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Fantasy AnalysisAli had a disappointing day with the ball for the home side. Even though the right-arm off-spinner did manage to claim wicket of Shikhar Dhawan, but finished with an economy-rate of 7.34. While doing so, Ali also bowled 18 dot balls, second-most in the innings behind leg-spinner Adil Rashid.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter not bowling and running a bit gingerly in his tune-up with Durham, Stokes looked himself again when back with the England squad. However, just as he started picking up steam, he mistimed his swing and was caught at mid-off on 14 as he's yet to score more than 38 runs in 19 T20I innings despite his pedigree as a dangerous limited-overs batsman. With the ball, he was far-and-away the most economical, conceding at just 5.50 an over and conceded just one boundary, but with the ask rate creeping down and his hamstring concerns still in the back of his mind, he was only used for two of his overs.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was the first time Stokes played since he injured his left hamstring in a Test match against Pakistan in late May.
Fantasy AnalysisAli had a disappointing day with the ball for the home side. Even though the off-spinner did manage to claim wicket of in-form Travis Head, but finished with an economy-rate of 14.50, the worst out all the England bowlers. While doing so, Ali bowled just three dot balls, the least by any English bowlers on the day.
Fantasy AnalysisStokes injured his left hamstring in a Test match against Pakistan in late May and hasn't played since. It was initially thought he could return in a few days, but there's no timetable for his return
Fantasy AnalysisAli had seven-career three wicket hauls coming into the match (including two this series against Australia), but had never taken four in an ODI prior to Sunday. However, with a capacity crowd on hand at Old Trafford, the spinner was excellent, conceding five boundaries and continued to wreck havoc on the Australian batsmen. He finished the series taking 12 wickets at an average of 17.25 and took home one Man of the Match award to boot.
Fantasy AnalysisAli produced another outstanding spell for England. The right-arm off-spinner not only claimed wickets of opener D'Arcy Short and dangerous Glenn Maxwell, but also finished with an economy-rate of 4.20, the best by any bowler in the match. While doing so, Ali also bowled 27 dot balls, third-most by any bowler from the home side.
Fantasy AnalysisAli had a brilliant day with the ball for the home side. The off-spinner was on the money from the word go because of which he managed to claim wickets of dangerous Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh and captain Tim Paine. That was not it as Ali also bowled 39 dot balls, the most by any England bowler on the day.
Fantasy AnalysisWith Stokes out, 19-year-old left-arm seamer Sam Curran made his Test debut for England.
Fantasy AnalysisStokes produced an outstanding performance for the home side with the ball. The 26-year-old looked the most threatening out of all the England bowler and went on to claim scalps of set Asad Shafiq, Shadab Khan and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed. The team management will be hoping that Stokes can continue his good form in the rest of the series as well.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile batting first, Stokes played a handy knock for the home side. The 26-year-old came into the match with poor form but managed his highest score in last seven innings in all forms of cricket. The team management will be hoping for better show in the next innings from Stokes as well.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile batting first in a do-or-die encounter, Ali played a great hand for his team. The England all-rounder scored his first half-century in this year's IPL and 11th in T20 career. The most impressive aspect of Ali's knock was his strike-rate 191.17, which was considerably better than his career strike-rate of 128.74. That was not it as he also hit the most number of sixes (6) in the match. He will be next in action against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday.
Fantasy AnalysisComing into the match, Stokes was averaging 87.33 with the ball, taking just three wickets in 10 innings. However, after biffing his line on the first ball of the innings-a four to Evin Lewis-Stokes was in control for his next two-plus overs and was entrusted with the death over, a burgeoning sign of confidence in the England allrounder's bowling. While he slipped a little at the beginning of the over, conceding a six to Ben Cutting and a four to Hardik Pandya, he conceded just two and took the wicket of Pandya off his last three balls to keep Mumbai at 168.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile bowling first, Ali was the surprise package for the visitors. The off-spinner claimed the wicket of Delhi's most in-form player - Rishabh Pant - and also finished with an economy-rate of 6.25, joint-best in the match by any bowler. He will be next in action against Kings XI Punjab on Monday.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a slow start to their chase of 168, Stokes and the orange cap leader Sanju Samson partnered for 72 runs on the third wicket to put the Royals in a position to take charge. While Stokes' bowling hasn't quite come around, conceding at 10.57 an over while taking just one wicket, his batting seems to have turned a corner, scoring 85 runs over his past two innings.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile batting first, Stokes had another disappointing outing for Rajasthan. The left-hander was once again on the receiving end against the wrist spinner and could not manage to contribute significantly in the team's cause. After four matches, Stokes has scored just 62 runs at an average of 15.50, which is no way near to what was expected from the most expensive acquisition during the 2018 IPL auctions. Stoke will be next in action against Chennai Super Kings on Friday.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter being signed as the most expensive player in the 2018 auction, Stokes had another failure with the bat. The left-hander looked good for a while but couldn't handle the fire power of Trent Boult. By the look of it, Stokes roles in the team is more of a batting all-rounder who can bowl a bit, which means the team management will not be pleased with just 21 runs in two innings and will be hoping that the England international will put a much better show in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday.
Fantasy AnalysisAt the stage where the home side looked certain winners, Bravo turned the game on its head with one of the best knock in the tournament history. The 34-year-old smashed 10 boundaries during his short stay on the crease, one less than the rest of the team managed to achieve combined. It was a knock which proved his importance for the franchise, and the team management will be hoping that the two-time World T20 champion all-rounder will continue his great work in the future matches. Bravo will be in action against Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday.