Fantasy AnalysisBarely more than a month shy of his 43rd birthday, Misbah-ul-Haq continues to show his class in the crease. Tantalizingly short of his 11th Test century, he did reach another milestone, recording his 5,000th Test run—in the same Test as Younis Khan reached 10,000 no less. Thanks to his work in the crease and some excellent bowling by Yasir Shah in the final session of the day, even with a number of washed-out sessions, Pakistan still has a chance to secure victory.
Fantasy AnalysisThe experienced wicketkeeper is yet to record a half-century in the tournament this year, but now has scored in the 30s in half of his eight innings. While his score was not bad and a 122.22 strike rate is hardly poor, needing 161 on the chase, his run rate while in the crease was well below-par, being bowled out on the final ball of the ninth over at three for 60. He'll look to set a stronger pace when they travel to face the Gujarat Lions on Saturday.
Fantasy AnalysisRahane has formed quite the partnership with Rahul Tripathi at the top of the Supergiant order, partnering for 76 on the first wicket on Monday. Rahane now has three scores at or above 30 this tournament; however, he's also scored 10 or fewer runs three times including a duck against the Lions. He'll look to keep up his strong form in Wednesday's match against KKR at Pune.
Fantasy AnalysisStill in the power play in the fifth over, Stokes bowled a wicket-maiden over, knocking out England teammate Jos Buttler in the process. The maiden was only the fourth of the tournament, joining a trio of specialist bowlers—Samuel Badree, Amit Mishra and Mitchell Johnson—as the only ones to record a maiden over. He then took his second wicket without conceding a run when he bowled out Karn Sharma on the first ball of the 13th over. He acquitted himself nicely with the bat as well, racking up 17 off 12 with a pair of fours. Whether the England allrounder was worth 14.5 crore will be up for constant debate, but his work with both the bat and the ball certainly showed how valuable the 25-year-old can be.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma has been in dreadful form this tournament, coming into the match with just 54 runs in six innings with 40 of those runs coming in one match. However, he finally seemed comfortable in the crease to record his first half-century of the season after picking up five last season in 14 innings. However, despite finding his form in the middle overs, he crumbled at a crucial moment, mis-hitting a slower delivery with three balls to go while needing 11 on the chase. He'll look to stay in form in the Indians' next match on Saturday when they travel to Rajkot to take on the Lions.
Fantasy AnalysisCoulter-Nile claimed the wickets of two of international cricket's biggest superstars in Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to leave Royal Challengers in a stupor chasing just 132. The Australian fast bowler set the tone for the match when he had Bangalore captain Kohli caught at second slip with the third ball of the innings. de Villiers' wicket came in Coulter-Nile's second over, at which point the scoreboard read 3/12. In his third and final over, Coulter-Nile struck again to remove Kedar Jadhav, Bangalore's highest run-scorer of the innings with nine. Despite all the wickets, the 29-year-old was Kolkata's most expensive bowler with a whopping 21 runs conceded. Coulter-Nile bowled 12 dot balls, tied for the most in the Knight Riders' bowling unit with Umesh Yadav. In Coulter-Nile's three games for Kolkata, he has eight wickets at an average of 24.66 runs.
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