Cricket World Player of the Week - Virat Kohli

Cricket World Player of the Week - Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli was also the man of the match in the second Test against England
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For his knocks of 167 and 81 in the second Test against England in Visakhapatnam, Indian captain Virat Kohli is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, India were in trouble at 22 for two when Kohli came to bat. He added 226-run stand with Cheteshwar Pujara to take India out of the woods. The 28-year-old reached his fifty off 87 deliveries and needed just 67 more balls to complete the century.

He was eventually bowled out for 167 runs and scored it with a strike rate of 62. Pujara too scored 119 runs - his third consecutive century.

The second innings saw Stuart Broad and Adil Rashid pick four wickets each testing the Indian batsmen out but Kohli with his 81-run knock was instrumental in setting a target of 405 for runs in the final innings.

Ravichandran Ashwin too had a terrific game as he picked eight wickets in it and scored an important 58 in the first innings with the bat.

Ben Stokes, Alastair Cook and Joe Root were the only batsmen who went past their fifty in the game.

The closest contender to Kohli was New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme, who picked figures of 41 for six in the first innings of the first Test in Christchurch against Pakistan. His terrific spell helped the Black Caps dismiss Pakistan for 133.

In response, New Zealand posted 200 riding on a superb 55 from another debutant Jeet Raval. In a game dominated by bowlers, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson scored a fluent 61 in the second innings to help his team chase down 105 with eight wickets in hand to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Kyle Abbott's six-wicket haul against Australia in Hobart to help his team secure the series deserves a special mention as well.

In the first round of the ongoing tri-series between Sri Lanka, West Indies and host Zimbabwe saw Jason Holder's men topping the table with a win and a tie.

Dhananjaya de Silva's unbeaten 78 against Zimbabwe in the first game in Harare helped his team chase down 155.

The third game which ended in a tie saw standout performances from Craig Ervine (92), Sikandar Raza (77), Shai Hope (101) and Kraig Brathwaite (78).

Amy Satterthwaite scored back to back centuries for New Zealand Women to help her team whitewash Pakistan 5-0 in the series while Ellyse Perry was outstanding for Australia Women with scores of unbeaten 93 and 95 in the two ODIs against South Africa Women. Meg Lanning too scored a special century in the second game.

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