Cricket World Player of the Week - Craig Ervine

Cricket World Player of the Week - Craig Ervine
For his emphatic knocks in the first two One-Day Internationals against Ireland, helping Zimbabwe to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, Craig Ervine is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
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For his emphatic knocks in the first two One-Day Internationals against Ireland, helping Zimbabwe to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, Craig Ervine is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

Chasing 220 for a win, Ervine stitched a 54-run stand with Sean Williams for the third wicket. His knock of 60 laced with five boundaries kept Zimbabwe alive in the chase amid wickets falling at the other end. 

However, it was Sikandar Raza who played a controlled unbeaten knock of 60 to take Zimbabwe past the Ireland total, courtesy of his 38-run eighth-wicket stand with Wellington Masakadza. 

Earlier in the game, it was Gary Wilson's unbeaten 70 that helped Ireland post a total of 219. 

In the second ODI, Ireland displayed a much better batting performance posting 268 in their 50 overs. The innings was propelled by Wilson's 65, Paul Stirling's 72 and Niall O'Brien's 50.

However, Ervine took a step further in this game notching up his second ODI century. His 122-ball knock was the mainstay of the Zimbabwe innings which had 43 as the second highest score.

Ervine was assertive in the first half of his innings as he brought up the half-century in 58 deliveries while he employed a cautious approach in the second half ensuring a five-wicket win for Zimbabwe. 

The other notable contribution for Zimbabwe in the game was from Raza as he scored a vital 29-ball 33 with the bat and picked up three wickets with the ball. 

Bilal Asif was instrumental for Pakistan in the series-deciding third ODI against Zimbabwe. Playing his second game, Asif registered a five-wicket haul restricting Zimbabwe to 161. 

There were some impressive performances in the week from South Africa and India as well.

Albie Morkel, in his comeback game registered figures of three for 12 as South Africa dismissed India for a paltry total of 92 in the second Twenty20 International in Cuttack. 

The Proteas chased the total without much difficulty despite some unruly behaviour from the crowd to claim the series. 

The first ODI between India and South Africa in Kanpur had an exciting finish as well. AB de Villiers led from the front with an unbeaten 73-ball 104 after deciding to bat first on a slowish track.

De Villiers plundered a six from the final ball of the innings to bring up his century and also take South Africa past the 300-run mark.

The Indian chase was kept on track by a special innings of 150 from 133 deliveries from Rohit Sharma. The Mumbai batsman looked in no trouble as he brought up his half-century in 48 deliveries. 

Sharma took only 83 more deliveries to score the remaining 100 runs as India looked comfortable during his 148-run stand with Ajinkya Rahane for the second wicket.

However, it was the young fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada who stole the headlines with the final over of the innings.

Rabada held his nerve dismissing MS Dhoni and Stuart Binny with successive deliveries while conceding just five runs to ensure a five-run victory for the Proteas. 

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