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Fantasy AnalysisThe leg spinner was essentially the match winner as he tore through Kolkata's middle order with four wickets from his four overs including two in two balls in the seventh over. The four wicket bag propelled Sharma's campaign total to double figures of 13 from just eight matches. The consecutive wickets included Kolkata captain and tournament top run scorer Gautuam Gambhir and New Zealand allrounder Colin de Grandhomme for a first ball duck.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma's first wicket came from an outstanding one-handed full-strech grab from his captain Rohit Sharma at first slip to dismiss West Indies international Marlon Samuels for just one. The legspinners next two wickets were tailenders but he did claim the wicket of South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada who can me a force down the order. 3/11 is the 29-year-old's best figures for Mumbai this season, in his two other matches he took figures of 2/39 and 1/23. In the field Sharma held onto one catch to dismiss New Zealand international Corey Anderson.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving already retired from the ODI format, the experienced allrounder has not played at the international level for New Zealand since the semi-final loss in the World T20 to England in 2016. At 38 years old, the now T20 specialist brings a wealth of experience and batting firepower to the Birmingham side. Elliot played 83 ODIs for New Zealand with the highlight being the unforgettable 2015 World Cup semifinal where he produced the moment of New Zealand's limited overs cricket history to take the side to their first final.
Fantasy AnalysisThough the 28-year-old cracked the Test squad for the first time in November of 2016 against Pakistan, he's quickly turned into a consistent opener for the Black Caps. Raval's first-innings half-century was his third in the past four innings with no scores below 36 in that time. While he's yet to score a Test ton, with his patience and form of late, it seems only a matter of time, having set his high score in back-to-back innings.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving made a bright start to international cricket against Pakistan, Raval made a series of starts without pushing on against Bangladesh. Now with the three test series against the stronger opposition of South Africa, Raval showed positive signs with a score of 52 coming from 102 balls in the first innings. Together with captain Kane Williamson, the pair put on a century stand, the highest for the second wicket against South Africa.
Fantasy AnalysisRaval is stepping into the shoes of his “inspiration”, Martin Guptill, who finally lost the patience of NZ selectors for his inability to put up big runs. Raval has impressed in New Zealand's domestic competition, averaging 59.8 last season. A question mark remains over Raval's ability to handle spin, so visiting side Pakistan can be expected to test the left-hander when they arrive next week.
Fantasy AnalysisBetween Shamsi and Kyle Abbott, South Africa was able to make quick work of Australia as those two bowlers accounted for seven wickets in just 18 overs of work between the two, holding Australia to just 36.4 overs in total. Bowling in just his third ODI and his first of the series, the 26-year-old looks to be in strong form. Furthermore, he was named to the team's Test squad and looks comfortable as either a holding bowler or playing a larger role in the attack as a debutant.
Fantasy AnalysisThe former West Indian captain last made an appearance for the international side at the 2013 Champions Trophy against India, 13 years after his debut for the West Indies in 2000. Sarwan leaves the international side with 20 international centuries (15 in tests and five in ODI's), as well as 41 wickets across the three international formats.
Fantasy AnalysisRaval earned his promotion to the NZ Test squad that toured Africa with an impressive performance in the country's domestic first-class competition that produced a 55.71 average, but the Indian-born batsman hasn't been so fortunate this time. The 27-year-old left-hander will miss out on the upcoming Indian tour despite earning praise from NZ selectors. "Jeet Raval misses out on this tour, but we were really pleased with what we saw of him in Africa. He did everything asked of him and we'll continue to monitor him closely,” said Gavin Larsen.
Fantasy AnalysisSehwag leaves the game as one of India's greatest opening batsmen, playing in 104 Tests, 251 ODIs and 19 T20Is between 1999 and 2013. While he was key to Indian victories at the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup, his prowess in Test cricket (23 centuries, including two 300s) is of particular note, as he recorded an 82.23 strike rate in the long format. The 37-year-old will now turn his attention to the Masters Champions League, which a T20 tournament based in the UAE.
Fantasy AnalysisAbsent from July's tour of Zimbabwe due to a fractured finger on his left hand, Sharma has instead played in five List A games and one First-class match against Australia A and South Africa A squads. Emerging unscathed, the spinner will be among 30 players in consideration for the 72-day series versus the Proteas, which starts on Oct. 2 with a T20.
Fantasy AnalysisShamsi locked up the meat of Barbados' order in the middle overs, including the scalps of Dwayne Smith, Jason Holder, and Jonathan Carter. The outing marked Shamsi's second consecutive four-for, with his 10 wickets cascading to the pitch every 10.2 balls. Furthermore, his four tidy overs Monday lowered his economy rate more than a run to 6.82 in his first CPL season.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma's absence leaves Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane with only two spinners, Harbhajan Singh and Axar Patel, to chose from for the three ODIs and two T20s of the tour. In the meantime, there's no telling when Sharma will be cleared for action, but the nature of his injury like equates to a lengthy recovery effort.