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Indian cricketers Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Thursday visited the home arena of American professional basketball club Miami Heats.

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He had two fruitful partnerships - 60 with Cheteshwar Pujara, followed by 105 with centurion Virat Kohli - and now opener Shikhar Dhawan wants his skipper to get a double ton when India come out to bat on the second day of the first Test against the West Indies in Antigua on Friday.

India ended the opening day at a comfortable 302/4 with Kohli (143 not out) and Ravichandran Ashwin (22 not out) going strong with a 66-run unbeaten stand for the fifth wicket at the Sir Viv Richards stadium.

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India bid adieu to the Asia Cup in style today, winning their dead rubber against Afghanistan by 8 wickets in a one-sided contest at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. Stand in skipper Virat Kohli won a rare toss and invited Afghanistan to have a bat. The rookies capitulated miserably against India's spin trio with Ravindra Jadeja running through the side, picking up 4-30 in 10 overs. He was well assisted by Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra, who had figures of 3-31 and 1-21 from their respective 10 over spells. Samiullah Shenwari batting at no.8 scored a battling half century for Afghanistan to add some respectability to the scorecard, though India really should have knocked over their opponents sooner had it not been for another poor catching effort.

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India have given themselves every chance of levelling their 2-match Test series against New Zealand, not to mention registering their first win on what has been a diabolical tour, thanks to a fantastic stroke filled century from Ajinkya Rahane at Wellington today. The rookie right hander notched up his first Test ton and in the company of skipper MS Dhoni (68) added 120 runs for the 7th wicket to rescue India from a perilous position of 228-6 to take a first innings lead well in excess of 200 runs.

Resuming the day at 100-2, trailing the Kiwis by 92 runs, India had a stop start morning with Shikhar Dhawan (98) and nightwatchman Ishant Sharma (26) frustrating the hosts, taking the score to 141 before Boult had Sharma caught behind. Dhawan fell to Tim Southee a few overs later, also caught behind, two short of back to back test hundreds.

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India’s Shikhar Dhawan has made it to the top 10 of the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen for the first time in his career after he moved up two places to ninth in the latest update which were released on Sunday, a day after the conclusion of South Africa-Pakistan series and it also covers the India-West Indies series that finished last Wednesday.

Pakistan beat South Africa by 2-1, while India beat the West Indies by an identical margin. However, the results did not lead to any change on the ICC ODI Team Rankings table with all four teams retaining its pre-series rankings i.e. India (first), West Indies (seventh), South Africa (fifth) and Pakistan (sixth).

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An outstanding century from Shikhar Dhawan (119 from just 95 balls) and his third wicket partnership worth 129 runs with Yuvraj Singh (55), helped India thump the West Indies by 5 wickets in the series decider at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur today. A rare day game in coloured clothes saw India win the all important toss and take full toll of helpful conditions in the morning to restrict the West Indies to just 263-5 in their 50 overs. A target of 264 was a record for this ground, but given the modern rules and the class on offer from Dhawan, India got to their target in just 46.1 overs.

India won their first toss of the 3 match ODI series and it was a crucial one as the 9am start in Kanpur meant that there was prodigious movement on offer for the bowlers. India struck early with Bhuvneshwar Kumar getting rid of Johnson Charles with a beauty before Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels showed good application to survive a long opening spell from India's three seamers.

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Henry Davids led The Unlimited Titans from the front to secure an eight-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad at Ranchi on Saturday to keep their destiny very much in their own hands at the Champions League T20 competition, the same cannot be said about the Sunrisers who slumped to their second defeat in three games and are now staring at elimination even if they win their last game. The Titans meanwhile have now won two out of three matches and have a positive net run rate to go with it.

Although Davids was named Man of the Match for his cracking innings of 64 off 42 balls (four sixes and seven fours) backed up by a tidy spell of spin bowling that earned him figures of 1/18 in his four overs, this was very much a team performance and was undoubtedly the best by a South African franchise against Indian Premier League opposition on the Indian sub-continent since the inception of this competition.

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