Weekly Digest: India's win against Aussies; FIFA U-17 World Cup begins

A round-up of weekly sporting action.

Indian goalkeeper Dheeraj Moirangthem effects a save during their Under-17 FIFA World Cup match against USA in New Delhi. The host side lost 3-0 in the opener.   -  PTI

CRICKET

Kagiso Rabada became the youngest South African to 100 Test wickets as the Proteas demolished Bangladesh by an innings and 254 runs to wrap up a commanding 2-0 series triumph. (REPORT)

Spinner Kuldeep Yadav led an inspired bowling effort to help India down Australia by nine wickets in the rain-shortened first Twenty20 international in Ranchi. (REPORT)

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) extended Pakistan national team head coach Mickey Arthur’s contract till the 2019 World Cup. (REPORT)

Pakistan's pace spearhead Mohammad Amir was ruled out of the five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka after suffering a shin injury during the second Test in Dubai. (REPORT)

Steven Finn has been added to England's squad for the 2017-18 Ashes, with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) stating Ben Stokes "will not travel at this stage" amid ongoing investigations. (REPORT)

After months of dilly-dally, India international Pragyan Ojha was given the No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). This cleared his way to play for home side Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy. (REPORT)

Himachal Pradesh batsman Prashant Chopra plays a knock of 338 against Punjab in a Ranji Trophy match.  He surpassed Cheteshwar Pujara's 261 (against Karnataka in 2013) and was just six short of Bhausaheb  Nimbalkar’s 277, the most runs made by a batsman in a day of a Ranji Trophy match. (REPORT)

FOOTBALL

With a cheering crowd and a beaming Prime Minister backing them from the stands, India started off sprightly in its opening match of the Under-17 World Cup against the USA. It lost 3-0. (REPORT)

 

England ensured qualification for the World Cup with the help of Harry Kane's late winner against Slovenia. (REPORT)

Spain blanked Albania 3-0 to seal its berth for Russia 2018. (REPORT)

Costa Rica became the second side to qualify from the CONCACAF region when it drew 1-1 against Honduras. (REPORT)

Nigeria became the first African side to qualify for the World Cup. (REPORT)

Mohammad Salah led Egypt to its first World Cup since 1990 with an injury-time winner over Congo. (REPORT)

Argentina's Russia 2018 World Cup spot is hanging by a thread after its failure to beat Peru. (REPORT)

Here are the other sides which have qualified for Russia 2018.

Poland 4-2 Montenegro (REPORT)

TENNIS

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal won his sixth title of another remarkable year as he punished a disgruntled Nick Kyrgios at the China Open. (REPORT)

Unseeded Caroline Garcia of France won her second title in as many weeks as she stunned new world No. 1 Simona Halep in the closely fought final of the China Open. (REPORT)

David Goffin secured a second title in as many weeks and boosted his hopes of an ATP Finals spot by defeating Adrian Mannarino to win the Japan Open. (REPORT)

top seeds Yung-Jan Chan and Martina Hingis beat Sania Mirza and her Chinese partner Shuai Peng 2-6, 6-1, 10-5 in the doubles semifinals of the China Open WTA tennis tournament in Beijing. (REPORT)

 

BADMINTON

Playing an international tournament after almost a year, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist RMV Gurusaidutt clinched the men’s singles title at the Bulgarian International Future Series tournament. (REPORT)

Indian shuttler Samiya Imad Farooqui clinched the gold medal at the Under-15 women's singles competition after defeating Indonesia's Widjaja Stephani at the Asian Junior Championship in Yangon on Sunday. (REPORT)

HOCKEY

India A women's team finished ninth in the Australian Hockey League with a 2-0 loss in its final match to Australian Capital Territory in Pool D. Two goals from Jessica Smith (18th minute, 53rd minute) were enough for Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to register the win. (REPORT)

India ‘A’ men's team has qualified for the next round of the 2017 men’s Australian Hockey League (AHL) after finishing second in Pool B. (REPORT)

SWIMMING

Rising star Srihari Natraj lived up to the expectations in style by setting a National record in the men’s 50m backstroke while the seasoned duo of Veerdhawal Khade and Richa Mishra won gold in the National swimming championship. (REPORT)

ATHLETICS

Controversial world 100-metre champion Justin Gatlin was left off the list of nominees for the IAAF's World Athlete of the Year awards. While Usain Bolt's omission raised eyebrows, Gatlin's omission comes as no surprise. (REPORT)

FORMULA ONE

Lewis Hamilton romped to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix to close in on a fourth world title after Sebastian Vettel retired with engine failure four laps in. (REPORT)