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Cricket World Player of the Week - David Warner

David Warner celebrating his century in the first innings of the first Test against New Zealand in Brisbane.
David Warner celebrating his century in the first innings of the first Test against New Zealand in Brisbane.
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For his swashbuckling centuries in both innings of the first Test against New Zealand in Brisbane, setting the platform for Australia's win, David Warner is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

Warner scored a controlled 163 in the first innings, which included 19 fours and a six.

He added 163 runs for the opening wicket with Joe Burns and another 148 runs for the second wicket with Usman Khawaja to demoralize the New Zealand bowlers early in the game. 

Burns himself notched up a fine half-century in the first innings and he outscored Warner in the first hour of the play not allowing Mark Craig to settle. 

Meanwhile, Khawaja, who made a comeback to the number three position looked at his fluent best as he amassed a 239-ball 174 as Australia went on to score 556 in the first innings.

After securing a lead of 239 runs in the first innings, Warner and Burns added 237 runs in 37.4 overs taking the game away from New Zealand in just over a session.

Warner scored 119 from 113 deliveries, while Burns notched his maiden Test century as he ended up with 129 runs from just 123 deliveries.

Kane Williamson once again showed his class with a fighting 140 in the first innings for New Zealand, where the second highest score was 47. 

He scored the runs at a strike-rate of over 78 and was the last batsman to be dismissed in the innings taking New Zealand to 317.

In the second innings, he scored a 74-ball 59 but his knocks were not able to prevent New Zealand losing the game by 208 runs. 

The low-scoring encounter between South Africa and India in Mohali also had some exciting performances.

The spin favorable pitch at the Punjab Cricket Association was capitalised by Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin to dismiss South Africa for 184 and 109 in both the innings. Both ended up sharing 16 wickets between them in the game, eight each.

The pitch was a nightmare for batsmen as the entire game featured only three 50+ scores. Murali Vijay scored calm and composed 75 in the first innings and another 47 in the second putting India on course of a victory.

AB de Villiers and Cheteshwar Pujara were the other two batsmen to cross the 50-run mark. India won the game by 108 runs with the game ending in three days.

Pakistan once again flexed their muscles in spin friendly conditions of Sharjah against England in the third Test, thereby securing a 2-0 series win.

Responding to Pakistan's first innings total of 234, England were in trouble at one stage at 139 for four but James Taylor produced a special knock of 76 as he along with the lower middle order managed a 72-run lead in the first innings.

However, the lead was nullified and further the pressure was reversed on the visitors. Thanks to 151-run knock by Mohammad Hafeez.

Hafeez's knock was laced with 15 fours and three sixes with the second highest score in the innings being 46.

Needing 284 to win on the final day, England batsmen were destroyed by the spin combination of Yasir Shah and Shoaib Malik, who ended up with seven-wicket haul in the game, spinning Pakistan to a 127-run victory. It was also Malik's final game in the format.

The ODI series between West Indies and Sri Lanka too had some special performances.

Marlon Samuels scored 63 in the second One-Day International and an unbeaten 110 in the third, but could not prevent his team from losing both the games and hence the series.

Kusal Perera was instrumental for Sri Lanka with a knock of 99 in the second game and a crucial 50 in the third showing no respite for the West Indian bowlers.

Johnson Charles' 83 and Lahiru Thirimanne's unbeaten 81 were the other standout performances in the second ODI.

Mushfiqur Rahim's 109-ball 100 was another quality performance in the week as he powered his team to a 145-run win over Zimbabwe.

Rachel Priest played a pivotal role in New Zealand's women whitewash over Sri Lankan women in the three match ODI series.

She scored knocks of 108, unbeaten 51 and a massive 157 as New Zealand women won all the three games convincingly.

That concludes the performances of the week. 

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