Weekly Digest: Lakmal scare for India, ISL raises its curtains

From Sri Lanka seamers springing in a surprise on the first day of Eden Test to Bengaluru FC starting the season in style. Click to read more about all that happened in the week gone by.

Suranga Lakmal (4/26) ran through the Indian top-order on the rain-marred first day of the Test match between India and Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.   -  K.R. DEEPAK

CRICKET

Only 11.5 overs were possible on day one of the first test between India and Sri Lanka, which were enough for Suranga Lakmal to finish with impressive figures of 6-6-0-3, leaving the host struggling to adapt to the seaming conditions. (REPORT)

Perera seemed to have endured a possible ‘brain fade’ moment like Australian skipper Steve Smith, who had also looked at the dressing room for hints after his dismissal during the second Test in Bangalore last March. (REPORT)

After suffering a shock defeat against Nepal in its previous game, India needed a victory to reach the semifinals, but the team — coached by Rahul Dravid — went down to Bangladesh by eight wickets in a U-19 Asia Cup match. (REPORT)

Ikram Ali Khil hammers a ton and Mujeeb Zadran scalps a five-for to help Afghanistan beat Pakistan in the final of the U-19 Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. (REPORT)

This is turning out to be a dream season for Prithvi Shaw. The 18-year-old batsman from Mumbai, on Friday, registered his fifth first-class century in his seventh match and 13 innings. (REPORT)

The selection of Tim Paine for the opening Ashes Tests represents an astonishing call by Australia, for more than one reason. (REPORT)

FOOTBALL

ISL debutant Bengaluru City FC got its campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 win over Mumbai City FC on Sunday. (REPORT)

There was talk of a shift in the balance of power, but Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez scored as Arsenal beat Tottenham 2-0 on Saturday. (REPORT)

Manchester United reversed a first-half deficit to win 4-1 after Newcastle had attempted to spoil the return of two Old Trafford stars; return of Zlatan (REPORT)

No Italy in World Cup, first time in 60 years (REPORT)

Emotional Buffon confirms international retirement (REPORT)

TENNIS

Leander Paes, Purav Raja win Challengers title in Champaign, U.S. (REPORT)

Grigor Dimitrov beat David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to win the ATP Finals on Sunday, becoming the first debutant to win the end-of-season finale since 1998. (REPORT)

BADMINTON

P. V. Sindhu’s China Open title defence fell apart as she lost 11-21, 10-21 to 19-year-old Gao Fangjie of China in Friday's quarterfinal. (REPORT)

Seeded third, Lin never found his rhythm in going down to Christie in 42 minutes, in a shock upset in the Chinese city of Fuzhou. (REPORT)

BOXING

The Indian camp is buoyed after ensuring two medals in the heavier weights and is targeting to maximise the number of podium finishes in the World youth women’s boxing championship, which started at the Nabin Chandra Bardoloi Indoor Stadium on Sunday. (REPORT)

Local favourite and fast-rising Ankushita Boro (64kg) is part of a 10-member strong Indian boxing squad announced on Friday for the AIBA Youth Women’s World Championship, that started in Guwahati on Sunday. (REPORT)

SQUASH

Joshna Chinappa faced a tough fight from Hollie Naughton of Canada but in the end, she won 11-5, 8-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6 in 51 minutes. (REPORT)

HOCKEY

While Manpreet Singh has been named the captain, Chinglensana Singh has been appointed as his deputy for the tournament that begins in Bhubaneswar from December 1. India leaves out Sardar Singh from World Hockey League squad. (REPORT)

With hockey becoming more and more technologically advanced and coaching getting intensive, coaches are also getting younger. Most of the coaches with top teams across the world are below the age of 50 and there has been a lot of emphasis in India as well on bringing younger, recently-retired players into the fold. (REPORT)

ATHLETICS

National Junior Athletics C’ship: Amoj Jacob breaks 11-year-old record; Jisna makes cut (REPORT)

Junior performances in senior meets — including the Olympics and World Championships — are considered for junior record purposes but strangely, the AFI does not think so. (REPORT)

CHESS

Wonder-kid R. Praggnanandhaa continued his magical run by stunning fourth seeded compatriot S. L. Narayanan and shared the second spot with two others at 4.5 points after five rounds of World junior (under-20) chess championship. (REPORT)

Saudi Arabia not to insist women wearing hijab during World chess championship, but choice of venue not acceptable to everyone. (REPORT)

CUE SPORTS

India’s Pankaj Advani settled for bronze in the long-up format of the IBSF World Billiards Championship after losing to English opponent Mike Russell in the semifinals. (REPORT)