The most recent Indian Premier League fantasy cricket news from RotoWire.
By National Team:
Fantasy AnalysisComing into the crease near the end of the 10th over, Raina and Rohit Sharma picked up the pace from the first half, recording 102 runs on the second wicket in just 56 balls. At the start of the 20th over, Raina just missed out on his fifth T20I half-century, but did raise his average up to 29.39. While he hasn't gone for fifty in the seven T20Is over the last month, he's broken 25 in five of his last six with two in the 40s.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter Rohit Sharma was dismissed in the second over, Raina partnered with Shikhar Dhawan for 65 runs on the second wicket with Raina doing all the heavy lifting, recording 43 off 27 including finding the rope five times and adding one six for good measure, narrowly missing out on his first international fifty in more than a year. The part-time spinner even took a wicket in his three over spell with the ball, his first international wicket in nearly two years.
Fantasy AnalysisThe right-handed batsman was at his brilliant best for the team on Friday. Chasing 205 in good batting conditions, Kohli never looked in any trouble and smashed his third century of the series to seal a comfortable win for the Men in Blue. While doing so, Kohli also became the first player in the history of the 50-over format to score more than 500 runs in a bilateral series. With three more centuries to his name, Kohli's now has 35 ODI hundreds, just 14 less than Sachin Tendulkar's record of 49 tons in the 50-over format. And if the 29-year-old will be able to continue his current form, there is a great chance that he will overcome Sachin's record of most centuries in the format within two to three years' time.
Fantasy AnalysisThe right-handed batsman continued his great form with another important contribution for the team on Saturday. After losing an early wicket, Kohli, along with Shikhar Dhawan, helped the visiting side recover with a 158-run partnership for the second-wicket. Even though Kohli could not manage to score his third century of the series, but during the innings which lasted 119 minutes, the 29-year-old showed once again that he is by far the best player in the world with his stroke play and composure on the pitch.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter India lost their opener, Rohit Sharma, for a duck at the end of the first over, Kohli partnered with Shikhar Dhawan for 140 runs on the second wicket and just kept going, picking up the pace to a point that he and Bhuvi Kumar partnered for 67 runs in the final seven-plus overs with 43 coming from Kohli as he exceeded the run-per-ball pace. This was his 34th ODI hundred and second of the series and his third against South Africa, whom he's now scored more than 1,000 runs against in 21 innings.
Fantasy AnalysisThe right-hander is rated as one of the best when it comes to batting under pressure, and he proved his credentials once again with a stunning knock against one of the stronger bowling lineup in the world. The 29-year-old came out to bat in a tricky situation, but showed great composure and went on to score his 33rd ODI century -- and third in his last four innings -- to hand the Men in Blue great advantage in the series. With five more matches to go, the Indian team management will be hoping that Kohli, who remained the backbone of the side, will be able to continue his good work and help his team in registering a rare ODI series win in the land of the Proteas.
Fantasy AnalysisWith wickets falling on every side of him and no one else even reaching 50, it was on Kohli to prop up India's innings, which he did with the fortitude and skill a captain should display. His ability to convert fifties into hundreds and hundreds into 150s is unparalleled, having turned eight of his centuries over the last two years into 150-plus scores and has never been out between 100 and 150 over the past two years.
Fantasy AnalysisSmith has been in such excellent form that merely reaching his fifty almost seems disappointing as he has an unbeaten century and his top score in his last innings at Perth. When Smith left the crease at four for 260, Australia were firmly in the ascendancy; however, they lost their next six wickets for just 67 as the lower order couldn't hold up against a resurgent English attack. Smith has made an absolute meal out of English bowlers over the last three years, averaging 77.69 in 14 innings with four hundreds, two fifties and more than 1,000 runs to his credit.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter an unbeaten century in the first Test, Smith out-did himself with a career-best double century to suck the life out of England's attack and put Australia in position to take home the Ashes with an innings victory. In 18 innings this year, Smith has five centuries and has scored 1,127 runs. If he can keep up this production in the final two Tests of the series, it would be of little surprise to see Australia whitewash their bitter rivals.
