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Cricket World Player of the Week - Usman Khawaja

Usman Khawaja celebrating his century in the third Test against South Africa in Adelaide
Usman Khawaja celebrating his century in the third Test against South Africa in Adelaide
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For scoring a match winning century in the third Test in Adelaide against South Africa to help Australia secure a consolation victory, Usman Khawaja is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

The South African batsmen facing the pink ball for the first time was given a raw deal by Josh Hazlewood's four-wicket haul but Faf du Plessis remained unbeaten on 118 before he pulled out a surprise declaration with the Proteas scoring 258 for nine in the first innings.

In response, Usman Khawaja came to open in the place of David Warner after the latter was off the field during the closing stages of South Africa innings and he looked solid from the outset. He went on to score 145 and with fifties from Steven Smith, Peter Handscomb and Mitchell Starc, Australia gave a strong reply of 383.

Even though Stephen Cook scored his second century to help Proteas post a decent target of 127 runs on the board, Australia chased it down comfortably with seven wickets in hand. Starc and Hazlewood picked six wickets each in the the game to set up the victory.

The first two days of the third Test between England and India was pulsating with momentum swinging from one side to the other. Jonny Bairstow's 89 was the only silver lining in England's first innings total of 283 with Mohammad Shami picking a three-wicket haul for India.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli led India's reply with half-centuries but it was the lower order contribution from Ravindra Jadeja (90), Ravichandran Ashwin (72) and Jayant Yadav (55) helped the home team get a 134-run first innings lead despite a five-wicket haul from Ben Stokes.

Tim Southee's six wicket haul and Babar Azam's unbeaten 90 were the standout performances for New Zealand and Pakistan respectively in the second Test in Hamilton.

The tri-series in Bulawayo saw Sri Lanka defeat Zimbabwe in the final to clinch the title.

Asela Gunaratne and Jefferey Vandersay picked three-wicket hauls in the final while Kusal Mendis and Upul Tharanga scored 57 runs each to ensure a six-wicket victory in the final.

Zimbabwe too had their moments in the series as in the sixth game against West Indies, Sikandar Raza scored an unbeaten 76 while Tendai Chisoro contributed with an unbeaten 42 and also picked two wickets to set up the win.

The fifth match of the series was full of runs with Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis scoring 94 runs each to help Sri Lanka post 330 runs. In reply, Evin Lewis scored a brilliant 148 but West Indies fell short of the target by just one run.

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