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Glenn Maxwell    (Big Show)    Batsman    Australia
Maxwell raced to 39 off 18 including three boundaries and four maximums in Sunday's ODI defeat to India at Chennai.

Fantasy Analysis

Able to play their innings like a T20, with 21 overs to hit 164, Maxwell was at his slogging best, finding the boundary quicker than every three balls and was hunting for the rope when he just got the toe of the batt on the ball to end his evening early. The 28-year-old has found himself as something of a boom-or-bust option in the Australian middle-order, missing out on his 16th ODI half-century in 69 innings and will look to continue his good form on Thursday at Kolkata.
MS Dhoni    (Mahi)    Wicketkeeper    India
Dhoni worked his way to 79 off 88 including four boundaries and two maximums in Sunday's ODI victory over Australia at Chennai.

Fantasy Analysis

While 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.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales raced to 43 off 17 including eight boundaries and one maximum in Saturday's T20I defeat to the West Indies at Chester-le-Street.

Fantasy Analysis

The T20 specialist has been struggling for form of late, ever since his first-class double-century at Derby in the County Championship, not scoring more than 28 runs in an innings across all formats and no better than 17 in a T20. That all changed as from the first ball, Hales looked to be on the front-foot. He batted nearly through the powerplay, recording a boundary quicker than every-other ball and neared the fastest fifty, but came up perilously short on an otherwise tame delivery. As England's Test top order sits in disarray, Hales provides the perfect T20 opener along with Jason Roy when in form.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    India
Kohli was man of the match in the only T20 as he hit 82 to help India to victory over Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

In 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.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    India
Kohli calmly batted his way to 110 off 116 not out including nine boundaries in Sunday's ODI victory over Sri Lanka at Colombo.

Fantasy Analysis

The 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.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    India
Kohli was named man of the match with a score of 131 in Thursday's win over Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

India'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.
Shakib Al Hasan    All Rounder    Bangladesh
Al Hasan was named man of the match in a historic first test match win against Australia on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

The classy allrounder showed his worth and his status as truly one of the greatest allrounders in world cricket with a stunning display with both bat and ball. In the first innings he scored 84 from 133 balls, backing it up with five wickets from 25.5 overs conceding 68 runs with seven maidens. Al Hasan repeated this feat in Australia's second innings where they fell 20 runs short of their target, with Al Hasan taking five wickets again for 85 runs from 28 overs with seven maidens.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali top-scored for England with 84 off 93 including 14 boundaries in the second innings of England's second Test against the West Indies.

Fantasy Analysis

The batting allrounder has been in tremendous form with the ball, taking 25 wickets against South Africa in their four-match series prior to this series and then top-scored with the bat in England's big second innings to put them firmly in the ascendancy. The half-century was his 12th in 43 Tests and on a turning and unpredictable fifth-day pitch, will look to close things out for England as they look to take the series lead.
MS Dhoni    (Mahi)    Wicketkeeper    India
Dhoni capped things off for India with 67 off 86 not out including four boundaries and one maximum in Sunday's ODI victory over Sri Lanka at Pallekele.

Fantasy Analysis

Always 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.
Shakib Al Hasan    All Rounder    Bangladesh
Al Hasan top-scored with 84 off 133 including 11 boundaries in the first innings of Bangladesh's first Test against Australia at Dhaka.

Fantasy Analysis

Al Hasan has been in up-and-down form of late, with his highest high coming in his Champions Trophy century against New Zealand and an unbeaten 44 for the Jamaica Tallawahs in his three-match stint in the CPL. His Test form of late has been very good, recording two centuries and three half-centuries this year with an average of 57.63, certainly buoyed by his double century at Wellington against New Zealand in January.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    India
Kohli cruised his way to 82 off 70 not out including 10 boundaries and one maximum in Sunday's ODI victory over Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

Compared 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.
Sunil Narine    Bowler    West Indies
Narine took one for 11 from his four overs in Knight Riders' win over Amazon warriors in CPL Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Narine's only wicket came from a classic offspinner's delivery, he lured New Zealand international Martin Guptil with a flighted ball then spun it back sparky between his bat and bat to disrupt the woodwork. The mystery spinner bowled a match-high 14 dot balls and didn't concede a single four or six. The 29-year-old is currently tied for sixth on the most-wickets list with Tallawahs' Mohammad Sami.
Sunil Narine    Bowler    West Indies
Narine took one for 11 from his four overs in Knight Riders' win over Amazon warriors in CPL Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Narine's only wicket came from a classic offspinner's delivery, he lured New Zealand international Martin Guptil with a flighted ball then spun it back sparky between his bat and bat to disrupt the woodwork. The mystery spinner bowled a match-high 14 dot balls and didn't concede a single four or six. The 29-year-old is currently tied for sixth on the most-wickets list with Tallawahs' Mohammad Sami.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin bowled four for 68 off 28.3 overs including six maidens in the second innings of India's victory over Sri Lanka in the third Test of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

Ashwin'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.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali was named Man of the Match in England's Test victory over South Africa at Old Trafford.

Fantasy Analysis

A year since he looked on thin ice with the Test squad after a difficult summer, Ali has been nothing short of sensational of late. In the second innings, he recorded an unbeaten 75 and then took a five-for with the ball. Over the course of the series, he racked up 25 wickets and two half-centuries, making him co-Man of the Series with Morne Morkel. They have a quick turnaround before hosting the West Indies, starting August 17 at Edgbaston.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales nearly recorded the quickest T20 century, racing to 95 off 30 including nine boundaries and nine maximums in Nottinghamshire's victory over Durham in the NatWest T20 Blast.

Fantasy Analysis

The perfect T20 opener, Hales nearly made history on Sunday, finding the boundary quicker than every other ball and posted a strike rate of 316.66. By his 19th ball, he reached his half-century, his 30th in 158 innings while coming perilously close to his third T20 ton while scoring 106 runs in the Powerplay, the most ever recorded in a T20. Hales' dominance in the format gives England an opener they can rely on in at least one format.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin took five wickets as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 183 for the first innings on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ashwin 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.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali snatched four for 45 off 16.1 overs including five maidens and bowled for a hat trick in the second innings of England's Test victory over South Africa at The Oval.

Fantasy Analysis

While maybe not a hat trick for the purists, Ali's hat trick at the end of the fourth innings certainly got the job done and helped guide England to a 2-1 series lead. He knocked out Dean Elgar and Kagiso Rabada at the end of the 76th over and got Morne Morkel on his next ball to open the 78th over on a cleverly reviewed lbw. He now has 18 wickets on the series including three of his five career four-fors and his only ten wicket haul. A good bet for man of the series, Ali may be the secondary spinner but has turned himself into one of the most important pieces of the England Test squad.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales pummeled 14 boundaries and four maximums en route to crushing 101 off 47 in Sunday's NatWest T20 Blast victory over Yorkshire.

Fantasy Analysis

The England Test squad opener for a spell at the start of 2016, Hales has mostly been consigned to the limited-overs squads. However, with Keaton Jennings struggling for form and Hales rounding into good shape, he may yet get another crack on the five-day squad. While his strike rates and temperament of late have been perfect for T20 cricket, Hales turned in a good knock in his last first-class innings, posting 85 while maintaining good rhythm in the crease. With the Ashes upcoming, Hales could find himself back in the opening slot with the Test squad if Jennings can't settle in.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    India
Kohli led the way for his side in the second innings, scoring a century in the first test against Sri Lanka on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Having 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.