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Cricket World Player of the Week - Ross Taylor

Ross Taylor slammed his 18th ODI century
Ross Taylor slammed his 18th ODI century

New Zealand veteran batsman Ross Taylor has been named the Cricket World Player of the Week for his splendid match-winning century in the first One-Day International against England in Hamilton.

Chasing 285 for a win, New Zealand were dealt early blows and were reduced to 27 for three but Taylor along with Tom Latham brought the innings back on track with a 178-run stand for the fourth wicket. The duo looked in no trouble whatsoever and maintained the run rate throughout their partnership to lay a solid platform for the final 10 overs in which the Blackcaps needed 80 runs. Taylor went on to complete his 18th ODI century but with wickets falling at the other end, he could not quite finish the game, though Mitchell Santner with his 27-ball 45 run knock ensured the century did not go in vain as they completed the chase with four deliveries to spare.

Earlier, it was fifties from Joe Root and Jos Buttler that helped England post 284 runs in their 50 overs.

The final of the Trans-Tasman Twenty20 International tri-series saw Taylor once again chipping with an unbeaten 43 run knock as New Zealand overcame Ashton Agar's three-wicket haul to post 150 on the board but it went in vain as D'Arcy Short smashed a 30-ball 50 to steer Australia to victory in the revised rain-hit game.

The second Twenty20 International between India and South Africa in Centurion saw Manish Pandey and MS Dhoni smash unbeaten 79 and 52 respectively to help India post 188 but JP Duminy and Heinrich Klaasen responded with 64 and 69 respectively to drive South Africa home.

The third and deciding T20I between these two teams in Cape Town saw India amass 172 despite a three-wicket haul from Junior Dala but the hosts could not quite chase the total down despite 55 and 49 from Duminy and debutant Christiaan Jonker.

There were some special performances in the ongoing edition of the Pakistan Super League.

Kumar Sangakkara smashed two consecutive fifties in the first and third game to help Multan Sultans to a winning start while Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez also smashed half-centuries for their respective teams.

Umaid Asif's four-wicket haul was the cornerstone of Peshawar's win over Islamabad in the fourth game. Imran Tahir's seven wickets from three games along with Shane Watson's blistering 66 and a three-wicket haul are the other standout performances in the opening week.

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