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Cricket World Player of the Week - Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh revived his international career with a brilliant 150 in Cuttack ODI
Yuvraj Singh revived his international career with a brilliant 150 in Cuttack ODI

For scoring a match-winning century on his comeback series during the second One-Day International against England in Cuttack, India's Yuvraj Singh is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

This was also his first century since the 2011 World Cup and he went on to amass 150 runs from 127 deliveries including 21 boundaries and three sixes. His 256-run record breaking stand with MS Dhoni proved vital as India went on to post a massive 381 for six in the 50 overs. Dhoni himself contributed with 134 runs from 122 deliveries. Despite, the high-scoring encounter, Chris Woakes picked a four-wicket haul.

In response, Eoin Morgan scored a fluent 102 while Jason Roy and Moeen Ali contributed with 82 and 55 respectively as England almost pulled out a record chase but fell short 16 runs.

In the third ODI in Kolkata, where the pitch had something for the quick bowlers, fifties from Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes powered England to 321 for eight in the 50 overs. Kedar Jadhav kept India's hopes until the final delivery but eventually they went on to lose the game by five runs. Hardik Pandya too had a fantastic game after notching a quick fifty and picking a three-wicket haul as well. However, it was India, who went on to clinch the series 2-1.

The ODI series between Pakistan and Australia also had some fine performances too.

In the third game of the series between these two teams, Babar Azam notched 84 runs while Sharjeel Khan scored a quick fifty but the rest of batting collapsed after a three-wicket haul from Josh Hazlewood. Pakistan managed only 263 for seven in the 50 overs which was chased down comfortably by Australia following an unbeaten century from Steven Smith and a 82 from Peter Handscomb.

A blistering 130 from David Warner and fifties from Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head were sufficient for Australia to wrap up the series victory with a 86-run in the third game despite a 47-ball 74 from Sharjeel.

The Twenty20 International series between Sri Lanka and South Africa saw both teams winning a game apiece.

Lungi Ngidi picked six wickets in the two games while another debutant Lakshan Sandakan picked a four-wicket haul in the second game in Johannesburg. However, the performance of the tournament has to go to Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews, who scored an unbeaten 54 including two sixes in the final over to take his team through and more importantly level the series 1-1.

There were some special performances in the Big Bash League 2016/17 season as well in the final round of the group stage.

Marcus Harris scored a 53-ball 85 in the 27th game against Adelaide Strikers to help Melbourne Renegades secure a tight six-run victory.

Ben Dunk's 65 and Ish Sodhi's six-wicket helped Adelaide Strikers sign off the Big Bash League on a high with a resounding 77-run win over Sydney Thunder in the 29th match.

Aaron Finch's 71, Shaun Marsh's blisering fifty and an unbeaten 17-ball 33 runs cameo from Sean Abbott deserve special mention as well.

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