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Cricket World Player of the Week - Quinton de Kock

Cricket World Player of the Week - Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock scored the maiden century of IPL 2016.
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South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock wins the Cricket World Player of the Week award for his consistent performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 for the Delhi Daredevils.

In the two games he played last week, de Kock amassed 167 runs which included a century and also a fifty to bring the Delhi Daredevils’ campaign back on track after their defeat in the opening game to the Kolkata Knight Riders.

In the 11th game Delhi Daredevils had a daunting task of chasing 192 from 20 overs after the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers scored 79 and 55 respectively.

However in reply, de Kock lit the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on fire with fluent stroke-making and kept the run-rate on check despite losing Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson early.

The 23-year-old reached his fifty off 22 deliveries and all he needed was 26 more deliveries to register his maiden century in the IPL, which was also the first in this edition.

His marathon innings was not without support from Karun Nair, who himself raced to a fifty while adding a massive 134-run stand with de Kock as Delhi Daredevils chased down the target in 19.1 overs.

In game seven, de Kock scored an unbeaten 59 off 42 deliveries to chase down 112 against Kings XI Punjab in just 13.3 overs.

Earlier, the victory for the Daredevils was set by the leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who picked four wickets while conceding just 11 runs.

De Kock received fierce competition from Australian batsman Aaron Finch, who is in form of his life scoring three half-centuries in as many games he played last week.

In the third game against Kings XI Punjab, Finch plundered 47-ball 74 to help Gujarat Lions chase down 162 while in the sixth game against Rising Pune Supergiants he scored 36-ball 50 to put the Lions in course of another victory chasing 164.

However, his best performance of the tournament came against the Mumbai Indians where he saw the team through in a tense last-ball finish in a chase of 144. He ended up unbeaten on 67 overcoming a four-wicket haul from Mitchell McClenaghan.

In all the three games, Finch was named the player of the match.

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir surely knows to lead from the front as seen in the fifth and eighth games of the tournament.

In game five against Mumbai Indians, he scored 64 while adding a century-run stand with Manish Pandey to set a stiff target of 188.

But his counterpart, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma made a mockery of the chase with an unbeaten 84 as he along with cameos from Jos Buttler and McClenaghan ensured a six-wicket victory for the men in blue.

The fourth game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad had some special performances as well.

It was once again Kohli and de Villiers, who stole the attention with scores of 75 and 82 respectively and added 157 runs for the second wicket after the early departure of Chris Gayle.

A 10-ball 35 from Sarfaraz Khan pushed Bangalore score to 227 in their 20 overs.

In the chase, David Warner responded with a 25-ball 58 but could not prevent his team from losing the game by 45 runs.

That concludes the performances of the week.

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