Cricket World Player of the Week - Dilruwan Perera
Sri Lankan off-spinner Dilruwan Perera bags the Cricket World Player of the Week award for leading his team to a historic series victory against Australia after winning the second Test in Galle by a massive 229-run margin.
Perera picked a 10-wicket haul in the game as well has scored a vital fifty in the second innings leaving Australia reeling for the second time in the series. In the process he also became the quickest Sri Lankan bowler to reach 50 Test wickets.
Australia might have struggled in Sri Lanka but Mitchell Starc had no problems whatsoever with his form despite making a comeback from injury. He picked a total of 11 wickets in the game, five in the first innings and six in the second, but with no support from other bowlers and the inability of Australian batsmen to combat spin has denied it from becoming a match-winning performance.
Moeen, who became only the fourth player in the history of the game to score twin fifties against Pakistan in a Test batting at number seven or lower shared two game changing partnerships with Gary Ballance in the first innings and Jonny Bairstow in the second innings to set-up the victory.
After sent into batting first, England were rocketed by Sohail Khan's five-wicket haul and were reeling at 158 for five when Moeen came to bat. However, Moeen added a vital 66-run stand with Ballance and further rallied around with the tail to take England to 297 in their first innings. Ali scored him 63 while Ballance top-scored in the innings with 70.
In the second innings, it was a contrasting performance from the 29-year-old as he played an attacking innings of an unbeaten 86 from 96 deliveries while adding 152 runs for the seventh wicket with Bairstow to set Pakistan a target of 343 runs.
Bairstow himself contributed with a valiant 83, going past Matt Prior's record of most runs in a calendar year by an England wicket-keeper. Earlier, it was fifties from Alastair Cook and Alex Hales that allowed England to stage a comeback after conceding a 103-run lead to Pakistan in the first innings.
Sami Aslam made a memorable comeback for Pakistan with scores of 82 and 70 in both the innings while Azhar Ali played one of the best knock by a Pakistan batsman in the series with a brilliant 139 in the first innings. Unfortunately, for Pakistan a last day collapse costed them the game with England taking an unassailable lead of 2-1 in the series.
The second Test between New Zealand and Zimbabwe in Bulawayo turned out to be another dominating performance with the bat from the Black Caps.
Tom Latham, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor scored centuries, each while Martin Guptill and BJ Watling contributed with 87 and an unbeaten 83 respectively to take New Zealand to 582 for four before the declaration came.
The closing stages of the Caribbean Premier League saw Jamaica Tallawahs clinch their second title after defeating Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final.
In the third playoff between Jamaica Tallawahs and Trinbago Knight Riders, Andre Russell scored the fastest century in the history of the tournament which came in just 42 deliveries. He also capped off the game with a two-wicket haul eliminating Knight Riders from the tournament.
For his performances in the CPL 2016, Russell was also named the player of the series.
Sune Luus all-round performance of 52 runs and a six-wicket haul in the first One-Day International and Mignon du Preez's unbeaten century in the second game for South Africa Women against Ireland Women deserves a special mention as well.
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