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Cricket World Player of the Week - Shoaib Malik

Cricket World Player of the Week - Shoaib Malik
For an impressive all-round performance in the first two One-Day Internationals against Zimbabwe in Harare, Pakistan's Shoaib Malik is our Cricket World Player of the Week.
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For an impressive all-round performance in the first two One-Day Internationals against Zimbabwe in Harare, Pakistan's Shoaib Malik is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

In the first ODI, coming in at a precarious position of 35 for three, Malik scored a crucial 31, sharing a 65-run stand with Sarfraz Ahmed. 

Things got better for Malik with the ball as he managed to pick up three wickets which included the key dismissal of Sean Williams. Pakistan went on to win the game by 131 runs.

In the second ODI, Malik scored a spectacular unbeaten knock of 96 that almost took Pakistan to victory from a hopeless situation.

Chasing 277 to win, Pakistan were reeling at 76 for six at one stage before Malik along with Aamer Yamin, who himself scored a brisk 62, brought the innings back on track with a 111-run stand for the seventh wicket. 

Malik's 106-ball innings was laced with eight fours and a six. The duo brought down the target to 21 runs in the final two overs before the umpires called the game off due to bad light.

Zimbabwe eventually won the match by five runs as per the Duck-Worth Lewis method, thereby leveling the series 1-1.

There were other impressive performances in the series as well. 

Mohammad Rizwan's unbeaten knock of 75 in the first ODI made the difference for Pakistan as he added 124 runs along with Imad Wasim to take his team to 259 in the 50 overs.

Yasir Shah registered figures of 6-26 as he spun a web around the Zimbabwe batsmen dismissing them for just 128.

Chamu Chibhabha scored a responsible 90 to lay the platform for his captain Elton Chigumbura as Zimbabwe posted 276 in the second ODI.

Chigumbura was name as the man of the match for leading from the front with his knock of 67, while also picking the wicket of Yamin and effecting a run-out as well.

The first Twenty20 International between India and South Africa in Dharamsala also featured some sparkling performances. 

Rohit Sharma became the second Indian batsman after Suresh Raina to score a century in all three formats during his scintillating knock of 106.

Sharma, who took 34 deliveries to reach his fifty, needed only 28 more balls to get to his century in a knock which included 12 fours and five sixes.

The Mumbai batsman shared a 138-run stand with Virat Kohli which is the highest partnership for India in T20Is.

Kohli himself became the fastest batsman to reach 1,000 runs in the shortest format during his knock of 43.

However, Sharma's party was spoiled by JP Duminy, who notched an unbeaten 34-ball 68 including three consecutive sixes of Axar Patel to help South Africa chase down 200 with two balls to spare.

The foundation for Duminy's knock was laid by AB de Villiers, who scored a 32-ball 51.

Last but not the least, Bismah Maroof, scored a 128-ball 92 for Pakistan Women against Bangladesh Women, in an innings where the second highest score was 27. Pakistan scored 214 after opting to bat first.

Just as Rumana Ahmed put Bangladesh on course for a win with her knock of 70, Maroof returned back with the ball to dismiss the former, ensuring a 20-run win for Pakistan.

Maroof had earlier top scored in both Twenty20 Internationals against Bangladesh helping her side sweep the series 2-0.

That concludes the best performances of the week in cricket from around the world.

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