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Fantasy AnalysisThe off-spinner is highly rated by team management, and on Saturday, he proved his worth for the Three Lions once again. Defending 235 on a small ground, the home side were cursing at one stage. However, Ali, who is primarily a batting all-rounder, showed magic with his spin and bamboozled the Black Caps' batting unit with great control and change in pace. In a bowling attack dominated by pace, Ali's performance was a breath of fresh air for Eoin Morgan's men, who are now looking set to clinch a famous ODI series win against the Kiwis in their own backyard.
Fantasy AnalysisThe all-rounder is highly rated by his national team, but it seems that is not the case abroad as he was bought at a price which was far below than expected. People might argue the 30-year-old does not has the experience of playing in the IPL, but with nearly 200 international games across all format and 109 domestic T20 matches under his belt, getting Ali at that price seems like a coup for the RCB. In Ali, RCB has a player in the ranks who can bat at top of the order, in the middle or lower-middle order and can bowl handy off-spin as well, which makes him a more than useful prospect for the team.
Fantasy AnalysisAli's involvement would be a huge boon to England's fortunes amidst a rash of bad news. With Steve Finn ruled out and the continued absence of Ben Stokes, losing arguably their most in-form player would've been disastrous for a side missing key pieces of skill and experience. Ali has been a man in form this year across all formats, batting at an average of 32.81 in seven Tests this year while taking 30 wickets in 14 innings at an average of 21.29 including two fifers.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving earlier gone for 70 runs from his nine overs, Ali made up for his expensive bowling with an essentially match winning 48 from only 25 deliveries. Along with Jos Buttler who hit 43 from 35, the pair carried England from 181 for 5 to win the game at 258 for 5 on Duckworth Lewis. Ali's innings included six fours and two sixes.
Fantasy AnalysisA pedestrian start to his day ended with an absolute flourish. In a 14 ball span, Ali scored 61 runs including eight sixes-a display of power that would make even the Universe Boss blush-that took him to the fastest hundred on English soil and the second-fastest ODI hundred in England history. After a year to forget last summer, Ali has turned in match-winning knocks with the bat and match-winning spells with the ball, tallying a whopping five Man of the Match awards this calendar year, propelling himself to 12th in the ODI allrounder rankings.
Fantasy AnalysisThe batting allrounder has been in tremendous form with the ball, taking 25 wickets against South Africa in their four-match series prior to this series and then top-scored with the bat in England's big second innings to put them firmly in the ascendancy. The half-century was his 12th in 43 Tests and on a turning and unpredictable fifth-day pitch, will look to close things out for England as they look to take the series lead.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile Bravo's been consistent in taking the occasional wicket-taking at least one in six of seven matches throughout the CPL-his economy of 9.23 is jarring even for him, though his 21.55 average does help smooth things out a bit. After missing the Indian summer with a bum hamstring, he's returned in time to help the Knight Riders go atop the table.
Fantasy AnalysisA year since he looked on thin ice with the Test squad after a difficult summer, Ali has been nothing short of sensational of late. In the second innings, he recorded an unbeaten 75 and then took a five-for with the ball. Over the course of the series, he racked up 25 wickets and two half-centuries, making him co-Man of the Series with Morne Morkel. They have a quick turnaround before hosting the West Indies, starting August 17 at Edgbaston.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile maybe not a hat trick for the purists, Ali's hat trick at the end of the fourth innings certainly got the job done and helped guide England to a 2-1 series lead. He knocked out Dean Elgar and Kagiso Rabada at the end of the 76th over and got Morne Morkel on his next ball to open the 78th over on a cleverly reviewed lbw. He now has 18 wickets on the series including three of his five career four-fors and his only ten wicket haul. A good bet for man of the series, Ali may be the secondary spinner but has turned himself into one of the most important pieces of the England Test squad.
Fantasy AnalysisA half-century in the first innings with the bat, 10 wickets with the ball and a successful start to Joe Root's captaincy led to Ali's Man of the Match award. His six for 53 in the second innings was his best bowled innings and this was the first time he'd taken more than eight wickets in a match. While at this time last summer, there were more questions than answers about their spinning allrounder, he's certainly acquitted himself well of late and will look to continue his form into the second Test at Trent Bridge.
Fantasy AnalysisA day after becoming the fifth-fastest player to score 2000 Test runs and take 100 Test wickets Ali finished as England's best bowler in their first Test bowling innings of the summer. The 30-year-old added two more wickets to his performance on day 2, Temba Bavuma and Vernon Philander, both batsman were dismissed shortly after reaching their 50s. The offspinning allrounder held England's second-lowest economy rate of 2.95. It's his best bowling performance since October 2016 when he took five for 57 against Bangladesh in Dhaka.
Fantasy AnalysisAli came into bat with the score at five for 190, but with Joe Root, put on a partnership worth 177 and took their side through to 367 when Root fell. Ali was dismissed shortly after for 87, bowled by Kagiso Rabada in an innings that included eight fours. With the ball, Ali took the wickets of Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar to give him figures of two for 35 off 13 overs including five maidens. During the match, Ali notched up the milestone of 200 runs and 100 wickets, becoming the fifth fastest to do so for England.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter Stokes and Root brought England back to life Ali and the latter carried on the win the day for the Lions. The two put on an unbeaten 167 run stand for the sixth wicket of which Ali scored all of his runs. The 30-year-old brought up his 10th Test 50 off 81 balls including four fours. He struck five fours in total by stumps on the opening day.
Fantasy AnalysisBatting first, England put up a big 339 score thanks largely to Ali who blazed 77 from only 55 balls in an innings that included five fours and five sixes. With the ball in hand, Ali took the wickets of Chris Morris and the big scalp of captain A B De Villiers. He finished with figures of two for 50 off nine overs in his first international match since England played the West Indies in March.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Lions enter Friday's game against the Knight Riders in dire straits at the bottom of the table and just two points to their name. Part of the problem has been the absence of Bravo, who has nabbed 122 wickets in IPL play across the prior nine seasons. The No. 5 T20I allrounder, his status remains in limbo due to January hamstring surgery.
Fantasy AnalysisBravo hasn't played since sustaining his hamstring injury in the waning days of 2016 while playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League. The talented allrounder has won two purple caps in the IPL and is one of the best death bowlers in the world while also providing good power in the middle order for both club and country. His absence, along with Ravindra Jadeja (finger), will force some squad players for the Lions to take on larger roles until they reach fitness.
Fantasy AnalysisBravo fell to the ground holding his left leg after attempting to field a ball and was stretchered off the field in Renegades' match against Scorchers. There is no return date set for the West Indian allrounder. "It's a huge blow, he's one of the best allrounders in the world. It's an unbelievably damaging blow for us, but also for him because we know how much he loves coming out here," said Renegades' captain Aaron Finch.
Fantasy AnalysisEngland made a strong first innings total when batting first of 477, largely helped with Ali's score of 146. The century was his second on the tour of India and wasn't quite enough to overtake his highest test total of his career which remains to be 155. Ali made another score of 44 in the second innings but wasn't able to convert the start into a big substantial score to save England from defeat.
Fantasy AnalysisThe allrounder faced three balls before his untimely departure for zero left England 49/3. Ali's duck in this match is his sixth overall and his third of 2016. After this performance his tour average currently sits at 27.28, the lowest of any England batsman beside Ben Duckett's six.
Fantasy AnalysisAli reached a respectable half-century at Wankhede Stadium, nabbing four fours and a six in the process. His batting became more aggressive over the course of his time at the crease, culminating in a risky sweep at an Ashwin delivery that sent the ball skyward off the top edge for an easy catch by Karun Nair.