Cricket World Player Of The Week - Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina is this week's Cricket World Player Of The Week
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Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after scoring a superb century in the final of the Champions League T20 in Bangalore.

Raina's unbeaten 109 in 62 balls helped Chennai beat Kolkata Knight Riders by eight wickets and lift their first silverware since 2011.

It was a remarkable innings, especially given that the two-time Indian Premier League champions were under pressure having been asked to chase a testing target of 181 to win.

After they lost openers Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith, Raina hit six fours and eight sixes and such was his dominance, they achieved their target with some nine balls to spare.

It capped an excellent tournament for the left-hander and he finished as the competition's leading run-scorer.

He has now scored centuries in the IPL, the CLT20 and the ICC World T20.

His team-mate Pawan Negi was another major contender for the award after he took five for 22 during Kolkata's innings.

Other outstanding performances in the week came from Kolkata's Robin Uthappa, whose 85 not out against the Dolphins helped them qualify for the semi-finals, where Jacques Kallis' unbeaten 54 saw them over the line against Hobart Hurricanes.

Raina's team-mates Dwayne Bravo (67) and Faf du Plessis (46) also produced strong performances in their semi-final against Kings XI Punjab, for whom Parvinder Awana took four wickets including hat-trick before his side collapsed to a heavy defeat.

There was just one international match this week and the Twenty20 International between Pakistan and Australia was a low-scoring affair in Dubai.

Glenn Maxwell took three wickets and David Warner hit an unbeaten half-century as for the second time in two days, the team in yellow batting second prevailed.

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