Weekly digest: ICC reforms, T20I triumph, Davis Cup win

Triumphs, allegations, comebacks and upsets — we take a look at the most talked about sporting moments of the week.

India's T20I captain Virat Kohli celebrates his team's series victory against England.   -  AP

Shashank Manohar

ICC chairman Shashank Manohar is firm on restructuring the global cricket body's revenue-sharing model.   -  Getty Images


The International Cricket Council, during its Board meeting in Dubai, agreed "in principle" to reverse the 2014 decision which effectively put India, England and Australia in control of the game’s finances and administration. Despite the >Board of Control for Cricket in India's opposition to a restructured model, most of ICC's Board members voted for the move. There were also discussions on having a two-tier Test league and a revamped qualifying system for the World Cup, among other things.

India, after winning the Test and ODI series against England, completed a treble by >pocketing the three-match T20I series 2-1 . Chasing 203 for victory at the batter-friendly M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, the visiting team capitulated spectacularly, losing eight wickets for eight runs that resulted in a 75-run loss. Yuzvendra Chahal ran through the English line-up to pick up six wickets for 25 runs -- the third best in T20Is.

Trent Boult and Ross Taylor guided New Zealand to a >24-run victory over Australia to regain the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. The series win helped the Kiwis leap to No. 3 in the ICC ODI rankings.

South Africa, after winning the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Johannesburg, took an >unassailable 3-0 lead > in the five-match ODI series. After the South African bowlers bundled out the visiting team for 163, their batsmen, led by skipper AB de Villiers' unbeaten 60, chased down the target with 18 overs and seven wickets remaining.


English League

Chelsea consolidated its position on top of the English Premier League with a >1-1 draw at Liverpool in mid-week and a >3-1 victory over London-rival Arsenal on Saturday.

The Blues’ opponents, Liverpool and Arsenal, suffered heavy losses in the week and look less likely to pose a threat for Chelsea in the run to the title. Liverpool followed up the draw against Chelsea with >an away loss at Hull City while >Arsenal suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Watford in the midweek.

Manchester City had a positive week thanks mostly to its new signing Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian scored and assisted once in City’s rout of West Ham United in the midweek and scored a brace, including an extra-time goal, to clinch a >2-1 victory over Swansea on Sunday.

Manchester United got back to winning ways by defeating relegation-threatened >Leicester City 3-0 on Sunday , after drawing Hull City 0-0 in the midweek.

Spanish League

>Barcelona secured a 2-1 advantage over Atletico Madrid in the first-leg of Copa del Rey semifinal through two great goals by Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

On a weekend when strong winds caused Real Madrid's match against Celta Vigo to be postponed, Sevilla missed a golden opportunity to edge closer to the top of the La Liga table when it was held to a 0-0 draw against Villarreal. On Saturday, Barcelona defeated >Athletic Bilbao 3-0 while >Atletico Madrid cruised to a 2-0 victory against Leganes.

German League

Table-topper Bayern Munich was held to a >1-1 draw by Schalke but RB Leipzig failed to take advantage as it suffered an >away defeat to Borussia Dortmund. Hoffeinheim's 4-0 victory over Mainz helped it stay in touching distance of fourth placed Dortmund.


East Bengal and Mohun Bagan consolidated their position at the top of the table with victories as >Bengaluru faltered yet again – drawing against DSK after losing in AFC Champions League >qualifier to Al-Wehdat . >Bagan defeated Aizawl to cap off a successful week which started with a win in AFC Cup >qualifiers against Colombo FC . East Bengal defeated >Mumbai FC and >Chennai City.


India recorded an >emphatic 4-1 victory over New Zealand in the Davis Cup Group 1 Asia/Oceania first round tie at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune. Even as Leander Paes and Vishnu Vardhan lost the doubles rubber to Artem Sitak and Michael Venus, Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan won both their singles rubbers to help India to a facile victory. India will next play at home against Uzbekistan, who got past South Korea in their first round away tie.

In the Davis Cup World Group round one matches, Belgium, Australia, USA, France, Serbia, Spain progressed to the next round.

France's >Kristina Mladenovic won her maiden WTA singles title > overcoming Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4 in the final of the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy in St Petersburg.



>Top-seeds Sharath Kamal and Madhurika Patkar were crowned National table tennis champions, with the >Petroleum and West Bengal winning the men’s and women’s team event respectively.


Lakshya Sen achieved the >World No. 1 rank in Junior Badminton.


>Sergio Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic, but it was Tiger Woods' comeback that had everyone talking. Unfortunately, >Woods had to pull out of the tournament due to a back spasm.

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