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by Sandeep Shivam Monday 11 December 2017
For scoring a blistering 126 run unbeaten knock in the Eliminator contest of the Bangladesh Premier League against Khulna Titans in Dhaka, Rangpur Riders' opening batsman Chris Gayle is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
Chasing 168 for a win, the former West Indies captain unleashed and scored at a strike-rate of 247 with his 51-ball knock yielding six boundaries and 14 sixes in it. With Sohag Gazi (1) and Brendon McCullum (1) dismissed early, Gayle took the onus on himself and helped the team complete the chase in 15.2 overs with nine wickets in hand to help Rangpur gain a spot in the Qualifier 2.
The closing stage of the tournament also saw 26-ball masterful innings from Samit Patel in the 40th game but was outdone by Luis Reece's 80 and a quick 42 followed by a four-wicket haul from Sikandar Raza.
Fifties from Liton Das and Marlon Samuels helped Comilla Victorians to a 25 run victory in the final league game as they ended the league stage on top while Shahid Afridi's brilliance with 30 run knock and a three-wicket haul in the Qualifier 1 helped Dhaka reach the final of the tournament.
Mitchell Starc's five wicket haul on the final day helped Australia complete a 120 run win over England in the second Test in Adelaide while determined century from Dhananjaya de Silva and an unbeaten fifty from Roshen Silva helped Sri Lanka salvage a draw on the final day against India in Delhi.
Suranga Lakmal bowled one of the finest spell with figures of 13 for four in 10 overs that saw Sri Lanka dismiss India for 112 in the first One-Day International and completed a resounding win that ended their 12 match losing streak. For India, MS Dhoni's half-century was the only consolation in an otherwise dismal performance.
There were some special performances in the ODI series between Afghanistan and Ireland as well.
The first game saw Rahmat Shah and Nasir Jamal score half-centuries but it was Mujeeb Zadran, who stole the show with a four wicket haul on debut to help Afghanistan take a 1-0 lead in the series.
However, it was Ireland, who went on to claim the series with Paul Stirling leading the charge with 82 and 100 in the next two games. Barry McCarthy also impressed with a five wicket haul in the second game.
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