Trent Johnston marked his final international match before retirement by hitting 62 off 32 balls and then taking three for 34 as Ireland beat Afghanistan in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier. That performance is enough to earn him the Cricket World Player of the Week award.
In truth, any one of a handful of players could have won this week’s award, including a couple of others competing in the UAE. Paul Stirling had earlier helped Ireland rack up over 200 in the final by hitting 76 off just 43 balls. Wesley Barresi, meanwhile, played a crucial role in the Netherlands’ qualification. The wicket-keeper hit 75 not out as they triumphed over Scotland to book their place in the tournament proper next year in Bangladesh.
Away from associate cricket, and Shikhar Dhawan hit a century as India clinched the three-match ODI series against the West Indies. Dhawan’s fifth ODI century helped the hosts fight back after the loss of two wickets inside the powerplay to chase down their target of 264 with almost four overs to spare. He added 129 with Yuvraj Singh (55) for the third-wicket and would go on to fall for a career-best 119 off 95 balls with the winning line in sight.
Ahmed Shehzad was another contender after his century in the second ODI against South Africa saw them make history by winning an ODI series for the first time in the country. Junaid Khan and Shahid Afridi were also crucial to their side’s one-run win, sharing five wickets.
AB de Villiers should have taken his side across the line to set up a series decider, but he fell for 74 off 45 balls. He made no mistake in the dead rubber, however, ending unbeaten on 48 as they avoided the whitewash. Vernon Philander had led the South African bowlers with three for 26 as they restricted Pakistan to a sub-par total.
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