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Cricket World Player of the Week - Kusal Mendis

Kusal Mendis became the second youngest batsman to register a score of over 150 against Australia.
Kusal Mendis became the second youngest batsman to register a score of over 150 against Australia.
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For scoring the highest individual score in Pallekele and helping Sri Lanka secure a fabulous victory in the first Test against Australia, Kusal Mendis is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

After being dismissed for 117 in the first innings of the game, Sri Lanka conceded a 86-run lead to Australia and were precariously placed at six for two in the second innings when Mendis came to bat. A game marred by bad light and rain was treated with Mendis special as he raced to his fifty off 63 deliveries which was also the first half-century in the game.

The 117-run stand between Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal for the fifth wicket proved to be the game changer for Sri Lanka as they went into ascendancy from being behind in the game.

Despite losing Chandimal, Mendis reached his century off 143 deliveries and went on to score a massive 176 as Sri Lanka set a target of 268 runs for Australia.

Rangana Herath can be hardly kept away from the game especially if the game is in sub-continent. The veteran spinner picked four wicket in the first innings and followed it with another five-wicket haul in the final innings to dismiss Australia for 161 and complete a 106-run victory.

Ravichandran Ashwin has been phenomenal for India in the ongoing series against West Indies. After his seven-wicket haul in the first Test which saw him climb to the top position in the ICC Test Rankings for bowlers, the 29-year-old ripped the West Indian batsmen on day one of the second Test.

He ended up with figures of 52 for five and it has been first time since 2006, an Indian spinner has picked two five-wicket hauls in the same series outside Asia. West Indies were eventually bowled out for 196 in their first innings.

In the same match, Lokesh Rahul starred with the bat notching 158 runs in a knock which included 15 boundaries and a six.

The first Test between New Zealand and Zimbabwe in Bulawayo saw a complete all-round dominance from the visitors to secure an innings victory.

Neil Wagner registered figures of 41 for six in the first innings to dismiss Zimbabwe for 164 while Ross Taylor, Tom Latham and BJ Watling scored centuries to post a total of 576 for six in response.

In the second innings, Trent Boult's four-wicket haul restricted Zimbabwe to 86 for five following which Sean Williams kept the New Zealand bowlers at bay as he scored his maiden Test century. Craig Ervine and Graeme Cremer too made valiant contributions, but could not prevent an innings defeat for Zimbabwe.

The Caribbean Premier League had some special performances as the final leg of the group stage made its debut in Florida.

St Lucia Zouks openers picked up form in the business end of the tournament and have been of the main reason for the team's resurgence. In the two games against St Lucia, Andre Fletcher scored unbeaten 74 and 70 while Johnson Charles contributed with 59 and 64 ensuring victories in both the games for the Zouks.

In the 24th game against the St Lucia Zouks, Umar Akmal played a blinder of a knock remaining unbeaten on 73 off 35 deliveries to secure a crucial win for Trinbago Knight Riders.

Dwayne Smith, Nic Maddinson, Chris Lynn and Jason Mohammed scored fifties each in the two games against the Barbados Tridents allowing Guyana Amazon Warriors a finish in the top two.

Dwayne Bravo registered figures of 13 for four in the 29th game to set up the eight-wicket victory for Trinbago Knight Riders against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

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