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Cricket World Player of the Week - Hashim Amla

Hashim Amla scored two half centuries on a tough pitch in Johannesburg
Hashim Amla scored two half centuries on a tough pitch in Johannesburg

For scoring twin half-centuries on a difficult Johannesburg pitch during the third Test against India, South Africa's Hashim Amla wins the Cricket World Player of the Week.

With inconsistent bounce throughout the game and the seam bowlers dominating the proceedings, Amla scored 61 runs in the first innings where only two other South African batsmen crossed the double figures. His 54-run stand with Kagiso Rabada and 44-run stand with Vernon Philander was crucial in South Africa claiming a seven-run lead.

The veteran batsman also notched 52 runs in the second innings as South Africa were chasing 241 runs to win the game and added 119 runs with Dean Elgar, who himself notched unbeaten 86. However, once he fell, the rest of the batting capitulated and from a winning position, the Proteas surrendered the game to India losing nine wickets in a span of 53 runs. Mohammad Shami was the hero for India with the ball with a five-fer.

Virat Kohli also had a brilliant game with a score of 54 and 41 in both the innings while Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane made valuable contributions in the first and second innings respectively as India went on to win the game by 63 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar's contribution of 30 and 33 with the ball and a four-wicket haul helped him win the man of the match award.

Pakistan managed to break the shackles in the recently concluded tour of New Zealand as they went on to beat the Black Caps 2-1 in the three-match series.

Seth Rance and Tim Southee picked three wickets apiece in the first game in Wellington to give the hosts a 1-0 lead but Pakistan won the second game in Auckland comfortably by 48 runs with Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam scoring half-centuries while Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam scoring handy knocks of 44 and 41 respectively. Fahim Ashraf picked three wickets as well.

With the series levelled at 1-1, the decider at Bay Oval had everything to play for and it was Pakistan once again dominated the proceedings as they posted 181 and managed to restrict New Zealand to 163 runs in the chase despite a half-century from Martin Guptill.

Rahmat Shah and Ashfaq Ahmed scored unbeaten 121 and 92 respectively as the United Arab Emirates chased down 300 against Scotland in the final game of the Tri-Series in Sharjah. Earlier, Richard Berrington notched 90 for the visitors but Mohammad Naveed and Zahoor Khan picked three wickets each to keep down Scotland to 299 in their innings.

Sri Lanka made a tremendous comeback from losing the first two opening games to go on to win the tri-series final in Bangladesh.

Rubel Hossain bowled splendidly and even picked a four-wicket haul to dismiss Sri Lanka to 221 which proved enough as they restricted the hosts to 142 runs despite a fighting 76-run knock from Mahmudullah. Shehan Madushanka also made a grand debut with a hat-trick. Earlier Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan notched 76 and 51 respectively in the game against Zimbabwe, who failed to progress to the final.

There were some special performances in the Big Bash League as well. Travis Head and Colin Ingram scored 58 and 68 respectively in the 35th game to help Adelaide Strikers to a 26-run win over Melbourne Renegades. Glenn Maxwell's 84-run knock for Melbourne Stars went in vain as Sydney Sixers chased down 190 riding on Joe Denly's 72 and 26-ball 61 from Nic Maddinson.

Kane Richardson had a special week as well as he claimed eight wickets from two games to help Melbourne Renegades to the play-off stage.

That concludes the performances of the week.

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