Weekly Digest: International cricket returns to Pakistan; Sindhu's win

In this weekly digest: Pakistan celebrates the return of international cricket; Hardik Pandya sinks Australia with his all-round show; P. V. Sindhu prevails against Nozomi Okuhara in the Korea Open Super Series final; and more.

Pakistan won the first T20I against World XI by 20 runs.   -  AFP

CRICKET

Hardik Pandya's all-round show — a 66-ball 83 and two wickets — helped India beat Australia by 26 runs in a rain-truncated ODI in Chennai. (Report)

Pakistan beat World XI by a thumping 33 runs in the final Twenty20 to clinch a three-match series which marked the return of international cricket to the country, there was all-round jubilation. (Report)

Even the International Cricket Council (ICC) congratulated Pakistan for the successful staging of the Pakistan versus the World XI series for the Independence Cup at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. (Report)

Duleep Trophy

Meanwhile at the Duleep Trophy, Deepak Hooda (133) and Hanuma Vihari (105) drove India Blue past India Red's first-innings total of 383, for crucial three points. However, it was Baba Indrajith of India Red who won  the 'man of the match' for his sparkling double century in the first innings. (Report)

WI downs England in lone T20I

Sunil Narine was the pick of the bowlers as West Indies beat England in the one-off Twenty20 at Durham. Swashbuckling Windies opener Chris Gayle became the first cricketer to hit 100 T20 sixes during his entertaining 21-ball 40. (Report)

Australia sinks BP XI in warm-up match

The visiting team warmed up for the five-match ODI series in style by thumping Board President's XI by 103 runs at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday. Warner, Stoinis and Head starred with the bat while Ashton Agar gave a strong account of himself returning figures of 8.2-1-44-4. (Report)

TENNIS

Davis Cup

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Dusan Lajovic 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 to book France a place in the Davis Cup final with a semifinal win over Serbia in Lille on Sunday. It will face either Belgium or Australia in the summit clash. (Report)

India’s World Group hopes suffered a huge setback as Rohan Bopanna and Purav Raja lost the crucial doubles rubber to hand Canada a 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup Play-off tie on Saturday. (Report)

WTA Japan Women's Open

Qualifier Zarina Diyas wrapped up a stunning week at the Japan Women's Open by securing her maiden WTA title with a straight-sets victory over Miyu Kato. (Report)

FOOTBALL

Champions League

Barcelona inflicted revenge for last season's quarterfinal exit to Juventus by thrashing it 3-0 at Camp Nou thanks to a Lionel Messi double. (Report)

Manchester United and Chelsea returned to Champions League after a year's absence with convincing home wins against Basel and Qarabag respectively.

Paris Saint-Germain kicked off Champions League Group B in style, smashing Celtic 5-0 ahead of its crucial showdown with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani among the goals. (Report)

Champion Real Madrid made a winning start to its campaign with victory over APOEL as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace to get respite from his ongoing domestic ban. (Report)

EPL

Frank de Boer became the first managerial casualty of the season as he was sacked by Crystal Palace after only four games in charge. The tottering Eagles appointed Roy Hodgson in his place. (Report)

Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick in Manchester City's 6-0 rout of Watford as Liverpool was held to a draw by Burnley at home. (Report)

Wayne Rooney made his first return to Manchester United since leaving for Everton to only see the Blues old boy Romelu Lukaku score against his side in a 4-0 defeat. (Report)

La Liga

Barcelona's record signing Ousmane Dembele tore his hamstring in Barcelona's comeback win over Getafe and is expected to be out of action for 3-4 months. (Report)

Atletico Madrid began life at the Metropolitano in much the same way as it did at the Vicente Calderon, scrapping to a 1-0 win over Malaga. (Report)

Bundesliga

Champion Bayern Munich returned to winning ways in the Bundesliga with a 4-0 thumping of Mainz with headline makers Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski getting on the scoresheet. (Report)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Maximilian Philipp were both at the double as Borussia Dortmund sounded a warning to its Bundesliga rivals. (Report)

BADMINTON

P. V. Sindhu avenged her World Championships final defeat, beating a determined Nozomi Okuhara in a three-game thriller to win the Korea Open Super Series. (Report)

MOTOR SPORTS

Lewis Hamilton won a chaotic and rain-hit Singapore Grand Prix to seize control of the Formula One world championship as his title rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out on the first lap. (Report)

TABLE TENNIS

Lin Gaoyuan avenged his World Junior Championship final loss to world No. 2 Fan Zhendong in a thrilling six-game final to win the Asian Cup. (Report)