Weekly Digest (Apr 23-29): From Mumbai Indians' win to Wenger's last trip to Old Trafford

Here's a summary of all that happened in the world of sports over the last seven days.

Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten fifty to take Mumbai Indians to its second win of the season.   -  B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM


Indian Premier League

The week that passed by saw some fascinating scenes at the India Premier League (IPL), where some of the low-key teams stunned the tournament favourites.

# While Mumbai Indians pulled off a last moment victory against Chennai Super Kings, after a series of losses, Delhi Daredevils got the better of Kolkata Knight Riders.

# The week was also witnessed some dramatic turn of events as Gautam Gambhir, who was named the skipper of Delhi Daredevils after seven years stint with Kolkata Knight Riders, stepped down from his role following series of poor performances. Shreyas Iyer was promoted as the new leader of the team, and the move worked for the side as it defeated Kolkata Knight Riders in the next fixture.

# Sunrisers Hyderabad tops the table, after its victory against Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.


Other cricket news

# The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named Diana Edulji and Pankaj Roy for the C. K. Nayudu Award for lifetime achievement for the year 2016-2017, while Anshuman Gaekwad and Sudha Shah were named for the same award for the year 2017-2018. However, Edulji, who is also a member of the Committee of Administrators (CoA), has refused to accept the award.

# In a significant development, the International Cricket Council has decided to grant T20 international status to all the 104 member nations. In the board meeting in Kolkata, it was decided that all the 104 nations — of which 18 already enjoy the status (12 full members and six associates) — will be allowed to play the shortest format of the game at the international level. (REPORT)

# There are no India-Pakistan bilateral series in the first Future Tours Programme — from 2019 to 2023 — listed out by the International Cricket Council. (REPORT)

# The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appointed Aashish Kapoor as chairman of the All-India Junior Selection Committee. (REPORT)


Champions League

Real Madrid showcased its supremacy against another European heavyweight, Bayern Munich, by winning the away leg 2-1 and putting itself in a favourable position ahead of the return leg at Santiago Bernabeu on May 1. (REPORT)

Mohamed Salah scored a brace and set up two more goals to help Liverpool win the home leg against his former club (Roma) 5-2. Unfortunately, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a knee ligament damage which has not only ruled him out of the ongoing domestic season but also from the upcoming FIFA World Cup. (REPORT)

Europa League

Arsenal failed to harness a man and a goal advantage against Atletico Madrid, only managing a 1-1 draw in the home leg. Alexandre Lacazette gave Arsenal the lead but the north London club was pegged back by an Antoine Griezmann equaliser with eight minutes of the 90' left. (REPORT)

Serie A

Juventus showed the stuff of champion to come back from a goal down to beat a 10-man Inter Milan 3-2 and remain in control of retaining the Serie A title. (REPORT)

Premier League

Arsene Wenger's last trip to Old Trafford as Arsenal manager ended in a 2-1 loss after Marouane Fellaini's injury-time header. (REPORT)

Stoke City walked away from Anfield with a clean sheet in the opening Premier League match of the weekend, to give itself a slim chance of avoiding relegation. Liverpool needs one more win from the remaining two matches to secure top four. (REPORT)

Chelsea won 1-0 courtesy a Cesc Fabregas goal against Swansea City at Liberty Stadium and gave itself a chance of finishing in the top four. (REPORT)

Wes Brown was in Bangalore for a promotional event during which he made the comment that Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea, is the best in the world. (REPORT)

La Liga

Thanks to goals from Gareth Bale and Borja Mayoral, Real Madrid secured a 2-1 win over Leganes. (REPORT)


Bayern Munich showed no signs of hangover from the defeat midweek by comfortably beating Eintracht Frankfurt 4-1 at home. (REPORT)


# Rafael Nadal blew unseeded teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas away to claim an 11th Barcelona Open title with another clay-court exhibition in his homeland on Sunday. Earlier, on way to the final, Nadal racked up the 400th clay court victory of his career.  (REPORT)

# Prajnesh Gunneswaran clinched his first ATP Challenger title after defeating Egypt’s Mohammed Safwat 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 in the final of the Kunming Open on Sunday. (REPORT)


# H. S. Prannoy and Saina Nehwal settled for bronze with defeats to their respective opponents at the Asia Badminton Championships.(REPORT)

# Top Indian shuttlers, including P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, qualified for the prestigious badminton World Championships to be held in Nanjing, China, from July 30 to August 5. (REPORT)

# Japan’s Kento Momota defeated Olympic gold-medallist Chen Long 21-17, 21-13 in the final of the Asia Championship. (REPORT)


Lewis Hamilton snatched an unlikely victory at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was forced to retire with just three laps to go in a dramatic finale in Baku. (REPORT)


# Indian pugilists Sumit Sangwan (91kg) and Nikhat Zareen (51kg) struck gold to power India to a 13-medal haul at the 56th Belgrade International Boxing Tournament in Serbia. (REPORT)


# World athletics’ governing body introduced controversial new rules for female athletes, who have high testosterone levels, in a move seen as targeting South Africa’s double Olympic 800 metres champion Caster Semenya. (REPORT)

# Sprinter Dutee Chand will be a relieved person, after four years of an ordeal, as she no longer falls in the purview of the new rules, announced, by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), pertaining to female athletes, who have high testosterone levels. (REPORT)

# Recently crowned Commonwealth Games (CWG) javelin throw champion Neeraj Chopra has been recommended by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) for the country’s highest sporting honour — the Khel Ratna Award. (REPORT)


# Sheeraz Sheikh shot 118 and placed 23rd in men’s skeet in the shooting World Cup which concluded in Changwon, Korea. (REPORT)


# Going on a birdie-spree towards the end, Shubhankar Sharma fired a 5-under 67, his best card of the week, to finish T-15th at the Volvo China Open. (REPORT)

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