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Fantasy AnalysisEntering the match with his side in a slide at 31-4 in the six over Maxwell made no impact on the game whatsoever, flicking his third ball down the throat of Ajinkya Rahane at deep square leg and leaving Punjab in worse shape at 31-5. This is the third duck for the Kings XI captain this season. The Australia international has scored 310 runs from his 13 innings with a high score of 47. He currently sits in 19th on the most-runs list, up 19 spots from last year.
Fantasy AnalysisOn a quick and dewy pitch, Mumbai elected to bowl first, but weren't expecting KXIP to put up the kind of total they did, largely thanks to the quick starts by the top-three. After Guptill's cameo in the crease took them to one for 68 still in the powerplay, Maxwell did his part thereafter, going for a strike rate of 223.80 and reached or exceeded the boundary every three balls before bowing out at two for 131 at the end of 11 overs. Spelling in for two overs with the ball as the Indians' raced through their chase, he knocked out dangerman Lendl Simmons thanks to some unbelievable work in the field by Martin Guptill.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Australian batsman's quick fire 69 came from only 39 balls and helped propel Gujarat's total to a highly competitive and defendable total of 195 off their twenty overs. His innings included four sixes and six fours with a strike rate approaching 200. The score caps off another inconsistent and average IPL campaign for Finch with two 50-plus scores out of 12 innings and 297 runs in total with an average of 27.
Fantasy AnalysisWith no Hashim Amla and a poor performance out of Martin Guptill, it was on Big Show himself to put up a total. Staring down three for 56 in the ninth over when he stepped into the crease, the skipper blasted the ball past the rope a shade slower than every six balls before being beaten in the 16th over thanks to a phenomenal catch by Chris Woakes. While he's been far from the biggest hitter thus far, if he can continue to find his form over the last two matches, KXIP could sneak into the playoffs.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Australia fast bowler had his most expensive match in this year's IPL and only his third match without a wicket out of his nine matches this season. Cummins only bowled six dot-balls, tied for the least of any bowler that bowled four overs with his captain Zaheer Khan. The 24-year-old was carted for six fours and three sixes.
Fantasy AnalysisFinch and his Australian compatriot Andrew Tye were brilliant in this 37-ball win, lifting their Lions team from the bottom of the IPL points table. Batting as the fourth man up, Finch smashed 11 boundaries from 34 deliveries to notch 72 runs. He was equally effective against spin and pace bowlers, achieving strike rates in the low 200s against both. Finch spent his previous two matches in the top-2 positions, hitting 31 against the Kolkata Knight Riders and 13 against Kings XI Punjab.
Fantasy AnalysisMaxwell'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 in IPL10, 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.
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.