing the ropes early and often in pursuit of 172. McCullum's exit in the 10th was followed by Raina and Dinesh Karthik in the span of 17 balls. However, Dwayne Smith and Ravindra Jadeja guided Gujarat into the top spot in the standings with plenty of room to spare.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan accrued 33 off 27 during Tuesday's four-run triumph over the Supergiants.

Fantasy Analysis

Conditions in Visakhapatnam appealed to bowling rather than batting Tuesday, but Dhawan's effort helped Sunrisers hover about a run-per-ball rate during his time in the crease. The going was rough in the Powerplay, though, as the squad emerged at 34/1 with fellow opener David Warner departing after a nick to keeper MS Dhoni in the fourth. A pair of boundaries from Dhawan at the end of this period accounted for nearly 30 percent of that total, and he tacked on another six and four apiece before holing out to long-on in the 11th. Fortunately for Dhawan and his mates, nary a tandem on either side found comfort with the bat in yet another tight match in IPL9.
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.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum mashed three sixes and six fours on his way to 60 off 36 during Wednesday's win against the Daredevils.

Fantasy Analysis

The pair of McCullum and Dwayne Smith swatted all comers to open the match, hitting boundaries with regularity and reaching 100 through nine overs. The innings marked the fastest team century of the tournament to date, and in the same over, McCullum made his first 50 of IPL9. Within two overs, though, Imran Tahir took the sheen off the partnership, bowling Smith on 53, and McCullum followed him to the pavilion just four balls later, as he mistimed a full delivery from Chris Morris. Thereafter, the Lions' order couldn't uphold such a pace, providing an opportunity for Morris and company to hunt down 172.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan recorded 56 off 53 not out during Tuesday's loss via D/L method to the Supergiants.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhawan's showing was one of persistence rather than power, though he wasn't entirely lacking in the latter, as evidenced by one six and two fours scattered across the first innings. The approach was perhaps the prudent one on a rain-soaked evening, but none of his first five partners reciprocated, with all but one of them producing a duck or one run. Sitting at 32/5 after Moises Henriques edged one to keeper MS Dhoni on the first ball of the ninth, Dhawan finally found a willing teammate in Naman Ojha, who contributed 18 to a 47-run stand. While Dhawan continued to wean Pune's bowling unit for runs, Bhuvneshwar Kumar's flourish at the end of the innings (21 off eight) ultimately pushed Sunrisers to a difficult-to-defend 118.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum cobbled together a quick-fire 42 off 24 during Sunday's win versus the Royal Challengers.

Fantasy Analysis

Staring down a first-innings total of 180, mostly from the bat of Virat Kohli (100), McCullum and Dwayne Smith squeezed out double-digit runs in three of the first four overs of the chase, settling for 47 at the latter's departure in the sixth. McCullum immediately kicked it up a notch, following five wides from Kane Richardson with six, four, six, and four on successive deliveries to conclude that over. McCullum continued onward with Suresh Raina until the ninth, when the Kiwi edged a googly back to bowler Tabraiz Shamsi. Through five games of this tournament, McCullum has yet to post a signature batting display, but it's only a matter of time due to his 137.42 strike rate in the format.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan mustered 45 off 44 during Saturday's win versus Kings XI.

Fantasy Analysis

While he's managed back-to-back scores of 40-plus runs, Dhawan has so far struggled with the bat, posting his lowest strike rate (108.57) in IPL play since 2009. In this match in particular, he followed the run out of Manan Vohra in the first innings with a formidable batting display with David Warner in the second. Acting as the anchor, Dhawan allowed Warner plenty of room to operate, as the latter accounted for 59 of the 90 runs in their opening stand. After Aditya Tare suffered the indignity of a golden duck just one ball removed from Warner's dismissal, Dhawan tallied two fours to get on the right side of a run-per-ball effort before hitting a top edge to the keeper to end the 14th.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan tallied his first half century of IPL9, recording 53 off 41 during Thursday's victory against the Lions.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhawan's dalliances with the bat were uninspiring, to say the least, as he totaled 16 runs in his first three showings of the tournament. However, the tide turned versus a bowling unit tasked with defending a measly 135, which partner David Warner took a liking to from the beginning of the second innings. Dhawan himself wasn't as honed in, but back-to-back fours in the 12th helped him break loose of a run-per-ball pace and provide 27 of the final 37 runs in the chase. With no batsmen lost along the way, the Sunrisers recorded the first 10-wicket win in its history.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan will be out 4-to-6 weeks with a fractured right hand, ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhawan will miss India's two remaining test matches against Sri Lanka as a result. Even if he requires the upper bound of the given recovery timetable, he could recovery fully in time for the first T20 of India's tour of South Africa, which commences on Oct. 5.
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.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn smashed three fours and four sixes en route to 52 off 33 during Tuesday's victory versus the Patriots.

