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Cricket World Player of the Week - Martin Guptill

Cricket World Player of the Week - Martin Guptill
Martin Guptill scored a century and two fifties in three successive games against Sri Lanka.
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For consistent performances in the limited overs series against Sri Lanka, New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

The 29-year-old scored 102 off 109 deliveries in the fifth One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Mount Maunganui while sharing a 122-run stand with Kane Williamson for the second wicket.

After the dismissal of Williamson, Guptill shared another 81-run stand for the third wicket with Ross Taylor which was the platform for New Zealand's total of 294. Both Williamson and Taylor scored 61 runs each.

The century also took Guptill's tally to 10 in ODIs and he is now third in the list of leading hundred scorers for New Zealand in the 50-over format behind Nathan Astle (16) and Taylor (15).

Despite losing wickets early on, Sri Lanka were kept alive in the chase by Angelo Mathews who scored a valiant 116-ball 95.

It was Matt Henry's five-wicket haul and Trent Boult's three-wicket haul that ensured New Zealand won the game by 36 runs and with it the series 3-1.

Guptill took a step further in the Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka where he ended up as the highest scorer with 121 runs from the two matches.

The first T20I in Mount Maunganui was a high-scoring thriller with New Zealand holding their nerve in a tight three-run victory.

Guptill along with Williamson gave New Zealand the perfect start of 101 inside 11 overs plundering the Sri Lankan bowlers all over the park. Guptill raced to his fifty off 31 deliveries while his skipper took 38 deliveries to reach the milestone.

New Zealand went on to score 182 for four in their 20 overs. Sri Lanka were rocketed early by Boult and Henry finding themselves in trouble at 84 for five.

Siriwardana and Thisara Perera adopted an aggressive approach during their 49-run stand but it wasn't enough in the end as Sri Lanka fell short off the target by four runs.

Records were tumbling in the second T20I in Auckland where a fighting unbeaten 81 from Mathews took Sri Lanka to 142 for eight in their 20 overs.

However, New Zealand made a mockery of the chase with Guptill becoming the fastest Black Caps batsman to score T20I fifty (at that point) reaching there in just 19 deliveries.

However, the record was with Guptill only for 20 minutes as Colin Munro scored an unbeaten half-century off just 14 deliveries. It was also the second fastest T20I fifty overall.

New Zealand chased down the target in just 10 overs claiming a 2-0 series victory.

Chamu Chibhabha came up with a special all-round performance in the fourth ODI against Afghanistan.

Chibhabha first partnered with Peter Moor in a 92-run opening stand. Both scored half centuries as Zimbabwe reached 226.

He then followed it with a four-wicket haul to dent Afghanistan chase ensuring a 65-run victory for Zimbabwe.

In the fifth ODI between these two teams, Hamilton Masakadza fought a lone battle with his run-a-ball 110 to take Zimbabwe to 248.

But Masakadza's brilliance was spoiled by Gulbadin Naib who scored an unbeaten 82 from 68 deliveries ensuring Afghanistan won the game with two wickets and two balls to spare.

The first T20I had a nail biting finish with Afghanistan managing to clinch a thriller. Grame Cremer picked three wickets while conceding just 17 runs to restrict Afghanistan to 187 in their 20 overs.

Despite conceding 15 runs in the final over, Dawlat Zadran held his nerve in the final two deliveries that helped Afghanistan win the game by five runs.

However, it was a one-sided game in the second T20I as Afghanistan riding on a 52-ball century from Mohammad Shahzad posted 215 for six in 20 overs.

Despite a half-century from Masakadza, Zimbabwe were never in the chase losing the game by 81 runs. Afghanistan won the series 2-0.

That concludes the performances of the week. 

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