Weekly cricket highlights – September 9 to September 15

Welcome to the cricket highlights of the week. Without further ado, let the action begin!

Anderson joins an elite club at Lord’s

England pace bowler James Anderson took 500 wickets when he clean bowled West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite on the second day of the third Test at Lord’s. The 35-year-old is just the third seamer to accomplish the feat and the sixth bowler overall.

Roach gets on the Lord’s honours board

Kemar Roach enjoyed a lot of success against England on the second day of the third Test at Lord’s as he took his seventh five-wicket haul in Tests. However, this one would have been special to the 29-year-old as he became just the eighth West Indian bowler to take a five-for at the “Home of Cricket”.

Career-best for Anderson

James Anderson not only took his 500th Test wicket in the third Test against the West Indies, but he also finished with career-best figures to lead his side to a convincing nine-wicket win at Lord’s. Anderson’s figures of 7/42 are his best in the longest format, beating the 7/43 he took against New Zealand in Nottingham in 2008.

Everybody say Knight Riders are champions!

Dwayne Bravo would have been doing his renowned Champions dance over and over again after he captained the Trinbago Knight Riders to Caribbean Premier League (CPL) glory on Sunday. The Knight Riders took on the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the final and ended up triumphing by three wickets to win the tournament.

Azam stars on home soil

Babar Azam lit up the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore and ensured the fans went home in a jolly mood as he smashed a magnificent 86 in his side’s 20-run win over the World XI in the first Twenty20 International of the Independence Cup. Azam struck 10 boundaries and two sixes during his innings and will no doubt be looking to cash in once again in the second match on Wednesday.

Thisara and Amla get the job done

Thisara Perera smashed an unbeaten 47 to go with two wickets, while Hashim Amla hammered an unbeaten 72 as the World XI defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in the second Twenty20 International of the Independence Cup. Thisara ended up being named Man of the Match as he struck a game-winning six off the penultimate ball of the match.

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