Cricket World Player of the Week - Ajinkya Rahane

Cricket World Player of the Week - Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane scored back to back centuries in the fourth Test against South Africa in Delhi.
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Ajinkya Rahane is the Cricket World Player of the Week for scoring twin centuries for India in the fourth Test against South Africa in Delhi.

In a series where the batsmen had struggled, Rahane became the first player to score a century during the first innings, rescuing his team in the process.

Coming in at a precarious position of 66 for three, Rahane shared a crucial 70-run stand with Virat Kohli for the fourth wicket and followed it with another 98-run partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin to take India to 334 in the first innings. Ashwin himself contributed with a valiant 56.

Playing his first game in the series, Dane Piedt rocked the Indian top-order in the first innings with his four-wicket haul while Kyle Abbott impressed with a five-wicket haul.

On a pitch that was decent to bat on, the South African batting collapsed once again and was bowled out for just 121 with Ravindra Jadeja being the chief tormentor with figures of five for 30 ensuring a 213-run lead for India in the first innings.

In the second innings, Morne Morkel's three-wicket haul restricted India to 57 for four, but Rahane once again joined hands with Kohli building a 154-run stand to set a target of 481 for South Africa in the final innings.

Kohli contributed with a 165-ball 88 scoring 10 boundaries in his innings.

Despite a strong defensive approach, South Africa collapsed in the final session on day five to hand a 3-0 series victory to India

The third and final Twenty20 International between England and Pakistan in Sharjah offered a thrilling contest with Eoin Morgan's men winning the one-over eliminator.

James Vince, Joe Root and Chris Woakes scored 46,32 and 37 respectively to take England to 154 in their 20 overs.

Shahid Afridi was once again the hero for Pakistan with the ball as he picked up two wickets while conceding just 19 runs in the four overs.

Chasing 155 to win their first game in the series, Pakistan were in a spot of bother at 65 for five, courtesy of a fine display of swing bowling from David Willey.

However, Shoaib Malik played a blinder of innings notching up a 54-ball 75 as Pakistan levelled the England total leading to a one-over eliminator.

In the one-over eliminator, Chris Jordan bowled the over of his life, conceding just three runs, two of which were leg byes while also accounting for the wicket of Umar Akmal to keep Pakistan down to three runs.

Morgan and Jos Buttler ensured England reached the target in the fifth delivery to win the series 3-0.

The ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier saw some exciting performances as well.

Bangladesh's Khadija Tul Kubra registered figures of five for 11 in her four overs to dismiss Papua New Guinea for just 59 ensuring a 41-run victory for Bangladesh team in the 10th game.

The 11th game of the tournament saw Isobel Joyce claiming a four-wicket haul to restrict Zimbabwe women to 78. Ireland chased down the target in 16 overs with seven wickets in hand.

Joyce also scored a 64-ball 72 in their third group encounter against Netherlands women to take Ireland to 136. A fighting half-century from Helmien Rambaldo couldn't prevent a two-run loss for the Netherlands.

Chinese captain Huang Zhuo scored an unbeaten 40 to help her chase down 102 against Netherlands women in game 12.

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