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The West Indies Cricket Board advised today that Sunil Narine has been withdrawn from the touring party for the upcoming series against India.

This came after discussions including Narine, the WICB Selection Panel and the West Indies Team Management. The withdrawal from the upcoming tour will allow Narine the opportunity to have his action assessed and plan his return to cricket.

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West Indies steamrolled Bangladesh by a massive 177 runs to win the second Dhaka Bank ODI and take the three-match series with a match to spare.

Spinner Sunil Narine (3-13) and pacer Kemar Roach (3-19) were the best bowlers as the home side bowled out the visitors for 70 in front a colourful crowd at the Grenada National Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Earlier West Indies rallied to make 247-7 off 50 overs. Opener Chris Gayle smashed five sixes in 58 off 67 balls. He added 88 for the second wicket with Darren Bravo, who made a stylish 53 off 82 balls.

Scores: West Indies 247-7 off 50 overs; Bangladesh 70 all out off 24.4 overs

Result: West Indies won by 177 runs


The Kings XI Punjab continue to dominate season 7 of the Indian Premier League, picking up their fourth win on the trot in the competition with a 23 run victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders. For once though it was the bowlers who were the stars of the show today on a sluggish pitch with the Punjab team working well as a unit to bowl KKR out for just 109 after the former champions had restricted Kings XI to just 132-9 in their 20 overs.

KKR won the toss and unsurprisingly but Kings XI in to bat considering the last match on this pitch had seen the team batting first (RCB) bowled out for just 70. There was to be no repeat performance this time around though with Kings XI Punjab racing away to 51-2 in the powerplay with Virender Sehwag and Glenn Maxwell occupying the crease after Cheteshwar Pujara had been run out for 8 and Wriddhiman Saha had fallen leg before to Jacques Kallis for 14.

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West Indies beat Australia by six wickets with two balls to spare in a thrilling encounter in Dhaka today in the ICC World Twenty20 match. George Bailey won the toss and opted to bat with Australia posting 178-8 in their 20 overs. Glenn Maxwell (45) and Brad Hodge (35) were the top run scorers for the Aussies.

In response, Chris Gayle got the Windies off to a flyer before he was dismissed by James Muirhead for 53 runs off 35 balls at strike rate of 151 and included six fours and two big sixes. He added 50 for the first wicket with Dwayne Smith (17) and another 51 for the second wicket with Lendl Simmons (26). Australia put the pressure on in the middle overs to up the required run rate but Darren Sammy, 34 from just 13 balls, was too strong at the death getting the West Indies home with two balls to spare.

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West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo said it was the “belief” they could win which helped his team to pull off an exciting 15-run victory in the first ODI against England at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on Friday. The allrounder added that the win was “extra special” as it came on the day when three legends – Sir Anderson Roberts, Sir Curtly Ambrose and Sir Richard Richardson, the Windies Team Manager – were knighted for their services to cricket.

“The key was belief…we believed as a team. We knew that despite the start they (England) got that coming onto the end of the match, once we kept picking up wickets and the run rate kept going up, it would be difficult for them,” Bravo said. “It also helped to have the Number 1 bowler in your team and that was crucial as we dried up the boundaries at the end of their innings. To win the first match means a lot for us. We showed alot of character to bounce back against a very good team.”

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An unbeaten 57 from Sri Lankan all rounder Thisara Perera to go with his 2-26 from 4 overs powered the Sunrisers Hyderabad to an excellent 4 wicket win over a very competitive Trinidad & Tobago side with 3 balls to spare in an entertaining encounter in Mohali.

Some outstanding individual efforts from Darren Bravo, who smashed 66 from 44 balls a knock which included 4 sixes, and an immaculate bowling effort from Sunil Narine, who took 4-9 from his 4 overs, went in vain as the Sunrisers chased down a competitive target of 160 in the final over.

The Sunrisers' pace attack was ripped to shreds today as Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma conceded 77 runs in their 8 overs, despite picking up 3 wickets between them. Steyn's only one of the match came off the very first ball as he had Lendl Simmons caught behind for naught.

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India’s left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has joined West Indies’ off-spinner Sunil Narine on top of the bowlers’ rankings, while Sri Lanka’s left-handed batsman Kumar Sangakkara has equaled his career-high ranking in the latest ICC ODI Player Rankings which were released on Sunday and reflect India’s 5-0 series win over Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka’s 4-1 series win over South Africa.

Jadeja has leapt four places to share the number-one spot with Narine after he claimed five wickets from five matches against Zimbabwe.

This is the first time Jadeja has topped the bowlers’ chart and is the first India bowler to head the table since former India captain Anil Kumble, who topped the table for 11 matches in November–December 1996.

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