the man of the match

man of the match

The male athlete who performed best in a sporting match, especially a game of football (soccer), rugby, or cricket. Primarily heard in UK. Though his team lost, the captain's impressive display on the pitch led to him being named man of the match.
See also: man, match, of

the ˌman of the ˈmatch

(British English, sport) the man who plays the best in a game of football, cricket, etc.
See also: man, match, of
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Nayeem was the man of the match for his 42 runs off 32 balls.
Captain Mahesh, who scored a quick-fire knock of 35 runs, was adjudged the Man of the Match.
In a Group D match OEC beat Star Cricket by nine wickets, Faisal (OEC) was named the man of the match for his unbeaten 27 runs.
If Paul Galvin was the man of the match then he should have got man of the match, but he kept going on about Paul Galvin not being in for man of the match because of this behaviour.
Routledge was stupendous but Jose gets the man of the match because of his goal.
For Moldgreen, Bradley Tracey and Ethan shared the man of the match award after hat tricks.
Murthaza was declared the man of the match for his 31 runs and 2 wickets.
For me, Shay Given just edged the Man of the Match award.
The man of the match awards went to Scott Marshall and Neil Blades.
Craig Cook scored both the Kitty goals, while Steven Rennison, John Mollon, Alan Brown and Peter Taylor were on target for White House, Kai Humphries and Paul Cram taking the man of the match plaudits.
A splendid performance with the bat and ball by the man of the match Moshin, helped Star Light overcome Al Basim.
Ali of Ruwi Kings was declared the man of the match.
The man of the match awards were handed out to John Watson and Jimmy Hyman.
In the other matches Rough Riders lost to TTC and the man of the match was Ali from TTC,
Ruwi KingEoe1/4aos Daniel received the man of the match award.