A record-breaking effort from Bangladesh all-rounder Sohag Gazi sees him win this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week award. Gazi scored his maiden Test century from number eight and returned match figures of eight for 156 on the flat Chittagong pitch; a haul which included a hat-trick.
He broke numerous records along the way; the most notable him becoming the first man ever in the 2097-match history of Test cricket to score a hundred and take a hat-trick in the same match. He was also only the second Bangladeshi to claim a Test hat-trick following Alok Kapali, and only the third player this decade, after India’s R Ashwin and Bangladeshi team-mate Shakib Al Hasan, to take a five-wicket haul and score a century in the same Test.
Gazi, though, had plenty of contenders for the award despite his superb performance. Chittagong produced three more centurions, including one apiece from New Zealanders Kane Williamson and BJ Watling. The other came from Bangladesh batsman Mominul Haque.
In most other weeks, his maiden Test hundred, which he converted into 181 would have been enough to win him the award as it helped bring the home side back into the match after they had lost both openers cheaply.
Away from Chittagong, Aaron Finch hit half-centuries in the first two matches of Australia’s limited-overs tour of India. His 89 off 52 balls in the T20 International wasn’t able to prevent the Aussies from slipping to defeat as Yuvraj Singh marked his international cricketing return with a sublime unbeaten 35-ball 77. However, his 72 in the first ODI, along with skipper George Bailey’s 85, was able to give Australia an unexpected win.
And finally, Kenya’s dreadful tour of the UAE ended with a win at last; over Afghanistan in the second and final T20 International. Captain Collins Obuya set up the win with 60 not out at the top of the Kenyan batting line-up. Elijah Otieno then helped restrict the Afghans by taking three for 16.
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