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Cricket World Player of the Week - Chris Gayle

Cricket World Player of the Week - Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle century came off just 47 deliveries.
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For scoring his second World Twenty20 century and powering West Indies to a comfortable victory over England in the 15th game of the tournament in Mumbai, Chris Gayle is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

West Indies were up against a stiff target of 183 posted by England on the back of a collective batting performance and to make things worse, they lost Johnson Charles in the second ball of the chase.

But, once again the swashbuckling left-hander showed why he loved the format as he raced to a 27-ball fifty and needed just 20 more deliveries to complete his century, which is also the fastest in the World T20 tournaments and joint-third highest overall in T20Is.

During the innings, he also went past Brendon McCullum’s tally of 91 sixes in T20Is and is currently positioned comfortably at the top position with 98 sixes.

West Indies eventually reached the target in 18.1 overs with six wickets in hand to begin their campaign with a victory.

The New Zealand spinners, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi, surprised everyone with their performances in the tournament spinning a web around the Indian and Australian batsmen and ensuring victories for the Black Caps in both the games.

In the opening game of the Super 10 against India, New Zealand were restricted to 126 for seven in the 20 overs with the batsmen put to test in a spinning track in Dharamsala.

Just when India looked firm favourites to win the game, Santner picked the key wickets of Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and Suresh Raina while Sodhi ended with figures of 18 for three ensuring a massive 47-run win for New Zealand.

In the 17th game of the tournament against Australia both Santner and Sodhi stood out again along with Mitchell McClenaghan while defending a modest total of 142 and helped New Zealand win the game by eight runs.

Pakistan had a special performance against Bangladesh in Kolkata with their batsmen coming to form. Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez scored fifties while Shahid Afridi scored a blistering 49 off just 19 deliveries to take the total to 201 in the 20 overs.

In response Bangladesh managed just 146 despite an unbeaten half-century from Shakib Al Hasan. Afridi and Mohammad Amir picked two wickets each.

In game 16, Afghanistan gave Sri Lanka a tough fight after posting 153 in the first innings riding on the back of a half-century from Asghar Stanikzai.

The win looked a certainty for Afghanistan but Tillakaratne Dilshan had other plans as he went on to notch an unbeaten 83 off just 56 deliveries to take the team through in a tense chase.

The 18th game at the Wankhede Stadium was a run-fest with South Africa managing 229 in their innings with fifties from Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy.

But, in this format no target is a safe one as England showed in their chase. Joe Root capitalized on the start given by the top-order and went on to score 44-ball 83. England reached the target of 230 in 19.4 overs which is the highest in a World T20 game.

Virat Kohli's unbeaten fifty against Pakistan in Kolkata on a difficult pitch in game 19 deserves a special mention as well.

The 21st match which was the final game in the week saw West Indies outclass Sri Lanka in Bangalore to consolidate their position at the top of the Group 1.

The victory was set by a superb spell of spin bowling from Samuel Badree and Sulieman Benn as they conceded just 25 runs in eight overs between them while managing three wickets.

However, it was Andre Fletcher, who stole the limelight with an unbeaten 64-ball 84 in the absence of Gayle, who did not bat due to a hamstring injury and ensured West Indies chased down 123 in the 19th over with seven wickets in hand.

There were some incredible performances in the ICC Women’s World T20 games as well.

Anam Amin registered a four-wicket haul against West Indies in the third game but Pakistan went on to lose the game by four runs. Thanks to a Anisa Mohammed’s three wickets.

Charlotte Edwards led from the front with a 51-ball 60 for England against Bangladesh, thereby helping them to a 36-run win.

The New Zealand skipper Sophie Bates is in form of her life as evident from the 60-ball 82, she scored against Ireland in the fifth game. The White Ferns went on to win by a massive 93-run margin.

Staphanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews came up with a sparkling all-round performance to ensure a 49-run victory for West Indies against Bangladesh.

Ciara Metcalfe from Ireland picked four wickets while conceding just 15 runs but could not prevent her team losing the game to Sri Lanka by 14 runs.

That concludes the performances of the week.

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