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Cricket World Player of the Week - Ben Stokes

Cricket World Player of the Week - Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes celebrating his double century in the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes is the Cricket World Player of the Week for his breathtaking knock of 258 in the first innings of the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Stokes knock came in just 198 deliveries and included 30 boundaries and 11 sixes as he added 130 runs in the first session on day two, which is the most by any batsman in a first session.

The Durham all-rounder started the innings cautiously reaching his fifty off 70 deliveries and needed just 93 more deliveries to get to his double hundred which is the second fastest behind Nathan Astle's 153-ball double century.

Stokes was involved in a 399-run partnership with Jonny Bairstow for the sixth wicket to take England to 629 for six after which they declared the innings.

The partnership was second highest for England in Tests and the highest ever in South Africa. Bairstow went on to score an unbeaten 150 at a strike-rate of 78.

Earlier the platform for the England innings was set by fifties from Alex Hales and Joe Root.
The third Test between Australia and West Indies in Sydney was dampened by rain for the most of the first two days.

Kraigg Brathwaite and Carlos Brathwaite were the only respites for West Indies in the first innings as they went on to post 248 for seven in 86.2 overs. Kraigg scored 85 while Carlos notched 69.

There were some special performances in the second and third One-Day Internationals between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. 

In the second ODI in Christchurch, Sri Lanka were dismissed for just 117. Courtesy a four-wicket haul from Matt Henry and three wickets from Mitchell McClenaghan.

New Zealand chased down the target in just 8.2 overs riding on a blistering unbeaten 30-ball knock of 93 from Martin Guptill.

Guptill reached his fifty in 17 deliveries which is the second fastest behind AB de Villiers who reached there in 16 balls.

The third ODI in Nelson saw Sri Lanka making a comeback in the series chasing 277 in 46.2 overs. Danushka Gunathilaka scored 65 while Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lahiru Thirimanne ended up with 91 and unbeaten 87 respectively.

Zimbabwe finally managed to end their losing streak against Afghanistan with a resounding 117-victory in the third ODI in Sharjah.

Winning the toss and opting to bat first Zimbabwe managed to post 175 with Hamilton Masakadza and Graeme Cremer scoring half centuries.

But what happened in the second innings was a complete turnaround as Afghanistan got folded out for just 58 runs. Luke Jongwe registered figures of six for five while Neville Madziva ended up with three wickets.

Mohammad Shahzad came up with the performance of the series scoring an unbeaten 131 off 133 deliveries to help Afghanistan chase down 254 in the second ODI against Zimbabwe.

Currently, Afghanistan lead the series 2-1 against Zimbabwe with the fourth ODI scheduled to be played on Tuesday.

That concludes the performances of the week.

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