Monday 28 July 2014 

Cricket World Player Of The Week - Dawlat Zadran

Dawlat Zadran celebrates
Dawlat Zadran (second left) starred with bat and ball to win this week's award
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Afghanistan all-rounder Dawlat Zadran has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after he played a starring role in helping his side tie a One-Day International series in Zimbabwe.

They came from 2-0 down by winning the third and fourth matches by two wickets and 100 runs respectively, and although they were very much team efforts, Zadran's performances stood out.

In the third game, Zadran took two wickets as Zimbabwe posted 261 for eight. Afghanistan were struggling in reply until he came to the crease and hit four sixes, includng the winning hit with two balls to spare, finishing not out on 24 in just seven balls.

That kept Afghanistan in the series and they levelled in dramatic circumstances two days later and again Zadran was at the centre of the action.

After setting Zimbabwe 260 to win, Zadran produced a double-wicket maiden, dismissing the dangerous Sikandar Raza and Elton Ghigumbura as Afghanistan reduced Zimbabwe to 29 for six, from which there was to be no way back.

Other performances this week included Mahela Jayawardene, who scored 165 in his final Test against South Africa and Ishant Sharma, whose seven wickets helped bowl India to a rare win at Lord's and a first away from home in 15 attempts.

© Cricket World 2014