Weekly Digest: FIFA World Cup gets underway, India thrashes Afghanistan

As the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup got underway in Russia, India triumphed in Afghanistan's historic Test debut as we take a look back at the bygone week.

The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup had a colourful start in Moscow.   -  Getty Images

Cricket

The Netherlands drubs Ireland twice in two T20Is at Rotterdam. (Report)

Pakistan trumps Scotland 2-0 in the two-match T20I series at Edinburgh. (Report)

England earns a 2-0 lead over Australia in the five-match ODI series. (Report)

India triumphs in Afghanistan's historic debut Test at Bangalore. India won by an innings and 262 runs within just two days. (Report)

 

Football

The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup had a colourful start in Moscow, with host Russia enjoying a perfect start, thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game. On the other hand, favourites Argentina was held 1-1 by Iceland, while defending champion Germany was beaten surprisingly by Mexico. Also, Portugal and Spain were involved in an intense 3-3 draw. (Full Coverage)

 

Tennis

Roger Federer claimed his 98th ATP title as he won the Stuttgart Open by beating Milos Raonic in the final, while he also reached the No. 1 rankings in the ATP table. (Report)

Richard Gasquet had a good run in the Netherlands Open as he beat Jeremy Chardy in the final. (Report)

In the WTA Netherlands Open, Aleksandra Krunic won the title by beating Kirsten Flipkens in the final. (Report)

Also, Ashleigh Barty won the title at the WTA Nottingham Open when she beat local favourite Johanna Konta in the final.

 

More Sports

Badminton: Ajay Jayaram bows out in semifinals of the US Open. (Report)

Hockey: Spain beats India to takes 2-1 series lead in the five-match women's series. (Report)

Athletics: Gavit clocks second fastest ever in 10,000m, Hima clocks personal best. (Report)

Golf: Phil Mickelson celebrated after causing a storm at the same hole at the U.S. Open, while Aditi Ashok misses cut at Meijer LPGA Classic.

Motorsport: Two in a row for dominant Lorenzo in Barcelona, while Alonso shines through the night on his Le Mans debut (Report). Also, Vettel hails 'perfect' Canada victory. (Report)

Boxing: Saweety strikes gold at Russian boxing tournament, while Gaurav settles for bronze.

Table Tennis: Ultimate Table tennis got underway in Mumbai, while RP-SG MAVERICKS leads the league table after two games with 24 points. (Report)

Basketball: Pistons hire Casey as the coach on a five-year deal. (Report)

Shooting: Meghana Sajjanar bags mixed gold for Karnataka, while Anil Kumar secures gold and Arpit Goel bags gold.