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by Sandeep Shivam Monday 7 March 2016
For his match-winning knocks in the games against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh leading India to their sixth Asia Cup triumph, Virat Kohli is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
In the seventh game of the tournament in Mirpur between India and Sri Lanka, Kohli added 54 runs with Suresh Raina and another 51-run stand with Yuvraj Singh to take the team in a chase of 139.
Kohli continued his masterclass in the finals once again as he and Shikhar Dhawan joined together for a record-breaking 94-run stand for the second wicket in the rain-curtailed 15-over game to win the title for India.
Dhawan himself scored a 44-ball 60 as India chased down 121 in just 13.5 overs against Bangladesh.Earlier, it was Mahmudullah who propelled Bangladesh total to 120 in 15 overs with an unbeaten knock of 33 which came in just 13 deliveries.
Umar Akmal was not far behind as he played a couple of crucial knocks to take Pakistan to victory against United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka in game six and 10 respectively.
Against UAE, Pakistan were precariously placed at 17 for three chasing 130 but Akmal and Shoaib Malik shared an unbeaten 114-run stand for the fourth wicket to seal the game for their team. Akmal scored unbeaten 50 while Malik ended up with an unbeaten 63.
In the 10th game, Akmal scored a valiant 37-ball 48 in their chase of 151 to provide a consolation victory for Pakistan.
In the same game Tillakaratne Dilshan scored an unbeaten 75 and was ably supported by Dinesh Chandimal's 58 but unfortunately ended up on the losing side.
In the first game in Durban, riding on a 18-ball 40 from Aaron Finch, Australia raced to 70 in the first seven overs but Imran Tahir's three-wicket haul pulled things back and restricted them to 157.
In the chase, David Miller notched an unbeaten 35-ball 53 as he along with Faf du Plessis ensured a last-over win for South Africa.
In the second game in Johannesburg, again, it was du Plessis and Miller, who powered South African innings, posting a total of 204 in the 20 overs.
Just when South Africa were on course for a series victory, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell scored 77 and 75 respectively and with their 161-run stand they took Australia closer to a win. Mitchell Marsh scored two runs off the final delivery to take his team through.
Stafanie Taylor's 63 in the second Twenty20 International in Johannesburg against South Africa Women deserves a special mention as well.
That concludes the performances of the week.
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