Weekly Digest: From Rohit's heroics and India's first NBA experience to Manchester City's shock loss

Here's a round up of all the sporting action from the week gone by: from Rohit Sharma's phenomenal show with the bat to Manchester City's shock loss.

Men in the limelight: Rohit Sharma struck back to back centuries in India's thumping win over South Africa in the first Test, while Adama Traore's brace steered Wolves to a 2-0 win over Manchester City.

CRICKET

Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja ran through the South African batting line-up on the final day to hand India a 203-run victory over South Africa in the first Test at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam. Off-spinner R. Ashwin became the joint-fastest bowler — alongside Muttiah Muralitharan — to take 350 Test wickets. (Report)

From struggling to cope with an injury and almost letting go of cricket to now being one wicket away from becoming the joint-fastest bowler to get to 350 Test wickets, Ravichandran Ashwin's return to Test cricket has been an interesting journey. Hear about it from the man himself on our podcast, Couch Talk:

The India Women’s cricket team, despite being hammered by South Africa in sixth T20I by 105 runs, celebrated a 3-1 series victory at Surat. (Report)

India's Ravindra Jadeja became the fastest left-arm bowler to claim 200 Test wickets, on the third day of the first Test in Visakhapatnam. (Report)

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Mohammad Hasnain, at 19 years and 183 days old, became the youngest player to record a T20I hat-trick, a feat he achieved in the first T20I against Sri Lanka. (Report)

Tamil Nadu Cricket Association's internal committee said it had found ‘no actionable incidents’ of wrongdoing in the 2019 edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League after allegations of fixing by cricketers and coaches surfaced in media last month. (Report)

Australia’s Alyssa Healy set a new world record for the highest individual score in women’s T20Is as she clobbered a 61-ball 148 against Sri Lanka in Sydney. (Report)

The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction for 2020 is likely to be held in Kolkata on December 19. (Report)

FOOTBALL

Premier League

Manchester City suffered its second league defeat of the season, losing 2-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers with Adama Traore scoring a brace. The defeat means the defending champion trails Liverpool by eight points after eight matches. (Report)

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Adama Traore celebrates scoring in Wolves' win over Manchester City   -  Getty Images

Liverpool maintained its perfect start to its Premier League campaign with a 2-1 win over Leicester City, with James Milner creating Sadio Mane's goal in the first half and dispatching a stoppage-time penalty to win the three points for the Reds after James Maddison had pulled the Foxes level. (Report)

Chelsea beat Southampton 4-1 at St. Mary's Stadium with Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, N'Golo Kante and Michy Batshuayi getting on the scoresheet. The result means Chelsea has stitched together back-to-back wins in the league for the first time this season. (Report)

Champions League

Real Madrid came back from two goals down to draw against Club Brugge at the Santiago Bernabeu, the draw keeping it winless in Group A. Sergio Ramos and Casemiro scored for the host after Emmanuel Bonaventure had put the Belgian side 2-0 up in the first half. (Report)

Barcelona came from behind to beat Inter Milan in a thrilling Champions League fixture at Camp Nou. Luis Suarez scored a brace to win the points for the home team after Lautaro Martinez had put Antonio Conte's men ahead with an early goal. (Report)

Indian football

Peerless SC won the 2019 Calcutta Football League after East Bengal chose to stay away from playing its final match against Calcutta Customs at the Kalyani Stadium on Thursday. (Report)

Bengaluru FC has been granted to play its Indian Super League (ISL) home matches at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, though it remains to be seen if the defending champion will play its first match on October 21 at the venue with only a limited time left to prepare the pitch. (Report)

The All-India Football Federation and the Asian Football Confederation this week invited the Indian Super League and I-League clubs to a meeting at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur on October 14 to formulate the future roadmap for Indian football. (Report)

BASKETBALL

India got its first taste of the NBA with the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings flying down for a pre-season tour. The Pacers cruised to comfortable wins in both ties. (Report)

NBA is considering launching a basketball league in India, along the lines of the Basketball Africa League. (Report)

 

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Indiana Pacers' Malcolm Brogdon in action during his side's 130-106 win over Sacramento Kings on Saturday.   -  Vivek Bendre



WRESTLING

The Wrestling Federation of India sacked men’s freestyle coach Hossein Karimi just six months into his tenure, claiming that the Iranian brought with himself a VIP culture which cannot be followed in the country. (Report)

HOCKEY

The Indian men’s hockey team outclassed reigning World and European Champion Belgium 5-1 in the fifth and final match to remain unbeaten in its Tour of Belgium. (Report)