Fantasy Analysis

Lynn entered after Chadwick Walton's dismissal in the third and promptly got down to business, striking three fours and one six within his first six deliveries. During his sole partnership, Lynn saddled up with Chris Gayle for 85 off 62, which equates to a healthy run rate of 8.22. In his T20 career, the 25-year-old Lynn has posted a 29.13 average and 140.54 strike rate across 43 innings.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan will be rested during the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, The Times of India reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhawan is joining a handful of veteran Indians on the sideline, which is warranted considering the fixture-filled nature of the first half of the year. After leading his side with 412 runs at the World Cup, he continued that success with two half centuries in three ODIs during the recent tour of Bangladesh. Overall, he's put up a 44.21 average at an 87.55 strike rate in 14 such innings in 2015.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum will skip the tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe in August, but remain a member of the Black Caps' for the next year, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Citing an unending schedule in the leadup to the World Cup and thereafter, McCullum will avoid any international fixtures until the home-and-away series against Australia at the end of the 2015, which he'll follow up with participation in the World T20 in India next March. While he'll finish out the current county cricket season with the Birmingham Bears, he also announced a three-year deal with Brisbane of the Big Bash League. As evidenced by the preceding, the 33-year-old will seemingly focus on limited-overs cricket for the foreseeable future.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan recorded 53 off 60 with the support of seven fours during Sunday's loss in the second ODI at Bangladesh.

Fantasy Analysis

Although he lost fellow opener Rohit Sharma on the second ball of the match, Dhawan put together India's most-productive stand thereafter with Virat Kohli. Throughout their time together, the pair exchanged the strike and sustained a run per ball average, and upon Kohli's dismissal via lbw in the 13th over, they boasted 74 off 73. The pace slowed down substantially with MS Dhoni up next, as merely 35 were added to the scoreboard before Dhawan edged to the keeper in the 21st. After two fixtures in this series, Dhawan is averaging 41.50 at a strike rate of 84.69, which is congruent with his career marks in ODIs of 43.89 and 89.74, respectively.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum notched 35 off 31 during Wednesday's defeat in the fourth ODI at England.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum has been a mainstay in the two Tests and four ODIs to date on New Zealand's tour of England. However, his sole half century occurred in the second innings of the second Test, which he's followed up with no score greater than 39 in the ODI portion. With a 23.75 average and 143.93 strike rate in the latter form of the game, a bit more patience should provide the substantial output one expects from the 33-year-old Kiwi.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance wasn't selected for England's ODI squad for the upcoming series versus New Zealand, which begins on June 9, BBC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Ballance was a surprise selection to England's playing XI in their World Cup opener, but his inability to cobble together even modest results forced a change for the final two games of the tournament. In four appearances, he recorded a top score of 10 on his way to a disastrous 9.00 average and 50.70 strike rate. In the meantime, he's participated in all five Tests against the West Indies and New Zealand, tallying one century and two 50s along the way. While he takes a break from ODIs, national selector James Whitaker mentioned that Ballance hasn't "been ruled out of playing a role for England in limited-overs formats in the future."
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum wasn't selected for the Super Kings' playing XI against the Indians on Tuesday, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Ending the season as the Super Kings' top run scorer with 436, McCullum left the team in order to take part in New Zealand's tour of England, according to The Times of India. Expect him to be a mainstay in two Tests, five ODIs, and one T20I over the course of the next month.
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.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan contributed 24 off 18 to the Sunrisers' five-run victory against Kings XI on Monday.

Fantasy Analysis

Opening the first innings, Dhawan and David Warner alternated their attack of Hyderabad's bowling unit, combining for seven fours and two sixes en route to 56 through six overs. On the first ball of the seventh, though, Dhawan stepped out of the crease and was sent to the pavilion via stumping. After 12 matches of IPL8, Monday's 24-run offering ranks in the middle of pack, as he boasts a 31.27 average and 124.18 strike rate this season.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum played a cautious innings Sunday, eventually posting 81 off 61 during the Super Kings' 12-run win against the Royals.

Fantasy Analysis

MA Chidambaram Stadium presented the squads with the unsavory combination of inert pitch and unbearable heat, a combination that only McCullum was able to crack. Jettisoning his normal aggression for a more stated approach, he nudged many deliveries to the gaps while blending in strategic boundaries to establish a respectable mark for the Royals' subsequent chase. He achieved his 50 off 44, or just more than a run per ball, but ramped up the pressure thereafter as fatigue set in, gathering 31 from his final 17. Among his four tandems, one in particular accounted for the bulk of Chennai's final tally: the third wicket with Faf du Plessis produced 101 in 12.4, which corresponds with a 7.97 run rate. After 12 matches, McCullum is one of five batsmen with greater than 400 runs scored, but he carries the lowest average, 38.09, in that group at a friendly 165.61 strike rate.
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.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan posted 54 off 35 during Thursday's seven-run win versus the Royals at Mumbai.

