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Cricket World Player of the Week - AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers played a blinder of a knock against Bangladesh
AB de Villiers played a blinder of a knock against Bangladesh

South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has been named the Cricket World Player of the Week for his prolific knock against Bangladesh in the second One-Day International in Paarl.

Coming on to bat at number four the former South African captain blasted 176 runs off 104 deliveries which was also his career best score to announce his comeback into international cricket. He had a strike-rate close to 170 and had 15 boundaries and seven sixes in it. With support from Hashim Amla's 85, the Proteas went on to post 353 runs in their 50 overs despite Rubel Hossain's four-wicket haul. In response, Bangladesh were bowled out for 249 runs after Andile Phehlukwayo and Imran Tahir shared seven wickets between them.

In the final ODI between the two teams on Sunday a 91 run knock from Faf du Plessis along with half-centuries from Quinton de Kock and Aiden Markram proved clinical as the Proteas wrapped up the series 3-0 following a 200-run victory. Markram also picked a couple of wickets with the ball and was supported by Dane Peterson's three wicket haul.

De Villiers' closest contender was Imam-ul-Haq who scored a century on his debut for Pakistan in the third ODI against Sri Lanka. Hasan Ali also had a productive week with nine wickets in three games while Babar Azam also slammed a century in the second game in Abu Dhabi.

The first ODI between India and New Zealand saw Virat Kohli scoring a record breaking century and he is now second in the list of leading century scorers in the format behind Sachin Tendulkar. However, his knock went in vain as Trent Boult claimed a four wicket haul while Tom Latham and Ross Taylor scored 103 and 95 respectively to take the Black Caps through and a 1-0 lead in the series.

Deandra Dottin's century in the third T20I against Sri Lanka Women and Alex Blackwell's unbeaten 67 to help Australia Women to a thrilling win in the opening game of the Women's Ashes are the other special performances from the week.

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