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Cricket World Player of the Week - Amir Hamza

Cricket World Player of the Week - Amir Hamza
Amir Hamza registered figures of 17 for four in the first ODI against Zimbabwe in Sharjah.
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For his match-winning bowling performance in the first One-Day International against Zimbabwe in Sharjah, helping Afghanistan defend 131, Amir Hamza is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

Zimbabwe did well to restrict Afghanistan to 131 in the first innings with only Noor Ali Zadran managing a valiant 63. Graeme Cremer did exceedingly well, especially in cleaning the lower order and ended up with figures of 20 for five. 

Defending 132 is never an easy job and Afghanistan did it comfortably with the left-arm-orthodox spin of Hamza as he removed both the Zimbabwe openers cheaply.

He later returned to dismiss Luke Jongwe and Taurai Muzarabani to complete his four-wicket haul.

Mohammad Nabi did the supporting act as he ended up with three wickets dismissing Zimbabwe for just 82 runs in 30.5 overs.

The 49-run victory ensured Afghanistan 1-0 lead over Zimbabwe in the five-match series. 

The first One-Day International in Christchurch saw New Zealand crush Sri Lanka by seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Sri Lankan top-order was blown away by a fiery Matt Henry who dismissed Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews.

Fifties from Nuwan Kulasekara and Milinda Siriwardana took Sri Lanka to 188 in 47 overs. However, New Zealand made short work of the target with Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill adding 108 runs in just 10.1 overs.

The first two days of the second Test between West Indies and Australia in Melbourne saw some exciting performances from the Australian batsmen.

Joe Burns (128), Usman Khawaja (144), Steven Smith (134 not out) and Adam Voges (106 not out) - all scored centuries to take Australia to 551 for three following which they declared the innings. The only batsman to miss out was David Warner who scored only 23 runs.

In the other Boxing Day Test between England and South Africa in Durban, Nick Compton and James Taylor showed firm resistance to take England to 303 in their first innings.
Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel shared eight wickets between them.

Stuart Broad responded beautifully with three wickets before stumps on day two to restrict South Africa to 137 for four. That concludes the performances of the week. 

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