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by Sandeep Shivam Monday 6 February 2017
For scoring his career best figure of unbeaten 146 and also picking a three-wicket haul in the first One-Day International against New Zealand in Auckland, Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
Coming to bat when Australia were in a difficult situation of 67 for six, Stoinis smashed an unbeaten 146 off 117 deliveries while adding a 81-run stand with James Faulkner initially and another 48-run partnership with Pat Cummins. His knock included nine boundaries and 11 sixes he single-handedly took Australia to course of a victory before Josh Hazlewood at number 11 was run out brilliantly by Kane Williamson. Earlier, he also picked the key wickets of Martin Guptill, Williamson and Colin Munro.
Stoinis' closest competitors for the award were Yuzvendra Chahal and Trent Boult.
Chahal picked the best figures for an Indian bowler in Twenty20 International cricket during the third and deciding game of the series against England as the visitors were dismissed for 127 after being 119 for two at one stage. Chahal conceded just 25 runs while snaring the six wickets. Earlier, fifties from Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni powered India to 202 in their innings.
In the third ODI between New Zealand and Australia in Hamilton, the visitors were troubled constantly in a chase of 282 by Boult's career best figures of 33 for six. They were eventually bowled out for 257, falling 24 runs short of the target which was set up by 16th century from Ross Taylor and maiden fifty by Dean Brownlie.
There were some special performances from the ODI series between Sri Lanka and South Africa.
David Miller and Faf du Plessis scored splendid centuries in the second game in Durban while a three-wicket haul from Dwaine Pretorious and an unbeaten 60 from AB de Villiers in the third game were instrumental in the Proteas clinching the series 3-0.
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