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Fantasy AnalysisMaxwell walked into the match with his side 4/64 in the 10th over and chasing 189, but he couldn't impact the score. The Big Show holed out to Sam Billings at deep midwicket off the bowling of Amit Mishra. This is his first failure in IPL10, scoring two unbeaten 40s and a 25 in three previous innings.
Fantasy AnalysisMaxwell's underwhelming performance was emblematic of Kings XI's struggles against KKR in both innings on Thursday. He looked to be building up a head of steam with four boundaries early in the piece, but a productive spell was cut short by Umesh Yadav for just 25 runs. No Kings XI batsman made it into the 30s in this match. Maxwell failed to redeem himself in his single over of bowling, giving up 18 runs and four boundaries off six balls. It was the weakest performance of the season so far by Maxwell, who hit 43 and 44 in Punjab's two earlier convincing wins.
Fantasy AnalysisMoving up from fifth in the order in the first match of the tournament, Maxwell's power gave Kings XI the victory with more than five overs and eight wickets to spare. He's now scored 87 runs unbeaten this tournament with five fours, eight maximums, and a strike rate of 207.14 in the first two matches while seeing just 42 balls. He'll look to keep up his otherworldly form in Thursday's trip to Kolkata to take on the Knight Riders.
Fantasy AnalysisMaxwell smashed two fours and four sixes in his 44 not-out performance, giving his side a win in their season opener. Punjab's captain along with South Africa international David Miller put on 79 runs for the fifth wicket, sealing the Supergiants' fate with one over to spare.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter he was the only Australian bowler to take a wicket on day 2 Cummins added three more to his tally in his first Test since 2011. The 23-year-old’s first scalp of the day was none less than India captain Virat Kohli who’s attempted drive landed in the hands of Steve Smith at second slip. The fast bowler used his bouncer to great effect to claim his next two victims Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandaran Ashwin, both were caught behind by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade. Rahane reacted late while trying to uppercut the ball over slips but instead ran the ball off the face straight to Wade. Ashwin was initially given not-out but an Australian review showed a small sound as the Cummins’ precise ball targeting the allrounder’s head passed his gloves. Cummins ended day 3 with figures of four for 59 from 25 overs.
Fantasy AnalysisIf Bangladesh win this Test it’ll be on the back of Al Hasan. After scoring a hundred in the first innings the allrounder took three key wickets to keep Bangladesh in the match. His first wicket was Asela Gunaratne who was rapped on the front pad without offering a shot and fired by umpire Aleem Dar. Next came Niroshan Dickwella on five, who’s attempted paddle sweep ended up in the hands of wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim. Al Hasan’s last victim was century-maker Dimuth Karunaratne who edged the second new ball to Soumya Sarkar at first slip. The world’s number two allrounder ended day 4 with figures of three for 61.
Fantasy AnalysisWith his previous high score being 37 and his average prior to the match being 13.33, Maxwell needed a score of some sort to install some confidence back into the Australian selectors. Together with his captain Steve Smith, the pair put on a partnership of 191 for the fifth wicket when Maxwell was caught behind off Ravindra Jadeja for 104.
Fantasy AnalysisFollowing his scores of 23 and eight in the first test, Al Hasan built on these starts to produce an innings of 116 from 159 balls and including 10 fours. With the ball in Sri Lanka's first innings, Al Hasan picked up two wickets while conceding 80 runs from his 33 overs bowled.
Fantasy AnalysisIf this were a Test match of expectations, Maxwell would be leading hands-down. Captain Steve Smith's heroic century to rescue the innings was brilliant but not exactly eyebrow-raising, but Maxwell's form seems to have caught India's bowlers by surprise. His tenacity at the other end of the wicket has anchored Smith's performance. Known as little more than a nurdler, Maxwell surprised with seven boundary hits including a pair of sixes that came late in the day. His strike rate is nearly eight points higher than Smith's, at 55.78.
