Fantasy AnalysisAfter a tough defeat in the Test series that saw Lakmal's influence on the side wane as he took just one wicket across the last three innings for 251 runs, Lakmal found his stride and bossed the Indian batsman up and down the wicket. He knocked out the stand-in captain Rohit Sharma on the first ball of the fifth over, beat Dinesh Karthik for an 18-ball duck, Manish Pandey for two and Bhuvi Kumar for a duck as well en route to his best bowled innings and his third ODI four-for.
Fantasy AnalysisWith Virat Kohli resting, the Indian batting order collapsed, staring down five for 16 in the 14th over as Suranga Lakmal and the rest of the Sri Lankan attack toyed and befuddled the Indian batsmen. Dhoni provided a level of calm as the wickets fell around him, but even Dhoni was unable to move India to even a respectable score as they were all out on 112 in the 39th over. The half-century was Dhoni's 67th in his illustrious ODI career and he and the squad will look to salvage the series in the final two matches.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a rocky start to the series that saw him score just five, Stirling was the key to Ireland's series victory over the other new Test side. After 82 in the second ODI, Stirling reached his century in the third match and nearly carried the bat through the innings but was trapped on a well-bowled ball by Rashid Khan to end his day. The century was his sixth in 85 ODI innings and for his efforts, he was named both Man of the Match and Man of the Series thanks to his series-clinching performance.
Fantasy AnalysisAlready in the touring party for the series, Curran was excellent in the tour match. He scored at an excellent clip against admittedly a much-weaker attack than what he would face against Australia's Test squad, posting a 85.55 strike rate and found the rope with regularity including nine boundaries and two maximums. With the ball, he picked up two wickets in the first innings in nine overs and three more in the second innings in just seven overs. Whether it's this tour or in the future, Curran has a bright future ahead of him and the experience of being in the touring party should pay dividends down the road.
Fantasy AnalysisJennings saw his Test fortunes dim after a poor run this summer as England looked for an opening partner to pair with Alastair Cook. In four matches with the Test squad, he failed to reach a half-century and averaged just 15.87 in eight innings. However, with the Lions, he scored 89 at Brisbane and looked solid in the first innings of the tour match. However, he undid most of the goodwill he garnered with a golden duck in the second innings.
Fantasy AnalysisThe first Test series of the year has been excellent for the limited-overs opener. He's taken quite a liking to the No. 6 role, following up his unbeaten century in the first match of the series with a half-century. In just 38 Test innings, he has reached his fifty in 11 innings including in four-consecutive innings, spanning across four matches and more than 14 months.
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