Cricket World Player of the Week - Akila Dananjaya

Akila Dananjaya picked eight wickets in two games
Akila Dananjaya picked eight wickets in two games
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Sri Lanka off-spinner Akila Dananjaya has been named the Cricket World Player of the Week for his six-wicket haul in the second One-Day International against India in Pallekele.

Playing his first game of the series, the 23-year-old bowled one of the finest spell in the history of the game during which he accounted for Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Kedar Jadhav, Lokesh Rahul, Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel to reduce India from 109 for naught to 131 for seven. However, MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar held their nerve with an unbeaten 100 run stand for the eighth wicket to help India complete the chase of 231 runs with three wickets in hand.

In the third game of the series at the same venue, Dananjaya created a scare once again with back to back wickets but century from Rohit and a half-century from Dhoni proved enough as they wrapped up the series after completing a 218 run chase, thereby winning the series 3-0.

Earlier, it was Jasprit Bumrah's five-wicket haul that reduced Sri Lanka to 217 runs in their innings despite a 80 run knock from Lahiru Thirimanne.

Dananjaya's closest contender was Shai Hope from West Indies, who slammed his maiden century against England in the second Test at Headingley. Hope, who scored 147 was accompanied by Kraig Brathwaite' 134 as the visitors amassed 427 runs in their first innings despite James Anderson's five wicket haul.

Earlier, it was four wicket hauls each from Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel put England in deep trouble but a century from Ben Stokes ensured they had 258 runs on the board in their first innings.

The first Test between Bangladesh and Australia in Mirpur saw Shakib Al Hasan scoring 84 runs and claiming a five wicket haul as well that put the visitors in some trouble in the spin friendly track.

There were some special performances in the ongoing edition of Caribbean Premier League as well.

Even Lewis and Chris Gayle scored 69 and 71 respectively in the 20th game to set up a 37 run win for St Kitts and Nevis against Jamaica. Gayle continued his form in the 22nd game against Trinbago Knight Riders with his 93 run knock but it went in vain as they lost a rain shortened game.

Shane Watson's 80 and Kumar Sangakkara's 74 in game 23 along with Brendon McCullum's 91 in game 24 also deserves special mention.

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