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Fantasy AnalysisNeeding just 190 on a relatively tough batting pitch, the highly-regarded Indian squad should've had no problems chasing down the total; however the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were both gone by the end of the sixth over, which put India into a far more protective outlook. While Dhoni did reach his half-century, it took 108 balls-the slowest half-ton of his ODI career and the slowest by any Indian ODI batsman since 2001. Needing some death overs magic, Dhoni clobbered the ball directly to long-on at the end of the penultimate over to effectively put the final nail in India's coffin. He'll look to return to form in the final ODI of the series, just one day shy of his 36th birthday on Thursday.
Fantasy AnalysisDhoni's 78 helped take India to an ultimately winning score despite being only 100-3 in the 27th over. The wicketkeeper brought up his 63rd ODI 50 off 66 balls including three fours. He went on to hit another four and two sixes as India scored at better than 10 runs an over for the last five to lift their total to 251. Dhoni's 78 marks his best ODI outing since January where he smashed 134 against England during their tour of India. The 35-year-old claimed one dismissal in India's fielding innings, a leg-side stumping off the bowling of Ravichandaran Ashwin to claim the wicket of Windies' captain Jason Holder.
Fantasy AnalysisAshwin's first wicket came in his first over of the match thanks to excellent work by wicketkeeper MS Dhoni. Dhoni's quick hands turned a wide ball into a wicket, stumping West Indies' captain Jason Holder off a ball that drifted too far down the leg side. The 30-year-old allrounder's second wicket, Ashley Nurse, was the courtesy of spectacular fielding also. Umesh Yadav took a full-stretch catch at square leg from a ball that looked destine to clear the ropes at head height. His third of the match and 150th in ODIs was granted after Miguel Cummins failed to pick the arm ball and was pinned lbw in front of middle stump. Ashwin bowled a match-high 42 dot balls and gave away only one boundary. This mark's his best ODI figures in over two years since taking four for 25 against U.A.E in World Cup 2015.
Fantasy AnalysisKohli strode to the crease after a wonderful 114-run stand between openers Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane. He and Rahane shared a 97-run stand before the opener was dismissed shortly after notching his third ODI ton. India's skipper brought up his 43rd ODI 50 from 49 balls including two fours and one six. The 28-year-old hit four fours and four sixes overall. He looked set to score his 28th ODI hundred before lofting Alzarri Joseph into the waiting hands of Ashley Nurse at long-on. It's his third half-century in his last five matches to go along with a 97 and 76, both unbeaten knocks.
Fantasy AnalysisIndia's captain entered the match after the openers put on an 87-run stand that ended after Shikhar Dhawan chipped tamely to point. The 29-year-old, along with Rohit Sharma, shared an unbeaten 178-run stand for the second wicket. He broight up his 42nd ODI 50 from 42 balls, hitting six fours. He hit 13 boundaries in total. Kohli became the fastest player to 8,000 ODI runs during his innings taking only 175 innings to reach the milestone.
Fantasy AnalysisKohli only managed five deliveries before a nervy prod ended up in the hands of wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella off the bowling of Nuwan Pradeep. The India captain was one of the three wickets Sri Lanka took for 41 runs after they suffered a 138-run opening stand. This innings is Kohli's first naught of 2017 and his 11th overall. He's currently sitting in 15th place in the most runs list of Champions Trophy, though he's only played two matches.
Fantasy AnalysisDhoni was brought to the crease after Sri Lanka fought back from a 138-run opening stand to take three wickets for 41 runs, including removing Virat Kohli for a duck. The wicketkeeper brought up his 62nd ODI half-century from 56 balls. It included six fours and one six, he hit seven fours and two sixes overall. The 35-year-old helped to propel India forward to a 300-run total thanks in part to an 82-run stand with centurion Shikhar Dhawan, of which he scored 39. Dhoni was out after a mis-timed shot landed in the hands of Dinesh Chandimal at long-off.
