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Glenn Maxwell    (Big Show)    Batsman    Kings XI Punjab
Maxwell mashed 31 off 18 with one four and three maximums in Sunday's victory over the Gujarat Lions.

Fantasy Analysis

Maxwell's bombastic style can lead to peaks and valleys of form, though he seems to be back in the ascendancy. While he's yet to record a half-century, he's still mustered 193 runs at a strike rate of 182.07 and an average of 38.60 through his first seven innings—this despite a stretch that saw him score just 10 runs across two matches. He'll look to continue his strong form in Friday's visit from Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Yuzvendra Chahal    Batsman    Royal Challengers Bangalore
Chahal pinched three for 16 off four overs in Sunday's defeat to the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Fantasy Analysis

After a relatively slow start in the wicket-taking department, Chahal has stepped it up a notch of late. After taking three-for against Gujarat, he followed that up with three more against KKR at an impressive economy of 4.00. Despite his phenomenal bowling performance, it was overshadowed by the disappointing performance with the bat his squad showed, scoring just 49 runs all out in fewer than 10 overs, which saw Chahal beaten for a silver duck to unceremoniously end RCB's innings with the lowest-ever IPL score. After having Tuesday's match washed out, he'll look to maintain his strong form with the ball in Thursday's match against the Gujarat Lions.
Mohammad Abbas    Bowler    Pakistan
Abbas toppled two for 35 off 11 overs with one maiden in the second innings of Pakistan's Test victory over the West Indies.

Fantasy Analysis

After opening his Test account with the scalp of Kraigg Brathwaite for a duck, he took a pair in the 44th over of the second innings to start to drive the nails into the West Indies' coffin, ending the mornings of Devendra Bishoo and Shane Dowrich in a three-ball span. He'll look to build off his debut in the final two Tests of the series, starting Sunday at Bridgetown.
Shane Dowrich    Wicketkeeper    West Indies
Dowrich was beaten for a silver duck and took one catch in the second innings of the West Indies' first Test against Pakistan at Kingston.

Fantasy Analysis

The 25-year-old wicketkeeper batsman had been in relatively poor form coming into the series, totaling 13 runs across his last two first-class matches for Barbados. However, after a first innings half-century, Dowrich just needed to hold the fort in the second innings to at least force a draw. Despite just needing to hold on, Dowrich badly misplayed the second delivery he saw and was beaten for a lbw. This was his second duck in Test cricket, his other also coming against Pakistan but six months ago in Dubai. He'll look to find his form in the second Test at Bridgetown.
Yasir Shah    Bowler   
Shah bowled six for 63 off 21.4 overs with four maidens in the second innings and was named Man of the Match of Pakistan's Test victory over the West Indies at Kingston.

Fantasy Analysis

The outstanding Test bowler was mostly held in check in the first innings, taking figures of two for 91, but found another gear in the second innings, taking the first four wickets to put the Windies behind the eight ball and then turning loose in the 53rd over to knock out the final two batsmen to give Pakistan just 32 runs on the chase. In just 24 Test matches, this was Shah's ninth five-wicket bag. Just days shy of his 31st birthday, Shah will look to maintain his tremendous form in the second Test of the series at Bridgetown.
Misbah-ul-Haq    Batsman    Pakistan
Misbah-ul-Haq was stranded on 99 off 223 not out with five fours and three maximums on Day 4 of Pakistan's first Test against the West Indies at Kingston.

Fantasy Analysis

Barely more than a month shy of his 43rd birthday, Misbah-ul-Haq continues to show his class in the crease. Tantalizingly short of his 11th Test century, he did reach another milestone, recording his 5,000th Test run in the same Test as Younis Khan reached 10,000 no less. Thanks to his work in the crease and some excellent bowling by Yasir Shah in the final session of the day, even with a number of washed-out sessions, Pakistan still has a chance to secure victory.
Parthiv Patel    Batsman    Mumbai Indians
Patel tallied 33 off 27 with four fours in Monday's defeat to Rising Pune Supergiant.

