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Steve Smith    Batsman    Rising Pune Supergiants
Smith poked his way to 51 off 50 with two boundaries and two maximums in Sunday's defeat in the IPL final against the Mumbai Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

After 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.
Gautam Gambhir    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Gambhir safely secured the qualifier spot for Kolkata with a heroic 32 not out in the rain reduced six over second innings win over Sunrisers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Following 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.
MS Dhoni    (Mahi)    Wicketkeeper    Rising Pune Supergiants
Dhoni raced to 40 off 26 not out with five maximums and one catch in Tuesday's victory over the Mumbai Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

While 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.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    Royal Challengers Bangalore
Kohli top-scored with 58 off 45 including three boundaries and three maximums and took two catches in Sunday's victory over the Delhi Daredevils.

Fantasy Analysis

The 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.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    Royal Challengers Bangalore
Kohli top-scored with 55 off 48, including four fours and one maximum, in Saturday's defeat to the Rising Pune Supergiant.

Fantasy Analysis

Kohli 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.
Steve Smith    Batsman    Rising Pune Supergiants
Smith tallied 45 off 32 with five fours and one maximum in Saturday's victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Fantasy Analysis

The 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.
Gautam Gambhir    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Gambhir blasted 71 off 52 not out with 11 fours and was named Man of the Match in Friday's victory over the Delhi Daredevils.

Fantasy Analysis

Gambhir 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.
Suresh Raina    (Sanu)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Raina hit 34 from 30 not out in a 37-ball win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Raina 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.
Steve Smith    Batsman    Rising Pune Supergiants
Smith top scored for the Supergiant with an unbeaten score of 51 in Wednesday's defeat to Kolkata.

Fantasy Analysis

Rising 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.
Gautam Gambhir    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Gambhir continued his strong form with the bat in the 2017 IPL, posting a score of 62 in his side's victory over Pune on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

The 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.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    Royal Challengers Bangalore
Kohli was out for a first-ball duck in Royal Challengers Bangalore's loss to the Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Kohli 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.
MS Dhoni    (Mahi)    Wicketkeeper    Rising Pune Supergiants
Dhoni powered his way to 61 off 34 not out with five fours and three maximums and was named Man of the Match in Saturday's victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhoni 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.
Suresh Raina    (Sanu)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Raina was named Man of the Match for his performance with the bat, as he top-scored with 84 as his side chased down the 187 made by Kolkata on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

The 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.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    Royal Challengers Bangalore
Kohli poked his way to 64 off 50 with seven fours and one maximum in Tuesday's victory over the Gujarat Lions.

Fantasy Analysis

While 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.
MS Dhoni    (Mahi)    Wicketkeeper    Rising Pune Supergiants
Dhoni whacked 28 runs from 25 balls in RPS's win over RCB on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhoni 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.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    Royal Challengers Bangalore
Kohli scored 28 runs off 19 balls in Bangalore's loss to Pune on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Kohli 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.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    Royal Challengers Bangalore
Kohli (shoulder) totaled 62 off 47 with five fours and two maximums in Friday's defeat to the Mumbai Indians after missing the last month recuperating from a shoulder injury.

Fantasy Analysis

The 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.
Gautam Gambhir    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Gambhir hit an unbeaten 72 from 49 in an eight-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Gambhir'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.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    Royal Challengers Bangalore
Kohli (shoulder) took part in fielding and catching drills during practice Wednesday, The Times of India reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The 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.
Suresh Raina    (Sanu)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Raina was dismissed for just five runs in the Lions' loss to Sunrisers on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Raina 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.