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Cricket World Player of the Week - Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja picked up six wickets and scored 92 runs in the first Test in Kanpur
Ravindra Jadeja picked up six wickets and scored 92 runs in the first Test in Kanpur
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For his all-round performance in the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur leading his team to a 197-run victory, India's Ravindra Jadeja is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

In the first innings, fifties from Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay laid the platform for the Indian total but New Zealand bounced back well and restricted them to 291 for nine at stumps on day one. However, Jadeja, who scored unbeaten 42 at almost run-a-ball added a vital 43-run stand for the final wicket to ensure India finished at 318 in their first innings.

New Zealand looked in complete control of the game being 159 for one when Kane Williamson and Tom Latham were going strong but once Ravichandran Ashwin removed them, Jadeja ran through the rest of the batting line-up with a five-wicket haul to dismiss the visitors for 262.

In their second innings too, Jadeja scored an unbeaten fifty while adding a century stand with Rohit Sharma to set a target of 434 runs for New Zealand in the final innings. However, it was once again Vijay and Pujara, who set the innings early with scores of 76 and 78 respectively.

In the final innings, it was spin, which once again took the centre stage with Ashwin picking a fabulous six-wicket haul to dismiss New Zealand for 236 despite a fighting 80 from Luke Ronchi. In the process the off-spinner completed a 10-wicket haul and went on to become the second fastest bowler in the history of the game to reach 200 Test wickets.

The Twenty20 International series between Pakistan and West Indies in UAE saw the Asian team win both the games and take an unassailable lead of 2-0.

Imad Wasim picked a five-wicket haul in the first game in Dubai to restrict the powerful West Indies batting line-up to 115 after which Pakistan chased it with ease riding on an unbeaten 50 from Babar Azam.

In the first One-Day International between Afghanistan and Bangladesh, Tamim Iqbal scored a fluent 80 to take the home side to 265 despite a four-wicket haul from Dawlat Zadran.

Even though Afghanistan looked in complete control during the chase with maiden fifties from Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi, Taskin Ahmed picked four wickets in his final two overs to ensure a seven-run win for Bangladesh.

Temba Bavuma's century for South Africa in his debut in the 50-over format against Ireland also deserves a special mention.

Nicole Bolton and Kristen Beams were standout performers for Australian Women in the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka which the visitors went on to win 4-0.

Bolton scored a splendid century in the fourth game in Colombo while Beams managed 10 wickets in the final three games to whitewash the Sri Lankan side.

That concludes the performances of the week.

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