Cricket World Player of the Week - Rangana Herath
Sri Lanka left-arm-spinner Rangana Herath is the Cricket World Player of the Week for bowling Sri Lanka to a convincing victory in the third Test against Australia in Colombo.
The veteran spinner picked up 13 wickets in the game with a six-wicket haul in the first innings and followed it with another seven-wicket haul in the second innings and in the process registered his eighth five-wicket haul in the fourth innings which is the most by any bowler in the history of the game.
This was also the first time since 2004 a spinner has taken two six-wicket hauls in consecutive innings against Australia as Sri Lanka completed their first-ever whitewash against the baggy green team in the longer format.
However, the victory would not have been possible, had it been for the centuries from Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva in the first innings. Coming to bat at a precarious situation of 26 for five, the pair added 211 runs for the sixth game to change the game on its head.
Australia too had their moments with Mitchell Starc picking a seven-wicket haul in the game. They looked in complete control of the game with Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith scoring controlled centuries in the first innings but once the duo fell, the rest of the batting capitulated to the Sri Lankan spinners.
In the chase, fifties from Aaron Finch and Smith put the Australians on the course of victory despite the Sri Lankan spinners creating trouble once again. Eventually the visitors won the game by three wickets.
Sharjeel Khan announced his arrival with a splendid 152 against Ireland in the first game of the series in Dublin. In the process, he became the fourth fastest century scorer for Pakistan and the third fastest batsman to cross the 150-figure mark overall in ODIs.
Imad Wasim registered his maiden five-wicket haul while conceding just 14 runs to dismiss Ireland for 82 in response to Pakistan's total of 337 from 47 overs. This was also the biggest victory for Pakistan in ODIs.
Starc also continued his form into the ODI series between the two teams as he claimed a three-wicket haul to become the fastest bowler to reach 100 wickets in the 50-over format. He along with James Faulkner's four-wicket haul restricted Sri Lanka to 227 in the first innings.
The rain and wet-outfield also deserves a special mention as nearly four days in the fourth Test between India and West Indies in Trinidad and two days in the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand were washed out. Not to forget the second ODI between Ireland and Pakistan in Dublin too suffered due to rain.
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