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Cricket World Player of the Week - Kedar Jadhav

Kedar Jadhav came up with a man of the match performance in the first ODI in Pune
Kedar Jadhav came up with a man of the match performance in the first ODI in Pune

For scoring the sixth fastest century for India in the One-Day Internationals during the Pune game against England, Kedar Jadhav is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

India were 63 for four in a chase of 351 when Jadhav joined forces with Virat Kohli and he straightaway took the pressure off from his captain with fluent stroke-making. Jadhav reached his fifty off just 29 deliveries and needed just 36 more balls to complete the century to put his team on course of a record chase.

His knock of 120 came off just 76 deliveries and included 12 boundaries and four sixes in it. In the process, he also completed a 200-run stand with Kohli, who himself scored 122 off 105 deliveries. This was the third successful occasion, India has chased a total of 350 or more.

Earlier, fifties from Joe Root, Jason Roy and a Ben Stokes blitz helped England post 350.

The One-Day International series between Australia and Pakistan saw both teams winning a game apiece.

In the first game in Brisbane, Matthew Wade scored his maiden ODI century while Glenn Maxwell supported him 60 as Australia recovered from 78 for five to post 268 for nine in the 50 overs. In response, Pakistan were bowled out for 176 with James Faulkner and Pat Cummins sharing seven wickets between them.

In the second ODI at MCG, a collective bowling effort from Pakistan saw them bowl out Australia for 220 following which Mohammad Hafeez led from the front with a 72 to complete a six-wicket win for the visitors.

Hashim Amla made his 100th Test appearance a memorable once against Sri Lanka in Johannesburg as he smashed a brilliant 134 and was accompanied by a clinical 155 from JP Duminy. The duo shared 292 runs for the third wicket as the Proteas posted 426 in their only innings with the bat.

In response, Sri Lanka were enforced with a follow-on after getting dismissed for 131 and 177 in the two innings with Wayne Parnell picking a six-wicket haul in the game while Kagiso Rabada and the debutant Duanne Olivier supporting him with five wickets each.

The first Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand in Wellington saw Shakib Al Hasan registering his maiden double century while Mushfiqur Rahim and Tom Latham managed 159 and 177 respectively.

There were some special performances in the Big Bash League as well.

In the 22nd game between Melbourne Stars and Adelaide Strikers, Ben Hilfenhaus scored 32 runs with the bat and picked two wickets as well to lead his team to a thrilling two wicket win while Michael Klinger scored 81 runs and Andrew Tye backed it with a four-wicket haul in the 23rd game to secure a 27-run win for Perth Scorchers against Brisbane Heat.

The performance of the tournament, though, came from Ben McDermott, when he smashed the fastest century of the tournament to put Hobart Hurricanes on course of a win chasing 222 while Fawad Ahmed's four-wicket haul for Sydney Thunder against Sydney Sixers deserves special credit as well.

That concludes the performances of the week.

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