Zimbabwe batsman Hamilton Masakadza has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after he scored two half-centuries to help his side reach the final of the tri-series also involving India and Sri Lanka.
In Zimbabwe's second game of the tournament against Sri Lanka, Masakadza was the only batsman to make a score as he posted 62 as his side was in a game that was reduced to 26 overs per side. Masakadza hit four fours and a six in 69 balls before Zimbabwe were comfortably beaten.
However, against India two days later, it was when he and Brendan Taylor put on 128 for the first wicket to set up a convincing seven-wicket win that qualified them for the final with a game to spare.
His share of the partnership was an aggressive 66 in 86 balls and he hit leg-spinner Amit Mishra for consecutive sixes while also scoring four fours.
Masakadza completed a memorable week by getting married at the weekend, and immediately celebrated a wicket in the first game of this week by lifting his shirt, footballer-style, to reveal the words 'just married' on his undershirt.
Other contenders for the award included Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Dinesh Chandimal, Englishmen Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Matthew Prior, Graeme Swann and Steven Finn, Masakadza's team-mate Greg Lamb and Bangladeshi Tamim Iqbal.
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