Cricket World Player of the Week - Kagiso Rabada

Cricket World Player of the Week - Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada (left) celebrating his five-wicket haul along with AB de Villiers (right).
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For registering his career best figures with a seven-wicket haul in the fourth Test against England in Centurion, South Africa's pace sensation Kagiso Rabada is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

After picking Alex Hales and Nick Compton early in the innings, Rabada produced a gem of a spell before lunch on day three where he removed Joe Root, James Taylor and Jonny Bairstow in quick succession to put England in a spot of bother at 211 for six. It was also Rabada's second five-wicket haul.

Rabada also wrapped up the England innings with the wickets of Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad to register his career best figure of 112 for seven.

The 20-year-old's figure was the third best in Centurion and the best for a South African bowler against England since their readmission into international cricket. 

The feat also put Rabada in an exclusive club to become the second bowler after Waqar Younis to pick six or more wickets in an innings in Tests and ODIs.  

Rabada's effort also ensured a crucial 133-run first innings lead for the Proteas after dismissing England for 342. 

Earlier, South Africa's first innings lead of 475 was propelled by centruries from Stephen Cook, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock.

The other contender for the week's top performance came from Corey Anderson in the third Twenty20 International against Pakistan in Wellington.

Coming to bat at number four, Anderson brought up his fifty off 27 deliveries and remained unbeaten on 82 during his 42-ball knock to push New Zealand's total to 196 in the 20 overs. 

Apart from his terrific contribution in the first innings, Anderson also dismissed Ahmed Shehzad and Shoaib Malik to exert a lot of pressure on the Pakistan chase.

The final two ODIs between Australia and India saw closely contested games with both teams winning a game each.

David Warner and Aaron Finch laid the platform for Australia's total of 348 in the fourth ODI in Canberra with their 187-run opening stand.

Finch completed his century while Warner missed the three-figure mark by seven runs. A breezy fifty from Steven Smith provided a late flourish to the Australian innings.

Chasing 349, India were in a comfortable position of 277 for one in the 38th over with both Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan notching aggressive centuries.

However, a combination of good bowling from Kane Richardson and John Hastings along with reckless batting from India ensured a 25-run victory to Australia. 

India registered their first victory in the series in the final ODI in Sydney after chasing 330 runs in the final over.

Dhawan and Rohit Sharma provided a century opening stand with both scoring 78 and 99 respectively.

But the real match-winning knock came from young Manish Pandey who notched his maiden century while sharing a 97-run stand with Sharma and followed it with another 94-run stand with MS Dhoni to take the team through.

The win was also the first time a visiting team chased down a score of 300+ against Australia in Australia.

Hamilton Masakadza's unbeaten 58-ball 93 for Zimbabwe in the fourth T20I against Bangladesh in Khulna was another outstanding performance which helped Zimbabwe level the series 2-2.

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