Weekly Digest: India’s U-19 World Cup win

India’s fourth U-19 World Cup title win, and P. V. Sindhu’s runner-up finish at the India Open made headlines in the week gone by.

The Indian team dominated the U-19 World Cup to waltz through to the title.   -  PTI

Cricket

Manjot Kalra slammed an unbeaten hundred as India thrashed Australia by eight wickets to lift the ICC U-19 World Cup for a record fourth time. [Report]

The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) announced a cash reward for the victorious India U19 team which beat Australia to win the ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. [Report]

India's stunning run in the ICC U-19 World Cup culminated in an authoritative eight-wicket win over Australia in the final for a record fourth title. As always, the Twitterati celebrated in full vigour with sportspersons and celebrities from all walks of life joining in to wish the Rahul Dravid-coached side for the feat. [Report]

India has taken a 2-0 lead in the One-Day International (ODI) series against South Africa with two comprehensive wins. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane starred in the first ODI at Johannesburg, putting together a partnership of 189 runs to help chase down the target of 270. Both the team’s captains - Kohli and Faf du Plessis - struck centuries. Yuzvendra Chahal, the leg-spinner, took a five-wicket haul as India defeated the host by nine wickets in the second ODI at Centurion.

The ICC came in for sharp criticism for its bizarre rules on playing conditions after the play was stopped for lunch with India needing just two runs to win the second ODI against South Africa here on Sunday. [Report]

Mominul Haque became the first Bangladesh batsman to score a century in each innings of a Test as the Tigers ensured a draw in the opening match with Sri Lanka. [Report]

Bangladesh will again be without captain Shakib Al Hasan for the second Test with Sri Lanka in Dhaka. Shakib missed the drawn opening match in Chittagong due to a finger injury sustained during the ODI between the sides on January 27. [Report]

A scintillating century by Jake Weatherald and Peter Siddle's exploits with the ball helped Adelaide Strikers beat Hobart Hurricanes by 25 runs and emerge victorious in a pulsating final of the Big Bash League at the Adelaide Oval. [Report]

In a major embarrassment to all the stakeholders of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), its web services were suspended for well over 18 hours due to failure in renewing the domain name. [Report]

The head of the Senate Standing Committee on Sports has expressed doubts over involvement of Test batsman Sharjeel Khan in spot-fixing during last year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL). [Report]

Former Pakistan opener Khalid Latif lost an appeal against a five-year ban for spot-fixing but had his one million rupee (USD 10,000) fine waived, Pakistan Cricket Board said. [Report]

Football

This week's football news was largely dominated by the exciting end to what was one of the most happening January transfer windows of all time. Here is all the action from Transfer deadline day and five of the biggest moves of the window.

EPL:

Harry Kane's 100th Premier League goal earned Tottenham a 2-2 draw at Liverpool in a fiercely contested match at Anfield. [Report]

Johann Gudmundsson's 83rd minute goal helped Burnley steal a 1-1 draw against table-topper Manchester City on Saturday. [Report]

Alexis Sanchez scored his first Manchester United goal as the side cruised to a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town. [Report]

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan dazzled on their Emirates Stadium debuts as Aaron Ramsey's hat-trick led Arsenal's unceremonious 5-1 thumping of Everton. [Report]

La Liga:

Giampaolo Pazzini came off the bench to score a dramatic late equaliser on his debut, earning Levante a shock 2-2 draw at home to La Liga champion Real Madrid. [Report]

An 82nd minute goal from Gerard Pique allowed Barcelona to preserve its unbeaten La Liga record with a 1-1 draw against Espanyol on Sunday. [Report]

Bundesliga:

Superb first-half goals from Franck Ribery and James Rodriguez gave Bayern Munich its 10th consecutive win in all competitions in a 2-0 win against Mainz. [Report]

Andre Schurrle's late strike secured Borussia Dortmund a dramatic 3-2 win at Cologne on Friday. [Report]

Indian Super League:

FC Goa and NorthEast United FC had to settle for a point each after they played out an exciting 2-2 draw at the Fatorda Stadium on Sunday. [Report]

A stunning 90th minute strike from C. K. Vineeth propelled Kerala Blasters to a 2-1 win over FC Pune City. [Report]

Bengaluru FC consolidated its position at the top of the Indian Super League table with a 2-0 downing of ATK at the Salt Lake Stadium on Saturday. [Report]

I-League:

NEROCA FC rode its luck to the top of the I-League table after defeating Gokulam Kerala FC 1-0 at the Khuman Lampak Main Stadium on Sunday. [Report]

Dudu Omagbemi re-ignited East Bengal's title chances as he scored a stoppage time goal to help East Bengal beat Indian Arrows in their I-League fixture on Sunday. [Report]

Badminton

Fighting rising pressure of expectations, P. V. Sindhu tripped on the threshold of a successful title-defence and left Beiwen Zhang celebrating her first major success. From the perspective of a large, vociferous crowd, it was heart-break as World No. 4 Sindhu blew away a match-point. Worse, she then lost the next three points in quick time to give the World No. 11 a 21-18, 11-21, 22-20 triumph in the USD 350,000 India Open. [Report]

China's Yuqi Shi beat Taiwan's Tien Chen Chou 21-18, 21-14 to win the India Open men's title at the Siri Fort Complex in New Delhi. [Report]

Boxing

It was a golden climax as Sanjeet Singh and Mary Kom led the host to eight gold medals in the Spicejet India Open international boxing championship at the Thyagaraj Indoor Stadium here on Thursday. [Report]

Eager to ensure that aspiring boxers get what she did not have growing up, five-time world champion M C Mary Kom is continuing to expand her regional academy here even though a long-pending inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains in waiting. [Report]

Indian boxing star Vijender Singh has risen four rungs to sixth in the latest WBO rankings for the super middleweight category. [Report]

Chess

Abhijeet Gupta and Debashis Das gate-crashed into the top-10 bracket before top seed Levon Aronian won the title following a four-player playoff in the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters chess tournament. [Report]

Golf

For a brief moment, as he came up with successive bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes in the final round, Syed Saqib Ahmed felt his title chances slipping away in the PGTI Cochin Masters. Saqib found his touch just in time, produced birdies in the last two holes, and lifted his maiden professional title. [Report]

Tennis

Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan in partnership with Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia beat top seeds, Leander Paes and his British partner Joe Salisbury 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 in the doubles final of the USD 125,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Dallas, US. The title was worth 100 ATP points and USD 7,750 and the runners-up collected 60 points and USD 4,500. [Report]

Spain reached the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup when Albert Ramos beat Cameron Norrie of Great Britain 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 on Sunday in the opening match of the reverse singles. [Report]

Petra Kvitova steamrolled Kristina Mladenovic in 65 minutes to become the first wildcard to lift the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy in a one-sided final on Sunday. [Report]

More Sports

The International Olympic Committee threatened to axe boxing from the Tokyo 2020 Games on Sunday as it opened an investigation into the sport's controversial governing body and said concerns lingered over possible match-fixing at Rio 2016. [Report]

Demonstrators stomped on a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un as rival protests broke out before the first practice match by a joint North and South Korean female hockey team. [Report]

Olympics chief Thomas Bach called for reforms to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Sunday as he slammed its "extremely disappointing" decision to lift the life bans for doping imposed on 28 Russian athletes. [Report]

North Korea defended its plan to stage a military parade the day before the opening of the Winter Olympics in the South. Pyongyang plans to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of its military on February 8. [Report]

Two of the accomplished young shooters, Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker asserted their class by winning the air pistol gold medals in the boys and girls section respectively in the Khelo India School Games at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, [Report]