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Fantasy AnalysisWhile it was ultimately in a losing effort, Al Hasan did everything he could to put the Dynamites in a position to win the match. After taking just five wickets across the first six matches of the BPL, Al Hasan exploded for his third-career T20 fifer, though somehow this wasn't his best bowled innings, having once taken six for six. Despite the loss, the Dynamites are still second on the table with the best net run rate in the league.
Fantasy AnalysisStaring down a target of 370, the collapse of the top-order came before you could blink an eye. At four for 51 in the 12th over, Al Hasan did well to extend the match, finding the rope now and again while still protecting the stumps. However, feeling a sense of urgency for runs, on the first ball of the 31st over, he smacked it straight to JP Duminy waiting at deep midwicket. After taking matching fifers against Australia in the first Test at Dhaka, this was a small consolation on a disastrous series for Bangladesh.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving smashed 124 in the third ODI, Finch was a six away from making it two in two when he was caught by Hardik Pandya off the bowling of Umesh Yadav, who took four. Finch's 94 came off 96 balls and included 10 fours and three sixes.
Fantasy AnalysisThe limited-overs specialist was positive on Sunday, atypically working his way to 36 before being tagged with a lbw on review. However, his form is less concerning than his role Sunday night as he was with Stokes surrounding his arrest outside of a nightclub. While it doesn't appear as if Hales was involved in the incident himself, he's remained in Bristol to help with the investigation with an eye on exonerating his teammate. Hales' availability for the fifth and final ODI on Friday is still up in the air.
Fantasy AnalysisPlaying his first ODI since a half-century in the Champions Trophy against England, Finch stepped in at No. 2 and nearly 38 overs later, was knocked off for his eighth ODI century. For Surrey in the NatWest T20 Blast, he's barely a month removed from an unbeaten century and has the ability to turn in a match-winning knock, though his consistency is mostly lacking. This was Finch's first ODI century since January 2016, also against India.
Fantasy AnalysisAble 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.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 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.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 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.
Fantasy AnalysisAl 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.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 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.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 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.
Fantasy AnalysisThe limited-overs specialist and England international showed his class with a rapid fire 44 that saw him find the boundary on virtually every-other ball. His cameo ended at the end of the seventh over at one for 69, needing just 55 runs over the next 13 overs. Hales has been excellent in short bursts, but can be cheap with his wicket at times. However, as tactics shift to openers who can come out guns ablaze, Hales' value will only increase as he's able to find the boundary with ease and then let a fresh man come in to slog through the middle-overs.
Fantasy AnalysisHales all-out attack put Notts 12 runs ahead of Northant's 195/8 on Duckworth-Lewis by the time the rain hit at Trent Bridge in the sixth over. The England international and his opening partner Riki Wessels raced to 52 for no loss from 5.1 overs before the umpires motioned the players off. The 28-year-old clobbered five fours and one six in his 16-ball innings.
Fantasy AnalysisFinch continued in his rich vein of from in Surrey's London derby win that took them to the top spot in the South Group. The Australian international hit four fours and one six before being run-out after a mix up with Kevin Pietersen. The 30-year-old found himself two-thirds of the way down the wicket before it was apparent that Pietersen would not take the sharp single. Finch nearly made it back but was caught just short as the third umpire would reveal. Bizarrely enough, he returned to the wicket just moments later as a runner for Pietersen. Finch currently sits third on the most-runs list with 249 runs from six innings at an average of 41.5.
Fantasy AnalysisThe victory came through Bangladesh's largest ODI partnership that dominated the game and the headlines, as al Hasan combined with Mahmudullah for a 224 run partnership for the fifth wicket. Al Hasan hit 114 from 115 balls in an innings that included 11 fours and a six when he was eventually bowled by Trent Boult. He also performed with the ball despite no reward, bowling 10 overs for 52 runs, conceding only three boundaries. The performance is by far al Hasan's best in the tournament, only managing 39 runs combined and conceding 62 runs against England.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 28-year-old hit 11 fours and two sixes during nearly two hours in the crease. After opening partner Jason Roy was outed for just one run, Hales shared a 159-run stand with centurion Joe Root. However, Hales holed out to mid-wicket just before he could reach what would have been sixth ODI ton. The opener was out after a slog-sweep ended up in the hands of substitute fielder Sunzamul Islam.
Fantasy AnalysisIn his first game back since the IPL campaign with Gujarat Lions, Finch was back with a bang, reminding everyone what he can be capable of. He hit 137 from 109 balls in an innings that included six sixes and 11 fours. Finch had a mixed IPL overall, recording two 50-plus scores but failing to pass the 300-run mark with 13 innings in the tournament, leaving him with a season average of just 24.91.
Fantasy AnalysisEntering the match with his side in a slide at 31-4 in the six over Maxwell made no impact on the game whatsoever, flicking his third ball down the throat of Ajinkya Rahane at deep square leg and leaving Punjab in worse shape at 31-5. This is the third duck for the Kings XI captain this season. The Australia international has scored 310 runs from his 13 innings with a high score of 47. He currently sits in 19th on the most-runs list, up 19 spots from last year.
Fantasy AnalysisOn a quick and dewy pitch, Mumbai elected to bowl first, but weren't expecting KXIP to put up the kind of total they did, largely thanks to the quick starts by the top-three. After Guptill's cameo in the crease took them to one for 68 still in the powerplay, Maxwell did his part thereafter, going for a strike rate of 223.80 and reached or exceeded the boundary every three balls before bowing out at two for 131 at the end of 11 overs. Spelling in for two overs with the ball as the Indians' raced through their chase, he knocked out dangerman Lendl Simmons thanks to some unbelievable work in the field by Martin Guptill.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Australian batsman's quick fire 69 came from only 39 balls and helped propel Gujarat's total to a highly competitive and defendable total of 195 off their twenty overs. His innings included four sixes and six fours with a strike rate approaching 200. The score caps off another inconsistent and average IPL campaign for Finch with two 50-plus scores out of 12 innings and 297 runs in total with an average of 27.