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Fantasy AnalysisWhile there were calls for his head during the Champions Trophy as the 36-year-old looked a bit long in the tooth, he was in excellent form against Sri Lanka in their five match ODI series, scoring 162 runs without making an out and continued his excellent run of form with his 66th ODI half-century and raised his average to 52.34 as he nears his 10,000th ODI run.
Fantasy AnalysisIn his 50th T20 for his country, Kohli put on a show with his score of 82 coming from 54 balls, including seven fours and a six. In doing so, Kohli became the highest run scorer for India in T20Is and has scored the most runs in T20 chases. He also incredibly averages 53.82 in T20Is.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Indian skipper struggled at Pallekele, but made up for that in a big way at Colombo, recording back-to-back centuries to give him eight against Sri Lanka in his ODI career, matching Sachin Tendulkar's career total. Kohli also moved past 10,000 List A runs and recorded his 30th ODI century, remarkable figures for someone at just 28-years-old. Kohli remains arguably the top batsman across all three levels and proved that once again in the whitewashing against Sri Lanka.
Fantasy AnalysisIndia's 168 run victory came largely down to the 219 run partnership between Rohit Sharma and captain Kohli for the second wicket. Kohli hit 131 from only 96 balls, with an astounding 17 fours and two sixes. The is Kohli's 29th in ODI's.
Fantasy AnalysisAlways a fan-favorite, Dhoni has been in strong form this series, scoring 112 runs unbeaten through the first three matches after recording two half-centuries in four innings against the West Indies in June and July. While Dhoni is facing plenty of competition for the gloves in the one-day side, if he can maintain this level of form, he'll have the inside track for being in the XI as the wicketkeeper come the 2019 World Cup.
Fantasy AnalysisCompared to his strike partner, Shikhar Dhawan, Kohli was decidedly pedestrian in his strike rate. Yet, with more than 100 balls to spare, Kohli's 117.14 strike rate merely restricted him from reaching his 29th ODI century. Still, Kohli's 197 run partnership got him to his 44th ODI half-century and helped raise his average up to 55.22. The skipper of the side will look to pilot his side to a full whitewashing of Sri Lanka, though has mentioned that they could rotate the side throughout the series.
Fantasy AnalysisAshwin's limited-overs form was certainly concerning for India, but rounded into shape during the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka. He scored 31 or more runs in each of his three innings with the bat and took 17 wickets across the three matches including one four-for and one five-for. Ashwin, along with the rest of India's frontline spinners, was dropped for the ODI series and he's in line to play County Cricket for the first time in his career.
Fantasy AnalysisAshwin ripped through the visiting sides batting order, taking five wickets in the process and restricting them to 183, after India totalled 622 declared. Ashwin finished with figures of five for 69 off 16.4 overs with three maidens. With the bat, Ashwin managed to score a half century off 92 balls.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving gained a first innings lead of over 300, India avoided being complacent in the second innings largely to the credit of their captain Kohli who scored an unbeaten 103 from 136 balls. Having failed with three in the first innings, the Indian captain made up for it and hit five fours and a six on his way to his 17th century in test cricket.
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.