Fantasy Analysis

No matter who inhabited the other the end of the pitch, Dhawan struck the Royals' bowling unit with regularity. While putting together partnerships of 48 with David Warner, 41 with Moises Henriques, and 38 with Eoin Morgan, Dhawan crushed six fours and two sixes en route to his third half century of IPL8. As one of 11 batsmen to reach the 300-run threshold to date, Dhawan boasts the lowest average (34.11) and second-lowest strike rate (123.29) of the group.
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.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan tallied a run-per-ball 15 with three fours during Monday's 35-run loss to the Knight Riders at Kolkata.

Fantasy Analysis

Sidestepping the first-over wickets of David Warner and Naman Ojha, Dhawan saddled up with Moises Henriques for a 23-run stand before his own dismissal in the fifth. No matter, Dhawan has been the Daredevils' most-consistent batsman behind captain David Warner, notching at least 25 runs five times in nine games for a 31.62 average and 118.22 strike rate.
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.
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.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
After losing his opening partner Dwayne Smith with the first ball of the match, McCullum could have been expected to be watchful and play steady-as-you-go cricket for a couple of overs in Kolkata on Thursday. He did just the opposite, blasting 32 off just 12 deliveries to have his side 2/64 from five overs.

Fantasy Analysis

This approach, however, came unstuck when McCullum was trapped in front by the veteran left-arm spinner Brad Hogg with the first ball of the sixth over. McCullum bashed three fours and three sixes in his 12 ball innings at a massive strike rate of 266.66, but it wasn't enough to see his side over the line. The constant loss of wickets, nine in all, impeded the run rate, and this time, the top-of-the-table Super Kings couldn't post a big enough total to hold off the home team.
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.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum made 19 runs from 14 balls against the Knight Riders in Chennai on Tuesday.

Fantasy Analysis

After winning the toss, the Knight Riders sent the Super Kings in to bat. Although being the first batsman dismissed, a 42-run opening partnership laid the foundation for a thrilling two-run victory. The ICC T20 cricketer of the year in 2010 has had a lean seven seasons in the IPL, but this year, he has made 251 runs at an average of 41.83, which is well up on his IPL average of 28.34 coming into this season. He is now one of only six batsmen who have have scored multiple centuries in this league.
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    South Africa
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.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan paced the Sunrisers with 42 off 29 but to no avail during Saturday's loss to the Indians at Mumbai.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhawan kicked off the second innings with an array of boundaries, including three fours and one six alone in the fourth over, but his opening stand with David Warner came to a close at the end of the fifth when the Australian was caught at the ropes. In the very next over, Dhawan himself struck a zinger to midwicket to conclude his time in the crease, and his teammates were unable to back up the duo's strong platform of 52 runs. He followed up Saturday's outing with his first score in single-digits in this tournament Monday (one off two). However, he still boasts a 33.50 average and 120.35 strike rate after seven matches, which line up with his career IPL marks of 31.96 and 121.57, respectively.
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
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
After a couple of lean matches, McCullum came roaring back into form with the bat in the Super Kings win over the Kings XI on Saturday. He blasted 66 from just 44 balls to set the platform for a solid victory.

Fantasy Analysis

Hitting eight fours and three sixes and with a strike rate of 150 McCullum's innings was above his tournament average of 46.4. He has played 203 T20 matches, batting in 200 of them. His highest score of 158 not out has boosted his overall average to 32.41 with a healthy strike rate of 135.02. He has made six hundreds and 30 fifties in this shortest form of the game.
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.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan notched his second 50 of IPL8 on Wednesday, posting 54 off 46 during Sunrisers' win against the Knight Riders.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhawan merely exchanged the strike with his fellow opener, David Warner, who put on one of the hitting displays of the tournament to date. Complementing Warner's 91 off 55, Dhawan mixed in four fours and one six on their way to a 130-run first-wicket stand. After Warner fell in the 15th over, though, Dhawan and company only mustered 46 from the final 34 balls. Dhawan's 116.17 strike rate this season isn't far off his career IPL norm of 121.30, meaning he must remain in the crease for double-digit overs in around to yield fruitful results.
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.
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.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum suffered an early departure Sunday versus the Royals, but not before striking three fours on his way to 12 off seven in the loss.

Fantasy Analysis

Clearly, McCullum's outing was entirely composed of fours, but the spin of Pravin Tambe tricked the Kiwi into hitting an easy catch to mid-on in the third over. While McCullum has cobbled together a massive 190.58 strike rate through four IPL matches, his daring has only resulted in two significant tallies to date: 100 not out against the Sunrisers and 46 versus Mumbai. His century aside, he's averaged 20.66 at an impressive 213.79 strike rate, meaning fruitful performances are always possible as long as he remains in the crease.
Dale Steyn    Bowler    South Africa
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.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan struck four fours and two sixes en route to 50 off 42 not out during Monday's win against the Royal Challengers.