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 AnalysisHow do you follow up 213 in the first innings of the first Test? How about 243 in the second Test to set another incredibly high total for Sri Lanka to reach. This was Kohli's top score in his career and broke 1,000 Test runs on the year in just 15 innings including five centuries and an average of 77.61. He'll look to follow-up his first innings total with another high score to put the match out of reach and gear up for a much-deserved rest in the near-future.
Fantasy AnalysisNeeding a captain's knock, Smith more than delivered, patiently waiting out ball after ball and needed 261 balls to reach his century; however, it was just what the doctor ordered against an England attack that proved fragile, particularly after James Anderson withdrew just three overs after taking the second new ball. The century was his 21st in 105 innings and his fourth in 15 innings this year as he's averaging 64.76. Without the kind of pace that thrives down under, Australia's batsmen could continue to feast against the undermanned England squad.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter taking four wickets in the first innings, Ashwin was electric once again in the second innings to secure the innings victory with some 239 runs to spare. Bowling straighter than the offbreak bowler typically does, he found great success, befuddling the Sri Lankan batsmen en route to his 12th four-for and became the quickest to 300 Test wickets. In 2017, Ashwin has been outstanding, taking 52 wickets at a 25.55 average in 19 innings-the third-consecutive year he's reached 50 Test wickets.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter an unsuccessful first Test that saw both sides walk away with just a draw, Kohli made sure that India would be in control of the match from the outset. Coming off an unbeaten century in the second innings at Kolkata, Kohli put on a masterclass of batting, recording his fifth double-century of his Test career, all of which have come in the last 18 months. While he's suggested he's in line for a break at some point, the skipper has four hundreds in 14 innings this year and is batting at an average of 63.83.
Fantasy AnalysisGiven a break from the international squad since August-also against Sri Lanka-Ashwin had focused on just staying in first-class form with a successful spell for the Worcs in the England County Championship and then for Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy. However, back in the Indian Test squad, he bowled just eight overs in the first match of the series. On a pitch more equipped for spin, Ashwin made his presence felt with his first four-for in a Test since the second innings at Pallekele. This was his 10th four-for in a Test to go along with 26 fifers.
Fantasy AnalysisAnother miraculous innings for Kohli, who tied Hashim Amla for the quickest to 50 international hundreds in his 348th innings. With his unbeaten century, he raised his average up to 50.12 and is now averaging a half-century across all three international formats. The century was his 18th in 103 Test innings and is the anchor that masks their relatively inconsistent middle-order.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter an excellent ODI series that saw him record two centuries in three matches, Kohli has continued his strong form into the T20I's, scoring 26 unbeaten in the opener and a half-century on Saturday. While he excels across all three formats, this was only Kohli's second fifty in nine T20I innings this season.
Fantasy AnalysisKohli was named Man of the Series for his efforts after recording two centuries in the three-match series, giving him 32 tons in his 194 career innings. Kohli now is the top-ranked ODI batsman and has the highest-ever ranking of any Indian batsman on the strength of 13 scores of fifty-plus in 26 innings with six centuries and seven half-centuries to go with an average of 76.84.
Fantasy AnalysisIn his 200th career ODI, Kohli was once again the man in form, going for his 31st ODI century and put him second behind only Sachin Tendulkar for most ODI tons. In his first 200 ODIs, Kohli has set the pace with 8,888 runs at an average of 55.55, putting him atop some of the biggest names in cricket including Tendulkar and ahead of AB de Villiers, who is the only other player to record a century in his 200th ODI. An excellent chase by New Zealand put India behind the eight-ball in the three-match series.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Australian skipper picked up the shoulder injury diving in the field during the fifth ODI and has since failed to shake off the niggle to a level that the Australian medical staff are happy with. Extra precautions are expected to be taken for the captain with the upcoming ashes series in mind.