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James Anderson    (Jimmy)    Bowler    Lancashire Lightning
Anderson (shoulder) took two for 32 off 14 overs for Lancashire's 2nd XI against Nottinghamshire as he looks to regain fitness ahead of England's upcoming Test series against India.

Fantasy Analysis

Anderson hadn't bowled competitively since the second Test against Pakistan at Lord's in their innings victory. However, after about six weeks on the sidelines, Anderson seemed to comfortably work through his overs and is on track to feature with the new ball against India in August. Anderson will hope his opening ball partner, Stuart Broad, is also able to regain fitness in time as England's attack has been hit or miss of late and the lack of their frontline seamers would only weaken that further.
Keshav Maharaj    Bowler    South Africa
Maharaj took four for 58 off 20 overs including five maidens in the second innings of South Africa's first Test defeat to Sri Lanka at Galle.

Fantasy Analysis

After struggling in the first innings to get much of anything going between he and Tabraiz Shamsi, the two spinners in the squad, Maharaj started to get his lines right and was rewarded with wickets after not taking any in 17 overs in the first innings. Maharaj finished with his fourth-career four-for, his first in eight innings when he took four for 102 at Durban against Australia.
Dilruwan Perera    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Perera took six for 32 off 14 overs including four maidens and finished with 10 wickets in Sri Lanka's first Test victory over South Africa.

Fantasy Analysis

After struggling against the West Indies, taking just three wickets across four innings, Perera found another gear against the flummoxed South African batsmen. In the first innings, he took his fifth-career four-for and followed that up with his best bowled innings, a 14 over spell that ended the match after just three days and put South Africa to bed in fewer than 30 overs. This was his first 10 wicket haul since August 2016 when he took 10 for 99 against Australia on the same ground.
Kagiso Rabada    Bowler    South Africa
Rabada took four fofr 50 off 14 overs including one maiden in the first innings of South Africa's first Test defeat to Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

Rabada was sidelined for three months with a back injury coming out of the home Australia series and got 11 warm-up overs in during the tour match prior to the start of this series. However, he looked back to his normal, incisive self as he ran through Angelo Mathews and Roshen Silva in Sri Lanka's middle order in the span of three balls en route to his sixth-career four-for and finished the match with seven wickets to bring him on 150 wickets in 31 Tests.
Dimuth Karunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Karunaratne was named Man of the Match after opening the first innings with 158 off 222 not out including 13 boundaries and one maximum and going for a half-century in the second innings of Sri Lanka's first Test victory over South Africa.

Fantasy Analysis

After fracturing his finger at the beginning of May, he made his return to competitive cricket for Sri Lanka A in Chittagong at the end of June and put up a thumping 161 in one of his three innings two match series and proved his fitness for the South Africa series. On what served to be a tricky pitch, Karunaratne was absolutely outstanding, shielding the lower order as South Africa started to make a breakthrough, he continued to work hard en route to recording his eight century in his 50th Test, with four of those going for scores of 150-plus while adding on his 15th fifty in the second innings to receive his second Man of the Match award.
Liam Plunkett    (Pudsy)    Bowler    England
Plunkett claimed figures of four for 46 for England in an 86-run win against India in the second ODI of three-match series in London on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Plunkett had a brilliant day with the ball for the home side. Even though the right-am looked in red-hot form right from the word go, but mainly did damage in his second and third spell by claiming wickets of dangers MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya. It was the third time in last six matches in the 50-over format when Plunkett managed to claim three or more wickets for England.
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