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by Sandeep Shivam Monday 19 June 2017
For his consistent performance over the week and leading Pakistan to their maiden ICC Champions Trophy triumph, Pakistan opening batsman Fakhar Zaman is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
In the final against India, Zaman had an early reprieve when he was caught behind off a no-ball from Jasprit Bumrah but he bounced back to notch his maiden century, laying a foundation for Pakistan's total of 338 runs. Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali also notched up half centuries. In response, India stuttered early in the chase after Mohammad Amir struck thrice in the first powerplay after which they failed to recover and succumbed to a 180-run defeat despite a blistering 76 from Hardik Pandya.
In the semi-final against England, Zaman scored a run a ball 57 and shared a 118 run opening stand with Ali to help Pakistan chase down 212 comfortably. Earlier, it was Hasan Ali's three wicket haul that dented England's momentum and restricted them to 211 runs after they were inserted into batting first.
In the must win game against Sri Lanka, after Hasan and Junaid picked three wickets each to bowl out Sri Lanka for 236 following which Zaman scored a quick fifty to put Pakistan in course of a win but they lost momentum and were reeling at 162 for seven before Sarfraz Ahmed scored an unbeaten 61 to take the team over the line and to the semi-final.
The second semi-final between India and Bangladesh saw Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli scored 123 and 96 to help India chase down 265 runs with nine wickets in hand to claim a spot in the final.
That concludes the performances of the week.
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