Fantasy Analysis

Before taking the bat, Dhawan could have stopped AB de Villiers at 18, but his momentum took him beyond the ropes for a six. However, Dhawan righted his wrong by hauling in de Villiers' high fly at sweeper cover, as the Sunrisers ended the first innings with RCB's last five wickets in the span of 10 balls. Facing an attainable 166, Dhawan and David Warner laid the platform for a successful chase, posting 36 runs in the first two overs and 82 in 47 balls to open Bangalore's innings. After tallying his 19th 50 in 83 IPL innings, Dhawan boasts a 32.45 average and 121.84 strike rate in the eight-year history of the tournament.
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.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum smoked Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday, smashing seven fours and nine sixes on his way to 100 off 56 not out.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum more than made up for his four off two from Thursday's IPL opener, guiding the Super Kings to a daunting 209 in the first innings. With partnerships of 75 with Dwayne Smith, 60 with Suresh Raina, and 63 with captain MS Dhoni, McCullum notched his second 100 in the IPL, and first as a member of CSK. In his two seasons with the squad, McCullum has put together a 36.35 average at a strike rate of 130.17.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum lasted only two balls during Thursday's one-run win against the Daredevils, smashing one four before his departure.

Fantasy Analysis

Opening with Dwayne Smith, McCullum followed his teammate's 16-run first over with his customary aggressiveness, which was quickly his undoing. After lucking out when his first ball went through Yuvraj Singh's hand at first slip and reached the ropes, McCullum top edged a fly behind the keeper that Singh reeled in for any easy grab. Nevertheless, McCullum will attempt to uphold the standard of his first season with the Super Kings in 2014. In 14 matches, he notched three 50s on his way to a 31.15 average and 121.62 strike rate.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood will not play in the IPL according to Cricket Australia.

Fantasy Analysis

Cricket Australia has worked with Hazlewood to ensure he will be in peak condition for both the West Indies and Ashes tours. He has therefore decided to rest instead of playing in the IPL for the Mumbai Indians. The tournament is held in the player's offseason, but after a grueling summer and with a full winter ahead, Hazlewood has agreed to rest.
Rangana Herath    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Herath (finger) made his first appearance since the World Cup on Wednesday, bowling four wicket-free overs for 42 and tallying two off six, in Tamil Union's loss to Badureliya in the SLC T20 Tournament.

Fantasy Analysis

After Sri Lanka's fourth match of the World Cup, Herath suffered a laceration on his spinning finger that required four stitches to patch. Upon their removal, an infection delayed his return, and he was eventually ruled out in advance of a quarterfinal loss to South Africa. While his health appears to be intact, his SLC T20 squad, Tamil Union, was eliminated from the tournament, leaving his next appearance, domestic or otherwise, up in the air.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan finished the 2015 World Cup with a team-leading 412 runs at an average of 51.50 and a strike rate of 91.75.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhawan hit one 50 and two 100s, as he got India off to a solid start throughout the World Cup. Although he had the worst strike rate of the Top 5 World Cup batsmen, he still smashed 48 fours and nine sixes. He'll now turn his attention to the IPL, where he will play for Sunrisers Hyderabad, for whom he scored 377 runs at an average of 29.00 in the 2014 edition of the tournament.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood played well in the Tri-Series that preceded the World Cup. However, an average bowling performance against England in the opening match saw him lose his place in the Australian team to Pat Cummins. Hazlewood returned against Afghanistan with figures of two for 25 and finished the tournament with seven wickets for 176.

Fantasy Analysis

Having played just 13 ODIs, Cummins has only batted once for naught not out, but has bowled 13 times and taken 19 wickets for 445 runs. His average is 23.42 with a strike rate of 31.9 and an economy rate of 4.39. In the upcoming IPL season, he'll play for the Mumbai Indians, who are coached by former Australian captain Ricky Ponting under the tutelage of new bowling coach Shane Bond.
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.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum managed an inglorious duck off three balls during Sunday's loss to Australia in the World Cup final.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum attacked opposing deliveries with aplomb throughout the tournament, recording quick-fire performances at a strike rate of 188.50 to establish significant platforms for the Black Caps. After posting three 50s in the first five matches, though, he only surpassed 12 runs one time in the final four games en route to a 19.75 average. His aggressiveness was ultimately his undoing in the final, as he didn't make contact with any of opener Mitchell Starc's inswinging yorkers, with the final one toppling the base of the off stump and setting the tone for the match. McCullum will now turn his attention to the IPL, where he'll hold down a spot as one of the Chennai Super Kings top-order batsmen.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance fell flat in four World Cup appearances, averaging 9.00 at a strike rate of 50.70.

Fantasy Analysis

In the moments before opening the tournament against Australia at MCG, Ballance replaced Ravi Bopara at No. 3, which was seemingly on the basis of the former's 57 off 81 in a warmup match against Pakistan. However, Ballance responded with no more than 10 runs in any fixture, before Alex Hales replaced him at the top of the order for the final two games. Ballance will next represent England during the upcoming Test series in the West Indies, which starts on Apr. 13.
Vernon Philander    (Pro)    All Rounder    South Africa
Philander failed to take a wicket while surrendering 52 off eight overs during Tuesday's semifinal defeat at the hands of New Zealand.

