Weekly Digest (April 1-7): From Russell's blitzkrieg against RCB to Lewandowski's 200th Bundesliga goal

Robert Lewandowski scored his 200th and 201st Bundesliga goal as Bayern Munich reclaimed the top spot in the table with a 5-0 mauling of title rival Borussia Dortmund. Andre Russell took Royal Challengers Bangalore's bowlers to the cleaners as KKR scored 54 runs in the 13 balls to win the match.

An elated Andre Russell punches the air after clinching a thrilling win for KKR.   -  PTI Photo

Cricket

Sam Curran's hat-trick and Mohammed Shami's fiery spell at the death dented Delhi Capitals’ chase of 167 as Kings XI Punjab won by 14 runs at the PCA Stadium, Mohali. (REPORT)

Shreyas Gopal's 3-12 and Jos Buttler's 59 off 43 balls set up a seven-wicket  Rajasthan Royals against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. (REPORT)

An all-round display by Mumbai Indians condemned Chennai Super Kings to its first defeat of IPL 2019 by 37 runs at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. (REPORT)

Jonny Bairstow's quickfire 48 (28b, 9X4, 1X6), backed up a disciplined bowling effort by Sunrisers Hyderabad helped it register a five-wicket win over Delhi Capitals at the Feroze Shah Kotla, Delhi. (REPORT)

Andre Russell smashed an unbeaten 48 off 13 balls in the chase of 206 as Kolkata Knight Riders handed Royal Challengers Bangalore its fifth successive defeat in IPL 2019, at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. (REPORT)

Chennai Super Kings bowlers stifled Kings XI Punjab in the chase of 161 to clinch a win by 22 runs at  M.A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. (REPORT)

Alzarri Joseph recorded 6-12 -- the best figures in IPL history--- on debut as Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 40 runs at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Hyderabad. (REPORT)

Kagiso Rabada's 4-21 and Shreyas Iyer's 67 off 50 balls helped Delhi Capitals to a four-wicket victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. (REPORT)

The decision of Afghanistan selection committee to remove Asghar Afghan as the skipper of national team, a month before the World Cup, has drawn flak from top cricketers of the country. (REPORT)

New Zealand opted for experience in the 15-man squad named on Wednesday for this year's cricket World Cup, with rookie Tom Blundell's inclusion as back-up wicketkeeper the only real surprise. (REPORT)

Sri Lanka’s cricket board on Wednesday fined captain Dimuth Karunaratne $7,000 after he was arrested for drink-driving, with the player also ordered to stand trial next month. (REPORT)

The likes of Virat Kohli, Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy called on fans to support a unique mixed-gender Twenty20 exhibition match. (REPORT)

Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets to move top of the IPL table. (REPORT)

Football

Paris prosecutors have opened an investigation against Patrice Evra over “homophobic insults” aimed at Paris Saint-Germain. (REPORT)

Indian Super League side ATK reached the quarterfinals of the Hero Super Cup after a convincing 3-1 win over Real Kashmir at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. (REPORT)

FIFA resists calls for concussion substitution amid threat of 'catastrophic' injury citing the rule change will be abused by managers. (REPORT)

Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette scored as Arsenal edged to a 10th Premier League home win in a row against Newcastle United. (REPORT)

The president of the German Football Association (DFB) Reinhard Grindel confirmed that he had stepped down from his post amid reports that he had accepted the gift of a EUR 6,000 (USD 6,700) watch from UEFA vice-president Hryhoriy Surkis. (REPORT)

Ashley Young was sent off as Manchester United's Champions League qualification hopes were dented by a 2-1 Premier League defeat at Wolves. (REPORT)

Stunning late goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez spared Barcelona's blushes as it rescued a 4-4 draw with Villarreal in an incredible contest at the Estadio de la Ceramica.  (REPORT)

Fulham was relegated from the Premier League following a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Watford at Vicarage Road. (REPORT)

The Indian women's football team cruised to a 2-0 win against Indonesia in its first match of the Olympic Qualifiers Round . (REPORT)

Borussia Monchengladbach will need to appoint a new head coach for 2019-20 as Dieter Hecking will leave the club at the end of the season. (REPORT)

Neymar returned to PSG training after a four month layoff due to injury. (REPORT)

Robert Lewandowski came off the bench to help 10-man Bayern Munich win 5-4 at home to Heidenheim in a remarkable DFB-Pokal quarter-final. (REPORT)

Samuel Lalmuanpuia, Kalif Al Hasan and C.K. Vineeth missed good chances to win it for their sides as the first leg of the AFC Cup between Chennaiyin FC and Minerva Punjab FC ended in a 0-0 draw. (REPORT)

Indian Super League club ATK has completed the signing of Jobby Justin from I-League club East Bengal on a three-year contract starting June 2019. (REPORT)

The jury in the trial of David Duckenfield, the match commander at Hillsborough on the day of the 1989 disaster, has failed to reach a verdict. (REPORT)

Yaya Toure believes Leonardo Bonucci's reaction to his Juventus team-mate Moise Kean suffering racist abuse against Cagliari was "the worst scenario you can have in football". (REPORT)

Goncalo Guedes scored as Valencia won 2-1 at home to Real Madrid in LaLiga. (REPORT)

