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Cricket World Player of the Week - Jonny Bairstow

Cricket World Player of the Week - Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow celebrating his century against Sri Lanka in Leeds.
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England's wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow is the Cricket World Player of the Week for his match-winning 140 against Sri Lanka in the first Test in Leeds.

Bairstow's 161-run stand with Alex Hales laid the foundations for England's victory over Sri Lanka in Leeds as they rescued their team from 83 for five and went on to post a total of 298 in the first innings.

Apart from his brilliance with the bat, Bairstow also took nine catches in the game and it was only the third instance in the history of English cricket where a wicket-keeper scored a century and took more than five catches in a match.

The partnership between Hales and Bairstow was also England's third best for the sixth wicket at Headingley. Hales contributed with 86.

However, the innings victory for England would not have been possible without James Anderson’s 10-wicket haul.

Anderson picked up five wickets in each innings while Stuart Broad supported him with five wickets in the game as England dismissed Sri Lanka for 91 and 119 in the first and second innings respectively to win the game by an innings and 88 runs.

There were some special performances in the Indian Premier League 2016 as well.

Virat Kohli's phenomenal run of form continued as he scored two fifties and one century in the three games he played to ensure a top-two finish for his side Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Kohli scored an unbeaten 75 in game 48 against Kolkata Knight Riders as he, helped by 59 from AB de Villiers, chased down the target of 184 with ease.

In the 50th game against Kings XI Punjab, Bangalore went on to score 211 in a truncated 15-over game riding on 113 from Kohli and 73 from Chris Gayle.

In the crucial 56th game, Kohli scored an unbeaten 54 as Bangalore chased down 139 against Delhi Daredevils to storm into the play-offs.

Dwayne Smith's performance with the ball has been a big bonus for the Gujarat Lions as he returned four for eight in game 51 against Kolkata Knight Riders and another two-wicket haul in game 54 against Mumbai Indians. Skipper Suresh Raina contributed with fifties in both the games.

David Warner has been leading from the front and his 73 took Sunrisers Hyderabad to 158 in game 52 but it was chased down off the final delivery by the Delhi Daredevils, thanks to an unbeaten 83 from Karun Nair.

Despite struggling in the tournament, MS Dhoni proved himself worthy of his 'finisher' tag once again as he helped his team Rising Pune Supergiants chase down 173 against Kings XI Punjab with a 32-ball 64 to avoid the wooden spoon this season. Dhoni scored two sixes in the final two deliveries to complete the chase in style.

That concludes the performances of the week.

© Cricket World 2016


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