Fantasy Analysis

Philander was chosen instead of Kyle Abbott in the do-or-die match, and the former seemed out of form, giving up nine boundaries, including two sixes, versus 28 dot balls. The performance bumped Philander's figures to four wickets for 33.75 and an economy rate of 4.73 across four World Cup matches. With no international fixtures imminent, he may not make his presence felt until the Proteas' tour of Bangladesh in July, giving the allrounder distance from the Grade 1 hamstring strain that forced three consecutive absences during the tournament.
Dale Steyn    Bowler    South Africa
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.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum again came out swinging with an impressive 59 off 26 balls against South Africa in the World Cup semifinal played in Auckland on Tuesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Starting his innings with a six, McCullum bullied the South African opening bowlers with eight fours and four sixes at an amazing strike rate of 226.92. Knowing they were only going to face 43 overs, he set a platform that allowed the rest of the New Zealand batsmen to play their natural games. Averaging 41.00 for the tournament, he has played a major role in getting his team into their first ever World Cup Final.
Vernon Philander    (Pro)    All Rounder    South Africa
Philander will play in Tuesday's semifinal against New Zealand, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Captain AB de Villiers has opted for the allrounder over pacer Kyle Abbott, meaning the fifth bowler's overs will be spread among two or three of the Proteas. Philander's last of three World Cup appearances on Mar. 12 followed a three-game absence to heal from a Grade 1 hamstring strain. So far in the tournament, he's taken four wickets for 20.75 at an economy rate of 4.04.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood took four wickets for 35 off his 10 overs in a man of the match performance against Pakistan on Friday at the Adelaide Oval.

Fantasy Analysis

In a move that surprised some, Hazlewood replaced Pat Cummins as the third seamer in the Australian attack. Having played just 11 ODIs since his debut in 2010, Hazlewood showed nerves of steel to open the bowling with a controlled spell, only conceding one wide from his 10 overs. His overall economy rate of 4.49 with a strike rate of 27.70 and his consistent "putting it on the spot" bowling should see him hold his position in the team for the semifinal against India in Sydney on Thursday.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood is a part of Australia's XI for Friday's quarterfinal versus Pakistan, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Hazlewood will replace fellow seamer Pat Cummins. In two innings in this World Cup, Hazlewood has taken two wickets for 35.00 while conceding 4.71 runs per over.
Rangana Herath    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Herath (finger) has been ruled out of the World Cup and thus won't play in Wednesday's quarterfinal against South Africa, Cricket Australia reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Herath recently had stitches removed from his spinning finger, but a subsequent infection slowed his recovery. In all likelihood, fellow spinner Seekkuge Prasanna will enter Sri Lanka's XI.
Rangana Herath    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Herath (finger) is a "50-50" prospect to play in Wednesday's quarterfinal match against South Africa, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Herath suffered a laceration on his spinning finger as group play was winding down, resulting in his absence from Sri Lanka's past two contests. In the first four World Cup fixtures, he took three wickets while yielding 4.48 runs per over. However, if he fails to receive clearance, Seekkuge Prasanna is Herath's likely replacement in the playing XI.
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.
Rangana Herath    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Herath had the stitches from his spinning finger removed Friday, with an eye on taking the ball during Wednesday's quarterfinal in Sydney, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Herath has yet to bowl in the nets, but there is a belief that he'll include the activity in Sunday's training session. Prior to sitting out Sri Lanka's final two games of group play due to a laceration on his spinning finger, he toppled three wickets while giving up 4.48 runs per over in the first four World Cup fixtures.
Vernon Philander    (Pro)    All Rounder    South Africa
Philander (hamstring) returned from a three-game absence Thursday against the UAE, notching 10 off six not out and taking two wickets for 34 off 8.3 overs.

Fantasy Analysis

Easing into action for his first appearance since Feb. 22, Philander didn't bowl a spell longer than four overs, which was the correct tactic in the end, as he recorded 36 dot balls while yielding five boundaries. His presence pushed Kyle Abbott, owner of eight wickets in Philander's absence, to the subs. Nevertheless, Philander's economical bowling all but ensures his place in the playing XI once the knockouts begin next Wednesday.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan smashed 100 off 85 in India's World Cup match against Ireland on Tuesday in Hamilton.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhawan hit his second hundred of the tournament in a breathtaking performance that saw him launch 11 fours and five sixes. After being dropped twice early in his last two innings, he seized the opportunity and batted at a strike rate of 117.64. He has moved into second spot in the runs scored table for the World Cup and is a major reason why India is undefeated in this tournament.
Rangana Herath    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Herath (finger) won't be available for selection to Sri Lanka's XI during the final match of group play Wednesday versus Scotland, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Herath will thus miss two games due to the laceration sustained on his spinning finger on Mar. 1 against England. If his countrymen qualify for the knockout stages, he'll have an additional week to recover before the first such match takes place on Mar. 18 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Rangana Herath    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Herath's (finger) status is doubtful for Wednesday's game against Scotland, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

After sustaining a laceration on his spinning finger on Mar. 1, Herath was handed a return timetable of 7-to-10 days. The tail end coincides with Wednesday's game, but his doubtful availability seems to imply that further recovery is required. If he remains sidelined, Seekkuge Prasanna is the prime candidate to remain in Sri Lanka's XI.
Vernon Philander    (Pro)    All Rounder    South Africa
Philander (hamstring) was cleared for Saturday's match against Pakistan but ultimately wasn't chosen for South Africa's XI.

