Cricket World Player of the Week - Joe Root
For scoring two consecutive fifties and steering England to victories in the first two One-Day Internationals against Pakistan, Joe Root is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
In the first game in Southampton, Root added a vital 89-run stand with Jason Roy to lay the platform for the England chase of 261. Roy provided the much needed impetus for England with a 56-ball 65 while Root was solid at the other end and reached his fifty off 56 deliveries.
Root was eventually run out for 61 but skipper Eoin Morgan ensured England were well ahead of the DLS score when rain ended the game with only 34.3 overs possible in the second innings. In the second game at Lord's, England were in deep trouble at 35 for two while chasing 252. But Root and Morgan, once again struck together for a match-winning 112-run stand.
In the process, Root completed his fourth consecutive fifty in the 50-over format while Morgan also reached his first half-century in 12 innings. The England vice-captain added another fifty-run stand with Ben Stokes to put England in course of victory and eventually the hosts gained a 2-0 lead in the series.
Sarfraz Ahmed was the closest contender to Root as the Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman scored 55 and 105 in both the games, but with not much support from the top-order, Pakistan failed to post a match-winning total on both the occasions.
There were some special performances in the ODI series between Australia and Sri Lanka.
In the second ODI in Colombo, fifties from Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera allowed Sri Lanka to post 288 in their innings despite a hat-trick from James Faulkner. After being 102 for three at one stage during the chase, Australia succumbed to the Sri Lankan spinners once again and was dismissed for 206 with Matthew Wade's 76 being the major contribution.
Just like the previous game, Australia collapsed from 104 for three to a difficult position but a valiant 70 from George Bailey along with support from Wade, Travis Head and Mitchell Starc secured a two-wicket win for the World Champions and a 2-1 lead in the series.
International cricket was taken to Florida last week with World T20 champions West Indies and India competing in a two-match series. The spectators in Lauderhill were treated to a high-scoring thriller in the first game with 489 runs scored from just 40 overs.
A 49-ball 100 from Evin Lewis and a 42-ball 79 from Johnson Charles laid the platform for West Indies' total of 245 from 20 overs on a flat pitch. In response, Lokesh Rahul slammed his maiden T20I century and with support from Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni, India almost registered a record chase but a brilliant final over by Dwayne Bravo helped his team win the game by just one-run.
The second game saw the Indian bowlers bouncing back hard from the onslaught in the previous match and restricting West Indies to 143 in their innings but rain played spoilsport with only two overs possible in the chase leading to no result.
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