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by Sandeep Shivam Tuesday 11 April 2017
Pakistan talented batsman Babar Azam has been named the Cricket World Player of the Week for his determined knock of unbeaten 125 runs in the second One-Day International against West Indies in Guyana.
After losing the first game of the series, Pakistan found themselves in deep trouble at 44 for two but Azam displayed great character and batted the entire innings through to help the visitors post 282 for five in the 50 overs. The 22-year-old smashed seven boundaries and three sixes in an innings where the second highest score was 43 runs from Imad Wasim.
Hasan Ali's five-wicket haul proved clinical as West Indies were bowled out for 208 runs in the chase despite a 68-run knock from skipper Jason Holder with Pakistan going on to level the series.
In the first game between the two teams, fifties from Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik helped Pakistan post 308 for five wickets despite a four-wicket haul from Ashley Nurse.
Even though Kieron Powell and Evin Lewis gave a decent start for West Indies with a 61 and 47 respectively, Jason Mohammed scored the decisive unbeaten 91 run knock that came from just 58 deliveries to complete the chase in 49 overs and also helped West Indies record their highest score while chasing.
The Twenty20 International series between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh saw both teams register a win each as the series ended level at 1-1.
In the first game in Colombo, Kusal Perera smashed a blistering 77 to help Sri Lanka chase down 156 in 18.5 overs while in the second game Lasith Malinga and Mustafizur Rahman starred for their respective teams with a three and four wicket haul. In the process, Malinga claimed his fourth hat-trick in international cricket but it went in vain.
The first week of Indian Premier League 10th edition saw some special performances as well.
Moises Henriques slammed successive fifties while Yuvraj Singh and David Warner smashed fifties in Sunrisers Hyderabad's first and second game of the tournament respectively along with Rashid Khan's brilliant performance against Gujarat Lions saw them claim the pole position in the table.
Steven Smith's unbeaten 84 where he struck two sixes in the final over to complete the chase against Mumbai Indians in the second game deserves special mention but the performance of the week came from Chris Lynn, who plundered 93 off 41 deliveries as he and an unbeaten fifty from Gautam Gambhir helped Kolkata Knight Riders to a winning start against Gujarat Lions.
Fifties from Kedar Jadhav and Rishabh Pant in the fifth game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils along with a maiden fifty from Nitish Rana followed by a cameo from Hardik Pandya against Kolkata Knight Riders in the seventh game were other special performances from the action filled week.
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