Player of the Week - Cheteshwar Pujara
For a brilliant unbeaten century and carrying his bat through the innings, Cheteshwar Pujara is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
Pujara brought back into the team as an opener to replace the injured Murali Vijay scored an unbeaten 145 in a resilient knock that helped India get out of deep trouble.
In an innings, where the next highest was Amit Mishra’s 59 with whom Pujara added 104 for the eight wicket, India fought back from 180 for seven to post 312.
Pujara is the fourth Indian opener to carry his bat and the first in international Test cricket since December 2011. His 145 came off 289 balls with 14 fours.
There were some close contenders in the same game. Dhammika Prasad for Sri Lanka picked two four wicket spells, one in either innings bowling with intensity and making sure India didn’t run away with the game.
Ishant Sharma took a five wicket haul with figures of 5-54 wrecking the Sri Lankan middle order and helping India gain a 111 run first innings lead.
Ravichandran Ashwin’s figures of 5-42 on the final day of the second Test to help India post a massive win by 278 runs was another contender for the Player of the Week.
An exciting performance was witnessed in the third and final One-Day International between South Africa and New Zealand at Kingsmead, Durban.
AB de Villiers scored a breath taking 48 ball 64 to push South Africa to 283 for seven, the home team winning the match by 62 runs. He also became the fastest batsman to 8000 runs in the process.
The only ODI between Australia and Ireland turned out to be an exciting game.
Nathan Coulter-Nile’s figures of 3-13 helped Australia hold on to a tight win as Ireland were set a target of 181 from 24 overs and were spurred on by Ed Joyce and Niall O’ Brien’s cameos of 44 and 45 respectively.
Last but not the least, Sarah Taylor turned in an impressive performance of 50 in 43 balls to help England women chase down a target of 123 set by Australia women in the first Twenty20 International, winning by seven wickets.
In the second T20I, Rene Ferrell registered figures of 3-17 to bundle England women out for 87 chasing a paltry target of 108 in 20 overs.
That completes a roundup of the best performances of the week.
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