Cricket World Player of the Week - Dhammika Prasad
For his crucial seven wicket haul in the second Test that helped Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by seven wickets and level the series 1-1, Dhammika Prasad is our Cricket World Player of the Week.
Prasad rocked the Pakistan top order in their first innings returning figures of 3-43 and picking up wickets of Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan and Azhar Ali to complement Tharindu Kaushal in demolishing Pakistan, who were all out for 138.
Kaushal picked a five wicket haul, cleaning up the lower middle order of Pakistan.
In the second innings, faced with a spirited fight by Pakistan, it was Prasad who picked four wickets including those of Misbah-ul-Haq, Ahmed Shehzad and Sarfraz Ahmed to orchestrate the collapse which saw Pakistan go from 202 for two to 329 all out setting Sri Lanka a target of 153 which they achieved easily.
There were quite a few other commendable performances in the same Test.Yasir Shah picked up figures of 6-96 to get Sri Lanka all out for 315 in their first innings.
Azhar Ali scored an excellent 117 to ensure Pakistan erased a huge first innings deficit and came back well in the game. At one point, with Ali and Younis Khan at the crease, it looked like Pakistan can easily bat out the time to draw the game.
Angelo Mathews who picked two important wickets in the second innings and returned scores of 77 and 43 not out is another player who stood out in the Sri Lanka win.
There were other good performances from around the globe too. Shikhar Dhawan’s 75 off 73 that helped set up an India win against Bangladesh in the third One-Day International to salvage some pride is one of them.
Suresh Raina produced an all-round performance with 44 quick fire runs and three wickets as India defeated Bangladesh by 77 runs after losing the first two ODIs of the series.
The Twenty20 International between England and New Zealand also proved to be quite exciting. Joe Root scored a blistering 68 off 46 balls to help set New Zealand a target of 192 in 20 overs.
Kane Williamson scored a 37 ball 57 but couldn’t see his team through as New Zealand were all out for just 135 in the 17th over.
There were some sterling performances in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) as well.
Robin Peterson’s 3-26 was one such in the third game of the CPL, helping Barbados Tridents beat Jamaica Tallawahs by 16 runs after Dwayne Smith set it up for them with a 53 ball 56.
Marlon Samuels produced a 37 ball 52 in a losing cause for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots as they lost by seven wickets to St Lucia Zouks with inspired performances by Shannon Gabriel who returned figures of 3-19 and Johnson Charles who scored an unbeaten 69 in the chase.
In one of the lowest totals of the season, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel against Barbados Tridents were all out for 95 thanks to Jason Holder’s 3-11.
Rounding off the best performances of the week was Kieron Pollard’s 58 ball 82 that came in a losing cause as Barbados Tridents lost to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by a single run.
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