Monday 30 June 2014 

Cricket World Player Of The Week - Dhammika Prasad

Dhammika PRasad
Dhammika Prasad is all smiles after taking five wickets against England
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Sri Lankan fast bowler Dhammika Prasad has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after the key role he played in securing a historic series win for his country over England.

Prasad took five for 50 in England's second innings as they were dramatically bowled out ofr 249 with just one ball of the second Test at Headingley remaining.

That handed Sri Lanka a 1-0 series win but much of Prasad's excellent work in turning the game decisively in his side's favour happened on the evening of the fourth day.

He bowled superbly to dismiss Sam Robson, Alastair Cook, Gary Ballance and Ian Bell before stumps to leave England reeling at 57 for five.

No side has ever successfully batted through to save a game starting the final day five wickets down and without Prasad's accurate probing spell on the fourth day, Sri Lanka may not have clinched the win.

He added the wicket of Matthew Prior on the final day to take his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests.

Other contenders for the award included Moeen Ali, who was unbeaten on 108 at the other end when James Anderson was dismissed and Angelo Mathews, whose fine 160 put Sri Lanka far enough ahead to declare before leading his side to victory on the final day.

Also worthy of mentions are Kane Williamson, whose excellent batting in the decisive third Test between the West Indies and New Zealand in Barbados put his side in a strong position, as well as Sulieman Benn and Kemar Roach, who were also impressive with the ball as that game also threatened to go down to the wire.

© Cricket World 2014

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