Cricket World Player Of The Week - James Anderson
For a wonderful spell of fast bowling on a dead track to turn a likely draw into a win for England in one session against West Indies and for contributing in more than one discipline, James Anderson is our Cricket World Player of the Week.
James Anderson had figures of four for 43 in 22 overs in the second innings of the second Test at St. George’s, Grenada.
After claiming Devon Smith’s wicket early in the West Indian innings, Anderson came back the next morning to pick up the all-important wickets of the overnight centurion, Kraigg Brathwaite, Marlon Samuels and Shivnarine Chanderpaul in a fiery spell that at one point read: 5-3-3-3.
Besides those wickets, Anderson also took a couple of fine catches and affected the run out of Jason Holder to help England orchestrate a collapse that saw West Indies go from 224 for two to 307 all out.
Joe Root scored a scintillating unbeaten knock of 182 which helped England take a 165-run first innings lead. His 229-ball knock included 17 fours and four sixes.
England chased down 143 with relative ease going up 1-0 in the ongoing Test series in West Indies.
There were plenty of other contenders this week.
Soumya Sarkar was the closest of all, with a spectacular, unbeaten 127 off just 110 balls to chase down 250 set by Pakistan in the third ODI of the three-match series at Mirpur.
Sarkar’s knock, studded with six sixes and 13 fours, ensured Bangladesh chased down the target with ease, winning by eight wickets with more than 10 overs to spare
Azhar Ali, the Pakistan skipper, also managed to score a ton in the same game to help set up a decent target, thwarted by a middle-order collapse.
Shaun Marsh’s 65 off 40 balls and then three fours in the Super Over make him a close contender as well, helping Kings XI Punjab win a game from the jaws of defeat against Rajasthan Royals, in a tight finish.
Another excellent knock came from David Warner, who scored a blitzkrieg 91 off just 55 balls to help his team, Sunrisers Hyderabad, post a massive 176 against Kolkata Knight Riders. SRH eventually won the game by 16 runs after the Duckworth/Lewis method reduced the target for KKR to 118 in 12 overs.
One of the best bowling performances of the week came from Ashish Nehra, when he registered figures of 4-0-10-4 for Chennai Super Kings against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Defending 181, Nehra accounted for the top three of RCB including the in-form Virat Kohli, before coming back in the end to clean up the tail.
Shyras Iyer’s 83 off 56 balls to help Delhi Daredevils set up a target of 191 for Mumbai Indians and eventually win by 37 runs was another fine performance by a very young but talented Indian cricketer.
Another couple of fine performances came for Mumbai Indians in their game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Lendl Simmons managed 51 off 42 balls to prop up Mumbai to 157, which was a decent but below par score against an excellent SRH bowling attack. Defending the same, Mumbai let SRH get off to a fine start.
In another one-sided contest, Brendon McCullum cracked an explosive 44-ball 66 with eight fours and three sixes for Chennai Super Kings to set up 192, Kings XI Punjab falling short by a whopping 97 runs.
To round up the performances of the week, Mitchell Starc registered figures of three for 20 in four overs to restrict Delhi Daredevils to just 95, a total that RCB chased down in just the 11th over. Chris Gayle was ferocious in his 40-ball 62 that had six fours and four sixes.
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