Cricket World Player of the Week - Dwayne Bravo
For wonderful contributions late in the tournament, man of the series, Dwayne Bravo, who led his side Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel to the Caribbean Premier League Title, is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
Bravo took a five-wicket haul with figures of 5-23 against Jamaica Tallawahs in the first semi-final helping his team win by 27 runs. In the Final, he played a 15-ball cameo scoring unbeaten 29 to help his side reach 178 in 20 overs and win the game eventually by 20 runs against Barbados Tridents.
One of the closest contenders was Bravo’s teammate, Kamran Akmal who was man of the match in the final for his 46 ball 60 that helped set up a good score.
In the first semi-final, Darren Bravo, played one of the knocks of the week scoring 86 in just 63 balls to push his team to 152 single-handedly before Jamaica Tallawahs capsized to 125 all out in the last over.
In the second semi-final, Kamran Akmal had produced another man of the match winning effort with a 41 ball 49 to chase down 109 against Guyana Amazon Warriors which managed a 100 plus score only thanks to Lendl Simmons’ 51-ball 64.
There were some impressive performances in the first Test between South Africa and Bangladesh as well.
The most notable of those was Mustafizur Rahman’s 4-37 that virtually wrecked the visitors, South Africa, allowing Bangladesh to restrict them to just 248 before getting a first innings lead.
Mahmudullah and Tamim Iqbal produced gritty half-centuries to make sure Bangladesh scored their first 300 plus total in Tests against South Africa.
The last two games of the recently concluded Sri Lanka Pakistan One-Day International series also witnessed some sparkling performances.
These include Lahiru Thirimanne’s 90 in the fourth ODI, which was bettered by Ahmed Shehzad with a 90 ball 95 that helped Pakistan chase down 256 with ease.
In the fifth ODI, Sri Lanka had their vengeance when they hammered Pakistan, scoring 368 and winning by 165 runs. That was largely owing to Kusal Perera’s 109-ball 116 and a late innings flourish that saw Angelo Mathews score an unbeaten 40-ball 70 and Milinda Siriwardana a 26-ball 52.
Some exciting performances were also seen in the Women’ Ashes, the ICC Women’s Championship between the teams from Australia and England.
These include Ellyse Perry’s78 and Alex Blackwell’s 58 in a losing cause when England chased down 238 posted by Australia, thanks to Natalie Sciver’s 66 and Lydia Greenway’s 53 in the first ODI.
However, the knock of the series will probably be Meg Lanning’s 104 that set up 259 for Australia helping her team beat England by 63 runs in the second ODI.
That concludes our round-up of the best cricket performances from the last week.
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