Monday 21 March 2011 

Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Asad Shafiq

Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Asad Shafiq
Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Asad Shafiq
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Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week following two strong batting performances in the Cricket World Cup.

Shafiq scored an unbeaten half-century as Pakistan beat Zimbabwe in their penultimate group game and then made 46 as Pakistan beat Australia to top Group A.

Pakistan were set a Duckworth/Lewis-adjusted target of 162 in 38 overs to beat Zimbabwe and after three wickets fell for 110 runs, they needed a steady hand to guide them home.

In partnership with Younus Khan, Shafiq provided the guidance they needed, making an unbeaten 78 in 97 balls to see his side over the line with more than three overs to spare.

Against Australia, after bowling the reigning champions out for 176, Shafiq was again entrusted with the vital number three position and he didn't disappoint, hitting 46 in 81 balls to take his side within 40 runs of the historic four-wicket victory they eventually pulled off.

It was Australia's first World Cup defeat since May 1999.

Other contenders for the weekly award included Yuvraj Singh, JP Duminy, Andre Russell, Robin Peterson and Paul Stirling.

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