Weekly Digest (Apr 16 to 22): From Wenger's Arsenal exit to Gayle-storm in IPL

A round-up of all that happened in the world of sports in the last week.

The outgoing Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, who announced that he was stepping down from his position after nearly 22 years, on April 20, 2018.   -  AFP



The week began with Kolkata Knight Riders inflicting a 71-run defeat of Delhi Daredevils at Eden Gardens, in the 13th match of IPL 2018. (REPORT)

Sticking to IPL, Chris Gayle was easily the star of the week, amassing 166 runs (104 and 62) and finishing unbeaten in two innings for Kings XI Punjab. Kings XI won both its matches, against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders, by handsome margins too! (REPORT) (REPORT)

Elsewhere, Shane Watson became the first man in IPL history to score a hundred (a 57-ball 106) against his former team, doing so for CSK against Rajasthan Royals. (REPORT)

CSK was another team which won both its matches in the week, the second by a narrow four runs over Sunrisers Hyderabad. Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina made valuable half-centuries to help CSK post three for 182, which proved just enough. Kane Williamson's impressive 51-ball 84 and Yusuf Pathan's 27-ball 45 took Sunrisers agonisingly to 183. (REPORT)

In between, an AB de Villiers masterclass helped Royal Challengers Bangalore overhaul a seemingly stiff target of 175 and leave Delhi Daredevils rooted to the bottom of the table. The South Africa batsman's unbeaten 39-ball 90 won him the man of the match award. (REPORT)

K. Gowtham’s last-minute heroics gave Rajasthan Royals a thrilling win over Mumbai Indians in Jaipur. (REPORT)

International cricket

Tim Paine, the newly-appointed Australia Test captain, promised that Australia will cut down on sledging and take a fresh approach. (REPORT)

The International Cricket Council has decided to discuss the declining player behaviour at its quarterly board meeting in Kolkata next week. (REPORT)

Virender Sehwag admitted that India is a favourite to win the 2019 World Cup, given it has pretty much every base covered. (REPORT)


Mohamed Salah scored one of Liverpool's two goals in its 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion and equalled the record for the most goals scored in a Premier League season (31), joining greats like Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez. (REPORT)

Arsene Wenger will bring his 22-year stay in charge of Arsenal to an end at the end of the season. (REPORT)

Manchester United came from a goal behind in the FA Cup semifinal against Tottenham Hotspur, to win 2-1 and seal its place in the final, awaiting the winning of the other semifinal between Chelsea and Southampton. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich will have to cope without Arturo Vidal for the remainder of the season after having an operation on a knee injury. (REPORT)

Robert Lewandowski created history with his 105th Bundesliga goal for Bayern Munich on Saturday, the most by any non-German player for one club in the competition's history. (REPORT)

Olivier Giroud's wonderful goal and an Alvaro Morata header earned Chelsea a 2-0 win against Southampton on Sunday and a return to the FA Cup final. (REPORT)

Barcelona bagged its 30th Copa del Rey title, beating Sevilla 5-0 in the final of the competition. Lionel Messi reached 40 goals for the season. (REPORT)

A moment of madness from Samad Ali Mallick proved costly for East Bengal as Bengaluru FC romped to a 4-1 win to clinch the inaugural Super Cup in Bhubaneswar on Friday. (REPORT)


Rafael Nadal maintained his place at the top of the world rankings with victory in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday. (REPORT)

Petra Kvitova put the Czech Republic through to the Fed Cup final and they will face the US, thanks to Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys. (REPORT)

Motor Sport

Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda is confident that Lewis Hamilton will sign a new contract with the team. (REPORT)

Other sports


India's Rahil Gangjee won the Panasonic Open title by hitting a birdie in the last hole. (REPORT)

Anirban Lahiri dropped to a tied-66th in the third round of the Texas Open, having only made amends on day two by playing four-under 68 to propel himself to a tied-46th. (REPORT)


India's top woman player, Joshna Chinappa defeated former World number one, Nicol David of Malaysia in round two and enter the quarterfinal of the El Gouna International. (REPORT)

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