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by Krish Sripada Monday 7 September 2015
For a fine all-round match-winning performance in the second One-Day International between Australia and England, Mitchell Marsh is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
Marsh scored a stunning 26-ball half-century walking in at 218 for four. His 31-ball 64 at a strike rate of 206 was studded with seven fours and three sixes, pushing Australia beyond 300 batting first.
Marsh also took the crucial wicket of James Taylor during the chase after the latter added 51 for the third wicket with Eoin Morgan to get England back in the chase.
The match had other important contributions as well.
England skipper Morgan scored an 87-ball 85 keeping England in the hunt for a long while, until he ran out of partners. Morgan was the top scorer in the game on either side.
His Australian counterpart, Steven Smith also had a good match as captain, scoring 70 after walking in very early when David Warner had to retire hurt.
Pat Cummins also had a good match, finishing with match figures of four for 56, accounting for Jason Roy, Morgan, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid ensuring Australia won the game without too much drama.
There were some impressive performances in the first ODI between the two teams as well.
Rashid, the England leg-spinner, registered figures of for for 59 almost causing an Australian collapse. He accounted for the first four Australian wickets.
However, Matthew Wade played a classy knock scoring a 50-ball 71 that took his team past 300.
Marsh contributed with a quickfire 40 and a wicket as well. For England, Roy was the only half-centurion, giving his team a good start with his 64-ball 67.
The lone Twenty20 International between the same two teams also saw some impressive performances.
England eventually won by five runs after posting 182 thanks to two brilliant knocks.
Moeen Ali scored a 46-ball unbeaten 72 for England, later picking up the big wicket of Glenn Maxwell in the one over that he bowled.
Morgan scored a 39-ball 74 as well, adding 135 for the third wicket with Ali.
Smith scored a 53-ball 90 for Australia during the chase and it was after his dismissal that England managed to control the game and eventually win it.
The week also included an enthralling fifth day of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka which the former won by 117 runs.
Chasing 386 in the fourth innings, Sri Lanka lookd to be setting up a thrilling finish when Angelo Mathews scored a responsible but positive 110 adding 135 for the sixth wicket with Kusal Perera who scored 70, the second half-century of his first Test match.
However, once Perera fell, Sri Lanka lost their way. Ishant Sharma bowled a crucial spell ending with figures of three for 32 to complement his first innings five wicket haul.
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