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Cricket World Player of the Week - Babar Azam

Cricket World Player of the Week - Babar Azam
Babar Azam scored centuries in the first two games against West Indies
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After scoring back-to-back centuries in the first two One-Day Internationals against West Indies in Sharjah and leading Pakistan to a series victory, Babar Azam is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

Azam, who brought his maiden ODI century in the first game, ended up with a score of 120 from 131 deliveries with the second highest score in the innings being 54. His partnerships with Khan and Sarfraz Ahmed were instrumental in taking Pakistan to 284 in the 50 overs.

In response, Mohammad Nawaz and Hasan Ali shared seven wickets between them to dismiss West Indies for 175.

In the second game, Pakistan lost both the openers for 40 runs but once again Azam came to the rescue and bettered his score in the previous game. His 126-ball knock of 123 included nine boundaries and a six and added two vital partnerships of 169 and 73 runs with Shoaib Malik and Ahmed respectively.

Malik himself scored a 84-ball 90 while skipper Ahmed scored a breezy 60 to take Pakistan to a massive total of 337. Even though, Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo scored fifties in the chase, West Indies could manage only 278 runs.

The second Test between India and New Zealand in Kolkata saw surprisingly the pacers from both the teams dominating on a new laid pitch at Eden Gardens.

India were bowled out for 316 in the first innings despite fifties from Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha. The pace attack led by Matt Henry picked seven out of the 10 wickets. In their response, New Zealand were bowled out for 204, courtesy a five-wicket haul from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and a three-wicket haul from Mohammad Shami.

With Henry and Trent Boult once again troubling the Indian batsmen in the second innings, Rohit Sharma and Saha came up with spirited knocks to set a target of 376 for New Zealand in the final innings.

There were some special performance in the ODI series between Australia and South Africa as well with Quinton de Kock scoring a massive 178 in the first game in Centurion to help South Africa chase down 295, while Faf du Plessis came up with a special hundred in the second game. Rilee Rossouw scored fluent fifties in both the games as South Africa took a 2-0 lead in the series.

Tamim Iqbal's century in the deciding third ODI against Afghanistan deserves a special mention as well.

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