For scoring a 103-run majestic knock and also claiming three wickets in the second game of the Twenty20 International tri-series against England in Hobart, Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is named the Cricket World Player of the Week.
Batting first England were going at almost 10 an over in the first half of the innings with a blistering fifty from Dawid Malan leading the way. However, Maxwell was introduced into the attack and he turned the game on its head when he removed Malan, Eoin Morgan and later Dawid Willey while conceding just 10 runs in the two overs he bowled to restrict the visitors to 155. In the chase, Australia were in a precarious position losing David Warner and Chris Lynn early but Maxwell showed a lot of maturity in his 58-ball 103 run knock that had 10 boundaries and four sixes in it to guide Australia to a seven-wicket win in the 19th over.
In the next game between these two series once again Maxwell showed brilliance with a 26-ball 39 but it was Kane Richardson's three-wicket haul and Billy Stanlake's double that set up Australia's victory as they became the first team to reach the final.
Maxwell's closest contender for the award was India captain Virat Kohli, who is having a fabulous run in the ongoing One-Day International series against South Africa.
Kohli scored unbeaten 160 off 159 deliveries in the third game in Cape Town and followed it with a 72-run knock in the fourth ODI in Johannesburg while Shikhar Dhawan also scored 76 and 109 in the two games. The spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav shared four wickets apiece in the third game while South Africa managed to remain alive in the series with a win in the fourth game riding on a late blitz from Heinrich Klaasen and Andile Phehlukwayo.
Akila Dananjaya picked eight wickets while Roshen Silva scored twin fifties in the game as Sri Lanka won the second and deciding Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka by 215 runs to claim the series 0-1. Rangana Herath also created history when he went past Wasim Akram's tally to become leading wicket-taker among the left-arm bowlers.
There were some special performances in the ongoing contests between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.
Tendai Chatara's figures of 20 for three in the second game was the standout performance from Zimbabwe in the T20I series but Rashid Khan's five wickets in the two games was too much to handle for Graeme Cremer's men as they lost 2-0.
The first two games of the ODI series saw each team registering a 154 run victory.
In the first ODI, Rahmat Shah scored 114 while Najibullah Zadran smashed a 51-ball 81 and despite Cremer's three-wicket haul, Afghanistan went on to post 333 for five in the 50 overs. In the second ODI, Brendan Taylor's 125 and Sikandar Raza's 92, helped Zimbabwe post 333 which they comfortably defended with Tendai Chatara and Cremer sharing seven wickets between them.
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