Cricket World Player Of The Week - Tamim Iqbal
For scoring a second successive century to help Bangladesh win their first bilateral One-Day International series against Pakistan, Tamim Iqbal is our Cricket World Player of the Week.
Tamim scored a blistering 132 off just 135 balls in the first ODI to help propel Bangladesh to a colossal 329, a game his team won easily by 79 runs.
Walking out to open he got out in the 42nd, missing out on a genuine opportunity to go even bigger.
However, his second innings of 116 off 116 balls was even better as Bangladesh chased down 240 in just 38.1 overs almost embarrassing Pakistan.
Tamim made sure the pressure never built up during the chase, something Pakistan are adept at using to their benefit while defending low scores.
He played some arrogant cricket, stroking 17 fours and a six, a lot of which came in clumps with Saeed Ajmal and Wahab Riaz, Pakistan’s best bowlers feeling the heat.
Mushfiqur Rahim played the ideal foil in both games too, scoring a 77-ball 106 in the first ODI and following it up with a 65 in the second game, imparting much-needed impetus from number four.
Another close contender in the race was the tall West Indian fast bowler, Jason Holder, but for his batting exploits. Holder, who picked three wickets in the game played the innings of his life, an unbeaten 103 to save the game for West Indies.
Holder’s 149-ball knock and his partnership with skipper Denesh Ramdin, who played out 141 balls himself on a fifth day pitch, albeit placid, ensured West Indies held on to a draw losing seven wickets, denying England a victory in the first Test of their West Indies tour.
In the same game, there were quite a few notable performances, including tons from Ian Bell, Jermaine Blackwood and Gary Ballance. Joe Root scored couple of critical half-centuries as well.
James Anderson too picked four wickets to becomes the leading wicket taker for England in Tests going past Sir Ian Botham.
There were some sparkling performances during the week in the Indian Premier League too, contending for the title.
Kieron Pollard with two half-centuries for Mumbai Indians, both in losing causes stands out. Against Chennai Super Kings, Pollard walking in at 57 for four smacked 64 in just 30 balls to set up an impressive 183 that CSK chased down easily.
Earlier against Rajasthan Royals, Pollard walked in at 45 for three and smashed 70 off 34 balls to set up 164 that Royals chased down in the last over.
JP Duminy came up with one of the best all-round performances of the IPL, against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He scored 54 off 41 to help set up 167.
With the ball, he went 4-17 in three overs, picking the big wickets of David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan in one over followed by that of Bopara and Eoin Morgan in another over to win the game for Delhi Daredevils by four runs.
Andre Russell’s two wickets against Kings XI Punjab and then 66 off 36 balls chasing 155, walking in at 77 for five, was another wonderful all-round performance for Kolkata Knight Riders sealing his place for good.
David Wiese continued the all-rounders’ tradition this IPL by taking four wickets against Mumbai Indians and then scoring a brisk unbeaten 47 off just 25 balls in a losing cause.
In another game on the same day, Shane Watson and Ajinkya Rahane scored handsome 70s to thump the best IPL side, CSK in a one-sided contest.
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