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Cricket World Player of the Week - Luke Ronchi

Luke Ronchi has been in terrific form for Islamabad United
Luke Ronchi has been in terrific form for Islamabad United

Former New Zealand batsman Luke Ronchi is named the Cricket World Player of the Week for his scintillating 94-run knock of 39 deliveries for Islamabad United in the Qualifier 1 game against Karachi Kings in Dubai.

Opening the batting, Ronchi dominated from the word go as he recorded the fastest fifty in the history of the Pakistan Super League taking just 19 deliveries and he showed no respite whatsoever for the Karachi bowlers and overall plundered 12 boundaries and five sixes in the 39 deliveries to help Islamabad complete the chase of 155 runs in the 13th over. Earlier, Joe Denly and Colin Ingram smashed half-centuries but it went in vain for Karachi.

This was also Ronchi's second fifty in the week and fourth in the last six games as he amassed a brilliant 58 off 36 deliveries to help his team also complete a 33-run victory over Multan Sultans despite a 73 run knock from Kieron Pollard.

Ronchi's closest contenders for the award was Usman Khan, who snared seven wickets in two games while Kamran Akmal slammed 107 not out and 75 to lead Peshawar Zalmi into the play-off.

Ronchi wasn't the only batsman to score a 94 as Fakhar Zaman showed a lot of class with his 50-ball knock to power Lahore Qalandars to a 17-run win over Quetta Gladiators. Faheem Ashraf's three-wicket haul and JP Duminy's half-century for Islamabad in the 28th game also deserves a special mention.

The Nidahas Trophy final saw Dinesh Karthik played a sensational knock of unbeaten 29 off eight deliveries smashing two boundaries and three maximums including a last ball six to help India pull out a sensational win. Sabbir Rahman and Rohit Sharma also slammed 77 and 56 respectively.

Bangladesh wouldn't have been in the final had it not been for the brilliance of Mahmudullah in the sixth game against Sri Lanka as he plundered 43 not out off 18 deliveries after Tamim Iqbal's fifty. Earlier, Kusal Perera 61 set up Sri Lanka's total of 159 for seven. Shardul Thakur's four-wicket haul in the fifth game also was an outstanding performance.

Rohit Sharma also led from the front with a 89-run knock while Washington Sundar claimed a three-wicket haul as India completed a 17-run win over Bangladesh in the fifth game.

There were some special performances in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 which has seen Zimbabwe being close to a top two finish.

Safyaan Sharif picked a five-wicket haul in the 20th game for Scotland against Zimbabwe while Andrew Balbirnie, William Porterfield and Paul Stirling scored 105, 92 and 126 in different games for Ireland. Evin Lewis and Marlon Samuels scored 84 and 73 for Windies against Netherlands in the 17th game. Sikandar Raza's unbeaten 69 in the Super Sixes game against Ireland and Dipendra Airee's all-round brilliance against Netherlands that saw Nepal claim an ODI status are other standout performances of the tournament.

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