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Cricket World Player of the Week - Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali was instrumental in England's win over South Africa at Lord's.
Moeen Ali was instrumental in England's win over South Africa at Lord's.

For picking 10 wickets in the first Test against South Africa at Lord's and helping England to a 211-run victory, Moeen Ali is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

Moeen also scored 87 runs in the first innings and shared a vital 177 run stand with skipper Joe Root, who himself scored a massive 190-run knock on his debut game as captain to lift England's first innings total of 458 runs. Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad also scored valiant half-centuries. In reply, despite fifties from Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander, South Africa were bowled out for 361 runs. Courtesy four wicket haul from Moeen and two wickets each from James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Liam Dawson.

In their second innings, England looked at an intimidating position after fifties from Alastair Cook and Jonny Bairstow but Keshav Maharaj's four wickets along with Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel, restricted the hosts to 233 runs. Morkel had a productive game with a seven wicket haul.

Chasing a target of 331 runs, South Africa were blown away by the off-spin of Moeen, as Philander's 19 was the highest in the innings. Moeen picked six wickets in the second innings and became only the first spinner to pick a 10-wicket haul at Lord's since 1974. Moeen also became the first England player to score 50+ score and also a 10-wicket haul at Lord's.

There were also some special performances in the One-Day Internationals between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe which saw Graeme Cremer's men register their first series win over a full-member team in 16 years.

For Sri Lanka, Niroshan Dickwella scored twin centuries in the third and fourth game in Hambantota while his opening partner Danushka Gunathilaka notched a century and two half centuries in the final three games.

Hamilton Masakadza also scored 111 and 73 in the third and fifth game respectively while Craig Ervine's unbeaten 69 off just 55 deliveries in the fourth game gave Zimbabwe the momentum they needed.

That concludes the performances of the week.

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