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Fantasy AnalysisA half-century in the first innings with the bat, 10 wickets with the ball and a successful start to Joe Root's captaincy led to Ali's Man of the Match award. His six for 53 in the second innings was his best bowled innings and this was the first time he'd taken more than eight wickets in a match. While at this time last summer, there were more questions than answers about their spinning allrounder, he's certainly acquitted himself well of late and will look to continue his form into the second Test at Trent Bridge.
Fantasy AnalysisA day after becoming the fifth-fastest player to score 2000 Test runs and take 100 Test wickets Ali finished as England's best bowler in their first Test bowling innings of the summer. The 30-year-old added two more wickets to his performance on day 2, Temba Bavuma and Vernon Philander, both batsman were dismissed shortly after reaching their 50s. The offspinning allrounder held England's second-lowest economy rate of 2.95. It's his best bowling performance since October 2016 when he took five for 57 against Bangladesh in Dhaka.
Fantasy AnalysisAli came into bat with the score at five for 190, but with Joe Root, put on a partnership worth 177 and took their side through to 367 when Root fell. Ali was dismissed shortly after for 87, bowled by Kagiso Rabada in an innings that included eight fours. With the ball, Ali took the wickets of Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar to give him figures of two for 35 off 13 overs including five maidens. During the match, Ali notched up the milestone of 200 runs and 100 wickets, becoming the fifth fastest to do so for England.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter Stokes and Root brought England back to life Ali and the latter carried on the win the day for the Lions. The two put on an unbeaten 167 run stand for the sixth wicket of which Ali scored all of his runs. The 30-year-old brought up his 10th Test 50 off 81 balls including four fours. He struck five fours in total by stumps on the opening day.
Fantasy AnalysisBatting first, England put up a big 339 score thanks largely to Ali who blazed 77 from only 55 balls in an innings that included five fours and five sixes. With the ball in hand, Ali took the wickets of Chris Morris and the big scalp of captain A B De Villiers. He finished with figures of two for 50 off nine overs in his first international match since England played the West Indies in March.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Lions enter Friday's game against the Knight Riders in dire straits at the bottom of the table and just two points to their name. Part of the problem has been the absence of Bravo, who has nabbed 122 wickets in IPL play across the prior nine seasons. The No. 5 T20I allrounder, his status remains in limbo due to January hamstring surgery.
Fantasy AnalysisBravo hasn't played since sustaining his hamstring injury in the waning days of 2016 while playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League. The talented allrounder has won two purple caps in the IPL and is one of the best death bowlers in the world while also providing good power in the middle order for both club and country. His absence, along with Ravindra Jadeja (finger), will force some squad players for the Lions to take on larger roles until they reach fitness.
Fantasy AnalysisBravo fell to the ground holding his left leg after attempting to field a ball and was stretchered off the field in Renegades' match against Scorchers. There is no return date set for the West Indian allrounder. "It's a huge blow, he's one of the best allrounders in the world. It's an unbelievably damaging blow for us, but also for him because we know how much he loves coming out here," said Renegades' captain Aaron Finch.
Fantasy AnalysisEngland made a strong first innings total when batting first of 477, largely helped with Ali's score of 146. The century was his second on the tour of India and wasn't quite enough to overtake his highest test total of his career which remains to be 155. Ali made another score of 44 in the second innings but wasn't able to convert the start into a big substantial score to save England from defeat.
Fantasy AnalysisThe allrounder faced three balls before his untimely departure for zero left England 49/3. Ali's duck in this match is his sixth overall and his third of 2016. After this performance his tour average currently sits at 27.28, the lowest of any England batsman beside Ben Duckett's six.
Fantasy AnalysisAli reached a respectable half-century at Wankhede Stadium, nabbing four fours and a six in the process. His batting became more aggressive over the course of his time at the crease, culminating in a risky sweep at an Ashwin delivery that sent the ball skyward off the top edge for an easy catch by Karun Nair.
