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by Sandeep Shivam Monday 16 November 2015
For his all-round performance in the second Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka in Colombo, securing West Indies their first win of the tour and thereby levelling the T20I series, Dwayne Bravo is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
Coming in to bat at a crucial juncture at 75 for three, Bravo stitched a 41-run stand with Denesh Ramdin.
He managed to score a run-a-ball 31 with one six but Ramdin’s unbeaten 34 ensured West Indies reached 162 for six in 20 overs.
Sri Lanka were on course for a victory as they reached 93 for one in the 12th over but Bravo brought West Indies back into the game with the wickets of Shehan Jayasuriya and Angelo Mathews.
The Trinidad all-rounder ended up with a four-wicket haul and was supported by Ravi Rampaul, who took three wickets, thereby ensuring a 23-run victory for West Indies.
Tillakaratne Dilshan, who has restricted himself to limited overs cricket came up with a couple of brilliant performances in the T20I series. He scored 56 in the first game and backed it up with 52 in the second.
However, it was Sachithra Senanayake who stole the show in the first T20I with his four-wicket haul to prevent West Indies from chasing down 215.
The series between Bangladesh and West Indies also produced some exciting performances.
Imrul Kayes, who replaced the injured Soumya Sarkar, had a memorable comeback as he scored a vital 76 for Bangladesh in the second One-Day International against Zimbabwe. The next highest score in the innings was 41.
Chasing 242 for a win, Zimbabwe never got going as Mustafizur Rahman picked three wickets as the visitors were dismissed for 183.
Bangladesh produced another clinical batting performance in the third ODI riding on fifties from Tamim Iqbal, Kayes and Mamhmudullah to post a total of 276 in the 50 overs.
In response, Zimbabwe managed only 215 as they were wrecked by a five-wicket haul from Rahman.
In the first T20I between these two countries, Malcom Waller produced a brilliant innings scoring 68 runs in 31 deliveries.
He reached his half century in just 20 deliveries, which is the fastest for a Zimbabwe batsman beating the 21-ball feat achieved by Dougie Marillier, Elton Chigumbura and Sean Williams.
With Zimbabwe managing ony 131, it took a collective effort for Bangladesh batsmen to ovehaul the target in the 18th over.
The second T20I proved to be an absolute thriller as Zimbabwe chased down 136 against Bangladesh with just one ball and three wickets to spare.
The hero of the game was Neville Madziva who registered a two-wicket haul and followed it with an unbeaten 19-ball 28 to take his team through to victory. Waller and Luke Jongwe also contributed with 40 and 34 respectively as Zimbabwe went on to level the series.
As England's losing streak against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates continued, it needed a special performance from them to turn things around. and that's what Alex Hales came up with in the second ODI.
Hales scored his maiden ODI century taking Pakistan's bowling attack to the cleaners. He raced to his fifty in 57 deliveries and needed 54 more balls to reach the three-figure mark.
His century partnerships with Jason Roy and Joe Root were the cornerstone for England's total of 283.
David Willey and Chris Woakes ran through the Pakistan batting in the second innings sharing seven wickets between them.
At one stage England had Pakistan at 90 for six after which they never recovered.
The first two days in the second Test between Australia and New Zealand at WACA turned out to be another high-scoring encounter.
Australia went on to score a massive 559 runs in their first innings with David Warner notching up his maiden double century at a tremendous strike rate of 88. The Australian vice-captain has been in the form of his life having scored twin centuries in the first Test already.
Warner was supported by a Usman Khawaja century as the pair added 302 runs for the second wicket.
South Africa's batting woes against India continued as they were dismissed for a mediocre score of 214 in their first innings of the second Test on a decent batting track in Bangalore.
It was once again the spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who tormented the Proteas line-up with their four-wicket hauls. Jadeja registered figures of four for 50 while Ashwin ended up with four for 80.
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