Weekly Digest: Sharma's rampaging double-ton and Sindhu's third final loss of 2017

A weekly round-up of sporting action from around the world.

Rohit Sharma became the first cricketer to score three double centuries in one-day internationals.   -  Twitter (@BCCI)

CRICKET

Shikhar Dhawan scored an unbeaten 100 as India chased down the target of 216 to win by eight wickets and win the three-match series 2-1 against Sri Lanka. (REPORT)

It was cold and gloomy at the PCA Stadium when the toss happened on Wednesday. Sri Lanka rightly opted to field. It was, though, the only aspect of the game that went in the visitor’s favour as India romped home by 141 runs to level the 3-ODI series 1-1. (REPORT)

India became the first team in one-day internationals to register scores of 300 or above for the hundredth time. (REPORT)

Rohit Sharma becomes the first cricketer to score three double centuries in one-day internationals. (REPORT)

A brutal spell from Neil Wagner including three wickets and a broken arm, led New Zealand to a comprehensive victory over the West Indies in Hamilton on Tuesday. The 240-run victory also saw a dominant New Zealand wrap up the series 2-0 after winning the first Test by an innings. (REPORT)

Ross Taylor equalled the record for the most Test hundreds by a Kiwi batsman today, joining his mentor, the late Martin Crowe, and current captain Kane Williamson on 17. (REPORT)

Sources have indicated that the BCCI and the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) are looking at two possible windows to conduct the Test — the first being the short time gap after India’s tour to South Africa and before the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the second after the Asia Cup. (REPORT)

For the last few months, the cricketing fraternity has been abuzz with discussions on whether reducing cricket to a ten-over affair is justified. The debates notwithstanding, the shortest format is braced for an explosive start. (REPORT)

HOCKEY

The Indian men’s hockey team began the year in the sixth spot and remained there despite clinching a bronze medal at the season-ending Hockey World League Finals, while the women's team moved up two spots to finish tenth, owing to its Asia Cup glory. (REPORT)

The final of the Hockey World League Finals saw Olympic champion Argentina face-off against world champion Australia and the latter won the battle of champions 2-1 to retain the title. (REPORT)

FOOTBALL

Real Madrid won its fifth trophy of the year as Cristiano Ronaldo secured a 1-0 defeat of Gremio in the Club World Cup final. (REPORT)

Manchester City set a new English top-flight benchmark for consecutive wins in a single season - 14 on the trot.   -  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

 

Manchester City's 2-1 victory at local rival United on Saturday set a new English top-flight benchmark for consecutive wins in a single season - its 14th triumph on the trot. (REPORT)

FIFA has written to the Spanish federation (RFEF) warning it could be suspended form the 2018 World Cup because of political interference. (REPORT)

BADMINTON

P.V. Singhu came agonisingly close to clinching the Dubai World Super Series title before finishing runner-up once again in her third major tournament of the year.   -  AFP

 

In the Dubai Super Series Finals finale, India's P.V. Sindhu played her heart out before losing 21-15, 12-21, 19-21 to Japan's Yamaguchi in an energy-sapping summit clash that lasted an hour and 31 minutes. (REPORT)

Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the Dubai Super Series Final after losing to Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen in straight games. (REPORT)

MORE SPORTS

Narinder Batra formally took over as the new president of the Indian Olympic Association after winning elections at the Annual General Meeting here on Thursday. (REPORT)