There has been some top class cricket in the last week. The South Africa-Pakistan one-day series is coming to a grand finish with the series level at two-all. The Pakistanis have picked themselves up very well after the battering that they received in the Test series where they lost all three Tests and looked completely out of sorts against the pace of the South Africans.
It was thought that with the Pakistanis also having a good pace attack, that they would be able to fight fire with fire, but the bowlers bowled all over the place and the South Africans batted with grit and determination and thwarted the Pakistani pacers.
Saeed Ajmal was the only one who looked dangerous, but he alone could do little against the number one Test team. Shahid Afridi played a blinder of an innings in the third ODI, but that was not enough to get Pakistan across, but the series is coming to a great finish.
The New Zealand-England Test series has been hampered by the weather and what was turning out to be a great Test match ended in a draw too. Stuart Broad though showed that he is back to full fitness in capturing six wickets, but that was not enough to get England over the line.
India continued their winning ways with another win over the Australians that gave them the series. The Indians have found in every Test a batsman who has played an impact innings that has taken the game away from the Australians. If in the first Test it was the skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who got a big attacking double century, it was Cheteshwar Pujara who got a double in the second Test.
In the third Test it was debutant Shikhar Dhawan whose breathtaking assault on the bowling made Australia's score of 408 look inadequate. Murali Vijay continued his good run with back to back tons and they were big hundreds too. Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja have picked wickets quite regularly and they have destroyed the Australians in the second innings and given India not too many runs to get to win in the second innings.
In Sri Lanka, the Bangladesh team who started so well by overhauling the big Lankan total of 500 and getting 600 plus themselves in the first Test have fallen in the bad habit of collapsing and lost the series when the ball turned a bit. Kumar Sangakkara has enjoyed himself immensely at Bangladesh’s expense, scoring three consecutive hundreds and also a half century, but it was Rangana Herath who was the pick of the Lankan players.
He is a tough bowler to face in such situations and he finished off the Bangladeshis on his 35th birthday with another rich haul of wickets. He got his career best haul in the second innings and with it, also his best reward in a Test match of 12 wickets in the game. For his match winning performances, he is the Ceat International Cricketer of the week.Professional Management Group