Goals by Navjot Kaur and Gurjit Kaur helped the Indian women’s hockey team hold host Great Britain to a 2-2 draw in the last match of its Tour to England. (Report)

BADMINTON

World champion P.V. Sindhu slipped a place to the sixth spot after a poor run in the last two weeks but former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap continued his good run, breaking into the top 25 in the latest BWF rankings. (Report)

Top Indian shuttlers, including world champion P. V. Sindhu and former winner Kidambi Srikanth, have been handed tough draws at the French Open World Tour Super 750 tournament, starting in Paris on October 22. (Report)

BOXING

Saweety Boora made it to the pre-quarterfinals of the AIBA Women’s World Championships in Ulan-Ude in Russia, while Neeraj bowed out of the tournament. Swaeety defeated Mogolia’s Myagmarjargal Munkhbat 5-0 in the 75kg category, and will take on Commonwealth Games gold medallist and second-seeded Welsh boxer, Lauren Price on October 8. (Report)

Saliem Malik made history by becoming the first boxer from Ladakh to represent the union territory at the National boxing championships. He lost his 63kg first round to Jharkhand’s Ravi Soy. (Report)

KABADDI

Pawan Sehrawat broke Pardeep Narwal’s record of most number of raid points scored by a player in a match when Bengaluru Bulls thrashed Haryana Steelers 59-36. (Report) (Feature)

UP Yoddha romped to a 50-33 win over a second-string Dabang Delhi side to clinch the final spot in the playoffs. Jaipur Pink Panthers, which means, miss out by a whisker. (Report)

Sacramento Kings owner, Vivek Ranadive, has expressed his interest in investing in the Pro Kabaddi League (Report)

 

MOTORSPORT

Marc Marquez overtook Fabio Quartararo on the final lap to win the race in Buriram, hereby also clinching his sixth MotoGP title, and eighth overall championship. (Report)

TENNIS

Former US Open champion Naomi Osaka endured a rocky year, but it all came good on Sunday as she claimed her second WTA Tour title in succession after battling from a set down defeat world number one Ashleigh Barty in the China Open final. (Report)

Stefanos Tsitsipas took the opening set in his first final since May, but the Greek had no answer to Dominic Thiem's comeback as the latter soared to the China Open title. (Report)

Andy Murray was given a favourable draw at the 2019 Shanghai Masters while Roger Federer could face Marin Cilic in his opening match. (Report)

Sumit Nagal claimed his career's second Challenger title last week with a 6-4, 6-2 win over World No. 166 Facundo Bagnis in the final of the Buenos Aires Challenger. The budding tennis star is however surprised that despite zooming up close to the top-100 in world rankings, support has not swelled enough. (Report)

ATHLETICS

Avinash Sable sealed a berth for 2020 Tokyo Olympics by clocking a national record timing of 8:21:37 in the men's 3000m steeplechase final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha. (Report)

Annu Rani set a new javelin national record with a massive 62.43m throw at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha. The 27-year-old bettered her own previous record of 62.34m. (Report)

India’s mixed campaign at the IAAF World Athletics Championships ended with T. Gopi finishing 21st in men’s marathon on Sunday. (Report)

Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim didn't disappoint the home crowd by bagging a gold in the men's high jump at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha. He cleared 2.37 metres in his first attempt. (Report)

Dalilah Muhammad of the United States set a new world record as she powered to victory in the 400 metres hurdles at the IAAF World Athletics Championships. She bettered her own world record of 52.20 set at the US Trials in Iowa in July. (Report)

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Bahrain's Salwa Eid Naser stunned race favourite Shaunae Miller-Uibo to take the women's 400 metres world title in the third fastest time ever run of 48.14 seconds. Naser had beaten Hima Das for the gold at the 2018 Asian Games. (Report)

Noah Lyles, despite not being in his best of form, nothing could stop him from capturing the 200 metres title at the World Athletics Championships in Doha. (Report)

Mo Farah's former coach Alberto Salazar has been banned from athletics for four years after multiple anti-doping violations. USADA said he was "orchestrating and facilitating prohibited doping conduct while acting, as head coach of the Nike Oregon Project." (Report)

Allyson Felix surpassed Usain Bolt to become the most decorated performer in World Athletics Championships history, when she helped the United States to victory in the mixed-gender 4x400m relay. (Report)

Jamaican sprint legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won her fourth women's 100 metres world title in Doha. The two-time Olympic champion raced to an impressive victory in a record time of 10.71 seconds. (Report)

Christian Coleman shrugged off the drug controversy and coasted to the finish line of 100 metres in a world-leading 9.76sec to claim his first major outdoor championship gold medal. (Report)