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by Sandeep Shivam Tuesday 15 August 2017
For scoring a scintillating century in the third Test against Sri Lanka in Pallekele that set up India's innings victory and also the 3-0 series whitewash, all-rounder Hardik Pandya is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
Earlier, it was Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul, who set the tone for the innings with a 188 run opening stand with the former completing a run-a-ball century. Rahul, though, fell on 85, he registered a national record of seven consecutive half-century. The innings was losing momentum as Sri Lanka made a strong comeback with a three wicket haul from Malinda Pushpakumara, Pandya rallied with the tail and raced to a 86-ball century - the second fastest for an Indian player in overseas soil and had eight boundaries and seven sixes in it to take the total to 487 runs despite a five wicket haul from Lakshan Sandakan.
Sri Lanka failed to show any fight with the bat as they were bowled out for 135 runs in their first innings and 181 in the second when they were asked to follow-on with Ravichandran Ashwin claiming a six wicket haul in the game while Mohammad Shami and Kuldeep Yadav snaring five wickets apiece as India completed a victory by an innings and 171 runs to register their first away series whitewash where three or more games were involved.
There were some special performances in Caribbean Premier League tournament as well.
Shane Shillingford's four wicket haul for Trinbago Knight Riders went in vain as St Lucia chased down 119 in the sixth game while Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy slammed unbeaten 83 and 60 in game eight where Barbados Tridents outplayed the Stars.
The 10th match of the tournament saw St Kitts and Nevis Patriots completed a convincing win over St Lucia after Evin Lewis smashed a 92 run knock while Mohammad Hafeez and Mohammad Nabi snared three wickets each and Sunil Narine's masterful 79 run innings against Barbados in the 11th game deserves special mention as well.
The final game of the week saw Guyana Warriors finally open their account as Rayad Emrit picked a four wicket haul following which Gajanand Singh played a responsible innings to guide his team through the chase.
That concludes the performances of the week.
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