Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week following his efforts in helping his side beat Australia in their three-match One-Day International series.
After taking the wicket of Shane Watson in the opening game in Melbourne, Malinga then came to the crease with his team on 107 for eight in pursuit of 240 to win the match.
He then proceeded to put on a world-record ninth-wicket stand of 132 with Angelo Mathews, hitting six fours and two towering sixes during an innings of 56 in 48 balls.
He was then run out with the scores level but he had done enough to put his team in the position from which to take a crucial win.
Malinga followed that performance up with another wicket in the second match in Sydney where Sri Lanka sealed the series with a 29-run win.
His outstanding effort in Melbourne outshone the other contenders for the weekly award, among them South Africa's Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith, Pakistan's Wahab Riaz and Younus Khan, New Zealand's Kane Williamson and India's Virender Sehwag.
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