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by Sandeep Shivam Monday 27 March 2017
For scoring his third Test century in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series against India on a challenging Dharamsala track, Australia skipper Steven Smith is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
Having opted to bat first on a wicket that had some dampness, Smith was exposed in the second over after the early loss of Matt Renshaw and his brisk partnership with David Warner in the first session is what that set the platform for the visitors. His fifty came off just 67 deliveries and Warner himself contributed with a half-century.
Despite, the middle order was shaken by a brilliant bowling from debutant Kuldeep Yadav, Smith went on to complete yet another century which is the joint-most for the visiting captain in India. Matthew Wade too played a handy contribution of 57 to help Australia post 300.
India had fifties from Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja that helped them claim a 32-run lead despite a five-wicket haul from Nathan Lyon.
However, India bounced back to dismiss Australia for 137 in their second innings with Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Umesh Yadav picking three wickets apiece. The target for India in the final innings was 106.
The first three days of the Hamilton Test between New Zealand and South Africa saw the hosts take a slender seven run lead despite rain playing spoilsport for most part of the first two days.
Quinton de Kock scored a breezy 90 in the first innings for the Proteas to help them recover from 148 for five to 314 in the first innings. Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis also contributed with fifties. Matt Henry and Neil Wagner shared seven wickets them as well.
In response, New Zealand started really well with Tom Latham and Jeet Raval scoring 50 and 88 respectively but the decisive blow came from skipper Kane Williamson, who remained unbeaten on 148 to take New Zealand to 321 for four at stumps on day three.
The first One-Day International between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Colombo saw the visitors claim a 90-run win and take a 1-0 lead in the series as well.
Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman were the star performers with the bat for Bangladesh with scores of 127, 72 and 54 respectively while Mustafizur Rahman picked three wickets as they successfully defended a total of 325 runs.
Shadab Khan's debut for Pakistan in the first Twenty20 International in Barbados was outstanding as he picked three wickets and conceded just seven runs to bowl out West Indies for 111 runs which they chased down with six wickets in hand.
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