Cricket World Player of the Week - Steven Smith
For a match-defining and dominating double ton against England in the second Ashes Test, Steven Smith is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
Smith scored 215 in the first innings of the second Test as Australia mounted a phenomenal comeback from their defeat in the first Test.
Smith followed that up with an impudent and audacious 58 in just 48 balls to give Australia a firm push as they declared on 254 for two eventually winning the game by a massive 405 runs.
In the same game, Chris Rogers scored 173 adding 284 for the second wicket with Smith before following it up with another solid unbeaten 49 before retiring hurt paving the way for two good Australian totals in the same game.
Stuart Broad's 4-83, Alastair Cook’s dogged 96 in England’s first innings and Mitchell Johnson’s fiery 3-27 in the final innings of the match were some of the other memorable performances in the game.
There were some noteworthy performances on India’s tour of Zimbabwe as well.
In the third One-Day International, Kedar Jadhav’s unbeaten 105 along with Manish Pandey’s 71 helped India to 276 after being 82 for four. India won the game by 83 runs despite a valiant 82 by Chamu Chibhabha.
In the first Twenty20 International between India and Zimbabwe, India won by 54 runs courtesy a brilliant man of the match winning bowling display by Axar Patel that saw him registering figures of 3-17.
Zimbabwe registered a stunning comeback winning the second T20I by 10 runs thanks to a 51 ball 67 by Chibhabha and figures of 3-18 in four overs registered by Graeme Cremer to knock India out for just 135.
The week also witnessed some sterling ODI performances from Pakistan and Sri Lankan players.
In the second ODI between the two teams, which went down to the wire, Azhar Ali scored 79 as Pakistan scored 287. Sri Lanka chased the total down, thanks to a breathtaking knock from Kusal Perera who scored 68 in just 25 balls opening the chase setting Sri Lanka on their winning path.
In the third ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the visitors posted a massive 316 thanks to a 74 ball 77 by the wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed. Yasir Shah, the leg-spinner wrecked the Sri Lankan chase with match figures of 4-29 as the hosts were all out for 181 losing the game by 135 runs.
Bangladesh created history by winning their first ODI bilateral series against South Africa after being 0-1 down.
They won the third ODI beating South Africa emphatically by nine wickets thanks to Shakib Al Hasan’s 3-33 with the ball and Soumya Sarkar’s 75 ball 90 with the bat chasing down 168 in just about 26 overs.
The week also witnessed several impressive performances in the final stage of the Caribbean Premier League.
In game 23, Jacques Kallis’ 19 ball 38 and 3-15 for Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel couldn’t stop St Lucia Zouks from chasing down 90 in nine overs thanks to a 23 ball 41 from Johnson Charles.
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel won the 25th game though, posting 184 on the back of a 44 ball 80 by Darren Bravo combined with 3-16 by Dwayne Bravo with the ball to beat Barbados Tridents by 72 runs.
In the 26th game, Sunil Narine’s stunning figures of 3-6 in four overs inspired Guyana Amazon Warriors to a win by three wickets after St Lucia Zouks managed just 111 in their 20 overs. Keron Cottoy’s 4-18 during the chase couldn’t stop the victorious chase.
In the 27th game, Darren Bravo smashed a 15 ball 40 to help Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel win by 18 runs (D/L) against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. Dwayne Bravo contributed with the ball with figures of 3-15.
David Wiese’s 5-30 for Guyana Amazon Warriors went in vain as they lost by 14 runs to Barbados Tridents thanks to Kieron Pollard’s 4-30 during the chase.
Kallis produced another fine performance of 61 in 51 balls to help Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel beat Jamaica Tallawahs by seven runs. That concludes a roundup of the best performances this week.
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