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Fantasy AnalysisAfter a middling ODI series against Australia and an up-and-down run in the T20I's, Hales saw Jason Roy take the opening spot alongside Jonny Bairstow for the first four matches of the series. However, with Roy out of the side thanks to an injury, Hales seized his opportunity, partnering with Bairstow for 155 runs on the first wicket, which saw Bairstow tee off on the Black Caps bowlers while Hales, typically the freer swinger, was content to rotate the strike and needed 67 balls to reach his fifty, his 12th ODI half-century in 57 innings.
Fantasy AnalysisPlaying in his 50th T20I, Hales was looking to find his form after an up-and-down ODI series that saw him score four or fewer runs in the five-match series. However, that did not come to pass as he continued to struggle at the international level in the game's shortest format as he's now gone 19 innings without a fifty, though he has put up some impressive scores in the interim even without reaching a half-century. He'll need to find his eye quickly if England are to advance to the Tri-Series final.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter restricting England to just 137, the Australian chase was willing to pile up runs at a nice canter to secure their place in the Trans-Tasman Twenty20 Trophy finals, but Finch, who had caused England such problems in his three ODIs (with two centuries and a fifty to his name), made an absolute meal of them again. He reached the boundary in four of his five deliveries and posted a strike rate of 400.00.
Fantasy AnalysisThe right-hander is termed as one of the most explosive batsman in the game, and on Wednesday, he was at his blistering best. The 29-year-old came out to bat at a time when the home side was struggling after losing two quick wickets. But the Melbourne Stars all-rounder produced a brilliant hundred, which was his second in the shortest format of the game, and took his side home with nine balls to spare. The Australia team management will be hoping that Maxwell's current form with the bat will not going to be short-lived, and that he can contribute in the team's success on more consistent basis.
Fantasy AnalysisThe all-rounder is famous for his explosive batting, but has paid the price on numerous occasions as well. With the home side struggling big time chasing a small total on Saturday, Maxwell came out to bat and showed his blistering best as he ripped the Black Caps' bowling apart and led the home side to a comfortable victory on the day. The Australian team management will be mightily pleased with Maxwell's return to form, as everyone knows that he can prove to be a real difference for the team in any format.
Fantasy AnalysisThe right-arm pacer was reckoned as the next big thing when he made his debut for the Baggy Greens in 2011, but a number of injuries held his progress. However, on Friday, in the absence of Mitchell Starc, the 24-year-old was given the new ball and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands by rattling the English batting lineup with pure pace and precision. It was the first time in 19 innings when Cummins claimed four wickets for the Kangaroos in the 50-over format, and perhaps it is about time that the Australian team management must think again if they are doing justice with the Sydney-born pacer by using him as the first change instead of giving him the new ball to lead from the front.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a couple of poor performances out of the gate, Maxwell has found his stroke with Tuesday being his best performance of the tournament to date. He now is averaging 47.83 in seven innings in 2018 with three fifties and has shown his limited-overs class in the middle of the Stars' order.
Fantasy AnalysisThe right-handed opener is in sublime form during the ongoing ODI series, and once again he proved his credentials in a do-or-die clash for the home side. After scoring back-to-back centuries in the first two matches, the 31-year-old looked in superb touch for the Kangaroos while chasing 303 and hit some delightful boundaries as well. However, his efforts was cut short by leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who deceived him with a brilliant wrong one for a clear leg-before-wicket dismissal. Even though the series did not go as planned for the home side, the consistency of Finch will be a real high point for Steven Smith and the coaching staff, who will be expecting good things from the Colac-born batsman in the remaining matches of the series as well.
Fantasy AnalysisFinch has been electric over the first two matches of the year, recording hundreds in both; however, they've both come in losing efforts as the follow-up behind him has been shaky, in conjunction with a dip in form in their attack. The century was his 10th in 83 ODI innings as he's shown himself to be one of the most positive openers in the world.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 30-year-old is the No. 1 all-rounder in all three formats of the ICC rankings, and on Friday, he proved his credentials as the best in the game. First with the bat in the hand, the Magura District-born left-handed batsman scored a brilliant half-century to help his team post more than 300 runs on the board. Shakib then followed it up with figures of three for 47 in eight overs with the ball in hand. With the home side virtually cementing their place in the final, Bangladeshi team management will have their eyes on Shakib and will hope that has another big performance up his sleeve, which will come in the all-important finale.
Fantasy AnalysisAl Hasan showed good attacking intent with the ball to help restrict Zimbabwe to just 170, taking a team-high three wickets in the process with 34 dot balls across his overs. With the bat, stepping into the crease at one for 30 at the end of the fourth over, he partnered with Tamim Iqbal for 78 runs on the second wicket to put Bangladesh firmly in the driver's seat and they ended up winning the match before the 30th over. This was Al Hasan's whopping 17th Man of the Match award in his ODI career.
Fantasy AnalysisFinch came out of the gate at a good pace, reaching his fifty in 65 balls and then converted his hundred just 47 balls later. Finch has been in tremendous form in ODIs of late, with two centuries, two half centuries and no scores below 32 in his last five. The hundred was the ninth of his ODI career, but he might be a bit disappointed to have not gone for a bigger score as he seemed to be finding his stride in the second fifty of his innings.
Fantasy AnalysisCummins was excellent throughout the series, but didn't really see his hard work pay off, taking just 11 wickets across the first three Tests, but took four-fors in three-consecutive innings to close out the series and continuously struck fear into the eyes of the England batsmen with his pure pace and proclivity toward bowling high bouncers. His pair of four-fors contributed to his best bowled match, finishing at eight for 119 with his third and fourth four-wicket hauls of his career and found himself perilously close to another fifer.
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.