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Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after his seven wickets in two matches helped his side reach the Asia Cup final.
Malinga took five wickets to seal an important victory over Pakistan in the tournament's opening match and he took two more against Bangladesh; a match which Sri Lanka won more comfortably to book their place in the final with a game to spare.
The unorthodox quick bowler returned five for 34 as Sri Lanka dismissed Pakistan for 226 to take a 16-run win and Malinga's victims were Salman Butt, Umar Amin, Mohammad Aamer, Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Aamer and his burst of wickets at the death ended Pakistan's chances of taking a win.
Three days later, in reply to Sri Lanka's 312 for four, Bangladesh were bowled out for 188, Malinga taking the wickets of Naeem Islam and Shafiul Islam to set up a comprehensive 126-run victory.
Malinga is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament so far with his nearest challengers three wickets behind on four.
Other contenders for the weekly award included Tim Paine, James Hopes (Australia), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Andrew Strauss, Craig Kieswetter (England), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag (India), Ryan ten Doeschate (Netherlands), Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Graeme Smith, AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka) and Brendan Nash (West Indies).
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