Fantasy Analysis

The experienced wicketkeeper is yet to record a half-century in the tournament this year, but now has scored in the 30s in half of his eight innings. While his score was not bad and a 122.22 strike rate is hardly poor, needing 161 in the chase, his run rate while in the crease was well below par, as he was bowled out on the final ball of the ninth over at three for 60. He'll look to set a stronger pace when they travel to face the Gujarat Lions on Saturday.
Ajinkya Rahane    Batsman    Rising Pune Supergiants
Rahane tallied 38 off 32 with five fours and a maximum in Monday's victory over the Mumbai Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

Rahane has formed quite the partnership with Rahul Tripathi at the top of the Supergiant's order, partnering for 76 on the first wicket Monday. In this tournament, Rahane now has three scores at or above 30. However, he's also scored 10 or fewer runs three times, including a duck against the Lions. He'll look to keep up his strong form in Wednesday's match against KKR at Pune.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    Rising Pune Supergiants
Stokes turned in figures of two for 21 off four overs with a rare maiden and was named Man of the Match in Monday's victory over the Mumbai Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

Still in the Powerplay in the fifth over, Stokes bowled a wicket-maiden over, knocking out fellow Englishman Jos Buttler in the process. The maiden was only the fourth of the tournament, joining a trio of specialist bowlers — Samuel Badree, Amit Mishra, and Mitchell Johnson — as the only ones to record a maiden over. Stokes then took his second wicket without conceding a run when he bowled out Karn Sharma on the first ball of the 13th over. Acquitting himself nicely with the bat as well, Stokes racked up 17 off 12 with a pair of fours. Whether the allrounder was worth 14.5 crore will be up for constant debate, his work with both the bat and the ball certainly showed how valuable the 25-year-old can be.
Rohit Sharma    Batsman    Mumbai Indians
Sharma top-scored with 58 off 39 with six fours and three maximums in Monday's defeat to Rising Pune Supergiant.

Fantasy Analysis

Sharma has been in dreadful form this tournament, coming into the match with just 54 runs in six innings and 40 of those runs occurring in one match. However, he finally seemed comfortable in the crease to record his first half-century of the season after picking up five last year in 14 innings. Despite finding his form in the middle overs Monday, he crumbled at a crucial moment, mishitting a slower delivery with three balls to go while needing 11 in the chase. He'll look to stay in form in the Indians' next match Saturday when they travel to Rajkot to take on the Lions.
Nathan Coulter-Nile    (River)    Bowler    Kolkata Knight Riders
Coulter-Nile ended with figures of three for 21 from three overs and was awarded Man of the Match in KKR's win over RCB on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Coulter-Nile claimed the wickets of two of international cricket's biggest superstars in Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to leave Royal Challengers in a stupor chasing just 132. The Australian fast bowler set the tone for the match when he had Bangalore captain Kohli caught at second slip with the third ball of the innings. de Villiers' wicket came in Coulter-Nile's second over, at which point the scoreboard read 3/12. In his third and final over, Coulter-Nile struck again to remove Kedar Jadhav, Bangalore's highest run-scorer of the innings with nine. Despite all the wickets, the 29-year-old was Kolkata's most expensive bowler with a whopping 21 runs conceded. Coulter-Nile bowled 12 dot balls, tied for the most in the Knight Riders' bowling unit with Umesh Yadav. In Coulter-Nile's three games for Kolkata, he has eight wickets at an average of 24.66 runs.
Chris Woakes    All Rounder    Kolkata Knight Riders
Woakes snagged three wickets for six runs in two overs against the Royal Challengers on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Woakes had a brilliant first over, scalping Chris Gayle and Stuart Binny to leave Bangalore 6/40 and effectively winning the game for Kolkata. It's the English allrounder's best haul in his maiden IPL season, as his previous best came in his third match where he took two for 30. 10 of Woakes' 12 balls were dots, and he gave away one boundary and one two. The 28-year-old also contributed with the bat, notching Knight Riders' second-highest score with 18 from 21 balls to help them to 131.
Colin de Grandhomme    All Rounder    Kolkata Knight Riders
de Grandhomme took figures of three for four in 1.4 overs in the Kolkata Knight Riders' win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