Fantasy AnalysisCummins has been plagued with injury and hasn't played a Test since he was named man of the match in his debut match against South Africa in 2011. The 23-year-old fast bowler recently took eight wickets in New South Wale's win over South Australia, his first first-class match in almost six years.
Fantasy AnalysisAl Hasan survived a caught-and-bowled chance on 15 after India allrounder Ravindra Jadeja let a return catch burst through his hands. The 29-year-old entered the game with his side struggling at 64/3, and after losing his first partner Mahmudullah Riyad for 28, Al Hasan and captain Mushfiqur Rahim put together a century stand for the fifth wicket. The world's No. 2 Test allrounder brought up his 50 from 69 balls with a boundary through cover, one of his 14 fours in all. Al Hasan looked certain for a ton before he chipped Ravichandran Ashwin to Umesh Yadav at mid-on for 82.
Fantasy AnalysisFaulkner opened the Pakistan series with a four wicket haul, but has struggled a bit since in finding his consistency with both the bat and the ball. While he got back on track with the ball on Sunday, he was beaten for a bronze duck on a tremendous catch by Ross Taylor. Faulkner was one of three in Australia's top-seven batsmen to be beaten for a duck.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a disappointing four runs in the opener and a washout in the middle, Finch found his form that he'd displayed for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, totaling his 15th ODI half-century in his 75th innings. This was his first half-century since October at Durban against South Africa, needing six matches in between—all of which he was unable to reach even 20 runs—to get back on the front foot.
Fantasy AnalysisAustralia were in a fairly comfortable position at 120/3 when Maxwell edged Mitchell Santner to wicketkeeper Tom Latham. The Big Show chose to review the decision but audio evidence as the ball went past the bat lead to the call being upheld.
Fantasy AnalysisThe brash batsman struggled a bit after a half-century in the first ODI of the series, totaling just 23 runs over the past two matches combined. However, at Sydney, he regained his form, blasting 10 fours and a maximum before being knocked out in the final over. This was the 28-year-old's 15th half-century in 71 matches, a rate of quicker than one every five matches. He'll look to carry his strong form into Thursday's ODI at Adelaide.
Fantasy AnalysisNew Zealand were cruising along at 252/4 and looking for a massive reply to Bangladesh's first innings score of 289 before Al Hasan turned the tables on them. The world's number two Test allrounder started by removing Mitchell Santer for 29 after he was hit on the pad by a skidding delivery in front of leg stump. In the next over Al Hasan removed both wicketkeeper BJ Watling and allrounder Colin de Grandhomme. Watling was bowled after a lazy attempted square drive caught his inside edge and took it onto the stumps. Three balls later de Grandhomme was comprehensively castled by an offbreak that turned a long way and exposed a huge gap between his bat and pad. After rain ended the day 2 early New Zealand ended on 260/7.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Australian allrounder had a mixed game with the bat and ball, having been dismissed for only five runs. He later made up for this disappointment with a strong performance with the ball, taking the wickets of the first three batsmen for Pakistan and Mohammad Amir later to get figures of four wickets for 32 runs off seven overs.
Fantasy AnalysisLosing the toss, Bangladesh were put in by New Zealand and after the first day was mainly was washed out due to rain, the second day belonged to Al Hasan. The classy allrounder took 276 to amass a total of 217, the first double century of 2017. This score also went past the previous best individual score for Bangladesh of 206 by Tamim Iqbal.
Fantasy AnalysisThe partnership between Bailey and centurion Ben McDermott was the winning of the match. Coming together at 17 for two, the pair took their side to 170 before McDermott was dismissed. Bailey continued but was eventually Caught by Marcus Harris off the bowling Sunil Narine for 59. The match was won off the last ball of the innings when Stuart Broad hit a single to win it and be the fourth highest successful chase in T20 history and the highest innings score in BBL history.
Fantasy AnalysisCaptain Aaron Finch would have been happy with his sides total of 222 from their 20 overs including his own score of 63 from 40 balls. This meant that the Hurricanes needed a record chase of 223, which thanks to centurion Ben McDermott, they managed. Finch's innings included two sixes and six fours.