Cricket World Player of the Week - Stuart Broad

Cricket World Player of the Week - Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad's figures of 17 for six is his fourth best performance in Test cricket with the ball.
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Stuart Broad is the Cricket World Player of the Week for his series-clinching eight-wicket haul for England in the third Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.

He tormented the top six batsmen in the South African lineup under the overcast conditions at the New Wanderers Stadium to dismiss the Proteas for just 83 in their second innings.

England chased down the target of 74 in just 22.4 overs to take an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the series while Broad went on to become the number-one ranked Test bowler in International Cricket Council rankings – the first England bowler to do so since 2004.

Earlier, the victory would not have been possible, had it not been for Joe Root's fighting century in the first innings.

Responding to South Africa's total of 313 in the first innings, England were in deep trouble at 91 for four at one stage. Courtesy a fine performance from Kagiso Rabada who ended up with a five-wicket haul.

Root's 111-run stand for the fifth wicket with Ben Stokes resurrected the innings while Jonny Bairstow's 45 ensured England managed a lead of 10 runs in the first innings.

Root's century was also the first by a number four England batsman in South Africa in Tests since 1964. Bairstow also played a key role behind the stumps involving in 10 dismissals in the game.

Broad faced a fierce competition from Rohit Sharma, George Bailey, Steven Smith and Virat Kohli for their performances in the ongoing One-Day International series between Australia and India which was a run-fest. 

In the first game in Perth, Sharma lit up India's innings with a majestic unbeaten knock of 171. The Mumbai batsman reached his fifty off 63 deliveries and took 59 more deliveries to reach the three-figure mark.

Sharma and Kohli shared a 207-run partnership for the second wicket as India went on to post 309 for three in the 50 overs. Kohli himself scored a 97-ball 91.

During the chase, even though Australia lost both the openers early, a 242-run stand for the third wicket between Smith and Bailey set the game for Australia as they reached the target in the final over with five wickets in hand.

Bailey's 112 came at a strike-rate of 93 while Smith was dismissed for 149 in the final over of the game.

The second game in Brisbane was no different as India posted another total of over 300 with Sharma leading from the front with another fine century. Kohli contributed with another fifty while Ajinkya Rahane notched a 80-ball 89.

Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch gave the perfect start for Australia with a 145-run opening stand while Bailey finished the innings with an unbeaten 76 as Australia chased down 309 in 49 overs.

The third ODI in Melbourne went on to be a much closer encounter than the previous two with India riding from a run-a-ball 117 from Kohli reached 295 for six in the first innings.

Despite a poor fielding effort, India picked wickets at regular intervals restricting Australia to 204 for five but Glenn Maxwell had other plans as he played a responsible knock of 96 almost taking his team through.

Australia secured a three-wicket victory and with the win they claimed the series 3-0 as well.

The Twenty20 International series between New Zealand and Pakistan saw both the teams winning a game each.

Mohammad Hafeez scored a 47-ball 61 in the first T20I and along with cameos from Shahid Afridi and Imad Wasim, Pakistan reached 171 for eight in the 20 overs despite a four-wicket haul from Adam Milne.

In the chase, New Zealand were 89 for one after 10 overs riding on half-centuries from Kane Williamson and Colin Munro but Afridi and Wahab Riaz shared five wickets between them to dent the Black Caps reply. Pakistan went on to win by 16 runs. 

The second T20I in Auckland went on the history books as the opening pair of Williamson and Martin Guptill shared an unbeaten 171-run stand which is the highest partnership for any wicket in T20Is.

New Zealand chased down Pakistan's total of 168 in 17.4 overs to level the series 1-1. 

Hamilton Masakadza's 79 in the first T20I against Bangladesh deserve a special mention even though Mashrafe Mortaza's men chased down Zimbabwe's total of 164 in 18.4 overs.

The second game between the two teams was dominated by an all-round performance from Sabbir Rahman.

He first scored an unbeaten 30-ball 43 in the first innings and registered figures of 11 for three with the ball to ensure a 42-run victory for Bangladesh claiming a 2-0 lead in the series.

That concludes the performances of another exciting week of cricket. 

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