Manchester City eased back to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Cardiff City at the Etihad Stadium. (REPORT)

Chelsea's fringe players justified their selection as Callum Hudson-Odoi, Olivier Giroud and Ruben Loftus-Cheek played crucial roles in Wednesday's 3-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion. (REPORT)

Tottenham moved up to third in the Premier League as it opened its new stadium with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Mauro Icardi scored on his Inter Milan return as the Nerazzurri eased to a much-needed 4-0 Serie A win at 10-man Genoa. (REPORT)

Belgium holds on to top spot in the latest FIFA world football rankings with France in second spot ahead of Brazil, in third place. (REPORT)

Ajax has announced the signing of Razvan Marin in a €12.5 million deal that will see the midfielder replace Frenkie de Jong for the Eredivisie side ahead of 2019-20. (REPORT)

Chennai City FC produced a spirited performance to beat defending champion Bengaluru FC 2-1 and advance to the semifinal of the Hero Super Cup 2019. (REPORT)

Brazil football legend Pele is receiving treatment for a urinary tract infection in a hospital in Paris. (REPORT)

I-League team Minerva Punjab FC is considering shutting down, its owner Ranjit Bajaj said on Friday. (REPORT)

Edinson Cavani has returned to Paris Saint-Germain training ahead of the end of the Ligue 1 season. (REPORT)

Balwant Singh scored a brilliant hat-trick as ATK edged out Delhi Dynamos 4-3 in a thriller in the Super Cup quarterfinal at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar. (REPORT)

Mohamed Salah scored a brilliant solo goal and Jordan Henderson struck late as Liverpool won 3-1 at Southampton to move back above Manchester City in the Premier League title race. (REPORT)

Robert Lewandowski scored his 200th and 201st Bundesliga goals as Bayern Munich roared back to the top of the Bundesliga with a 5-0 mauling of Borussia Dortmund. (REPORT)

FC Goa survived a late onslaught to register a hard-fought 4-3 win over Jamshedpur FC in a seven-goal thriller at the Super Cup 2019. (REPORT)

Karim Benzema spared Real Madrid's blushes with a match-winning brace in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Eibar at the Santiago Bernabeu. (REPORT)

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha called out racial abuse on Twitter as three English Football League clubs Wigan Athletic, Northampton Town and Derby Country reported alleged racist incidents. (REPORT)

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored late goals again to move Barcelona to within touching distance of the title, as it beat 10-man Atletico Madrid 2-0 at Camp Nou. (REPORT)

Manchester City reached the FA Cup final with a 1-0 last-four win over Brighton and Hove Albion at Wembley. (REPORT)

Anirudh Thapa helped Chennaiyin FC edge past NorthEast United FC 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the Super Cup at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. (REPORT)

Arsenal's bid to finish in the Premier League's top four was dented as Phil Jagielka's early goal gave Everton a 1-0 home win. (REPORT)

Tennis

The 2020 Olympic Games men's tennis final in Tokyo will be played over three sets rather than five, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said Wednesday, ending the prospect of a marathon gold medal shootout. (REPORT)

Andy Murray's recovery from hip surgery took another positive step after the three-time grand slam champion posted a video of himself back on the court. (REPORT)

Simona Halep cut the gap to world number one Naomi Osaka in the WTA rankings on Monday after the Romanian made the semifinals at the Miami Open last week. (REPORT)

Roger Federer jumped up one spot to fourth in the ATP rankings released on Monday after capturing his 101st career title with his victory over John Isner in Miami. (REPORT)

MOTORSPORT

Ferrari put Mick Schumacher in the driving seat of their SF90 on Tuesday as Formula One began its first in-season test in Bahrain. (REPORT)

Ferrari revealed that a short circuit prevented Charles Leclerc from recording his maiden race win in Formula One at the Bahrain Grand Prix. (REPORT)

SQUASH

Saurav Ghosal became the first Indian male squash player to enter the top 10 in the latest PSA world rankings. (REPORT)

CHESS

Viswanathan Anand lost to Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the sixth round of Shamkir chess tournament at Azerbaijan. (REPORT)

BADMINTON

Chinese superstar Lin Dan stormed into the Malaysia Open final by beating compatriot Shi Yuqi, 21-19, 16-21, 21-12. (REPORT)

Kidambi Srikanth suffered a straight-game loss to Olympic champion Chen Long in the men’s singles quarterfinals and P. V. Sindhu crashed out in the second round at the Malaysia Open. (REPORT)

KABADDI

Puneri Paltan has appointed former India captain Anup Kumar as its new head coach for season 7 of Pro Kabaddi League. (REPORT)

TABLE TENNIS

G. Sathiyan defeated world no. 14 Chun Ting Wong of Hong Kong in positions 5-8 match at ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup at Yokohama. (REPORT)

HOCKEY

Vandana Katariya scored a brace to help Indian women’s hockey team beat host Malaysia 3-0 in the opening game of the five-match series. (REPORT)

SHOOTING

The 2018 World Cup gold and silver medallist shooter Shazar Rizvi regained his berth for Beijing and Munich thanks to a fine spell in the selection trials. (REPORT)