Fantasy Analysis

Prior to the game, Philander passed the fitness test required to play. However, his left hamstring tightened up during warmups, and the Proteas opted to keep Kyle Abbott in their XI, AFP.com reports. Philander's final opportunity to take part in group play arrives Thursday against the UAE.
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.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum overcame his sore arm to post an impressive 42 off 19 balls in the win over Afghanistan in Napier on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

The run machine, also known as the New Zealand captain, again made a blistering start to the innings with his 42 from just 19 balls at an extraordinary strike rate of 221.05. He is making it easy for the remainder of the team to come in and play a much more sedate role to guide the team to the top of their pool in this World Cup.
Dale Steyn    Bowler    South Africa
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.
Vernon Philander    (Pro)    All Rounder    South Africa
Philander's (hamstring) availability for Saturday's match in Auckland against Pakistan is contingent upon a fitness test Thursday, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

After sustaining a Grade 1 hamstring strain on Feb. 22, Philander was handed a recovery timetable of 7-to-10 days, which has been fulfilled. However, the powers that be intend to be conservative with his return because South Africa is closing in on a spot in the knockout stages. Philander's success in New Zealand -- he's taken six wickets at a 15.83 average and 4.22 economy rate in four ODIs -- could earn him a place in the Proteas' XI on Saturday, if he proves fit.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood toppled two for 25 off eight overs during Australia's 275-run victory Wednesday against Afghanistan.

Fantasy Analysis

With a World Cup-record 417 to defend, Hazlewood took the new ball with fellow fast bowler Mitchell Starc. In his fourth over bowled, Hazlewood tallied his first wicket of the World Cup and first since the Tri-Series final against England on Feb. 1. After conceding 45 in 6.5 overs in the Cup opener, he wasn't among Australia's XI in the second match but returned for the next one, which was the sole washout of the tournament. In four ODI innings this year, he's taken four wickets while averaging 27.00 and giving up 4.15 runs per over.
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.
Vernon Philander    (Pro)    All Rounder    South Africa
Philander (hamstring) is expected to be available for Saturday's game against Pakistan, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Philander sustained a Grade 1 hamstring strain on Feb. 22, which was accompanied by a recovery timetable of 7-to-10 days. Because the upper bound has already been reached, he should push Kyle Abbott back to the reserves due to their results on the year. In five ODIs, Philander has taken 10 wickets for an 18.90 average and 5.25 economy rate. Conversely, Abott has made four such appearances, grabbing eight wickets for 22.38 while giving up 5.51 runs per over.
Dale Steyn    Bowler    South Africa
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.
Rangana Herath    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Herath required four stitches on his spinning finger after Sunday's win versus England, placing his availability in question for Sri Lanka's next match Sunday against Australia, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

After two examinations, the SLC has determined that Herath is expected to heal within 7-to-10 days, meaning the best-case scenario will still likely fall short of landing on Sri Lanka's XI on Sunday. As a precaution, Seekkuge Prasanna has been called to Australia in case the injury eventually brings Herath's World Cup to an early end. Herath has so far been a staple of the Sri Lankan bowling attack, taking three wickets for a 52.00 average and 4.48 economy rate across four games.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum will be monitored in the days leading up to New Zealand's next match Sunday against Afghanistan after he was hit on the forearm during a delivery from Mitchell Johnson on Saturday, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum's forearm soon featured a significant welt, but he still managed to record 50 off 24. His immediate treatment included ice and a heavy wrap, and the damage seems to be contained to a burst blood vessel. With a prolonged layoff between games, enough time exists for the Black Caps' captain to get right for Sunday's outing.
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.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum took a ball on the forearm during New Zealand's innings Saturday against Australia and will be evaluated on Sunday morning, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

After the strike from Mitchell Johnson, McCullum remained in the game and tapped out a game-high 50 off 24, with seven fours and three sixes on the ledger. Although significant swelling was viewed at the point of impact, McCullum didn't undergo an X-ray or MRI after the Black Caps' one-wicket win, as he opted for ice and a large wrap on the region. With a lengthy layoff before their next match on Mar. 8 versus Afghanistan, he should have enough recovery time to add to his three 50s in four World Cup fixtures to date.
Vernon Philander    (Pro)    All Rounder    South Africa
Philander has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain and has been given a recovery timetable of 7-to-10 days, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Limited to four overs during Sunday's loss to India, Philander missed the bulk of their innings to receive treatment on his left hamstring and later produced a duck when he entered the crease. Prior to the match, he was treated for stiffness in the hamstring, so news of the ailment wasn't entirely out of the blue. Nonetheless, Philander has been ruled out for Friday's game against the West Indies, and his status is in peril for next Tuesday's match versus Ireland. Expect his spot in the Proteas' XI to be filled by one of the reserve fast bowlers, Wayne Parnell or Kyle Abbott.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance contributed merely 10 for 18 to Monday's victory versus Scotland.

