WI v SL Fantasy analysis

Roston Chase (West Indies)
Chase toppled the tail with four for 15 off 8.2 overs including one maiden in the second innings of the West Indies’ first Test victory over Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

Unused as a bowler in the first innings, Chase’s off spin confounded the Sri Lankan tail after the removal of Kusal Mendis, which led to one of the most destructive spells of Chase’s bowling career. In the 80th over, he took the wickets of Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella and on the first two balls of the 84th over, knocked out Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara to put him perilously close to a hat-trick and secure his third-career Test four-for in 25 innings.

Kusal Mendis (Sri Lanka)
Mendis opened with 102 off 210 including 10 boundaries and two maximums in the second innings of Sri Lanka’s first Test against the West Indies.

Fantasy Analysis

Chasing a near-impossible 453, Mendis gave Sri Lanka a chance, forming half-century partnerships on the second and third wickets with Angelo Mathews and Roshen Silva, doing virtually all of the heavy lifting in both situations before eventually falling to Shannon Gabriel on a top-class delivery. The century was the 23-year-old glovesman’s fifth in 49 innings as he more than bounced back from tough first innings.

Kieran Powell (West Indies)
Powell top-scored for his side with 88 off 127 including seven boundaries and two maximums in the second innings of the West Indies first Test against Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

Up 229, the West Indies chose not to enforce the follow-on and at the beginning of their innings, looked to play relatively quickly to accumulate runs to set an unreachable target for Sri Lanka. While no one else was able to cross the half-century barrier, Powell recorded his first half-century against a non-Zimbabwe side since he scored 110 at Dhaka against Bangladesh in November 2012, a span of 38 innings and nearly six years. The West Indies would declare with Sri Lanka needing to chase 453 and have 277 runs to go with seven wickets in hand going into the final day of play.

Devon Smith (West Indies)
Smith scored seven off 21 balls with the help of one four for West Indies in their first innings of the first Test in the three-match series against Sri Lanka in Port of Spain on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Smith had an average outing for the home side. The 36-year-old, who last played in the five-day format back in 2015, could not contribute significantly for West Indies and got out without getting into double figures. The team management will be hoping that the veteran opener can return to a decent form in the second innings.

Dinesh Chandimal (Sri Lanka)
Chandimal scored 44 off 121 balls with the help of five fours for Sri Lanka in their first innings of the first Test in the three-match series against West Indies in Port of Spain on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Chandimal put a solid effort for his team in tough circumstances. With wickets falling around him, the right-handed batsman finished with the top score of 44. Even though Chandimal’s effort was not enough to save Sri Lanka from an embarrassing performance in the first innings, but the 28-year-old surely showed his teammates the route to an improved outing the second time around.

Suranga Lakmal (Sri Lanka)
Lakmal claimed figures of two for 55 for Sri Lanka in West Indies’ first innings of the first Test in the three-match series in Port of Spain on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Lakmal produced an outstanding spell of fast bowling for the visitors. The right-arm pacer not only claimed wickets of Kraigg Brathwaite and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo but was also the most economical bowler from Sri Lanka as he finished with an economy-rate of 1.89. It was the third time in last five innings in the five-day format when Lakmal claimed two wickets or more for the Islanders.

Shannon Gabriel (West Indies)
Gabriel claimed figures of two for 48 for West Indies in Sri Lanka’s first innings of the first Test in the three-match series in Port of Spain on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Gabriel produced an outstanding performance for the home side. The right-arm pacer was on target right from the word go and claimed wickets of opener Kusal Mendis and Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal. It was the first time in six innings in the five-day format when Gabriel claimed two wickets or more for the Caribbean giants.

Shane Dowrich (West Indies)
Dowrich scored 125 not out off 325 balls with the help of 12 fours for West Indies in their first innings of the first Test in the three-match series against Sri Lanka in Port of Spain on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Dowrich produced an outstanding display for the home side. The wicketkeeper-batsman was under pressure coming into the match, but he responded brilliantly by scoring his first century in the five-day format. The most impressive aspect of Dowrich’s knock was his temperament, as he faced nearly 55 himself and stayed on the crease for nearly 116 overs.

IPL 2018, Final: CSK v SRH fantasy picks

The final showdown is here. The last match of this year’s IPL and two of the best teams will lock horns to lift the trophy. It is not going to be easy after all. CSK has beaten SRH in all their three previous meetings in this year so far and SRH will be hoping to bounce back.

