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by Andrew Wood Monday 5 January 2015
Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara was an obvious choice for the Cricket World Player Of The Week after his remarkable double-century in the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington.
The left-hander hit 203 in 306 balls to rescue his side from a difficult position and put them into the lead, in turn piling pressure on New Zealand.
He came to the crease with the score reading 18 for one as Sri Lanka replied to New Zealand's 221 all out on the opening day at the Basin Reserve.
On a wicket favouring the bowlers, more wickets fell and Sri Lanka slipped to 78 for five at stumps.
Back came Sangakkara on day two and after adding 130 with Dinesh Chandimal for the sixth wicket, he saw Sri Lanka from 208 for six to 356 all out virtually single-handed as he dominated partnerships with the lower-order batsmen.
He hit 18 fours and three sixes during his 11th Test double-century - only Sir Don Bradman has scored more.
Other contenders for the award were Kane Williamson, who has scored a brace of half-centuries in the same Test and Nuwan Pradeep, who at the time of writing, had taken seven wickets in the match.
Elsewhere, in the rain-interrupted third and final Test between South Africa and the West Indies in Cape Town, AB de Villiers' 148 for South Africa was the outstanding performance while Dale Steyn also took four wickets.
However, Sangakkara's innings made him the unanimous choice to be our award winner this eek.
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