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Cricket World Player of the Week - Steven Smith

Cricket World Player of the Week - Steven Smith
Steven Smith led from the front in the first ODI against New Zealand

For his blistering knock of 164 off just 157 deliveries, helping Australia secure a 68-run victory in the first One-Day International in Sydney on Sunday, Steven Smith is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

In the process, Smith levelled Ricky Ponting for the highest individual score made by an Australian captain in the 50-over format. This was his maiden ODI century against the Black Caps and also went past AB de Villiers in the highest individual score made in Sydney.

Australia were in deep trouble at 92 for four with wickets falling around Smith but his partnership of 127 runs with Travis Head was instrumental in them posting 324 for eight in their innings. Matthew Wade also made a useful contribution of 38 runs which came a strike-rate close to 175.

In reply, New Zealand kept losing wickets at regular intervals and apart from Martin Guptill's 114 and Colin Munro's 49. Guptill also became the fifth New Zealand batsman to cross 5,000 runs in ODIs.

The final two days of the third Test between England and India in Mohali saw Joe Root and Haseeb Hameed scoring half-centuries but the Indian spinners were all over the visitors and dismissed them for 236 in their second innings.

Chasing a target of 103, Parthiv Patel scored an unbeaten 67 to take his team through with eight wickets in hand. The win has also taken India's lead in the series to 2-0.

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