Weekly digest (May 7 to 13): From Ireland’s Test debut to Thiem ending Nadal’s run

The week gone by was an eventful one; history was made in a couple of sports and the sportspersons enthralled with their performances.

Ireland started its inaugural Test match against Pakistan at the Malahide Castle in Dublin on Friday.   -  AP

Cricket (International)

Ireland became the 11th men’s Test team in history, hosting Pakistan at Malahide Cricket Club in Dublin in its inaugural Test. (REPORT)

The Indian Test, ODI and T20 squads were announced for the forthcoming series against Afghanistan, Ireland and England. (REPORT)

IPL

Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers displayed their prowess in defending below-par scores once again by defending 146 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. (REPORT)

Rajasthan Royals beat Kings XI Punjab by 15 runs in Jaipur, overcoming K. L. Rahul’s batting heroics to pick up two vital points to remain in the playoff hunt. They beat Mumbai Indians on Sunday to clinch the fifth spot on the points table. (REPORT)

Rishabh Pant played arguably the innings of the ongoing IPL season, smashing an unbeaten 128 off 63 balls and propelling Delhi Daredevils to 187. His knock ultimately went in vain, with Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson putting together an unbeaten second-wicket stand of 176 to win Sunrisers the match by nine wickets. (REPORT)

On Saturday, Kolkata produced a blistering batting performance against Kings XI Punjab to post 245/6 batting first. (It is now the fourth-highest total in the history of IPL.) It went on to win the match by 31 runs. (REPORT)

Also, Delhi Daredevils failed to arrest its losing streak, going down by five wickets to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Historically, however, Sandeep Lamichhane became the first player from Nepal to play in the IPL, while India’s under-19 World Cup winner, Abhishek Sharma, and South Africa’s Junior Dala also made their Delhi Daredevils and IPL debuts. (REPORT)

The standard of umpiring in IPL 2018 hit a new low when Tom Curran was incorrectly deemed to have overstepped in KKR’s match against Mumbai. This was the latest in a string of umpiring howlers in the ongoing IPL season. (ANALYSIS)

Football

Premier League

On the final day of the season, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, of the top-six clubs, registered victories. Chelsea lost 3-0 to Newcastle United.

At the foot of the table Swansea City was relegated to the Championship with a 2-1 home defeat to Stoke City.

Huddersfield Town ensured itself of Premier League football next season by denying Chelsea a win at Stamford Bridge in midweek. Chelsea’s ambitions of finishing in the top four took a massive hit as a result. (REPORT)

Southampton took a big step towards ensuring Premier League safety by winning 1-0 against Swansea City. This result relegated West Bromwich Albion to the Championship. (REPORT)

Among the big six, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur posted comfortable wins over Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United respectively, while Arsenal suffered a 3-1 defeat against Leicester City and Manchester United managed only a point from a goalless stalemate against West Ham United.

La Liga

Real Madrid suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Sevilla in midweek but bounced back with a 6-0 triumph over Celta Vigo at the weekend.

Barcelona thumped Villarreal 5-1 at Camp Nou on Wednesday. 

Bundesliga

Bayern Munich was beaten 1-4 by VfB Stuttgart on the final day of the season, but the Bavarian giant celebrated lifting its eighth successive Bundesliga title. Robert Lewandowski won the award for finishing the season as the top goal-scorer. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund went down 3-1 to Hoffenheim but finished fourth to move into the Champions League playoff round next season. After the match, Peter Stoeger announced that he will be leaving the club. (REPORT)

Serie A

Juventus lifted the Coppa Italia trophy by beating AC Milan 4-0 in the final. (REPORT)

International

Dani Alves, the Brazilian and PSG right-back, was ruled of the FIFA World Cup 2018 with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. (REPORT)

The participation of Joe Gomez, the Liverpool and England defender, in the upcoming Champions League and the summer’s World Cup has been cast into fresh doubt after he underwent an ankle surgery on Wednesday (May 9). (REPORT)

Roberto Mancini reached an agreement to become coach of the Italy national team on a two-year contract. (REPORT)

Australia announced its preliminary World Cup squad, while Iceland announced its final 23-man World Cup squad including Everton playmarker Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Tennis

Petra Kvitova won the Madrid Open by beating Kiki Bertens 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 6-3 in the final. (REPORT)

Alexander Zverev beat Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-4 in the final to win the Madrid Open title. (REPORT)

Rafael Nadal’s streak of 50 consecutive set wins overall and 30 on clay was ended by Dominic Thiem, who beat the Spaniard 7-5 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open. This defeat to Thiem cost Nadal his No. 1 ranking. (REPORT)

Ankita Raina won the doubles title in the ITF $60,000 women’s tournament in China, where, she and her partner, Harriet Dart, beat the Chinese pair of Liu Fangzhou and Fang Ying Xun 6-3 6-3 in the final. (REPORT)

OTHER SPORTS

Badminton

The Indian challenge at the Australian Open badminton ended with Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth losing to the Indonesian pair of Berry Angriawan and Hardianto. (REPORT)

Badminton Association of India (BAI) entered a three-year contract with Yonex, which will sponsor equipment for tournaments, camps and academies of the Badminton Association. (REPORT)

Hockey

Pakistan hockey legend Mansoor Ahmed, aged 47, passed away in Karachi after prolonged illness. (REPORT)

Indian women made an emphatic start to the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament by beating Japan 4-1 on Sunday. (REPORT)

Shooting

Vinita Bhardwaj and Mukund Agarwal won the gold medal in the mixed air rifle in the International Shooting Championship taking place in Hannover in Germany. (REPORT)

Shriyanka Sadangi, Vinita Bhardwaj and Lajja Goswami won the team gold at the International Shooting Championship. (REPORT)

Basketball

Uttar Pradesh’s under-16 India forward Vaishnavi Yadav came up with a record haul of 71 points against Kerala in the 69 National junior basketball championships in Ludhiana late on Saturday. (REPORT)

Golf

Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth climbed into the top 10 of The Players Championship with seven-under third rounds. (REPORT)

S. S. P. Chawrasia slipped to tied-68th in the third round of the Rocco Forte Open Verdura in Sicily. (REPORT)

Table tennis

G. Sathiyan signed a one-year contract with German Super Division club ASV Grunwettersbach Tischtennis and will play for the club from August 2018. (REPORT)