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Samuel Badree    Batsman    Royal Challengers Bangalore
Badree bowled two for 29 and hit three from three in a loss to the Gujarat Lions on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Badree was one of the stronger performers in a dispiriting loss, claiming two crucial wickets early in the second innings. Opener Ishan Kishan went down for 16 in the third over, thanks to a plumb delivery resulting in an LBW. Kishan's opening partner Brendon McCullum fell on the first ball of Badree's next over, out for just three runs. Badree's economy rate of 9.33 didn't come close to his 5.71 career average, however.
Chris Gayle    (Gayleforce)    Batsman    Royal Challengers Bangalore
Gayle hit eight from 11 in a convincing loss to the Gujarat Lions on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Gayle was one of many non-starters for Royal Challengers Bangalore in yet another RCB hiding, falling on the first ball of the fifth over for just eight runs. The opener faced just eleven balls, and hit only one four in the process. It's his second fizzle in as many matches, after he hit just seven runs against the Kolkata Knight Riders in a miserable RCB performance that chalked up just 49 runs all out. But just five days earlier, he managed a blistering 77 against a Gujarat Lions team that now seems to have his measure.
Suresh Raina    (Sanu)    Batsman    Gujarat Lions
Raina hit 34 from 55 not out in a 37-ball win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Raina produced only a hair above a run per ball from 30 deliveries, but his measured stand at the other end of the wicket from Aaron Finch helped the latter rack up his 72-run total. His 55-minute tenure was by far the longest of any batsman in the match, hitting four fours and a six in the process to notch a strike rate of 113.33. Raina has been a consistent performer for the Lions this season, hitting 32, 84 and 23 in his last three appearances.
Andrew Tye    Bowler    Gujarat Lions
Tye claimed three wickets for just 12 runs in the Gujarat Lions 37-ball win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday, earning himself the player of the match title.

Fantasy Analysis

Tye was devastating in this match, hobbling the hosts' batting unit early with two crucial wickets in the fifth over. The Western Australian pacer removed opener Chris Gayle for eight runs with the over's first ball, with an outside off delivery that just kissed the outside edge of the bat before it was scooped up by wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik. Fourth man up Travis Head was dispatched on the very next ball, this one caught at wide slip by Suresh Raina for a duck. The miserly 3.00 economy rate is the best of the season for Tye, who averages 7.63 over his T20 career.
Aaron Finch    (Finchy)    Batsman    Australia
Finch hit 72 from 39 to guide the Gujarat Lions to a convincing win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Finch and his Australian compatriot Andrew Tye were brilliant in this 37-ball win, lifting their Lions team from the bottom of the IPL points table. Batting as the fourth man up, Finch smashed 11 boundaries from 34 deliveries to notch 72 runs. He was equally effective against spin and pace bowlers, achieving strike rates in the low 200s against both. Finch spent his previous two matches in the top two positions, hitting 31 against the Kolkata Knight Riders and 13 against Kings XI Punjab.
Ajinkya Rahane    Batsman    Rising Pune Supergiants
Rahane performed well with the bat despite his sides loss to the Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Opening the batting once more for Pune in the 30th match against Kolkata, Rahane contributed a steady innings of 46 from 41 balls. He hit four fours and a six over long on, where he was strong throughout the innings along with the midwicket region. Rahane was dismissed in the 14th over by Sunil Narine, stumped by Robin Uthappa after a 57 run partnership with Steve Smith and a 65 run partnership with Rahul Tripathi.
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