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by Sandeep Shivam Monday 30 November 2015
Josh Hazlewood is the Cricket World Player of the Week for his nine-wicket haul in the game which set the win for Australia in the first-ever day-night Test against New Zealand in Adelaide.
Hazlewood became the first bowler to pick an international wicket with a pink ball when he dismissed Martin Guptill in the fourth over of the game.
He later dismissed BJ Watling and Tim Southee to complete his three-wicket in the first innings.
In the second innings, Hazlewood had the added pressure of spearheading the Australian pace department in the absence of Mitchell Starc.
With Australia managing only a 22-run first innings lead, New Zealand could have easily taken the game away from the hosts, if not for Hazlewood's effort in the second innings.
He bagged the wickets of Guptill, Tom Latham and Ross Taylor to restrict New Zealand to 98 for five and returned back on day three to dismiss Watling and Mark Craig to complete his five-wicket haul.
Hazlewood registered figures of 70 for six as New Zealand were dismissed for 208 in their second innings, setting a target of 187 for Australia.
Starc too had his impact on the game before a stress fracture restricted him to bowl just nine overs in the game. He picked the key wickets of Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum in the first innings while registering figures of 24 for three.
Latham was the only New Zealand batsman to score a half-century in the game while Australia responded well in the first innings with fifties from Steven Smith and Peter Nevill.
A target of 187 looked a walk in the park for Australia at one stage when they were 115 for three. But Trent Boult produced a fine display of swing bowling to give Australia a scare with his five-wicket haul in the fourth innings.
In the end, Peter Siddle ensured Australia won the game by three wickets but not before a valiant knock of 49 from Shaun Marsh.
Another Test match which ended inside three days in the last week was the third game of the series between India and South Africa in Nagpur.
The pitch used in the game drew a lot of criticism as it aided spin excessively leaving the South African batsmen clueless.
Ravichandran Ashwin was the standout bowler in the game as he ended up with a 12-wicket haul bamboozling the South African batsmen with spin.
In the first innings, Ashwin registered figures of 32 for five, dismissing South Africa for 79 - the lowest total by a visiting team on Indian soil.
While defending a huge target of 310 in the second innings, Ashwin produced his career best figures of 66 for seven to ensure India won the game comfortably by 124 runs and with they took an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the series.
There were contributions from the other Indian spinners too. If it was Ravindra Jadeja who assisted Ashwin with his four-wicket haul in the first innings, Amit Mishra picked a three-wicket haul in the second.
The South African spinners too had their impact on the game as Simon Harmer registered figures of 78 for four in the first innings to dismiss India to 215.
In the second innings, Imran Tahir showed his class with a five-wicket haul but the damage was already done in the first innings. Morne Morkel was the only standout fast bowler in the game with six wickets to his name.
The Twenty20 International series between England and Pakistan in Dubai too featured some special performances.
The first T20I saw a special performance from Sam Billings where he scored a 25-ball 53 to take England to 160 in their 20 overs with support from Eoin Morgan and James Vince.
Pakistan chase was dented by three wicket hauls each from Reece Topley and Liam Plunkett. At one stage Pakistan were 75 for seven and was eventually dismissed for 146 handing a 14-run victory to England.
In the second T20I, a collective batting effort from England ensured they reached 172 in their innings.
Despite a high scoring innings, Shahid Afridi ended with figures of 15 for three in the four overs.
Chasing 173 for a win, Pakistan were at a hopeless position of 107 for five but once again it was Afridi who gave them a scare with his eight-ball 24. Pakistan ended short of the target by four runs.
Plunkett picked another three-wicket haul while Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid managed couple of wickets each.
That concludes the performances of the week.
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