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CRICKET WORLD PLAYER OF THE WEEK - DAWLAT ZADRAN

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For his impressive performances with the ball in the Twenty20 International series against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, Afghanistan's Dawlat Zadran is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

In the first Twenty20 International against Zimbabwe, Zadran produced a fine display of death bowling restricting Zimbabwe to 153 for five in 20 overs.

At one stage Zimbabwe were going strong at 100 for naught but Zadran removed Sean Williams, Chamu Chibhabha and Craig Ervine in successive overs to halt the momentum of the home team.

Afghanistan chased down the target in 19.1 overs with Zadran named the man of the match.

In the second T20I, Zadran once again had the edge over Chibhabha and Ervine but Zimbabwe went on to score 190 despite the Afghanistan fast bowler registering figures of two for 24 in his four overs which also included a maiden.

However, Usman Ghani and Gulbadin Naib scored useful half-centuries to ensure Afghanistan whitewashed Zimbabwe in the T20I series after defeating them earlier in the ODI series as well.

The rain-curtailed first One-Day International between West Indies and Sri Lanka included some impressive performances as well.

In a 26-over affair, West Indies were rocked early by Suranga Lakmal's three-wicket haul dismissing Andre Fletcher, Johnson Charles and Marlon Samuels.

However, a 24-ball 41 from Andre Russell and a 13-ball 36 from Jason Holder took West Indies to 159 in 26 overs.

Chasing 163 in 26 overs for a win, Tillakaratne Dislhan played a blinder of innings reaching his half-century in just 25 balls.

However, it was Ajantha Mendis who stole the show with his unbeaten 21 taking Sri Lanka to a one-wicket win.

Day one of the third and deciding Test between Pakistan and England was a low-scoring affair with a dry pitch and slow outfield.

James Anderson once again showed his prowess with the new ball removing Azhar Ali early. He later returned to back to remove Younis Khan in the second session as well.

With wickets falling at the other end, Misbah-ul-Haq kept the fight going with a determined 71 but Anderson accounted for the Pakistan skipper, England dismissing Pakistan for 234 on day one. Anderson ended with figures of four for 17 in 15.4 overs.

Last but not least. Deandra Dottin played a crucial role in the West Indies Women's whitewash over Pakistan's Women in the three-match T20I series.

Dottin registered figures of two for 10 and scored an unbeaten 38 in the first game while she picked up three wickets for 20 in the second.

That concludes the performances of the week.

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