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Cricket World Player of the Week - Tamim Iqbal

Cricket World Player of the Week - Tamim Iqbal
Tamim Iqbal scored a century and a fifty in the three games for Bangladesh.
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For scoring 233 runs in just three games of the ICC World Twenty20 tournament and being the cornerstone for Bangladesh's qualification to the Super 10 stage, Tamim Iqbal is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

In the third game of the tournament between Bangladesh and Netherlands, Iqbal scored an unbeaten 58-ball 83 in an innings where the second highest score was just 15. Bangladesh went on to post 153 and managed to defend it by just 8 runs. 

Iqbal made it even better in game 12 against Oman which was a decider for qualification to Super 10 from Group A. He went on to register his maiden T20I century to push the Bangladesh total to 180 which was beyond the reach of Oman.

His unbeaten knock of 103 came in just 63 deliveries and was laced with 10 boundaries and five sixes. In the same game Shakib Al Hasan registered figures of 15 for four as Oman managed only 65 for nine in response to Bangladesh innings. 

In the opening game of the tournament, Vusi Sibanda lit the stage on fire with a 46-ball 59 to ensure a 14-run win over Hong Kong in Group B.

Afghanistan proved their dominance in the first round winning all the three games and ensuring a qualifcation to Super 10.

It is hard to ignore Mohammad Shahzad when speaking about Afghanistan as the swashbuckling opener provided the team with a blistering start in each of the games. 

In the second game, Shahzad scored 39-ball 61 and along with an unbeaten fifty from skipper Asghar Stanikzai, Afghanistan went on to defeat Scotland by 14 runs.

In the sixth game, Shahzad played a calm innings of 40-ball 41 as Afghanistan, chased down 117 against Hong Kong with ease and won by six wickets in hand. But the victory for the game was set by off-spinners from Mohammad Nabi, who registered figures of 20 for four.

The decisive knock from the right-hander came in the knock-out encounter against Zimbabwe, where he scored a 21-ball 40 to lay the platform for the Afghanistan innings.

However, it was the 98-run stand between Samiullah Shenwari and Nabi, who took the total beyond the reach of Zimbabwe, registering a 59-run victory for Afghanistan.

Amir Ali's knock of 17-ball 32 in game four deserves a special mention as Oman stunned Ireland in a chase of 155 and went on to win the game by two wickets in a thrilling encounter. 

Hashim Amla pressed for his inclusion in the World T20 with majestic unbeaten knock of 97 in the third T20I against Australia in Cape Town.

But his 62-ball innings wasn't enough for the Proteas as Australia chased down the target of 179 in 19.2 overs with six wickets in hand and completed a 2-1 series victory.

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