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by Sandeep Shivam Monday 22 January 2018
For his brilliant all-round performance in the ongoing tri-series in Dhaka, Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera has been named the Cricket World Player of the Week.
Perera picked two wickets and scored a 37-ball 64 in the second game of the tournament but his heroics weren't enough as Sri Lanka went on to lose to Zimbabwe by 12 runs with Hamilton Masakadza and Sikandar Raza scoring 73 and unbeaten 81 respectively. However, the 28-year-old took a step further in the fourth game against the same opposition as he claimed four wickets and scored an unbeaten 39 to help his team arrest the losing slide.
Perera also picked three wickets in the game against Bangladesh but fifties from Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim proved too much to handle for Sri Lanka as they went on to lose by 163 runs. Shakib also picked three wickets with the ball.
Tamim and Shakib also enjoyed fantastic run last week with unbeaten 84 and three-wicket haul respectively in the opening game of the tri-series as Bangladesh trounced Zimbabwe.
The first Test between India and South Africa in Centurion saw debutant Lungi Ngidi stun the visitors with a six-wicket haul in the final innings as they registered a 135-run victory to take the series 2-0. Virat Kohli also slammed a 153-run knock in the first innings while AB de Villiers smashed a crucial 80 in the second innings. Mohammad Shami and Morne Morkel also had five and four wickets respectively in the game.
The fourth ODI between New Zealand and Pakistan in Hamilton saw fifties from Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez and Sarfraz Ahmed but the Blackcaps responded back strong and chased 263 with Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls and Colin de Grandhomme contributing with 56, 52 and unbeaten 74 respectively.
The final game of the series saw Martin Guptill score a century while Matt Henry and Mitchell Santner shared seven wickets between them with Black Caps going on to win the series 5-0.
There were some special performances in the ongoing Big Bash League as well.
The 29th game of the tournament saw Brendon McCullum and D'Arcy Short score half-centuries for Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes respectively while Nathan Lyon claimed a three-wicket haul and Nic Maddinson scored impressive 62 in the 30th match.
Alex Carey was destructive in the 31st game for the Adelaide Strikers with a century as they overcame a 70 run knock from Alex Doolan to win by 11 runs while Sean Abbott's four-wicket haul helped Sydney Sixers bow out Brisbane for 71 in the 32nd game.
Fifties from Simon Milenko, Ashton Turner and Cameron Bancroft in the 35th game and Shane Watson's all-round performance in the 36th games are other special performances in the week.
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