Monday 21 July 2014 

Cricket World Player Of The Week - Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn celebrates a wicket
Dale Steyn (second left) produced an inspired performance to help South Africa clinch a historic win in Sri Lanka
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South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after his part in bowling his side to victory in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

Steyn took five for 54 in the first innings and then four for 45 in the second as South Africa completed a 153-run success.

An outstanding spell of reverse swing bowling in Sri Lanka's first innings helped him pick up a five-wicket haul and he combined with Morne Morkel on the final day to dismiss Sri Lanka for 216 after they had been set 370 to win.

Steyn has now taken 80 Test wickets in the Asian subcontinent, more than any bowler from outside the region.

His role in helping Hashim Amla's maiden Test as captain give the Proteas a result to remember earns him our weekly award.

There were a number of other contenders, however. Both Dean Elgar and JP Duminy scored centuries for South Africa, Morkel took seven wickets in the match, while India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar managed another half-century and a five-wicket haul at Lord's that would eventually help them beat England.

Ajinkya Rahane's first innings century also came in for consideration, as did the performances in Zimbabwe of Usman Ghani, Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza.

However, Steyn wins the award for his match-winning performance in conditions which are generally ill-suited to fast bowling, helping South Africa to a first Test win in Sri Lanka since 2000.

© Cricket World 2014

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