Weekly Digest: India brushes past Bangladesh; Arsenal, Barca embarrassed in UCL

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

Record breaker.... Skipper Virat Kohli scored his fourth double hundred in as many series, surpassing Sir Donald Bradman and Rahul Dravid, who both scored three consecutive double tons.   -  K. R. Deepak

Cricket: India comfortably beat Bangladesh in the one-off Test Match, in Hyderabad, as Virat Kohli’s men registered a 208-run victory. The skipper lead from the front with yet another double hundred, his fourth in as many series, as he was unsurprisingly named the man of the match. The historic Test match, Bangladesh’s first ever on Indian soil, inadvertently became the platform for records to be broken.

>India beats South Africa in Women’s World Cup qualifier





With the win India has now won six consecutive Test series starting from Aug 2015 - the most for the team in a row. Kohli broke some records enroute his double century as he beat Sir Donald Bradman (3) and Rahul Dravid (3) for scoring 200 in consecutive series.

The result was also most consecutive Tests (19) without defeat for an Indian captain as Virat Kohli overtook Sunil Gavaskar.

>NZ v SA T20I: Tahir, Morris help SA to easy win

With Australia preparing for its four-Test series in India with a warm up game, its T20 side took on Sri Lanka in a T20 series at home. Obviously devoid of its biggest names, Australia lost the series 2-0 with still one game left to be played.

READ: >Glorious Gunaratne stuns Australia to seal series for Sri Lanka

Both games went down the wire, with Sri Lanka needing last-ball blows to seal wins. >Sri Lanka won the first T20 by 5 wickets at the MCG. The second game, at the Shell Stadium, was heading towards a home win but a sensational innings of 84 not out from Asela Gunaratne won it for the Lankans.

>SA v NZ ODI: South Africa clinches last-over chase

Football: It was Champions League week for Europe and there were quite a few shocks that included Barcelona’s capitulation at Paris St. Germain as Luis Enrique’s men succumbed 4-0 in the first leg of the round-of-16. Arsenal was also a victim of a thrashing as the Gunners were beaten 5-1 by a rampant Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

Borussia Dortmund also failed to take a first leg advantage as striker Aubameyang fluffed his lines with the German club losing 1-0 at Benfica.

Real Madrid had no such problems as it notched up a 3-1 victory at home to Napoli, albeit after conceding first.

Manchester United and Tottenham had contrasting fortunes at the Europa League as the Red Devils eased to a 3-0 against AS Saint-Étienne in its round-of-32 first leg while Spurs lost 1-0 at Belgium side Gent.

In the FA Cup, most of the big guns made it to the quarterfinal with Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham all registering comfortable wins. However, Leicester City’s woeful season continued after it lost 1-0 to Millwall and there was further embarrassment for another Premier League club as Manchester City endured a goalless draw at Huddersfield, leading to a replay at the Etihad Stadium that is scheduled for February 27.

Arsenal is yet to play its fifth round fixture, which is at Sutton United on Monday night.

In the Spanish LaLiga, Lionel Messi’s last-gasp penalty spared Marc-Andre Ter Stegen's blushes as Barcelona responded to its midweek Champions League humiliation with an unconvincing 2-1 win over struggling Leganes on Sunday, but it did little to mask a dreadful display. Meanwhile, Real Madrid is still at the summit, one point ahead of Barcelona, after it beat Espanyol 2-0 at home.

Bundesliga: >RB Leipzig closed the gap between itself and Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich to five points courtesy of a battling 2-1 win at Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday.

Robert Lewandowski spared Bayern Munich's blushes by equalising with the last kick of the game to earn a 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin, but it did little to mask over a dreadful performance in the wake of its Champions League exploits. >Match Report

Lukasz Piszczek scored once and had a hand in two more to help >Borussia Dortmund to a 3-0 Bundesliga victory over Wolfsburg at Signal Iduna Park as it returned to winning ways after a disappointing week.

Tennis: Ryan Harrison of the United States won his first ATP World Tour title after he beat >Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 6-4 to win the Memphis Open.

>Karolina Pliskova beat Caroline Wozniacki for the first time in her career to claim the Qatar Open title with a 6-3, 6-4 win.

>Kei Nishikori lost a sixth successive final on Sunday as he was beaten in straight sets by Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 in the Argentina Open.

Meanwhile, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated >David Goffin 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final on Sunday to clinch the World Tennis Tournament title in Rotterdam.