Monday 1 September 2014 

Cricket World Player Of The Week - Thisara Perera

Thisara Perera
Thisara Perera's outstanding form with bat and ball has earned him the weekly award
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Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after a brace of superb performances against Pakistan.

He was named as the man of the recently concluded One-Day International series having played key roles in victories in the second and third matches in Hambantota and Dambulla.

In Hambantota, he helped Sri Lanka launch a recovery while batting first, cracking 65 in just 36 balls with five fours and four sixes, hauling them up to a score of 310 for nine.

Then, with Pakistan still in the hunt, he returned figures of three for 19, dismissing Fawad Alam, Shahid Afridi and Wahab Riaz as his side closed out a 77-run win.

In the decider, he was even better with the ball and a return of four for 34 - Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Afridi and Saeed Ajmal his victims - went a long way towards bowling Pakistan out for just 102.

Akmal was also his 100th ODI wicket and Sri Lanka won the match by seven wickets to take a come-from-behind series win.

There were a number of other contenders during a busy week of international cricket around the world.

Twin centuries from Denesh Ramdin (169) and Darren Bravo (124) helped the West Indies towards an ODI series win over Bangladesh.

Australia started the week strongly by beating Zimbabwe with Aaron Finch following up his half-century with a century in the subsequent ODi tri-series defeat to South Africa.

Fine centuries from Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers were the cornerstone of South Africa's win before Zimbabwe made history by beating Australia for the first time in 31 years.

Elton Chigumbura's unbeaten 52 and Prosper Utseya's 30 not out guided Zimbabwe home and it was quite a week for Utseya, who also took a five-wicket haul, including a hat-trick in the first game against Australia.

India eased into a 2-0 series lead over England with classy innings from Suresh Raina in Cardiff and Ambati Rayudu in Nottingham the highlights while Australia Women are yet to lose this summer.

Jess Jonassen, Erin Osborne and Delissa Kimmince enjoyed a fine week with some excellent performances with bat and ball as they sealed their ODI series 4-0 and went 2-0 up in the Twenty20 International series.

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