Cricket World Player of the Week - Yasir Shah
Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah is the Cricket World Player of the Week for registering his maiden 10-wicket haul that put his team in the course of a dramatic victory in the first Test against England at Lord's.
Shah picked a splendid six-wicket haul in the first innings on day two Lord's wicket which was instrumental in bowling out England for 272 and securing a vital 67-run lead for Pakistan. In the process, Shah also became the first leg-spinner in 20 years to register a five-wicket haul at Lord's. The previous bowler to do so was Mushtaq Ahmed.
After making a useful contribution of 30 with the bat in the second innings, Shah added 40 runs for the seventh wicket with Sarfraz Ahmed which helped Pakistan set a target of 283 runs for England in the final innings.
Even though it was Rahat Ali, who cleaned the England top-order as he dismissed Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Alex Hales in a span of 28 runs, Shah once again made a valiant contribution, ending the resistance showed by Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance and Chris Woakes as his four-wicket haul bowled England out for 207 runs and secured a 75-run victory for the visitors.
The 10-wicket also was the best bowling figure for a Pakistan bowler in Lord's. The previous best was 154 for eight by Waqar Younis. With 86 wickets after 13 Tests, Shah now has the most number of wickets by any bowler at this stage of his career.
England all-rounder Woakes was the closest contender to Shah as he had another fantastic game with the ball. In the first innings, Woakes registered figures of 70 for six but could not prevent Pakistan from reaching 339. Thanks to a relentless century from Misbah-ul-Haq.
Woakes looked the best fast bowler on display as he picked another five-wicket haul in the second innings to bowl out Pakistan for 215. Alastair Cook's 124-ball 81 in the first innings deserves a special mention and so does 73 from Asad Shafiq.
The One-Day International series between Afghanistan and Ireland saw the Asian team secure an unassailable lead of 2-1 with a game left.
Rashid Khan came up with one of the best performance of the tournament in the fourth game where he scored an unbeaten 60 with the bat and followed it up with a four-wicket haul as Afghanistan registered a 79-run victory.
At the halfway stage in the Caribbean Premier League, Guyana Amazon Warriors are topping the table and are closely followed by Jamaica Tallawahs, who had a fantastic week winning both their games.
In game 15, Shakib Al Hasan scored a 47-ball 54 as he along with skipper Chris Gayle helped Jamaica chase down 129 after being two for four at one stage.
In game 17, Kumar Sangakkara made an impactful 65 runs while Shakib once again contrbuted with a 17-ball 34 as Jamaica went on to post 183 in response to which St Kitts and Nevis Patriots were bowled out for 75. Kesrick Williams picked three wickets while Shakib picked two.
In game 14, AB de Villiers scored 54-ball 82 to power Barbados Tridents to a 25-run victory over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. In game 18, Nicholas Pooran went on to smash a 39-ball 81 as Barbados Tridents registered a 25-run victory over St Lucia Zouks.
Colin Munro's dream run in the tournament continues as he plundered a 39-ball 68 to help Trinbago Knight Riders chase 173 against Barbados Tridents in game 16.
That concludes the performances of the week.
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