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Cricket World Player of the Week - Nathan Lyon

Nathan Lyon was outstanding for Australia in Bengaluru
Nathan Lyon was outstanding for Australia in Bengaluru

For registering the best figures by a bowler in Bengaluru during the second Test against India, Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

After India won the toss and decided to bat first, they looked comfortable at 72 for one after Lokesh Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara looked solid but Lyon changed the game on its head by removing the latter in the first session and later returned back to account for the wicket of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja to complete a five-wicket haul.

The off-spinner continued to be relentless as he completed a career best figure of eight-wicket haul to bowl out India for just 189 runs. In response, even though Matt Renshaw and Shaun Marsh scored fighting fifties, a six-wicket haul from Jadeja ensured Australia's lead was kept down to 87 runs.

Rahul too had a fantastic game with the bat scoring 90 in the first innings and following with another half-century in the second innings while Pujara contributed with an unbeaten 79-run knock as India had a lead of 126 runs with six wickets in hand at stumps on day three.

England skipper Eoin Morgan lit the stage on fire in Antigua with a blistering century while Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett picked four wickets apiece as they restricted West Indies to 251 runs in a chase of 297 runs to go 1-0 up in the series.

In the second game it was an unbeaten 90 from Joe Root and fifties from Jason Roy and Woakes that helped England chase down 226 runs with four wickets in hand to wrap up the series 2-0.

Martin Guptill's unbeaten 180 on a slow track in Hamilton against South Africa also deserves a special mention.

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