Cricket World Player of the Week - Dinesh Chandimal
Dinesh Chandimal has been named as the Cricket World Player of the Week for a brilliant counterattacking innings that pulled Sri Lanka out of the jaws of defeat and instead helped them pull off a wonder victory.
Chandimal had scored a 77-ball 59 in the first innings of the first Test in Galle to rescue Sri Lanka from a position of 60 for five, but it was in the second innings the damage was done to the Indians.
He scored an unbeaten 162 in just 169 balls with 19 fours and four sixes.
Sri Lanka were 92 for four and soon 95 for five when he arrived but he took them to a massive 367 putting on 125 with Lahiru Thirimanne, 82 with Jehan Mubarak and 41 for the ninth wicket with Tharindu Kaushal, fully exploiting the early luck that he had with umpiring errors.
That helped Sri Lanka erase a 192-run deficit and post a target of 176 for India, eventually winning the match by 63 runs.
Sri Lanka’s win also came about thanks to a wonderful spell of spin bowling by Rangana Herath who registered figures of seven for 48 in the final innings after failing to take a single wicket in the first innings.
Tharindu Kaushal also finished with a match haul of eight wickets too. In the same game, there were quite a few other classy performances for India too.
Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli scored responsible centuries, 134 and 103 respectively, adding 227 for the third wicket which helped India post 375 despite the failure of most of the other batsmen.
Ravichandran Ashwin took 10 wickets in the match, with figures of six for 46 in the first innings and four for 114 in the second bamboozling the Sri Lankan batsmen both times.
There were some eye-catching performances in the Twenty20 International series between New Zealand and South Africa, which was drawn 1-1.
South Africa won the first game in Durban thanks to a collective batting and bowling effort.
New Zealand levelled the series with a solid win in the second thanks to Martin Guptill’s fine knock of 60 that came in just 35 balls setting the tone for a good score.
There were a couple of mighty performances in the Women’s Ashes as well.
In the lone Test which Australia Women won by 161 runs, Jess Jonassen scored a sturdy 99 to set up the first innings total for Australia and she followed it with another brisk 54 in the second innings.
Ellyse Perry produced figures of six for 32 in the final innings to bundle England Women out for just 101 chasing a target of 263.
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