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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.
Fantasy AnalysisTaking over the reins from Hashim Amla (64) in the 18th, Bravo took a liking to the ropes, clearing them entirely on three occasions and tacking on another four for good measure. Bravo lasted just eight balls, but the effort helped push the Trinbago Knight Riders to 151. With the ball, the captain gave up his fair share of boundaries -- two sixes and two fours -- but he picked up key wickets in the form of Jason Mohammed in the 11th and Martin Guptill in the 19th. The latter dismissal ended most hope for a successful chase with the Amazon Warriors sitting on 122 at the time, and indeed the Knight Riders fended off the hosts for a seven-run victory.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Trinbago Knight Riders suffered dismissal after dismissal to kick off the first innings, losing Brandon McCullum, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, and Umar Akmal before the end of the fifth over. After the bleak stretch, though, Dwayne Bravo united with Hashim Amla and steered the squad back to the light, building to a platform of 78 through the 13th from which to launch a late assault. The tandem produced at least 10 runs in six of the final seven overs with the aid of seven sixes and three fours. Once the final ball of the innings was bowled past Amla, they had cobbled together the largest fifth-wicket stand in T20 history and the most fruitful wicket of any kind in the annals of CPL. Dwayne Bravo was unable to match this match-winning effort Saturday versus the Guyana Amazon Warriors -- 18 off 17 -- but his second half century in 29 CPL innings fueled the Knight Riders' first win of the season.
Fantasy AnalysisPreviously known as the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, the Knight Riders followed their predecessor's footsteps with the selection of Bravo in the first round of February's draft. The allround talent has been modest with the bat in season's past, averaging 25.1 in 26 innings, but he's made his presence felt on the other end of the spectrum. In 31 CPL innings, he's toppled 47 wickets, including 28 during his side's run to the title in 2015. He'll seek a repeat performance in the first match of the tournament Wednesday versus the St. Lucia Zouks.
Fantasy AnalysisOne of the team's two international players, Bravo closed out his first match for Surrey with a flourish, needing just four balls (one of which was a no-ball) to collect the final two wickets to end Hampshire's day after just 16.3 overs. Bravo has 17 half-centuries to his name in 258 t20 innings, which makes his day with just three runs disappointing, but the exciting all-rounder is sure to find his form quickly enough.
Fantasy AnalysisMaking valuable contributions with the ball, Bravo matched Samuel Badree and Andre Russell for the team lead in scalps throughout the tournament. However, Bravo's trio in the first innings of the WT20 final were key, as he sent England's Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali, among others, to the showers. After the Windies lost three batsmen within the first 15 balls of the chase, Bravo teamed up with top scorer Marlon Samuels for a 75-run stand, powering 25 off 27 with one six and one four. In line for a respite from the international game, Bravo will suit up for the Gujarat Lions' inaugural season in the IPL, which begins Monday against Kings XI.