Cricket World Player of the Week - Tamim Iqbal
Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal is the Cricket World Player of the Week for his knocks of 128 and 95 in the ongoing Champions Trophy tournament.
In the opening game against England at The Oval, Tamim started the innings cautiously as wickets were falling around before joining Mushfiqur Rahim with a 166 run stand for the third wicket. He began to accelerate in the death overs and completed his century to provide a perfect platform for his team to post a total of 305 runs. Rahim himself contributed with a score of 79. However, his efforts were undone by an unbeaten 133 from Joe Root along with knocks of 95 and 75 from Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan respectively.
In the fifth game against Australia at Kennington Oval, Tamim waged a lone fight scoring 95 runs off 114 balls in an innings where the second highest score was 29. However, Tamim's brilliance was not enough as Bangladesh were bowled out for 182 runs in 44.3 overs, courtesy a four-wicket haul from Mitchell Starc.
The second game between Australia and New Zealand at Edgbaston saw Kane Williamson score a fine century while Josh Hazlewood picked a six-wicket haul but the game was abandoned without a result after rain played spoilsport.
Hashim Amla's century and Imran Tahir's four-wicket haul for South Africa against Sri Lanka in the third game along with knocks of 91, 81 not out, 68 and 53 from Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj respectively were instrumental in India's convincing win over Pakistan in the fourth game.
There were some special performances in the T20I series between West Indies and Afghanistan as well.
Sunil Narine picked a three-wicket haul in the first game while Kesrick Williams repeated the same in the second match at Warner Park to ensure they claimed the series 2-0.
The third game between the two teams saw Williams claim another three-wicket haul but the decisive knock came from Marlon Samuels who scored an unbeaten 89 off 66 deliveries to seal a 3-0 series whitewash for West Indies.
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