Fantasy Analysis

Ballance replaced Ravi Bopara in England's primary XI before the World Cup commenced, but the former has yet to produce profitable innings through three games. Lasting just five muted overs before his departure, Ballance's wicket was among three to fall in the span of 11 balls, as he totaled 10 runs for a third match in a row. With a miserable 52.63 strike rate to Ballance's name, captain Eoin Morgan may ponder a switch to the order in advance of Sunday's showdown with Sri Lanka.
Vernon Philander    (Pro)    All Rounder    South Africa
Philander (hamstring) won't be available for South Africa's next World Cup fixture Friday versus the West Indies, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Philander was limited to only four overs during Sunday's loss to India, as he left the field to receive treatment on his left hamstring and only returned to bat during the Proteas' innings. After undergoing scans Monday, he was ruled out for Friday's match, which will force another change to their upcoming XI. If they opt to keep Wayne Parnell around after his disastrous turn Sunday -- one for 85 off nine overs -- Farhaan Behardien is the logical candidate to reenter the order.
Vernon Philander    (Pro)    All Rounder    South Africa
Philander underwent a scan Monday to determine the extent of the left hamstring injury that limited him to four overs with the ball and a duck Sunday against India, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

After four wicket-free overs at the beginning of India's innings, Philander left the field to receive treatment and returned for a brief time after the first drinks break. However, he didn't field for the majority of the opposition's time in the crease, before hitting into a duck after two balls at No. 8. His availability for Friday's outing against the West Indies won't be known until his health receives some clarity.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan scored 137 off 146, with 16 fours and two sixes, during Sunday's dominating win versus South Africa.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhawan's outing doubles as the highest score for any batsman against the Proteas in World Cup matches. After Rohit Sharma's early departure via run out, Dhawan teamed with Virat Kohli for 127 in 24.2. The duo exhibited patience, hitting precise attacking shots and avoiding the pitfalls of scoops and reverses. Once Kohli left, Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane ratcheted up the pace, accruing 44 runs during India's Powerplay en route to 125 in 16.3. Dhawan has followed an offensive-deficient tour of Australia with 210 collective runs in the first two games of the tournament, which he'll attempt to keep up Saturday 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.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum unleashed a devastating attack, hitting 77 off just 25, in New Zealand's World Cup match against England on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum pounded a hapless English bowling attack, smashing eight fours and seven sixes at a strike rate of 308.00. He was particularly savage on Steven Finn, belting 44 runs off just 10 balls and hitting six sixes. So far in this World Cup, McCullum has scored 157 off 86 whilst batting at a strike rate of 182.55 and an average of 52.33.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance posted 10 for 26 during Friday's eight-wicket defeat to New Zealand.

Fantasy Analysis

Prior to England's World Cup opener, Ballance surprisingly replaced Ravi Bopara in the order. The move was on the heels of Ballance's half-century in a warmup against Pakistan, when he racked up 57 off 81. However, he has mustered back-to-back 10-run outings with a 51.28 strike rate to start the tournament, which may force captain Eoin Morgan to consider a lineup change for Monday's match versus Scotland.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood has been swapped for Pat Cummins in Australia's XI for Saturday's match versus Bangladesh, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Hazlewood faltered in the Cup opener against England, allowing 45 off only 6.5 overs without taking a wicket. Exchanging one young pace bowler for another is likely an experiment to see who can be trusted in the latter stages of the tournament, but Hazlewood will nonetheless take a seat in Australia's second game.
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.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan patiently accumulated 73 off 76 in Sunday's World Cup opener against Pakistan.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhawan looked a different batsman to the one who has struggled for large parts of the tour of Australia. He hit seven fours and a six at a strike rate of 96.05 to form a solid platform for India's middle order. His main focus early was flicking the ball through the leg side whilst leaving alone anything in the corridor of uncertainty. This may be the start of a big tournament for a player that Indian selectors and coaches have had a lot of faith in.
Vernon Philander    (Pro)    All Rounder    South Africa
Philander once again opened the bowling, ending with figures of two for 30 off his eight overs in South Africa's 62-run victory over Zimbabwe on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Philander tied down the Zimbabwean batsmen, conceding just 3.75 runs per over and only allowing three fours in his eight overs, and started things off well, by knocking over Zimbabwean opener, Sikandar Raza for just five. Philander now has 11 wickets in his last four ODIs and also took a catch to power South Africa to a victory, which was closer than it may seem.
Rangana Herath    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Herath took one for 37 off nine overs during Sri Lanka's World Cup opener Saturday versus New Zealand.

