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Cricket World Player of the Week - Rangana Herath

Rangana Herath picked a 13-wicket haul in the second Test against Zimbabwe in Harare.
Rangana Herath picked a 13-wicket haul in the second Test against Zimbabwe in Harare.
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For picking a 13-wicket haul in the second Test against Zimbabwe and leading Sri Lanka to a 2-0 series whitewash in Harare, veteran left-arm-spinner Rangana Herath is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

In the second innings of the game, Herath picked a five-wicket haul to reduce Zimbabwe to 272. In the process he also became the third bowler in the history to have completed a five-fer against all Test playing nations. Brian Chari's 80 and fifties from Sean Williams and Craig Ervine were the only bright spots for the home side.

In the final innings, Herath took it further and registered an eight-wicket haul to dismiss Zimbabwe for 233 despite a second fifty in the game from Ervine. The 13-wicket haul in the game ensured a 257-run victory for the visitors which allowed them claim the series 2-0. His figures also helped him level Muttiah Muralitharan for the most wickets in a Test match in Zimbabwe soil.

Dhananjaya de Silva and Asela Gunaratne scored centuries while Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera contributed with fifties.

The first Test between India and England in Rajkot saw a stern performance from the visitors where they almost snatched a victory on the final day.

Opting to bat first on a good batting surface, centuries from Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes helped them post a massive 537 runs on the board in the first innings.

Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara led India's response with 126 and 124 respectively and along with a 70 from Ravichandran Ashwin took them to 488 in their first innings following which England skipper Alastair Cook notched a fine 130 to set a target of 310 for the home team in the final innings.

Despite, a three-wicket haul from Adil Rashid, Virat Kohli held his nerve and ensured the game ended in a draw.

Vernon Philander's five-wicket haul in the second Test in Hobart to dismiss Australia for 85 in the first innings deserves a special mention as well.

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