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by Sandeep Shivam Monday 31 July 2017
India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan is the Cricket World Player of the Week for setting up a massive 304 run victory in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.
Coming into the team as a replacement opener after Murali Vijay is sidelined with an injury, Dhawan scored 190 runs off 168 deliveries and shared a 253 run partnership for the third wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara, who himself notched a 153 run knock. Dhawan's knock had a total of 31 boundaries in it and was instrumental in India posting 600 runs in their first innings off just 133.1 overs. Hardik Pandya on his debut and Ajinkya Rahane also notched up useful half centuries. Nuwan Pradeep's six wicket haul in the innings was the only respite for Sri Lanka in the innings.
Sri Lanka, who was a one player short with Asela Gunaratne's injury that kept him out of the game managed only 291 runs in their innings after Angelo Mathews and Dilruwan Perera scored 83 and 92 respectively.
Virat Kohli's century in the second innings and a 81 from Abhinav Mukund helped India set a target of 550 runs in the final innings but three-wicket hauls from Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bowled out the home side for 245 runs despite a 97 from Dimuth Karunaratne.
There were some special performances in the third Test between England and South Africa at the Oval which is poised in favour of the home side heading into the final day.
After Ben Stokes scored a sparking century in the first innings, Toby Roland-Jones claimed a five-wicket haul on debut to help England claim a 178 run first innings lead. Fifties from Tom Westley, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow in the second innings saw England set a target of 492 runs in the final innings, leaving the Proteas reeling at 117 for four at stumps on day four.
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