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by Sandeep Shivam Monday 17 October 2016
For scoring a magnificent triple century in the first Test against West Indies in Dubai, Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
After winning the toss and elected to bat first, Ali shared a 215-run stand with his opening partner Sami Aslam. The pair looked relentless and batted out two sessions on day one. Aslam fell 10 runs short of a deserving century but Ali carried on and remained unbeaten on 146 at the end of the first day. This was also the first century scored in a day-night Test.
In the second day, Azhar continued to pile on the runs and grinded the West Indian bowling and went on to become the fourth Pakistan batsman to notch a triple century. Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam too contributed with 67 and 69 respectively as Pakistan posted 579 runs before the declaration came.
In response, West Indies managed only 357 despite a 87 from Darren Bravo and 76 from Marlon Samuels. Courtesy a five-wicket haul from Yasir Shah. However, when they looked down and out, Devendra Bishoo brought West Indies back into the game with a eight-wicket haul to dismiss Pakistan for 123 thereby setting West Indies a target of 346 runs in the final innings.
In the first One-Day International between India and New Zealand in Dharamsala, Hardik Pandya had a memorable debut as he and Amit Mishra picked three wickets apiece to dismiss New Zealand for 190. Tom Latham was the stand out performer with 79 runs.
In the chase, it was a familiar territory for Virat Kohli, who remained unbeaten on 85 from 81 deliveries to take India through with six wickets in hand.
The third ODI between England and Bangladesh in Chittagong saw the visitors claim a four-wicket victory to seal the series riding on fifties from Ben Duckett and Sam Billings while Ben Stokes contributed with a crucial knock.
David Warner was the closest contender to Azhar Ali with his 136-ball 173 but his lone fight proved fruitless as Australia fell short of the target by 32 runs. Earlier, it was Rilee Rossouw's century that propelled South Africa to 327.
Stafanie Taylor's 85 and three-wicket haul against England Women in the fourth ODI deserves a special mention as well.
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