After Nathan Coulter-Nile and Chris Woakes set Bangalore up, de Grandhomme knocked them down and took his career-best T20 figures in the process. The last-minute replacement for Andre Russell made an impact for the first time after a double-strike in the 10th over leveled Royal Challengers for the lowest total in IPL history. In his first three matches, Dutchy hadn't really contributed with bat or ball, scoring just one run in two innings and taking one wicket for 27 runs in two matches.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    Royal Challengers Bangalore
Kohli was out for a first-ball duck in Royal Challengers Bangalore's loss to the Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Kohli was dismissed with the third ball of the second innings by Australia fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile when a flashing drive ended in the hands of Manish Pandy at second slip. The star batsman's side was eventually bowled out for a measly 49 runs, the lowest total in IPL history. It's the 28-year-old's only failure in what has otherwise been a good start to his IPL. Kohli has scores 62, 28, and 64 in his four matches, after missing the beginning of this edition of the tournament after a shoulder injury he sustained in India's Test series against Australia.
Sunil Narine    Bowler    Kolkata Knight Riders
Narine scored 34 runs from 17 balls in Kolkata's win over Bangalore on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Narine blasted six fours and one six as an opening stick for the Knight Riders. His 34 was the top score for a match that included the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Chris Gayle. Opening the batting with the West Indies international has been a productive ploy for Kolkata. In his four matches at the top, Narine has scores of 34, 42, six, and 37. The mystery spinner didn't get a chance to bowl after the Knight Riders' pacers bowled Royal Challengers out for just 49.
Younis Khan    Batsman    Pakistan
Khan inched his way to 58 off 138 and recorded his 10,000th Test run on Day 3 of Pakistan's first Test against the West Indies at Kingston.

Fantasy Analysis

Playing in his final Test series, the Pakistani batsman used his trademark patience to record his 33rd career Test half-century (to go with his 34 centuries). While it was far from easy, needing 19 balls and nearly 40 minutes to score his first run, he eventually settled in with Babar Azam to partner for 131 runs. With six wickets still in hand for Pakistan's first innings, it's unlikely Khan will bat again as he looks to increase his total in the final two-plus matches of his vaunted Test career.
KC Cariappa    Batsman    Kings XI Punjab
Cariappa took a pair for 24 off four overs in Sunday's victory over the Gujarat Lions.

Fantasy Analysis

The 23-year-old has struggled to get consistent run in KXI's starting XI, but has performed well when called upon, taking wickets in each of the first two matches he played in. On Sunday, he caught and bowled Ravindra Jadeja on the final ball of the 12th over and then beat Akshdeep Nath for a duck on his next ball bowled. Cariappa finished the evening with a team-best 6.00 economy and conceded only two boundaries to go with his eight dot balls. His strong performance should merit continued selection in Friday's visit from Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Dinesh Karthik    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Karthik mustered 58 off 44 not out with six fours as well as one catch in Sunday's defeat to Kings XI Punjab.

Fantasy Analysis

Karthik has been quite a bit inconsistent this tournament, but when he's been on, he's been on. While this was his first half-century, he's either scored 30-plus — which he's done four times in seven matches — or posted three or fewer runs. In the field, the talented wicketkeeper became the first to record 100 dismissals in the IPL with the gloves. He'll look to maintain his strong form in Thursday's trip to Bangalore to take on fellow cellar-dwellers RCB.
Axar Patel    Batsman    Kings XI Punjab
Patel raced to 34 off 17 with three fours and two maximums and picked up a pair for 36 off four overs in Sunday's victory over the Gujarat Lions.

Fantasy Analysis

Stepping into the crease in the 15th over with six wickets in hand, Patel took it upon himself to make the most of his cameo. After starting a bit slowly, and after Marcus Stoinis lost his wicket on the penultimate ball of the 18th over, Patel picked up 17 runs in the next four balls before being smartly caught at long-on by Aaron Finch. With the ball, Patel did well to knock out dangerman Suresh Raina and then Dwayne Smith, both of whom just missed catching the ball flush. Listed as a bowling allrounder, Patel has two scores of 30-plus in this tournament while also taking multiple wickets in two of his past three matches.
Hashim Amla    Batsman    Kings XI Punjab
Amla top-scored Sunday with 65 off 40 with nine fours and two maximums in a victory over the Gujarat Lions.

Fantasy Analysis

On the heels of his unbeaten century and the highest score of the tournament thus far, Amla needed just 30 balls to record his second half-century of the opening round. For his efforts, he was named Man of the Match and is in the poll position for the Orange Cap with 299 runs through the opening seven matches, despite being beaten for a duck two matches ago. He'll look to maintain his strong form in Friday's visit from Sunrisers Hyderabad.