Fantasy AnalysisThe skipper started relatively slowly, but an injury to Mohammad Amir and some real enterprise from Yuvraj Singh spurred Kohli on to a big innings of his own, scoring 15 runs in the 46th over and 10 more in the 47th over to bring up his 40th ODI half-century. After an underwhelming IPL, an in-form Kohli makes India among the favorites if not the favorite to win the Champions Trophy and their journey continues as they take on Sri Lanka on Thursday at The Oval.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Indian skipper had a relatively downtrodden IPL, but finished the tournament on a high-note with a 58 against the Delhi Daredevils. Moving into 50-overs cricket, a format that's always treated him well, he consistently rotated the strike and maintained his composure despite the constant threat of rain shortening the match. He'll look to stay in form once the tournament begins in earnest on 4 June at Birmingham against Pakistan.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter an underwhelming performance against the Indians at Mumbai in a victory on Tuesday in the first qualifier, Smith slowly poked his way to his third half-century of the tournament, but his slow run rate at just above a run per ball ended up being too conservative as his Supergiants would eventually fall by just one run. He ended the tournament fourth on the orange cap table with 472 runs and will captain the Aussies in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, starting on 2 June against New Zealand at Birmingham.
Fantasy AnalysisFollowing a completed 20-over first innings where Kolkata held Sunrisers Hyderabad to 128 in their allotment of overs, rain came in and reduced the second innings to a six over affair. With his side three down for just 12 runs on the board from seven balls, captain Gambhir saved his side and produced the innings needed to take them to the qualifier for the final. Hitting 32 from 19 balls, Gambhir propelled his team to the target of 48 with four balls remaining, the next highest score being six. The unbeaten 32 is the first 30-plus score for the captain in his past six innings, this however is in the midst in a season where Gambhir has led his side with the bat and is the top scorer for Kolkata by almost 100 runs.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile the talented wicketkeeper is known for his late-innings heroics, he had come up rather pedestrian for much of the tournament. However, he turned in a signature Mahi performance, scoring 12 runs in the 19th over off two maximums and then adding 14 more in the final over to bring his total up to 40 after scoring just 14 runs off his first 17 balls faced. He'll need to maintain his form from Tuesday in next Monday's final at Hyderabad.
Fantasy AnalysisThe RCB skipper had a very up-and-down tournament, scoring 308 runs in 10 innings including four half-centuries, but also scored 10 or fewer runs four times including a duck against KKR at Kolkata. The Indian national team skipper in all three formats will surely be disappointed with RCB's inability to qualify for the playoffs, much less show any sort of form throughout the tournament. He'll look to find his form in the 50-overs format when they travel to England for the ICC Champions Trophy, starting with warm-ups against New Zealand and Bangladesh at the end of May.
Fantasy AnalysisKohli acquitted himself well enough Saturday, recording his third half-century in six IPL matches, but RCB have been just miserable in the crease this season, despite a top order that sports the likes of Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle (when selected), and more. With little to play for but pride, Kohli should continue to be a steady source of runs, even if he's getting no support — as witnessed by Saturday's partnerships, the largest of which was 21 from Kohli and de Villiers where the Indian skipper supplied 17 of the runs.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Supergiant's captain has been as consistent as anyone, but hasn't been quite as dominant as they might have hoped. A Test batsman through and through, he has a remarkable ability to churn out runs. He has yet to score fewer than 17 in a match and has scored at least 40 runs in four of his eight matches, giving him a strong average of 53.33 for the tournament thus far. He'll look to continue his impressive consistency in Monday's visit from the Gujarat Lions.
Fantasy AnalysisGambhir has been as good as it comes this season, with Friday marking his third time unbeaten in the 70s and his fourth half-century of the tournament in just nine matches. With more than half of the opening round done, Gambhir is in the pole position for the Orange Cap with 376 runs, 43 runs ahead of David Warner. Gambhir will look to continue his strong form in Sunday's trip to Hyderabad.
Fantasy AnalysisRaina produced only a hair above a run per ball from 30 deliveries, but his measured stand at the other end of the wicket from Aaron Finch helped the latter rack up his 72-run total. Raina's 55-minute tenure was by far the longest of any batsman in the match, and he hit four fours and a six in the process to notch a strike rate of 113.33. He's been a consistent performer for the Lions this season, hitting 32, 84 and 23 in his previous three appearances.
Fantasy AnalysisRising Pune's captain produced the highest score for his team as his side made a competitive total of 182. His score of 51 came from 37 balls, including four fours and a six over backward point. Pune were able to build their total around the captain, as Smith anchored the innings while wickets fell around him.
Fantasy AnalysisThe captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders provided another strong performance with the bat that contributed to the win along with taking him to second in the runs scored leaderboard for the tournament thus far. Gambhir hit 62 from 46 balls, with six fours and a six coming in the innings. The skipper combined well with top scorer and Man of the Match, Robin Uthappa, whose partnership of 158 effectively won the game.
Fantasy AnalysisKohli 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.