Weekly Digest: Of India's Windies whitewash and City's derby win

A round-up of all that happened in the world of sport over the last seven days.

Manchester City players celebrate during their 3-1 win over Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.   -  AP

CRICKET

India rode on Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant's half-centuries to soar to a six-wicket victory against West Indies and win the T20 series 3-0. (Report)

Mithali Raj smashed an aggressive half century to guide India to an easy seven-wicket victory over arch-rival Pakistan in the ICC Women’s World T20 on Sunday. (Report)

England claimed its first away Test victory in 13 matches on Friday with a commanding win against Sri Lanka in Galle. (Report)

David Miller and Faf du Plessis plundered big centuries in a batting masterclass as South Africa beat Australia by 40 runs to win its one-day series and inflict another defeat on Justin Langer's misfiring side. (Report)

Abhishek Nayar will achieve another first-class milestone when he turns up for Puducherry during the second leg of Ranji Trophy. (Report)

Injured wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha is confident of returning to first-class cricket in December, having completed his rehabilitation programme after a shoulder surgery in July. (Report)

For the first time in 35 years, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be marked “absent” at the Annual General Meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to be held in Lahore on November 17. (Report)

BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry has become the first high profile office bearer to have written to the independent probe panel, offering to assist them in the alleged sexual harassment case against CEO Rahul Johri. (Report)

 Steve Smith has given his conditional availability for the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) insisting he would only matches in the United Arab Emirates and not travel to Pakistan for the play-offs and final.(Report)

The Test career of Rangana Herath ended on a losing note, but the spinner said: “I'm thankful for all those years that I have played.” (Report)

Shiva Singh — the U-19 World Cup winner from Prithvi Shaw’s side — has raised a strong point to defend his 360 degree bowling act in the C. K. Nayudu Trophy. (Report)

FOOTBALL

Lionel Messi scored twice but was unable to prevent La Liga leader Barcelona from slipping to a chaotic 4-3 defeat to Real Betis at Camp Nou. (Report)
 

Manchester City had little difficulty beating bitter rival Manchester United 3-1 in Sunday's derby, as David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan scored to leave Jose Mourinho's side 12 points adrift of the pacesetter. (Report)

Paco Alcacer came off the bench to score a wonderful winner as Borussia Dortmund completed a stunning comeback to down Bundesliga rival Bayern Munich 3-2 in a brilliant Der Klassiker. (Report)

Manchester United scored twice in the last four minutes to come from behind and secure a 2-1 away Champions League win over Juventus, cancelling out Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning opener. (Report)

Top players could be banned from the World Cup if they take part in any breakaway competition, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has warned. (Report)

Churchill Brothers held I-Leauge debutant Real Kashmir FC to a 0-0 draw in the first ever top-division fixture held in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. (Report)

TENNIS

Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas capped a breakthrough season by rallying from a set down to beat Australian Alex de Minaur in the Gen Next ATP final. (Report)

Former world number five Lucie Safarova will retire from tennis after the 2019 Australian Open. The 31-year-old made the announcement ahead of the Fed Cup final between Czech Republic and United States, citing health issues as the main reason behind her decision. (Report)

Andy Murray  announced that he will make his return from injury at the Brisbane International in January. (Report)

BADMINTON

World champion Kento Momota survived a spirited challenge from Taiwan's Chou Tien-chen to win the Fuzhou China Open on Sunday. (Report)

Two days after handing out a two-year suspension to State men’s doubles champion N.G. Balasubramannian for an innocuous post on social media, the Kerala Badminton (Shuttle) Association has backtracked and virtually withdrawn the order. (Report)

Malaysian star Lee Chong Wei said he plans to return to badminton after successful treatment for nose cancer, insisting he had no intention of retiring. (Report)

CHESS

Sunday proved an off-day for Levon Aronian and that made things easier for the hard-working Hikaru Nakamura. The top seed justified the expectations to claim the rapid title of the USD 40,000 Tata Steel chess tournament in Kolkata.

The brightest spot for the host was provided by P. Hari Krishna, who signed off with a victory over Vidit Gujrati and tied for the second spot with Aronian. Sergey Karjakin and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov shared the fourth spot. (Report)

The second round of the 2018 World Chess Championships in London between three-time defending champion Magnus Carlsen and American Fabiano Caruana ended in a draw. (Report)

SQUASH

India’s highest-ranked squash player Saurav Ghosal has improved his ranking by a notch to 11th – his career-best. (Report)

GOLF

An emotional Lee Westwood secured his first European Tour title since April 2014 after a final round of 64 clinched a three-shot victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. (Report)

BOXING

Boxing’s Olympic future hangs in balance but the teams that have checked in for the 10th women’s world championships here are only “mildly concerned” about the administrative drama that threatens a much-awaited expansion in Tokyo 2020. (Report)

ATHLETICS

Maharashtra’s Avantika Narale broke Dutee Chand’s nine-year-old 200m Under-16 girls meet record on the final day of the 34th National junior athletics championships at Ranchi on Monday. (Report)

Olympic chief Thomas Bach said on Thursday he was “very confident” that Italy would present a joint bid by Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo to host the 2026 Winter Olympics despite the country's government ruling out funding. (Report)

WRESTLING

World championships silver medallist Bajrang Punia became the first Indian wrestler to secure the No. 1 slot in the world rankings issued on Saturday. (Report)

SHOOTING

It was a golden climax for India as the 16-year-old Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary combined to clinch the junior mixed air pistol gold with a junior world record of 485.4 in the 11th Asian Air Gun championship which concluded in Kuwait on Friday. (Report)

Saurabh Chaudhary added yet another feather to his cap as he beat compatriot Arjun Singh Cheema by 2.1 points to win the junior men’s air pistol gold in the 11th Asian Air Gun Championship in Kuwait on Thursday. (Report)

MOTORSPORT

Vietnam will host a Formula One grand prix for the first time in 2020 after a "multi-year deal" was agreed for races to be staged in Hanoi. (Report)

Sebastian Vettel has been handed a EUR 25,000 fine following an incident at the weighbridge during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix. (Report)

TABLE TENNIS

Star Indian paddler Gnanasekaran Sathiyan knocked out world number 16 Marcos Freitas after a gripping battle to move to the pre-quarterfinals of the ITTF Austrian Open in Linz. He lost his next contest, against Xin Xu, to bow out. (Report)

HOCKEY

Manpreet Singh will lead the Indian side at the 2018 Hockey World Cup to be played in Bhubaneswar. (Report)

Pakistan’s chances of participating in the Hockey World Cup received another blow after the country’s cricket board, PCB, turned down a request for financial aid to send the national team for the mega event in India beginning November 28. (Report)