Cricket World Player Of The Week - Dwayne Smith
Our attention was once again solely on the Indian Premier League this week and it is Chennai Super Kings batsman Dwayne Smith who has been chosen as the Cricket World Player Of The Week.
Although the first full week of the tournament saw the bowlers take some of the limelight (Lakshmipathy Balaji, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma and Pravin Tambe all taking four-wicket hauls), we have chosen batsman Smith for the award.
His performances at the top of the order for Chennai have inspired them to four wins out of four, those coming after they had lost their opening match to the Kings XI Punjab.
Since then, Smith has been in superb form and has now hit 240 runs in the tournament, second only to last week's Player Of The Week Glenn Maxwell (294).
The 2010 and 2011 champions were given an early opportunity this week to avenge their opening loss, and they took it, winning by some 93 runs, Smith hitting 29 in 28 balls and taking the wicket of JP Duminy.
Two days later, Smith struck 50 in just 28 deliveries, including six fours and three sixes to set up a seven-run win over the Rajasthan Royals.
Dwayne Smith - Chennai Super Kings
21st April: 29 (28) v Delhi Daredevils
23rd April: 50 (28) & 1-14 v Rajasthan Royals
25th April: 29 (22) v Mumbai Indians
27th April: 66 (46) v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Chennai's winning run continued when they eased to a seven-wicket victory over reigning champions the Mumbai Indians, Smith blasting four sixes in a knock of 29 in 22 balls at the top of the order, setting the platform for opening partner Brendon McCullum to see them home.
And a fine week for both Chennai and Smith ended with a convincing five-wicket win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
After hitting 66 in 46 balls, Smith was named as the man of the match.
The West Indian, who has played 10 Tests, 91 One-Day Internationals and 27 Twenty20 Internationals, has proved a shrewd purchase by the Super Kings, and his former side the Mumbai Indians are certainly missing his presence at the top of the order.
Other contenders, as well as the bowlers mentioned above, included Maxwell, who made 95 against the Sunrisers, Chris Lynn for his batting and fielding against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Aaron Finch, whose unbeaten 88 against the Daredevils helped the Sunrisers to their first win.
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