Cricket World Player of the Week - Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane (right) has been in top form in the ODI series against West Indies
Ajinkya Rahane (right) has been in top form in the ODI series against West Indies
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For his consistent performances in the first two One-Day Internationals against West Indies in Trinidad, India opening batsman Ajinkya Rahane is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

In the rain dampened first game where only 39.2 overs were possible, Rahane slammed 62 runs off 78 deliveries, providing solid opening stand of 132 runs with Shikhar Dhawan, who himself top scored in the innings with 87 runs. However, when India were 199 for three in the 40th over, incessant rain led to the abandonment of the game.

In the second game of the series at the same venue, Rahane notched a run a ball century and was accompanied by a 63 and 87 from Dhawan and Virat Kohli as India once again flexed their batting muscle to post 310 for five in the 43 overs. In response, Kuldeep Yadav on his first outing with the ball picked a three wicket haul to restrict the home side to 205 for six in the allotted 43 overs.

There were some special performances in the Twenty20 International series between England and South Africa.

In the first game in Southampton, fifties from AB de Villiers and Farhaan Behardien helped South Africa reach 142 for three - a target that was achieved with ease by England in 14.3 overs with nine wickets in hand riding on an unbeaten 60 from Jonny Bairstow and a quick 47 from Alex Hales.

In the second game in Taunton, Tom Curran had a brilliant debut picking three wickets and later Roy played a blinder of innings scoring a 45-ball 67 but it was Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo, who bowled tight spells to complete a thrilling three run win for the Proteas.

In the final game of the series in Cardiff, despite a four wicket from Dane Paterson, England went on to amass 181 for eight, riding on a 78 run knock from Dawid Malan on his debut. It was Curran once again along with Chris Jordan, who shared five wickets between them to wrap up the series 2-1 for England.

That concludes the performances of the week.

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