Fantasy Analysis

Herath's sole wicket stopped Brandon McCullum's magical opening innings, as the Kiwi's strike reached the ropes but couldn't get past Jeevan Mendis in the deep. Bringing a sense of steadiness to a bowling unit that was bashed around Saturday, Herath stopped most comers with the second-most economical overs among Sri Lankan bowlers. After capturing wickets in all four ODIs this year, he'll carry a 31.40 average and 4.13 economy into his next game on Sunday, Feb. 22, against Afghanistan.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood was expensive in Australia's first match of the World Cup against England on Saturday, conceding 45 runs off just 6.5 overs.

Fantasy Analysis

Hazlewood was given the new ball but failed to capitalize on it, finishing with an economy rate of 6.58 and failing to take a wicket. Since returning to the Australian ODI squad in November against South Africa, he has taken 11 wickets in seven matches at an average of 24.27, placing him amongst some of the best bowlers in the world.
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.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum clobbered the boundaries en route to 65 off 49 during New Zealand's World Cup opener Saturday against Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

The opening partnership of McCullum and Martin Guptill proved pesky, to say the least, sustaining a run rate over 7.00 for much of their time together. McCullum himself totaled 10 fours and one six, including 22 runs off the inimitable but on-the-mend Lasith Malinga in the eighth over. Finally, McCullum's time in the crease came to a halt when he couldn't place a full bat behind a Rangana Herath bowl in the 15th, yet the catch was taken long off just inches from the rope, exhibiting the Kiwi's focus on the day. Entering the match with a 120.68 strike rate in 2015, McCullum certainly upheld his standard.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance will bat third during England's World Cup opener Saturday against Australia.

Fantasy Analysis

Despite having just 12 ODIs under his belt, the batsman and his career 70.16 strike rate will enter in place of Ravi Bopara. Although Ballance hasn't made an official international appearance since Sept. 2, he contributed 57 off 81 in Wednesday's warmup against Pakistan.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum blasted seven fours and one six on his way to 59 off just 45 in New Zealand's 134-run victory against South Africa in their final warm-up game Wednesday

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum once again scored at a brisk rate, helping set up an imposing total for South Africa to chase. So far in 2015, he has averaged 35.00 with a strike rate of 120.68, slotting him against the elite top order batsmen heading into this World Cup. McCullum will be looking to set alight the tournament Saturday in a similar fashion to how he opened the first ever match of the IPL with 158 off 73.
Shikhar Dhawan    Batsman    India
Dhawan managed to score just four off eight in India's 153-run win over Afghanistan in their final warm-up before the World Cup on Tuesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhawan again failed to make the scoreboard attendants work hard on this tour of Australia. He has not reached double figures in seven of his 13 innings in Australia in all formats of the game, whilst managing to get to 50 just twice and failing to get to 100. Those figures might be acceptable for a late-order batsmen, but India will want more from their opener if they want any chance of winning the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood took two for 13 from his 6.1 overs, including the prize wicket of Ian Bell, in the final of the Tri-Series against England on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Hazlewood can both open the bowling and bowl at the death, where a good economy rate is paramount. The New South Welshman is a young bowler on the rise, and while he isn't a premier batsman, he can contribute valuable runs, and lower in the order if needed. A surprise selection this summer, he's earned his place on Australia's World Cup squad, with 12 wickets taken and a 4.61 economy rate in eight career ODIs.
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.
Dale Steyn    Bowler    South Africa
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.
Vernon Philander    (Pro)    All Rounder    South Africa
Philander took the new ball again Wednesday in the Proteas' loss to New Zealand, taking 2/59 in eight overs and making a very solid 57 runs off 84 balls to post the second highest total on the team.

Fantasy Analysis

If the warmup was an officially sanctioned ODI, the 57 would've topped Philander's previous high score of 23 and he's not normally known for his batting, making just four runs from his sole dig against the West Indies in January. In his three matches against the West Indies, Philander took eight wickets at 17.50, with a relatively expensive economy rate of 5.83, above his career rate of 4.61. As a third seamer behind Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, Philander looks to be someone who will play a key role this World Cup.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum took 39 off 30 during Saturday's Champions League clinching victory against the Knight Riders.

Fantasy Analysis

Playing it safe, McCullum recognized Suresh Raina's hot bat (in the end, a ridiculous 109 off 62) and joined forces with his teammate to tally 118 in 12.2 overs, before exiting in the 14th over on a deep fly. Chennai's pursuit of Kolkata's 181 runs was eventually a success, but the task could have been more disconcerting without McCullum's two catches from long-off during the Knight Riders' innings. Included in his defensive heroics was a low sliding grab to put away Gautam Gambhir, who paced KKR with 80 off 52. Fielding aside, he represented a steady body in the crease during the series, recording three instances of 20-plus runs en route to a 132.29 strike rate in five matches.

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