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Cricket World Player of the Week - Virat Kohli

Cricket World Player of the Week - Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli scored 199 runs from three T20Is against Australia.
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For his consistent and electrifying performances throughout the Twenty20 International series against Australia, India's Virat Kohli is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

Kohli smashed scores of 90*, 59* and 50 in the three games and ended up as the leading run-scorer in the series with 199 runs playing a pivotal role in India's 3-0 win over Australia.

In the first game in Adelaide, India lost both their openers at the score of 41 and that's when Kohli added 134 runs with Suresh Raina to take India to 188 in the 20 overs.

The Indian vice-captain raced to his fifty off 32 deliveries and scored the remaining 40 runs in 23 deliveries almost reaching his maiden T20I century.

The Indian total might have crossed 200 easily had it not been for Shane Watson's superb bowling where he picked two wickets while conceding just 24 runs in his four overs.

Chasing the target Australia were dismissed for 151 after getting bogged down by Indian spinners as both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked two wickets apiece while Jaspirt Bumrah ended up with three wickets.

In the second game in Melbourne, India produced another strong performance with the openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma adding 97 runs with individual scores of 60 and 42 respectively.

From there on, Kohli took the game on its head and smashed the Australian bowlers once again bringing up a 35-ball half-century, while adding 46 with Sharma and another 38 with MS Dhoni to take India to 184.

Australia fell short of the target for the second time by 28 runs despite a valiant 74 by their skipper Aaron Finch.

Watson's performance in Sydney T20I gave a fierce competition to Kohli for the best performer of the week as he scored an unbeaten 124 off just 71 deliveries.

Watson's score of 124 was the second highest individual score in T20Is overall behind Finch's 156 and was also the best individual score made by a captain in T20Is.

His knock came in 71 deliveries which is also the longest by a batsman in the T20Is. Australia ended up scoring 197 for five in the 20 overs.

However, India chased down the target in the final delivery of their innings with Sharma (52), Kohli (50) and Raina (49 not out) all contributing at a healthy strike-rate.

Kohli was awarded the man of the series for his astonishing performances throughout the series.

The One-Day International series between New Zealand and Pakistan had some special performances as well.

In the first ODI at the Basin Reserve, the Pakistan pace trio of Mohammad Irfan, Anwar Ali and Mohammad Amir had New Zealand reeling at 99 for six.

However, Henry Nicholls scored a classy 82 which was followed by some fierce hitting by Mitchell McClenaghan and Matt Henry down the order to take New Zealand to 280.

New Zealand managed to restrict Pakistan to 210 in the chase with only Babar Azam showing some fight with a 76-ball 62. 

The number one ranked ODI bowler Trent Boult picked four wickets while Grant Elliott chipped in with a useful three-wicket haul.

After the second game washout in Napier, Pakistan needed a win in the final game in Auckland to level the series.

Mohammad Hafeez and Azam added 134 runs for the third wicket off just 107 deliveries. Hafeez scored 76 at a strike-rate of 126 while Azam contributed again with a 83.

At one stage, Pakistan were looking to post a score of over 330 but some fine death bowling from New Zealand restricted them to 290 in 47.3 overs.

The chase was set beautifully for New Zealand by Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill who notched scores of 80s each and added 159 runs for the second wicket after the early loss of Brendon McCullum.

Despite, Pakistan managing to get back into the game with wickets from Azhar Ali, Shoaib Malik and Amir, New Zealand held their nerve to win the game by two wickets in the final over to complete a 2-0 series victory.

Ellyse Perry's stunning all-round performance for Australia women in the third T20I against India women deserves a very special mention as well.

After losing the first two games against India, Australia were in a danger of losing the third one too when they lost the first two wickets with the score reading 49. 

But Perry had other plans as he scored a 41-ball unbeaten 55 during her knock which also included four boundaries and three sixes to take Australia to 136 for five in the 20 overs.

The Australian all-rounder can never be kept out of the game as she contributed with a four-wicket haul while conceding just 12 runs in the second innings to keep India down to 121 and helping Australia avoid a whitewash.

That concludes the performances of the week.

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