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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.
Fantasy AnalysisSmith has been consistent as ever of late, picking up half-centuries in back-to-back matches as he raised his average up to 43.87. After really struggling in the Champions Trophy as Australia was bounced out before the knockout stages. While they've already lost the series, Smith will look to help salvage their standing in the rankings with victories in the final two ODIs.
Fantasy AnalysisIndia's captain rectified the duck from the first ODI against Australia by hitting a man of the match 92 as his side cruised to a 50 run win. Kohli hit 92 from 107 balls with eight fours before he was bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile there were calls for his head during the Champions Trophy as the 36-year-old looked a bit long in the tooth, he was in excellent form against Sri Lanka in their five match ODI series, scoring 162 runs without making an out and continued his excellent run of form with his 66th ODI half-century and raised his average to 52.34 as he nears his 10,000th ODI run.
Fantasy AnalysisIn his 50th T20 for his country, Kohli put on a show with his score of 82 coming from 54 balls, including seven fours and a six. In doing so, Kohli became the highest run scorer for India in T20Is and has scored the most runs in T20 chases. He also incredibly averages 53.82 in T20Is.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Indian skipper struggled at Pallekele, but made up for that in a big way at Colombo, recording back-to-back centuries to give him eight against Sri Lanka in his ODI career, matching Sachin Tendulkar's career total. Kohli also moved past 10,000 List A runs and recorded his 30th ODI century, remarkable figures for someone at just 28-years-old. Kohli remains arguably the top batsman across all three levels and proved that once again in the whitewashing against Sri Lanka.
Fantasy AnalysisIndia's 168 run victory came largely down to the 219 run partnership between Rohit Sharma and captain Kohli for the second wicket. Kohli hit 131 from only 96 balls, with an astounding 17 fours and two sixes. The is Kohli's 29th in ODI's.
Fantasy AnalysisAlways a fan-favorite, Dhoni has been in strong form this series, scoring 112 runs unbeaten through the first three matches after recording two half-centuries in four innings against the West Indies in June and July. While Dhoni is facing plenty of competition for the gloves in the one-day side, if he can maintain this level of form, he'll have the inside track for being in the XI as the wicketkeeper come the 2019 World Cup.
Fantasy AnalysisCompared to his strike partner, Shikhar Dhawan, Kohli was decidedly pedestrian in his strike rate. Yet, with more than 100 balls to spare, Kohli's 117.14 strike rate merely restricted him from reaching his 29th ODI century. Still, Kohli's 197 run partnership got him to his 44th ODI half-century and helped raise his average up to 55.22. The skipper of the side will look to pilot his side to a full whitewashing of Sri Lanka, though has mentioned that they could rotate the side throughout the series.
Fantasy AnalysisAshwin's limited-overs form was certainly concerning for India, but rounded into shape during the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka. He scored 31 or more runs in each of his three innings with the bat and took 17 wickets across the three matches including one four-for and one five-for. Ashwin, along with the rest of India's frontline spinners, was dropped for the ODI series and he's in line to play County Cricket for the first time in his career.
Fantasy AnalysisAshwin ripped through the visiting sides batting order, taking five wickets in the process and restricting them to 183, after India totalled 622 declared. Ashwin finished with figures of five for 69 off 16.4 overs with three maidens. With the bat, Ashwin managed to score a half century off 92 balls.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving gained a first innings lead of over 300, India avoided being complacent in the second innings largely to the credit of their captain Kohli who scored an unbeaten 103 from 136 balls. Having failed with three in the first innings, the Indian captain made up for it and hit five fours and a six on his way to his 17th century in test cricket.
Fantasy AnalysisNeeding just 190 on a relatively tough batting pitch, the highly-regarded Indian squad should've had no problems chasing down the total; however the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were both gone by the end of the sixth over, which put India into a far more protective outlook. While Dhoni did reach his half-century, it took 108 balls-the slowest half-ton of his ODI career and the slowest by any Indian ODI batsman since 2001. Needing some death overs magic, Dhoni clobbered the ball directly to long-on at the end of the penultimate over to effectively put the final nail in India's coffin. He'll look to return to form in the final ODI of the series, just one day shy of his 36th birthday on Thursday.
Fantasy AnalysisDhoni's 78 helped take India to an ultimately winning score despite being only 100-3 in the 27th over. The wicketkeeper brought up his 63rd ODI 50 off 66 balls including three fours. He went on to hit another four and two sixes as India scored at better than 10 runs an over for the last five to lift their total to 251. Dhoni's 78 marks his best ODI outing since January where he smashed 134 against England during their tour of India. The 35-year-old claimed one dismissal in India's fielding innings, a leg-side stumping off the bowling of Ravichandaran Ashwin to claim the wicket of Windies' captain Jason Holder.
Fantasy AnalysisAshwin's first wicket came in his first over of the match thanks to excellent work by wicketkeeper MS Dhoni. Dhoni's quick hands turned a wide ball into a wicket, stumping West Indies' captain Jason Holder off a ball that drifted too far down the leg side. The 30-year-old allrounder's second wicket, Ashley Nurse, was the courtesy of spectacular fielding also. Umesh Yadav took a full-stretch catch at square leg from a ball that looked destine to clear the ropes at head height. His third of the match and 150th in ODIs was granted after Miguel Cummins failed to pick the arm ball and was pinned lbw in front of middle stump. Ashwin bowled a match-high 42 dot balls and gave away only one boundary. This mark's his best ODI figures in over two years since taking four for 25 against U.A.E in World Cup 2015.
Fantasy AnalysisKohli strode to the crease after a wonderful 114-run stand between openers Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane. He and Rahane shared a 97-run stand before the opener was dismissed shortly after notching his third ODI ton. India's skipper brought up his 43rd ODI 50 from 49 balls including two fours and one six. The 28-year-old hit four fours and four sixes overall. He looked set to score his 28th ODI hundred before lofting Alzarri Joseph into the waiting hands of Ashley Nurse at long-on. It's his third half-century in his last five matches to go along with a 97 and 76, both unbeaten knocks.