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An all-round effort from the India Red players helped the side thrash India Green by 219 runs in the opening match of the Duleep Trophy cricket tournament at the Greater Noida Sports Complex ground on the outskirts of Delhi on Friday. With the win, the Yuvraj Singh-led brigade secured six points by virtue of an outright win in what was the country's maiden first-class game played with the pink ball.


After a miserable first innings performance by the batting units of both sides, where India Red managed to take a slender 10-run lead, Man-of-the-Match Abhinav Mukund (77 in first innings, 169 in second) once again flourished in the second essay to take the side to a mammoth 486, with valuable contributions from centurion Sudip Chatterjee (114) and Gurkeerat Singh (82).

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Who says one can't be lucky every year. Luck was definitely a lady today for former India superstar Yuvraj Singh, who has been rewarded for his years of exemplary service to Indian cricket with another massive payday in the Indian Premier League. Bought for a whopping 14 crores last year by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the franchise released him recently, but were still keen to re-sign the player, possibly at a considerably reduced price.

Yuvi though was never going to go cheap in today's mini-auction, in which 67 players were picked up the 8 IPL franchises. RCB were in the bidding, as were the Rajasthan Royals early on, but Yuvraj Singh was eventually picked up by the Delhi Daredevils for a massive 16 crores.

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After a smashing knock at the bicentenary match at the Lord’s, India’s middle order batsman, Yuvraj Singh is all set to play his role to knock out the evils of the gruelling disease Cancer. With the support from his fans from all over the United Kingdom, Yuvraj Singh is holding a charity auction on 14th July, 2014 at the London Hilton, Park Lane.

The auction lot will include exclusive cricket memorabilia such as Sachin Tendulkar’s ‘t-shirt’ from his 200th Test match, 2011 World cup winning medal along with a chance to win a dinner date with Yuvraj and a special practice session with the Indian cricketer himself. The proceeds from the auction will go to Yuvraj Singh’s cancer charity ‘YOUWECAN’, which aims to create awareness around the early detection of cancer and organises free screenings for the cancer patients.

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Celebrating 200 years of Lord’s definitely proved to be a runfest as Aaron Finch and Yuvraj Singh starred on the ‘legend-filled’ day with individual tons as Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) beat Rest of the World Xl (RoW) by 7 wickets.

RoW skipper Shane Warne won the toss and elected to bat first as Yuvraj Singh responded with a fine century to help his side post a target of 294 on the board. However, the MCC batsmen eased to the total thanks to Aaron Finch who played most of his 145-ball 181 in overdrive mode.

Adam Gilchrist and Virender Sehwag, two of the world’s deadliest batsmen in their careers, opened the batting for RoW and they were up against a fiery Brett Lee and Umar Gul first up. Gilchrist looked the same old attacking player as he raced to 29 off 21 balls with four consecutive boundaries off express pacer and fellow countryman Shaun Tait as RoW posted 50 on the board inside just 6 overs. Sehwag looked steady at the other end before Lee knocked over his middle stump for 22, leaving the scoreboard showing 54-1.

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore kicked off their campaign for the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League with a comprehensive 8 wicket win against the Delhi Daredevils at Sharjah. Delhi, playing without their talismanic skipper Kevin Pietersen, were no match for a well oiled RCB unit, which dominated most of the game barring 5 overs to the end of the Delhi innings.

Put into bat after losing the toss, Delhi collapsed to 17-3 and then 35-4 with their all Indian top order of Mayank Agarwal (6), Dinesh Karthik (0) and Manoj Tiwary (1) failing miserably. Murali Vijay made 18 on his Delhi debut, but took 20 deliveries to get there in the carnage around him, and eventually also perished to a beauty from leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who had more than a little look of Anil Kumble about him. The leggie bowled an outstanding spell, taking 1-18 from his 4 overs and was well supported by Varun Aaron (1-9) and Albie Morkel (1-18) from 3 overs each.

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Sri Lanka won the battle of the subcontinental sides, beating India by 6 wickets in a largely one sided contest at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday. Sri Lanka won the toss and put India in, a move which paid rich dividends as India struggled to 130-4 in their 20 overs, despite an outstanding 77 from just 58 balls from India's talisman Virat Kohli, who was brilliantly deprived of the strike in the last 5 overs as Sri Lanka's bowlers reigned supreme.

Sri Lanka chased down the paltry target with 13 balls to spare with former skipper Kumar Sangakkara leading the way in his final T20 innings with an unbeaten 52 from 35 balls to guide his team to an easy win.

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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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