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Cricket World Player of the Week - Tom Latham

New Zealand dominated the tri-series in Dublin
New Zealand dominated the tri-series in Dublin

New Zealand opening batsman Tom Latham has been named as the Cricket World Player of the Week for his knocks of 104 and 54 in the tri-series games against Ireland and Bangladesh respectively.

In the fifth match of the tri-series in Dublin, Latham laid the foundation with a 104-run knock that came off 111 deliveries and in the process shared vital partnerships with Neil Broom and Ross Taylor. Taylor himself contributed with a half-century but the decisive knock came from Colin Munro, who smashed 44 off just 15 deliveries to take Black Caps to 344 for six in the 50 overs.

In response, Ireland were bowled out for 154, following a three-wicket haul from Matt Henry (3-36).

In the third game of the series between New Zealand and Bangladesh, fifties from Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah propelled the Asian side to 257 in their innings - a total which was chased down comfortably by the Black Caps in 47.3 overs after Latham once again contributed with a fifty along with a 52 from James Neesham.

Sarkar's unbeaten 87 and a four-wicket haul from Mustafizur Rahman in the fourth game against Ireland helped Bangladesh register a eight wicket win but it was New Zealand, who went on to wrap up the series with a game to go.

The final of the Indian Premier League 2017 tournament saw Mumbai Indians defend a modest total of 129 runs to become the first team to win a third title. The victory would not have been possible without a brilliant 47-run knock from Krunal Pandya but it was the brilliance of Jasprit Bumrah and Mitchell Johnson in the death overs that helped Mumbai come from behind and complete a thrilling one run win. The duo shared five wickets between them as Steven Smith's fifty went in vain for Rising Pune Supergiant.

Performances of Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary and MS Dhoni in the Qualifier 1 against Mumbai were instrumental in their team's win while Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar had a productive week with the ball as well.

Gautam Gambhir's unbeaten 19-ball 32 runs helped Kolkata win the eliminator before Karn Sharma and Bumrah shared seven wickets between them in the Qualifier 2 to end their campaign.

That concludes the performances of the week.

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