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Cricket World Player of the Week - Younis Khan

Cricket World Player of the Week - Younis Khan
For a stunning, unbeaten 171 to guide Pakistan through their biggest successful fourth innings chase, Younis Khan is our Cricket World Player of the Week.
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For a stunning unbeaten 171 to guide Pakistan through their biggest successful fourth innings chase, Younis Khan is our Cricket World Player of the Week.

In doing so, he also became the only Test batsmen ever to score five fourth innings Test centuries.

He also added 242 runs for the third wicket with Shan Masood, who scored a refreshing 125 himself, for a record fourth-innings third-wicket partnership for Pakistan.

Another contender from Pakistan for the Player of the Week was Mohammad Hafeez, who showed roaring form with bat and ball to help his team thrash Sri Lanka by six wickets in the first One-Day International between the two teams.

With the ball, Hafeez registered figures of four for 41 in his 10 overs before scoring 103 with the bat in just 95 balls to help Pakistan chase down 255 in just the 46th over.

South Africa had couple of exciting debutants making headlines this week as well.

First, Eddie Leie made a cracking debut in the second Twenty20 International against Bangladesh with figures of three for 16, taking the man-of-the-match award and creating the record for best bowling figures for a South African T20 debutant. 

Kagiso Rabada, who played for South Africa’s U-19 team in the last World Cup took it one step further by registering the best bowling figures for any ODI debutant.

His six for 16 in eight overs totally wrecked Bangladesh in the first ODI in a rain-curtailed game.

Bangladesh came back strongly in the second ODI though, to absolutely thrash South Africa thanks to three powerful performances.

Mustafizur Rahman and Nasir Hossain registered figures of three for 38 and three for 26 respectively, before Soumya Sarkar salvaged his team from 24 for two with an unbeaten 88 in just 79 balls chasing down 162 in just 27.4 overs.

There were some good performances in the two ODIs played between India and Zimbabwe.

In the first ODI, Ambati Rayudu scored an unbeaten 124 to resurrect India from 87 for five, helping them post 255.

India eventually won the game by just four runs, thanks to an all-round performance from Stuart Binny. Binny scored 77 with the bat before picking two wickets with the ball.

For Zimbabwe, Elton Chigumbura, the skipper, scored an unbeaten 104 to take the chase down to the wire, falling agonisingly short.

In the second ODI, it was Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s four for 33 on a decent batting track that proved to be the difference between the two teams as India defeated the hosts by 62 runs.

While India tasted victory in Zimbabwe, their women's side bore the brunt of a remarkable innings by Sophie Devine in the first Twenty20 International in Bangalore.

She hit an 18-ball half-century, and 70 in 22 balls in all as New Zealand swept to an eight-wicket win to take 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

An exciting part of this week was the first Ashes Test which England won comprehensively by a massive 169 runs in four days.

Joe Root was the outstanding performer, walking in at 43 for three to score 134 in just 166 balls taking England to 430 in the first innings. Root backed that up with another 60 in the second innings, also picking up two wickets in the fourth innings.  

England will also be happy with Moeen Ali’s performance who racked up 77 valuable runs in the first innings along with match figures of five for 130 including the crucial wickets of Steven Smith and Michael Clarke in the first innings.

Stuart Broad’s match figures of five for 99 represent another excellent bowling performance for England.

For Australia, the only exceptional performer was Mitchell Starc who registered figures of five for 114 in the first innings and match figures of seven for 174 battling a niggle. 

The Caribbean Premier League also gave us some high quality performances.

Kieron Pollard’s 37-ball 59 and Robin Peterson’s three for 13 helped Barbados Tridents beat Jamaica Tallawahs by 17 runs.

William Perkins scored an unbeaten 43-ball 64 to help Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel to chase down 146 scored by St Kitts and Nevis Patriots after Dwayne Bravo, T&T’s skipper wrecked them with bowling figures of four for 29.

In another high-scoring game, Nathan McCullum’s four for 22 stood out for St Lucia Zouks against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, even though it came in a losing cause.

Chris Gayle scored yet another T20 century, 105 in 57 balls to help Jamaica Tallawahs beat Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel by 50 runs.

Marlon Samuels scored a 40-ball 61 to help his side St Kitts and Nevis Patriots beat Guyana Amazon Warriors by 23 runs (D/L).

That concludes our roundup of the best performances from cricket matches around the world in the week gone by.

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