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Cricket World Player of the Week - Kane Williamson

Cricket World Player of the Week - Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson scored his fifth Test century in 2015 during the second Test against Sri Lanka in Hamilton.
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For his resilient unbeaten century in the final innings, taking New Zealand to a five-wicket win in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Hamilton, Kane Williamson is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

Needing 189 to win the game, New Zealand were rocked by the pace Dushmantha Chameera, who cleaned up the Black Caps top order with his four-wicket haul.

However, Williamson looked solid at handling the short pitch deliveries from Sri Lankan bowlers as he shared a 52-run stand with Brendon McCullum and another unbeaten 47-run partnership with BJ Watling to steer New Zealand home by five wickets.

In the process Williamson brought up his fifth Test hundred in 2015 which is the joint highest with Australian captain Steven Smith and also managed to end the year with an average of over 90.

After made to bat first on a green pitch, Sri Lanka batted beautifully in the first innings, scoring 292, riding on the half centuries from Angelo Mathews and Milinda Siriwardana.

New Zealand started their first innings well with a 81-run opening stand between Martin Guptill and Tom Latham but it was once again Chameera who surprised them with a five-wicket haul helping Sri Lanka gain a 55-run first innings lead.

However, the biggest turnaround in the game happened in the third innings with Sri Lanka folding out for just 133, losing their last six wickets for just 23 runs.

Tim Southee ended up with four wickets while Doug Bracewell and Neil Wagner shared five wickets between them.

With the victory, New Zealand completed a 2-0 series win over Sri Lanka. That concludes the performances of the week.

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