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Fantasy AnalysisKohli was dismissed with the third ball of the 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 our 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, 64, in his four matches, he missed the beginning of this edition of the tournament after a shoulder injury he sustained in India's Test series against Australia.
Fantasy AnalysisDhoni had really struggled in the early going of the IPL, scoring 33 runs in the first four matches combined, but seemed to find his stroke last Sunday with a confident 28. However, he found another gear against Sunrisers, finding the boundary just about every four balls with his best work coming in the 19th over against Bhuvneshwar Kumar — arguably the most in-form bowler in the IPL — with two fours and a six to shorten RPS's chase from 30 off 12 to just 11 off 6. The 35-year-old will look to keep his strong form going in the Supergiant's next match at the Mumbai Indians on Monday.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Lions' captain was on hand to dismiss Sunil Narine, who was in full flight with 42 runs coming from 17 balls. Raina finished with figures of one wicket for two economical overs going for 11. He also took the catch of opposition captain Gautuam Gambhir off the bowling of James Faulkner. Raina's true impact in the match, however, came with the willow, as he smashed four sixes and nine fours from 46 balls to achieve the top score of the match and essentially guide his side to the win by four wickets.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile this was far from his most assured innings, Kohli still showed that he can put up a quiet half-century. While his partner, Chris Gayle, blasted the ball all over the pitch, Kohli looked a bit tentative, choosing to take singles and proceed cautiously. His 122-run partnership with Gayle put RCB in the ascendancy, and Kohli completed his half-century on a glacial (for a batsman of his caliber in T20 play) 43 balls for his second in the IPL this season in just three innings. He'll look to continue his strong batting form in Sunday's trip to face the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Fantasy AnalysisDhoni hit three fours and one six as part of a 46-ball, 58-run stand with Pune captain and Australia international Steve Smith before the wicketkeeper was dismissed. The 35-year-old Dhoni has been struggling so far, as 28 is his biggest contribution to Supergiant this season and marks only his third double-digit score in their five matches. He has the lowest strike rate of any batsman that's faced more than 70 balls in this edition of IPL with 87.14. Behind the stumps, Dhoni took one catch and affected a lighting-fast stumping to remove RCB superstar AB de Villiers off the bowling of Imran Tahir.
Fantasy AnalysisKohli would have been dismissed for only 11 had RPS batsman Manoj Tiwary not dropped a regulation slips chance. The 28-year-old Kohli went on to score 17 more runs before he was outed by England allrounder Ben Stokes. This is only Kohli's second match in IPL10 after he missed RCB's first three matches with a shoulder injury that he picked up in India's Test series against Australia last month.
Fantasy AnalysisThe top T20 batsman and one of the best batsmen across all formats, Kohli's absence was felt for both club and country over the first two matches, but even a top-order with Chris Gayle, Kohli, and AB de Villiers couldn't muster a solid score on a dry, but tough, pitch at M Chinnaswamy. Kohli struggled in the T20I series against England, but with nearly a month off, an eternity for someone who plays as much cricket as Kohli, he seemed to not really skip a beat in his return. He'll look to continue showing his class in Sunday's visit from Rising Pune Supergiant.
Fantasy AnalysisGambhir's opening gambit all but put this match out of the reach of Kings XI, smashing eleven fours off 49 deliveries for an unbeaten 72 not out. The usually productive batsman combined with fellow opener Sunil Narine for a 76-run partnership, before producing another 55 with the help of Manish Pandey. It was Gambhir's second half-century in just three matches for KKR, following a 76-run tally (also not out) in his side's season-opening victory over the Gujarat Lions.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Royal Challengers have stumbled to a 1-2 start without Kohli, among others, due to a shoulder injury suffered during the third Test against Australia last month. During Wednesday's session, he corralled catches, high and low, and even unleashed some typical throws to wicketkeeper Kedar Jadhav. If Kohli can indeed fire the ball without issue, there's a better than fair chance that he'll be a part of the playing XI for RCB's next match Friday against Mumbai.
