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Cricket World Player Of The Week - Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle hits out against South Africa
Chris Gayle struck two blistering half-centuries to win our award
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West Indian batsman Chris Gayle has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after two sparkling Twenty20 International innings against South Africa.

Gayle followed up an innings of 77 in 31 balls in the first match with 90 in 41 deliveries in the second game, both of which South Africa.

In Cape Town, he struck a 17-ball half-century, hitting five fours and eight sixes to set up a successful pursuit of a target of 166.

However, his side were faced with a stiffer task two days later when asked to chase 232 in Johannesburg.

Gayle and his team-mates were equal to it and the left-hander led the way with nine fours and seven sixes in a 20-ball century.

Thanks to cotntributions from Marlon Samuels (60) and Darren Sammy (20 not out), the West Indies got home with four balls to spare.

It meant that Faf du Plessis, who had earlier struck 119 in 56 balls, ended up on the losing side. He was another contender for the award having made 38 in the first game.

Samuels, who hit 41 in the first match and 74 in the second innings of the final Test, was also in the running.

As were New Zealand pair Kane Williamson and BJ Watling after they put on a world record 365 runs for the sixth wicket to help their side beat Sri Lanka in the second and final Test.

In Sydney, where Australia and India ended their Test series, Virat Kohli (147), Steve Smith (117), KL Rahul (110) and David Warner (101) were all in the runs.

Bowling performances of note this week came from Mark Craig, whose four wickets wrapped up the second Test for New Zealand, Imran Tahir, whose three for 28 in the first Twenty20 International kept South Africa in the game.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan's Javed Ahmadi enjoyed an excellent week with bat and ball, hitting a half-century in both of his side's tri-series games against Ireland and Scotland.

He also took four wickets against Ireland but ended up on the losing side.

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