Kane Williamson as a captain took a courageous decision to make changes to his team the other night. His captaincy needs a special mention as well but the night well and truly belonged to Rashid Khan. For CSK, it is wonderful that all their players have won at least one match for the team. Looking at the form of both the teams, CSK is stronger but as said, it is not going to be easy after all.

Safe Pick

Rashid Khan
Last match crickingduels fantasy points 220

No wonders here. Expect more fireworks from him in the all-important finale against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.

Hot pick

Lungi Ngidi
Last match crickingduels fantasy points 55

The South African pacer has used the conditions well so far. He by far is the best bowler the Chennai Super Kings needed.

Tricky Pick

Shane Watson
Last match crickingduels fantasy points 9

Dhoni’s bowling options are too strong that he didn’t have to use Watson in his recent games. The CSK opener is finding hard to get his timing right as well.

The darkhorse

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Last match crickingduels fantasy points 13

The Indian frontline bowler is taken for a lot in his recent games and for Sunrisers, which is termed as the best bowling team, they need Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bounce back.

IPL 2018, MI v KKR: Fantasy power players

1- Dinesh Karthik (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Karthik totalled 36 off 26 not out including five boundaries and one maximum in Sunday’s IPL defeat to the Mumbai Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

Despite not putting up a single half-century-his top-score on the season is an unbeaten 45-Karthik finds himself ninth on the Orange Cap leaderboard thanks to a series of remarkably consistent performances. He’s scored at least 18 runs in every match this season and scored at least 35 in five matches as he’s averaging 52.66 at a strike rate of 147.66, even without a fifty to his name.

2- Hardik Pandya (Mumbai Indians)
Pandya was named Man of the Match after taking two for 19 off four overs with the ball and racing to 35 off 20 not out including four boundaries and one maximum in Sunday’s IPL victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Fantasy Analysis

Batting first, Mumbai was struggling to build off their early successes from their 91-run opening wicket partnership. However, Pandya helped keep the run rate high once he stepped into the crease midway through the 12th over, finding the rope every fourth ball and forcing the Knight Riders to chase down 182. With his pair of wickets, he moved atop the purple cap boards with 14 wickets, all while averaging 33.80 with the bat in nine innings.

3- Robin Uthappa (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Uthappa top-scored for his side with 54 off 35 including six boundaries and three maximums in Sunday’s IPL defeat to the Mumbai Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

The experienced wicketkeeper joined an exclusive club on Sunday, crossing the 4,000-run threshold in the IPL en route to his 23rd half-century in 153 innings. This season, he’s been a bit erratic, with Sunday just his first half-century of the tournament in 10 innings, but he’s batting at a strike rate of 143.88 and mostly showing good intent, scoring at least 34 runs in five of his last seven matches.

4- Evin Lewis (Mumbai Indians)
Lewis (wrist) powered his way to 43 off 28 including five boundaries and two maximums in Sunday’s IPL victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Fantasy Analysis

After missing a single match with a wrist injury, Lewis looked back on the pace on Sunday after struggling out of the gate in Friday’s return. Lewis scored 32 of his runs off seven scoring shots with just 11 on the other 21 balls. However, despite the power-hitting opener’s boom-or-bust style, when he finds his eye, he’s as good an opening batsman as anyone in the tournament. In nine innings, he’s averaging 27.44 at a strike rate of 134.97 with 15 sixes (10th most in the IPL); however, with the good comes the bad as his pair of ducks puts him in the ignominious company of his teammates Ishan Kishan (with three) and Rohit Sharma (two) at the top of that leaderboard.

5- Suryakumar Yadav (Mumbai Indians)
Yadav opened with 59 off 39 including seven boundaries and two maximums in Sunday’s IPL victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Fantasy Analysis

The uncapped international has been in sparkling form of late. Coming into the tournament, he’d recorded just three half-centuries in 81 innings with a top-score of 60 at Pune two seasons ago. However, this tournament, he’s beaten his top-score by a dozen runs, more than doubled his career haul of the fifties with four in 10 innings and is averaging 39.90, even as Mumbai has been in middling form. Since his golden duck against RCB, Yadav has just one score below 34 in his last six innings with three half-centuries over that span.