Weekly Digest (Mar 18-23): From Indian Women's team's fifth SAFF title to CSK's winning start to IPL

Indian women's football team defended its SAFF Championship title for the fifth successive time with a 2-0 win over Nepal, while Chennai Super Kings comprehensively beat Royal Challengers Banglore in the opening match of the IPL 2019.

The Indian women's football team celebrates with the SAFF Women's Championship trophy.   -  AIFF Twitter

CRICKET

Afghanistan's cricket team claimed a historic first Test win as it defeated Ireland by seven wickets. (REPORT)

The Pakistan Cricket Board has paid the BCCI approximately $1.6 million as compensation after losing the case in the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani. (REPORT)

Sunil Joshi, spin-bowling coach of the Bangladesh cricket team, said it will take him a long time to come to terms with the events at Christchurch mosque attacks, which led to the death of 50 people. (REPORT)

The IPL final will be held on May 12 at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, the BCCI informed the franchises about the final fixture. (REPORT)

David Miller's spectacular work behind the stumps and bat gave South Africa a win over Sri Lanka in a Super Over in a dramatic first Twenty20 international at Newlands. (REPORT)

Indian duo of Smriti Mandhana and Jhulan Goswami continued to lead the batting and bowling charts respectively in the latest ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings. (REPORT)

In a bid to make the players easily identifiable on the field, ICC has allowed Test-playing nations to have player names and numbers on the back of their shirts. (REPORT)

BCCI donates Rs. 20 crore IPL opening ceremony fund to CRPF and Armed Forces. (REPORT)

Chennai Super Kings beats Royal Challengers Banglore by seven wickets in the opening match of the IPL 2019 at Chepauk. (REPORT)

Andre Russell's unbeaten 49 in 19 balls to propel Kolkata Knight Riders to a convincing six-wicket win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad. (REPORT)

Rishabh Pant's whirlwind knock of 78 off 27 balls, helping Delhi Capitals beat Mumbai Indians by 37 runs. (REPORT)

FOOTBALL

Lionel Messi scored a stunning hat-trick in a 4-1 win at Real Betis, sending Barcelona 10 points clear at the top of La Liga. (REPORT)

Chelsea claims one of its player was racially abused during the Europa League quarterfinals against Dynamo Kiev. (REPORT)

After guiding Mumbai City FC into the semifinals of the 2018-19 season of Indian Super League, Jorge Costa extended his contract for another season. (REPORT)

Paris Saint-Germain has condemned the behaviour and comments of Patrice Evra as a social media spat turned nasty with the former France captain calling the Parisians “a bunch of queers”. (REPORT)

I-league clubs have proposed a road-map for a unified league featuring both the I-League and Indian Super League clubs in order to cope up with financial losses. (REPORT)

Chennai City fc officially crowned I-League champion after being presented the trophy by the AIFF. (REPORT)

Scotland, ranked World No. 20, lost to Kazakhstan, ranked 71, 3-0 in its Euro 2020 qualifier. (REPORT)

UEFA fines Cristiano Ronaldo following his celebration during Juventus' Champions League last-16 second-leg win over Atletico Madrid. (REPORT)

Cristiano Ronaldo was frustrated on his return to international duty as Portugal was held to a 0-0 draw by Ukraine in its opening Euro 2020 qualifier. (REPORT)

India loses to Uzbekistan in AFC U23 qualifiers opener. (REPORT)

The Indian women's team has successfully defended its SAFF Women's Championship title for the fifth time in a row with a 3-1 win over Nepal. (REPORT)

UEFA will hold a hearing to discuss possible sanctions against Neymar for his social media comments after PSG exited the Champions League. (REPORT)

Wales got its bid to qualify for Euro 2020 off to a winning start after Swansea City winger Daniel James scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Slovakia. (REPORT)

Chennaiyin FC announces the schedule for its 2019 AFC Cup group stage matches. (REPORT)

TENNIS

Dominic Thiem lifts his first Masters 1000 title after stunning five-time champion Roger Federer in a thriller at Indian Wells. (REPORT)

Teenage wildcard Bianca Andreescu capped a dream run at the Indian Wells Open with a stunning triumph over Angelique Kerber in the final. (REPORT)

The breakthrough run at the Indian Wells has propelled India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran to career-high rank of 84. (REPORT)

The closure of Pakistan’s air space in the aftermath of the Balakot air strikes has resulted in India losing the hosting rights of the junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup. (REPORT)

ITF Asian U-14 Championships moved out of India a day after India lost the hosting rights of the junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup. (REPORT)

Prajnesh Gunneswaran advances to Miami Open main draw by beating Jay Clarke 6-4, 6-4 in the second qualifying round. (REPORT)

The French Open announced an 8% increase to its prize money for the 2019 tournament, with the men's and women's singles winners to take home 2.3 million euros ($2.62 million). (REPORT)

World number three Alexander Zverev was bundled out of the ATP and WTA Miami Open by Spanish veteran David Ferrer on Saturday, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3. (REPORT)

HOCKEY

India defeated Asian Games champion Japan 2-0 to start its campaign at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament on a positive note. (REPORT)

India conceded in the dying stages of the game to play out a 1-1 draw with Korea in its second match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup clash. (REPORT)

BADMINTON

India has been drawn alongside 10-time champions China and Malaysia in the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championship to be held in Nanning, China from May 19 to 26. (REPORT)

Badminton great Lee Chong Wei has pulled out of next month’s Malaysian Open, despite being given the all-clear after cancer, throwing his Tokyo 2020 Olympics dream into jeopardy. (REPORT)

TABLE TENNIS

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran wins bronze at the Oman Open. (REPORT)