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Shakib Al Hasan    All Rounder    Bangladesh
Al Hasan snapped up five for 16 off 3.5 overs in Tuesday's T20 defeat to the Rangpur Riders in the BPL.

Fantasy Analysis

While 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.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    India
Kohli top-scored with 104 off 119 not out including 12 boundaries and two maximums in the second innings of India's Test draw with Sri Lanka at Kolkata.

Fantasy Analysis

Another 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.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali, who suffered a side injury in training, is likely to play in a tour match beginning on 15 November at Townsville and should be fit for the start of the Test series, BBC Sport reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Ali'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.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    India
Kohli top-scored for his side with 65 off 42 including eight boundaries and one maximum in Saturday's T20I defeat to New Zealand.

Fantasy Analysis

After 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.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    India
Kohli recorded a century with 113 off 106 including nine boundaries and one maximum in Sunday's ODI victory over New Zealand at Kanpur.

Fantasy Analysis

Kohli 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.
Shakib Al Hasan    All Rounder    Bangladesh
Al Hasan top-scored for his side with 63 off 82 including eight boundaries in Sunday's ODI defeat to South Africa at East London.

Fantasy Analysis

Staring 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.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    India
Kohli top-scored with 121 off 125 including nine boundaries and two maximums in Sunday's ODI defeat to New Zealand at Mumbai.

Fantasy Analysis

In 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.
Steve Smith    Batsman    Australia
Smith has been ruled out of the T20 series against India due to a shoulder injury with the first of three T20's on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

The 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.
Steve Smith    Batsman    Australia
Smith has been ruled out of the T20 series against India due to a shoulder injury with the first of three T20's on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

The 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.
Aaron Finch    (Finchy)    Batsman    Australia
Finch fell just six runs short of hitting consecutive ODI centuries against India as Australia won the fourth ODI on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Having 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.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali smashed 48 from 25 balls to clinch the fourth ODI for England against the West Indies on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Having 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.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales was suspended from Wednesday's fourth ODI against the West Indies to aid the police in their investigation following Ben Stokes' arrest on Sunday night for suspicion of causing actual bodily harm, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The 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.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali hit for a record-breaking 102 off 57 including seven boundaries and eight maximums in Sunday's ODI victory over the West Indies at Bristol.

Fantasy Analysis

A 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.
Steve Smith    Batsman    Australia
Smith totaled 63 off 71 including five boundaries in Sunday's ODI defeat to India at Indore.

Fantasy Analysis

Smith 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.
Steve Smith    Batsman    Australia
Smith totaled 63 off 71 including five boundaries in Sunday's ODI defeat to India at Indore.

Fantasy Analysis

Smith 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.
Aaron Finch    (Finchy)    Batsman    Australia
Finch top-scored with 124 off 125 including 12 boundaries and five maximums in Sunday's ODI defeat to India at Indore.

Fantasy Analysis

Playing 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.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    India
Kohli top scored for India in Friday's win over Australia with a score of 92.

Fantasy Analysis

India'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.
Glenn Maxwell    (Big Show)    Batsman    Australia
Maxwell raced to 39 off 18 including three boundaries and four maximums in Sunday's ODI defeat to India at Chennai.

Fantasy Analysis

Able 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.
MS Dhoni    (Mahi)    Wicketkeeper    India
Dhoni worked his way to 79 off 88 including four boundaries and two maximums in Sunday's ODI victory over Australia at Chennai.

Fantasy Analysis

While 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.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales raced to 43 off 17 including eight boundaries and one maximum in Saturday's T20I defeat to the West Indies at Chester-le-Street.

Fantasy Analysis

The 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.