Fantasy AnalysisThe English allrounder continued his strong form in either aspect of the game with his fourth test century in international test cricket. He was eventually dismissed for 117 from 213 deliveries, bowled by Mohammed Shami.
Fantasy AnalysisIn what was just his second test five wicket bag, off spinner Ali rattled the home side and was instrumental in the collapse of the batting team that saw them fall from 190 to 220 with the cost of seven wickets. Ali finished with the figures of five for 57 from 19.5 overs. Ali was also left on a score of two not out overnight.
Fantasy AnalysisBatting at five, Ali took his opportunity up the order by top scoring for the visiting side as they were all out for 293 early on the second day. Ali's score of 68 came from a huge 170 deliveries. He took two wickets in Bangladesh's score of 221/5, dismissing Imrul Kayes and Nominal Hague.
Fantasy AnalysisThe West Indies T20 specialist, Bravo led the way with the bat and was only one of two from the side that made double figures (Jason Holder 21). His half-century was almost a run-a-ball, coming from 54 balls and included two sixes and five fours. Bravo was less fortunate with the ball, only bowling two overs but conceding 16 runs for no reward.
Fantasy AnalysisWith half of their wickets gone for 110, England was floundering in the 28th over when Ali entered at No. 7. His steadfastness was a worthy foil against Pakistan, who to that point had snuffed out any threat from the hosts. Pressing the issue with Jonny Bairstow, the pair tapped out a 93-run partnership that came to a close on an inside edge from Bairstow. Chris Woakes proceeded to join Ali and sustain the pressure, contributing 45 to a 79-run stand. After Woakes' departure, the last three wickets went for 46, but Ali's third Test century salvaged an innings that was going nowhere fast until he arrived on the scene.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile the first innings were relatively poor for England with the bat, Ali still managed to pick up 63 off 118. However, he, along with the rest of his team, struggled with the ball. In the second innings, Ali didn't skip a beat with the bat, going for 86 runs unbeaten after going for just 61 runs in his previous three Tests combined. The allrounder seems to be coming into form at a crucial time, as earlier this series, he looked on the verge of being dropped from the side.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter Kieran Powell smashed two fours and a six off Ronsford Beaton in the second over of the match, Bravo decided to take matters into his own hands in the fourth. Bravo allowed a first-ball single to Powell, but an outside edge was promptly induced from Evin Lewis' bat, with a diving catch completing the first dismissal. Three ensuing dots to du Plessis set Bravo up to add some pace, and the South African couldn't connect with a yorker that hit middle stump. In the death, Bravo reintroduced himself to the Patriots, bowling Shamarh Brooks in the 18th and making a return catch from Devon Thomas on the final ball of the innings. With the four-for in his back pocket, consistent run scoring and timely boundaries helped the Knight Riders completed the contest with 18 balls to spare.
Fantasy AnalysisThe oft-maligned spinner made the most of his opportunity Monday, grabbing three wickets in an innings for the first time since December of 2015 and his first five-wicket haul in a Test since that same series against South Africa in Durban. While his place seemed to be in jeopardy coming into the series, with Ben Stokes (calf) potentially sidelined for a spell, Ali will likely step up as one of the more experienced bowlers, even if he had an economy of nearly a run more per over than his next closest teammate.
Fantasy AnalysisBravo hit the winning run with 14 balls remaining in his side's relaxed chase of Barbados's 172-run total, but his contribution with the ball did more for the Knight Riders' success at Kensington Oval. The allrounder bowled out Tridents lead scorer Shoaib Malik in the 15th over and later hobbled Nicholas Pooran for a duck. Bravo's four overs at the crease came at a 34-run cost for his side, but his 23-run contribution off 11 balls went some way to clawing it back. A pair of fours and sixes helped him tally a whopping batting strike rate of 209.09 before his stint was cut short by the game-winning score.