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by John Pennington Monday 8 December 2014
Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after he scored a brace of One-Day International half-centuries against England.
He hit 63 in 62 balls in the third match, which England went on to win by five wickets, and followed it up with 86 in the fourth match, helping Sri Lanka win to go 3-1 up in the seven-match series.
During the course of his 86, he passed 1,000 ODI runs for the calendar year to further boost an outstanding record against England.
The third game in Hambantota saw the left-hander hit seven fours during his innings and as the series moved back to Colombo, he struck seven fours again as he and Mahela Jayawardene plotted a course towards victory.
His consistency won him the award although there were a number of other contenders.
Not least from those playing against Sri Lanka, with Moeen Ali, James Taylor and Eoin Morgan all scoring runs for England with Sangakkara's team-mates Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews also in good form with the bat.
The fifth and final One-Day International between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe saw a remarkable performance on debut by Taijul Islam, who took four for 11, including a hat-trick as Bangladesh won by five wickets to wrap up a 5-0 series whitewash.
The two-match Twenty20 International series between Pakistan and New Zealand in Dubai was drawn with Sarfraz Ahmed's unbeaten 76 the outstanding performance in the first match and three-wicket hauls from Kyle Mills and Jimmy Neesham helped win New Zealand the second game.
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