Cricket World Player of the Week - Dimuth Karunaratne
For a fine 130 in an otherwise poor batting performance by Sri Lanka, where the next highest individual score was 46 and then 25, in the first innings of the third Test against Pakistan, Dimuth Karunaratne is our Cricket World Player of the Week.
Karunaratne scored 130 off the 278 runs that Sri Lanka posted in the first innings. He was the sixth batsman to be dismissed in the innings.
In his 230 ball knock, Karunaratne struck 14 fours. Those runs proved to be valuable as Sri Lanka gained a valuable 63-run lead in the first innings.
Another excellent performance came from the skipper Angelo Mathews who scored 122 in the second innings to take Sri Lanka to 313 and set Pakistan a target of 377 in their fourth innings.
Two bowlers made their mark as well, with five wicket hauls. Yasir Shah registered figures of 5-78 in the first innings, wrecking the Sri Lankan middle order. In the second innings, it was Imran Khan who cleaned up Sri Lanka’s lower order with figures of 5-58, initiating a collapse from 278 for five to 313 all out.
Sarfraz Ahmed’s 78 in 104 balls was the only noticeable performance with the bat for Pakistan in the first innings although at the time of writing this feature, Younis Khan and Shan Masood had turned in match-defining half-centuries.
Another fine batting performance came from Faf du Plessis, South African Twenty20 International skipper, in the T20I against Bangladesh in Mirpur.
Faf walked in with the score on one for two with AB de Villiers knocked out in the first over on a slow, sluggish wicket. Faf scored 79 in 61 balls to remain unbeaten and saw South Africa through to 148 in 20 overs, a score which proved to be too huge for Bangladesh.
Some sterling performances were also witnessed in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Chris Gayle’s unbeaten 72 off 54 balls for Jamaica Tallawahs chasing down 160 scored by St Kitts and Nevis Patriots was a good knock. Krishmar Santokie’s 4-37 with the ball for Jamaica had earlier helped them restrict their opponents after a good start.
Shoaib Malik’s 51 off 34 balls and Rayad Emrit’s 3-20 for Barbados Tridents against St Lucia Zouks are two other impressive performances that helped their team win by 15 runs.
Dinesh Ramdin’s unbeaten 54 off 35 balls for Guyana Amazon Warriors to chase down 149 scored by St Kitts and Nevis Patriots was another of the better knocks seen in CPL last week.
Same could be said about the knocks of Andre Fletcher and Kevin Pietersen, who scored 77 off 50 balls and 73 off just 39 balls respectively, to post 202 runs for St Lucia Zouks against Barbados Tridents, winning the game by 30 runs.
Evin Lewis made 82 off 45 balls while Tabraiz Shamsi registered figures of 4-23 to help St Kitts and Nevis Patriots beat Jamaica Tallawahs by 119 runs.
The last of the week’s performances came from the 14th CPL game where Dwayne Bravo registered figures of 4-18 for Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel against Guyana Amazon Warriors. Devendra Bishoo’s 4-24 went in vain as the target was chased down by Bravo’s Red Steel to win by three wickets.
That concludes the list of impressive performances this week.
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