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by Sandeep Shivam Tuesday 22 August 2017
England opening batsman Alastair Cook is the Cricket World Player of the Week for his stellar performance in the first Test against West Indies at Edgbaston.
Batting under lights for the first time for England, the Essex star amassed 243 runs opening the batting and shared a 248 run partnership with his skipper Joe Root to help the host post 514 in the only innings they batted. In response, West Indies could manage only 168 and 137 in the two innings with only Jermaine Blackwood, showing some fight with an unbeaten 79 run stand.
For England, James Anderson and Stuart Broad picked five wickets apiece in the game with the latter going past Sir Ian Botham to become the second leading wicket-taker for England in Test cricket.
In the first One-Day International between India and Sri Lanka, Niroshan Dickwella's half-century was put-off by Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav and Axar Patel, who shared seven wickets between them to restrict the home side to 216.
In response, Shikhar Dhawan continued his tremendous form against Sri Lanka as he amassed unbeaten 132 off 90 deliveries and was supported by an unbeaten 82 from Virat Kohli as the visitors completed the chase in 28.5 overs with nine wickets in hand to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
There were some special performances in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League 2017 tournament as well.
Fifties from Andre Fletcher and Marlon Samuels did not prove enough for St Lucia as Jamaica Tallawahs chased down 174 riding on an unbeaten 61 from Andre McCarthy in the 14th game while Denesh Ramdin's blistering knock powered Trinbago Knight Riders to a four wicket win in game 13.
Kesrick Williams bowled a brilliant spell that included a three wicket haul and a splendid final over to help Jamaica clinch a thriller in game 15 against Guyana Amazon Warriors.
Kieron Pollard, Brendon McCullum and Jason Mohammed all scored fine half-centuries but the knocks of the week came from Dwayne Smith and Chadwick Walton, who notched 100 and 92 respectively in the 19th game at Providence Stadium.
That concludes the performances of the week.
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