Cricket World Player of the Week - Stuart Broad
For picking seven wickets and scoring a quick fire 46 off just 39 balls to make sure England do not concede a lead in the second Test to New Zealand in Headingley, Stuart Broad is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
Broad took a five-wicket haul in the first innings picking wickets every time England needed a break.
He got the two big wickets of Tom Latham and Luke Ronchi both in their eighties having added 120 runs for the sixth wicket.
Broad also picked Ross Taylor, Matt Henry and Trent Boult, getting the last two New Zealand wickets to close their innings.
With the bat, Broad walked in with the score on 266 for seven and took England to 350, adding 51 for the ninth wicket and another 32 for the tenth wicket, scoring 46 with five fours and a six.
Broad registered figures of 2-94 in the second innings as well.
The same Test witnessed a few other impressive performances.
Apart from the gutsy innings played by Ronchi, 88 off just 70 deliveries on debut, there was a century for New Zealand too by BJ Watling in the second innings. Watling’s 120 ensured New Zealand gave England a target of 455 in their second innings.
Mark Craig had scores of 41 not out and 58 not out for New Zealand from number eight with two wickets in first innings as well.
Brendon McCullum the New Zealand skipper also played well for couple of important knocks.
He smashed a quick-fire 41 off just 28 balls in the first innings. A little more guarded in the second innings, McCullum scored 55 in 98 balls and added 121 for the fifth wicket that took New Zealand from a spot of bother to a good position.
There were some excellent performances in the One-Day International series between Zimbabwe and Pakistan at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan taking the series 2-0.
Elton Chigumbura, Zimbabwe’s skipper also scored a 95 ball 117 chasing 375 but could only take Zimbabwe as far as 334.
Hafeez had managed to score an 80 ball 80 in the third ODI as well, even though the game had been abandoned due to inclement weather.
In the second ODI, Zimbabwe’s Sikandar Raza scored a breath-taking century in just 84 balls with eight fours and three sixes. He took Zimbabwe to a respectable total of 268.
Azhar, the Pakistan skipper scored a century during the chase, 102 in 104 balls to ensure Pakistan chased down the target with ease, Sohail registering another unbeaten half-century.
That concludes the performances of the week.
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