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Cricket World Player of the Week - David Warner

David Warner was in phenomenal form with the bat in the IPL 2016.
David Warner was in phenomenal form with the bat in the IPL 2016.
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Australian vice-captain David Warner is the Cricket World Player of the Week after leading Sunrisers Hyderabad to their maiden Indian Premier League victory.

Warner finished the tournament as the second highest run-scorer with 848 runs from 17 matches this season and was excellent in the last week where he plundered 190 runs from three games - including the final - at an average of 95.

After beating Kolkata Knight Riders in the eliminator, the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers did well to restrict the Gujarat Lions batting line-up to 162 in 20 overs despite a fifty from Aaron Finch.

In response, Hyderabad were losing wickets regularly and were reduced to 117 for six in the 16th over but Warner was waging a lone fight at the other end.

He reached his fifty off 35 deliveries and with support from Bipul Sharma, helped his team chase down the target in the final over. Warner ended up with an incredible 93 off 58 deliveries in a boundary-filled innings which included 11 fours and three sixes.

In the final against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Warner went into aggressive mode and provided the much needed impetus at the top with a 38-ball 69 and cameos from Yuvraj Singh and Ben Cutting took the Hyderabad team to a massive total of 208 in 20 overs.

In the chase, Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli lit the stage on fire with a 118-run opening stand that came off 63 deliveries. Gayle scored a 38-ball 76 while Kohli contributed with 54 but a middle order collapse meant Bangalore lost their third final.

Kohli also broke the record for most runs in an IPL tournament with 973 runs from 16 games at an average of 81.

The second Test between England and Sri Lanka saw Moeen Ali recording his career-best score of 155 not out as the home team dominated the game once more.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, Joe Root and Alex Hales laid the foundations for England with a 96-run stand for the third wicket.

With the foundations laid, Ali took the game away from Sri Lanka with a solid unbeaten knock of 155 while sharing a 70-run stand with Jonny Bairstow and another 72 runs with Steven Finn to take the first innings total to 498 before they declared.

The score of 155 by Ali was also the third highest score at the venue and his average at number seven in Tests is 276 after playing three innings at that position.

In response, Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Chris Woakes shared the 10 wickets to dismiss Sri Lanka for 101 and another follow-on was enforced by Alastair Cook.

However, in their second innings, Sri Lanka displayed a much better batting effort with fifties from Kaushal Silva and Angleo Mathews on day three.

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