Cricket World Player of the Week - Faf du Plessis
For scoring his career best score of 185 runs in the fourth One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Cape Town, South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
Du Plessis came on to bat after the early loss of Hashim Amla and stitched a brilliant century run stand with Quinton de Kock that set the tone for the rest of the innings. The 32-year-old's knock came off 141 deliveries and had 16 boundaries and three sixes in it but he fell short of Gary Kirsten's record of 188, which is the highest individual score by a South African player in the 50-over format.
AB de Villiers too contributed with a blistering fifty as South Africa amassed 367 runs in their 50 overs responding to which Sri Lanka were dismissed for 327 despite a century from Upul Tharanga and fifties from Niroshan Dickwella and Sandun Weerakkody.
In the fifth ODI between the two teams in Centurion, de Kock and Amla scored mammoth centuries to gave a perfect opening stand of 187 runs. De Kock, who slammed a 80-ball century was dismissed for 109 while Amla went on to post 154 and South Africa bettered their previous game score with a total of 384.
Sri Lanka looked down and out in the chase with a score of 82 for five following a four-wicket haul from Chris Morris but Asela Gunaratne's century gave some consolation but could not prevent a 5-0 series whitewash.
The only Test between Bangladesh and India in Hyderabad saw India extending their series winning streak to six after trouncing the visitors by 208 runs.
Virat Kohli scored his fourth consecutive double century while Murali Vijay and Wriddhiman Saha notched centuries as well. Cheteshwar Pujara too contributed with twin fifties in the game.
For Bangladesh, Mushfiqur Rahim scored a fighting century while Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmdullah reached fifties in the first and the second innings respectively.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja too picked four wickets each in the second innings to dismiss Bangladesh for 250 in the final innings.
There were some special performances in the Pakistan Super League tournament as well that kicked-off on Thursday.
Kamran Akmal scored a brilliant 88 in the first game but that went in vain following Brad Haddin's 73-run knock and a four-wicket haul from Shane Watson.
Rilee Rossouw's consecutive fifties, Eoin Morgan's match-winning knock of 80, four-wicket hauls from Grant Elliott and Yasir Shah were other notable performances from the first week of the tournament.
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