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Rookie chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav was on Tuesday named as a replacement for leg-spinner Amit Mishra for the one-off cricket Test against Bangladesh, starting on Thursday.

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Former Champions India continued their unbeaten run at the 2014 ICC World T20 with a facile 7 wicket win against the reigning champions, the West Indies in Mirpur. India were largely exceptional with the ball, ordinary in the field and never really got out of second gear with the bat in what was a very one sided contest.

India won the toss and put the West Indies into bat. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was completely unplayable with the brand new ball, conceding just 3 runs from 3 overs and beat the bat on numerous occasions. His new ball partner Mohammad Shami was unlucky not to get Chris Gayle in his very first over with Ravichandran Ashwin grassing a regulation chance at first slip. Gayle went on to make 34 and top scored for the West Indies, but it wasn't one of his more explosive innings with his strike rate barely better than a run a ball.

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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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The Sunrisers Hyderabad powered their way into the Group Stages of the Champions League T20 and will be joined there by the Otago Volts as both sides registered convincing wins on day 2 of the qualifiers to book their spots in the tournament proper. Following the Volts' 6 wicket win over the Maroons earlier in the day, the Sunrisers knew that a win against the Pakistan T20 Champions, the Faisalabad Wolves would guarantee them a place in the last 8, and did so with consummate ease, crushing the Wolves by 7 wickets with 15 balls to spare.

Batting first, the Wolves battled their way to 127-5, a well under par score in Mohali, and only really managed to get that many thanks to the brilliance of their skipper Misbah ul Haq, who posted an unbeaten half century, making 56 from 40 balls. The Sunrisers' bowlers shared the wickets amongst them with Amit Mishra the most economical of the lot, taking 1-13 from his 4 overs, and probably should have got a couple more had it not been for some ordinary umpiring.

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It was a familiar tale at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo as India bowled out their hosts Zimbabwe for just 163 in the fifth and final match of their one day international series with Amit Mishra once again proving too good for the Zimbabwe middle order, taking 6 wickets to speed up their demise. India then knocked off the runs in just 34 overs with Ajinkya Rahane (50), Ravindra Jadeja (48*) and Shikhar Dhawan (41) all making handy contributions to seal a series whitewash in another virtual no contest.

India won the toss once again in this game and followed the familiar route of putting the opposition in to bat, looking to make the most of the morning freshness. Shikhar Dhawan returned to the side for this game with Rohit Sharma sitting out after scoring a half-century in the last one, while Ajinkya Rahane got his first outing of the summer at the expense of Ambati Rayudu. The bowling unit was unchanged from the last game, which meant still no debut for J&K allrounder Parvez Rasool, who would need to wait a while to earn his maiden Indian cap.

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The IPL 2013 was widely considered to be a success for the sheer quality of cricket it produced to go with the huge crowds at all venues throughout the competition and the record numbers of viewers on television and online.

There were records broken in all three departments of the T20 game and some great innings, bowling spells and catches which stood out at the end of the competition.

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The Sunrisers Hyderabad continued to defy logic by registering their 5th win of the season to go top of the Indian Premier League points table. A batting collapse by the Kings XI Punjab, which saw them lose 6 wickets for 27 runs towards the fag end of their innings cost them dearly as the visitors posted a well under par 123-9 in their 20 overs. The Sunrisers Hyderabad knocked over the runs with 7 balls to spare thanks to a patient 46 from 19 year old Hanuman Vihari and some belligerent hitting towards the end of the innings by Thisara Perera (23 from 11 balls).

The visiting Kings XI Punjab side won the toss and opted to make first use of the Hyderabad track. Mandeep Singh continued his poor run at the start of the innings making 10 before a top edge off an Ishant Sharma delivery was well caught by young Quinton de Kock.

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