Weekly Digest (Feb 4-Feb 10): From India's T20I series defeat in New Zealand to Man City's thumping win

Presenting a wrap of all that happened in the world of sports in the past week.

The Black Caps celebrate after winning the International T20 Game 3 between India and New Zealand at Seddon Park.   -  getty images

CRICKET

Colin Munro's explosive 72 set New Zealand up for a four-run win over India in a cliff-hanger finish to Sunday's Twenty20 match in Hamilton, handing the host a 2-1 series victory. (REPORT)

The Indian women’s team almost pulled off a dramatic win with a four required off the final delivery, but managed to score only one run, losing the third T20 International against New Zealand by two runs here on Sunday. (REPORT)

Australia is "absolutely" capable of winning the Cricket World Cup in England as star duo Steve Smith and David Warner prepare to return, according to assistant coach Ricky Ponting. (REPORT)

On the sidelines of a Ranji Trophy contest that could well have been his last as a national selector — the final between Vidarbha and Saurashtra — M. S. K. Prasad opens up on the historic series win in Australia, the build-up to the World Cup, and more. (REPORT)

Vidarbha defended its Ranji Trophy title by beating Saurashtra by 78 runs in the final. (REPORT)

Vidarbha players after winning second straight Ranji Trophy title.   -  Vivek Bendre

 

Ollie Pope and Sam Hain put on a 105-run third-wicket stand on a flat track as the visiting side and India A played out a draw in Wayanad. (REPORT)

The BCCI is set to appoint former Test opener Vikram Rathour as batting coach of India A and Under 19 teams but since he is a relative of U-19 national selector Ashish Kapoor, the recruitment may lead to a ‘conflict of interest’ controversy. (REPORT)

Muttiah Muralitharan admits he feared destructive batsman Virender Sehwag the most, and also learnt a lot from the Indian opener's attitude. (REPORT)

FOOTBALL

Sergio Aguero equalled the record for Premier League hat-tricks as a rampant Manchester City thrashed Chelsea 6-0 at home to leapfrog Liverpool and return to the table's summit. (REPORT)

Manchester City star Sergio Aguero equalled Alan Shearer's Premier League record of 11 hat-tricks following his 56-minute treble against Chelsea on Sunday.   -  afp

 

Real Madrid beat bitter rival Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano for the first time, as Gareth Bale's 100th goal for the club helped secure a 3-1 win to move it up to second in La Liga. (REPORT)

Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah got the goals as Liverpool beat Bournemouth 3-0. (REPORT)

Manchester United moved into the top four of the Premier League table with a 3-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday. (REPORT)

Manchester United star Paul Pogba   -  Getty Images

 

Bayern Munich closed to within five points of top spot in the Bundesliga with a hard-earned 3-1 win over Schalke at Allianz Arena on Saturday. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund let a three-goal lead slip inside 15 second-half minutes as Hoffenheim claimed a 3-3 draw that could put a dent in the host's Bundesliga title charge. (REPORT)

Edinson Cavani will sit out the first leg of Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League encounter with Manchester United, the club confirmed on Sunday saying the striker had sustained damage to a tendon in his hip. (REPORT)

India women’s football team defeated Iran by a solitary goal to begin its campaign at the Hero Gold Cup on a winning note at the Kalinga Stadium on Saturday. (REPORT)

Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala's family grieved on Friday after British authorities formally identified his body as the one recovered from the wreckage of a plane that went down in the Channel more than two weeks ago. (REPORT)

TENNIS

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won his first ATP Tour title since 2017 with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Pierre-Hugues Herbert at the Open Sud de France. (REPORT)

Daniil Medvedev claimed victory in the final of the Sofia Open on Sunday, beating Marton Fucsovics 6-4 6-3. (REPORT)

Second seed Corentin Moutet dished out a stunning performance to beat Australian Andrew Harris in straight sets and clinch the Chennai Open ATP Challenger 2019 title. (REPORT)

Corentin Moutet poses with the Chennai Open Challenger 2019 title after beating Andrew Harris in the final.   -  R. Ragu

 

Ly Haong Nam reveals how a Facebook chat between him and Sumit Nagal led the pair to the 2015 Wimbledon boys' Doubles title. (REPORT)

Six of the top-10 women's stars, including top seed Simona Halep, will be see in action at the Qatar Open 2019 beginning on Monday. (REPORT)

Ankita Raina played strong but India slipped to a 1-2 defeat to Korea in the match for the third place in the Fed Cup Asia Oceania group-1 women’s tennis tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Saturday. (REPORT)

India’s tennis star Sania Mirza, who recently had her first child, is planning to return to the court by the end of 2019 season. (REPORT)

Pakistan was drawn at home to India in an Asian Davis Cup qualifying tie that could present political problems. (REPORT)

MORE SPORTS

P. V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will light up the Senior National Badminton Championships to be held in Guwahati from February 10 to 16. (REPORT)

India’s star paddlers, Sharath Kamal and G. Sathiyan, feel that the delay in the appointment of a foreign coach for the senior men's and women's national team has resulted in the team “losing momentum." (REPORT)

England’s Jamie Chadwick scripted history in the MRF Challenge, becoming the first female driver to claim the championship in seven seasons, as she finished the third and final round of the International series with a triple crown, including two back-to-back wins, on Sunday. (REPORT)

“It (winning the championship) hasn’t sunk in yet. I would like to thank my team and am happy that everything came together this weekend," said Chadwick after the win.   -  special arrangement

 

Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) dished out a scintillating performance to stun defending champion Punjab 3-2 and lift the ninth Senior National Men’s Hockey Championship crown in Gwalior on Sunday. (REPORT)

Kenya's Michael Saruni ran the second-fastest indoor 800 meters in history on Saturday, winning the title in 1min 43.98secs at the 112th Millrose Games athletics meet. (REPORT)

Anderson Silva's long-awaited return to the octagon did not go according to plan after the MMA legend was beaten by Israel Adesanya at UFC 234. (REPORT)