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by Sandeep Shivam Monday 2 May 2016
For picking six wickets from three games at an economy of 7.40 and leading the Mumbai Indians' revival in the Indian Premier League tournament, Jasprit Bumrah is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
In the 21st game between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab, Bumrah picked the key wickets of Manan Vohra and Glenn Maxwell and later bowled brilliantly at death while removing Nikhil Naik as the men in blue defended 189 successfully and registered a 25-run victory.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians total of 189 was set with a sparkling 81 from Parthiv Patel and a quick-fire 65 from Ambati Rayudu.
Bumrah took a step further in the 29th game between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants with another important three-wicket haul.
The 22-year-old started the game in a worst possible manner after dropping Saurabh Tiwary early in his innings and misfielding a ball to the boundary in the same over from Mitchell McClenaghan.
However, the Indian pacer made a strong comeback in the game, picking the important wickets of Steven Smith, MS Dhoni and Tiwary later in the innings to restrict Pune Supergiants to 159 for five in their 20 overs.
In the chase, it was Rohit Sharma, who once again led from the front scoring his fifth fifty of the tournament chasing down the total with ease in 18.3 overs.
Sharma remained unbeaten on 85 to couple with another unbeaten 68 he scored against the Kolkata Knight Riders in game 24 earlier in the week.
Smith was another strong contender after scoring 192 runs in three games including his maiden Twenty20 century for the Rising Pune Supergiants.
In game 25 against the Gujarat Lions, the Australian captain added 111 runs for the second wicket with Ajinkya Rahane and another 64 with Dhoni to take the Pune total to 195 in 20 overs.
His fifty came off just 29 deliveries and raced to a 53-ball century, which is also his first in T20 cricket.
Despite, Smith's heroics, Gujarat Lions chased down the target off the final delivery with a strong performance from the top order.
Smith also played a couple of handy contributions of unbeaten 46 and 45 against Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Mumbai Indians respectively as well.
However, his terrific performances have been cut short by a wrist injury which has ruled him out of the tournament adding to the injury woes of Pune.
David Warner's 92 off 50 deliveries against Royal Challengers Bangalore, all-round brilliance from Chris Morris where he scored unbeaten 82 and picked a couple of wickets as well and fifties from Sam Billings on his debut and Robin Uthappa were other sparkling performances of the week.
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