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Cricket World Player of the Week - Ross Taylor

Ross Taylor recorded his highest ODI score in Dunedin
Ross Taylor recorded his highest ODI score in Dunedin

For scoring a record 181-run knock in the fourth One-Day International against England in Dunedin, New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor is awarded the Cricket World Player of the Week.

Having missed the previous game with an injury, Taylor provided the much-needed boost for New Zealand in what was a decider and he responded with an unbeaten 181 run knock that came off 147 deliveries to help New Zealand complete a record chase of 339. This was also his highest scoring in ODIs and the highest ever for New Zealand in a chase.

Taylor's knock had 17 boundaries and six maximums as New Zealand completed their third highest chase in ODI history. Earlier, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root scored 138 and 102 for England before a four-wicket haul from Ish Sodhi pegged the visitors back.

Earlier, in the third ODI between these two teams in Wellington, Kane Williamson scored a fabulous unbeaten century but could not help New Zealand complete the chase of 231 as they fell five runs short.

The first Test between South Africa and Australia in Durban saw the visitors complete a 118-run victory. Keshav Maharaj and Mitchell Starc picked nine wickets apiece while Aiden Markram, who was the lone century scorer with a 143 run knock in the final innings.

The first of the T20I in Nidahas Trophy saw Shikhar Dhawan blast a 90-run knock to help India post 174 but it went in vain as Kusal Perera made a grand comeback with a 37-ball 66 to help Sri Lanka complete the chase and get to a winning start in the tri-series.

There were some special performances in the first two rounds of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 tournament in Zimbabwe.

Callum MacLeod's 157 provided a winning start to Scotland against Afghanistan in the fourth game while centuries from Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza helped Zimbabwe overpower Nepal by 116 runs in the third game.

Rohan Mustafa and Mohammad Naveed were special for the United Arab Emirates in the first game with 95 runs and a five-wicket haul as they completed a 56-run victory in their opening game against Papua New Guinea.

Tom Sole' four wicket haul for Scotland, centuries from Shimron Hetmyer and Chris Gayle followed by a blistering fifty and a three-wicket haul from Raza were the other special performances from the week.

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