Fantasy AnalysisAfter injuring his ankle in one of the tune-ups, Ball's fitness was called into question, bringing Craig Overton into the touring party as cover. However, Ball was able to prove he was fit to play and will be the fourth seamer in England's squad at Brisbane. The 26-year-old is quite green when it comes to Test cricket, having taken two wickets in three Tests thus far in his career after making his debut at Lord's in July 2016 against Pakistan. He has shown himself to be an excellent first-class bowler, taking wickets at an average of 26.33 in 45 matches.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter holding India to just 172 in the first innings, Mathews stepped into the crease at two for 34 and settled into a good rhythm with Lahiru Thirmanne for 99 runs on the third wicket to reach his half-century. His fifty was his first since July, when he scored 83 at Galle, also against India with those being his only two half-centuries this year in 14 Test innings.
Fantasy AnalysisWoefully bereft of form of late, with no half-centuries in 11-consecutive Test innings, dating all the way back to August 2015 at Colombo, Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews matched one another shot for shot as, on a tricky pitch, Sri Lanka worked the Indian attack. The half-century was his fifth in 54 Test innings, a surprisingly low total considering his form in limited-overs cricket.
Fantasy AnalysisBatting at No. 9 and more known for his bowling than his skill with the bat, Herath scored 67 extremely important runs to put buckets of pressure on the Indian batsmen. The half-century was just the 39-year-old's third in 132 Test innings, a fact all the more remarkable when juxtaposed with his 33 fifers and nine 10-wicket hauls. Unfortunately, despite building a nice cushion in the first innings, they were forced to scrap for a draw while defending against the energized Indian attack.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving only bowled against Sri Lanka in Tests this year, Shami seems to have their number, taking 16 wickets in eight innings at an average of just 19.43 with this being his first four-wicket haul in the process. Shami was in excellent form in the first-class Ranji Trophy leading up to this series, taking two fifers in his last two matches, including one at Kolkata just before the series.
Fantasy AnalysisAnother 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.
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