Fantasy AnalysisRaina found himself victim to IPL's hottest new addition, Afghani legspinner Rashid Khan. The Indian allrounder was given lbw when he failed to read a regulation leg break that hit him flush on the pad in front of middle stump. If that wasn't a bad enough day for Raina, his decision to open the bowling didn't pay off, either. While his first over went for just three his second over was dispatched for 21, including three sixes from the bat of David Warner. The Lions haven't beaten Sunrisers in any of their three matchups to date.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving made starts in his last few List A games for Delhi, Gambhir was finally able to convert his start into a substantial total of 76. With Chris Lynn at the other end hitting boundaries every other ball, Gambhir almost looked pedestrian but also went at a quick rate, with a strike rate of 158.33. Gambhir's innings was all round the ground, with a steady rate of runs scored, 360 degrees, and including 12 fours in all directions.
Fantasy AnalysisThe captain came to the crease with Brendon McCullum still in and was allowed to take a few balls to set up his innings while the ex-skipper of the Black Caps hit the boundaries. From there, Raina steered the innings to a strong and defendable total of 183, contributing 68 himself which took him past fellow countryman Virat Kohli as the tournament's all-time highest run-scorer. The score of 68 not out follows Raina's previous game against England in February, where he top scored with 60 to win the three-game T20 series, 2-1.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Australian Test captain put on several heroic performances during his side's recent tour of India, and he looks to be continuing that form in the IPL. His monster contribution of 84 not out for the Rising Pune Supergiants clawed back what looked like an insurmountable lead for the Mumbai Indians, delivering victory with just a single ball remaining. His 155.55 strike rate was a notch higher than his career average of 126.72, while he came close to tripling his 29.73 average. This is the sixth 30-plus score from Smith in his last eight innings against the Indians - just one of the reasons he was named Man of the Match.
Fantasy AnalysisKohli, who will again captain the Royal Challengers Bangalore side, is in doubt to play in at least the opening game of the tournament against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 5. "It's still a few weeks to go before I can be 100 percent on the field," said Kohli at the conclusion of the fourth and final deciding Test match against Australia.
Fantasy AnalysisSlated to require 6-to-8 weeks of rehabilitation, Ashwin is nonetheless expected to be declared fully fit in advance of the ICC Champions Trophy, which starts on June 1. The absence comes on the heels of a Test season in which he bowled a whopping 738.2 overs while claiming a record 82 wickets, so the BCCI may have been searching for any reason to get him in tip-top shape for the all-important international tournament.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a frustrating Test at Ranchi, when India nearly bowled Ashwin into the ground as the Australian batsmen fought off ball after ball, Ashwin went back to his wicket-taking ways in the final innings of the series. His economical three-for more than got the job done as they held Australia to just 137 runs and fewer than 54 overs to give them plenty of time on the abbreviated chase. After an otherwise strong innings, Ashwin was responsible for the scalp of the most dangerous man in the lineup, Glenn Maxwell, who was beaten on 45 in the 33rd over, which hastened the Aussies' demise.
Fantasy AnalysisSmith's 20th Test hundred came at a rip-roaring pace, taking the Australian captain just 150 balls. At one point in the first session, he was batting on 65 while his partner, the big-hitting David Warner, was only on 28. The 27-year-old batsman joined an elite club with his 111-run knock, as he's the first Australian and second international captain to score three centuries in a series in India. Moreover, Smith is only behind Sir Donald Bradman, Sunil Gavaskar, and Matthew Hayden on the list of fastest to 20 Test hundreds.
Fantasy AnalysisKohli is in doubt for the series-deciding fourth Test against Australia that kicks off Saturday.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Australian captain followed up his not out 117 in the previous test with an even bigger unbeaten score of 178 in the third test. His magnificent innings came off a mammoth 361 balls and included 17 fours in it. During the innings, Smith also became the joint seventh fastest test match player to reach the milestone of 5000 runs.
Fantasy AnalysisIndia were hoping that Ranchi's infamously diabolical wicket would hobble Australia's batsmen in this third Test of a tied series, but the surface described as “rolled mud” is looking more and more like a batsman's paradise. Steven Smith's unbeaten 117 came in partnership with 82 from allrounder Glenn Maxwell, who is also still alive leading into day two. Smith resembled a stalking Bengal tiger at the crease, displaying plenty of patience while he waited to pounce on each opportunity. He hit 13 balls to the boundary, all for fours, to produce a strike rate of 47.95. Australia finished the day on 299 for four.