Weekly Digest (Nov 11-18): From India's Jordan defeat to Zverev winning ATP Finals

A round-up of all that happened in the world of sport in the week gone by.

India players in the starting XI pose for the customary photograph before kick-off in the friendly against Jordan in Amman.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Cricket

International

The Virat Kohli-led India landed in Australia on Saturday, with the tour starting Wednesday, when the two teams face off in the first of a three-match T20I series. (REPORT)

In the pre-departure press conference, Virat Kohli said that India had room for improvement. (REPORT)

Damien Fleming told an Australian Daily that Jasprit Bumrah is going to be India’s x-factor on the tour of Australia. (REPORT)

India women’s cricket team beat Australia in the final Group B fixture for the teams and qualified as the Group winner. (REPORT)

On Saturday, South Africa beat Australia by 21 runs in a one-off Twenty20 International played at the Mericon Stadium in Gold Coast. (REPORT)

England beat Sri Lanka by 57 runs in the second Test to record its first Test series win in the island since 2001. (REPORT)

After recovering a left-hand small finger injury which he suffered during the Asia Cup, Shakib Al Hasan returned to Bangladesh’s squad for the first Test against West Indies. (REPORT)

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief took charge as the president of the Asian Cricket Council Saturday, replacing the current Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, Ehsan Mani, on a two-year term. (REPORT)

Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 218 runs in the second Test to level the two-match series 1-1. (REPORT)

IPL

The eight franchises submitted the final lists of players they had retained and released ahead of the IPL 2019 auction. Yuvraj Singh was among the big names to be released. (REPORT)

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) released Mitchell Starc from its squad and intimated the Australian pacer via a text message. (REPORT)

Domestic cricket

BCCI got conditional permission to play for Bengal against Kerala before departing to play the four-Test series in Australia starting December 6. (REPORT)

Armaan Jaffer, Wasim Jaffer’s nephew, made a triple hundred in a C. K. Nayudu Trophy fixture against Saurashtra. (REPORT)

Uttarakhand, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Assam were among the winners in the second round of Ranji Trophy fixtures. (Round-up)

Football

An own goal from Carlos Izquierdoz ensured the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate ended in a 2-2 draw. (Report)

UEFA has warned that it is prepared to reopen closed cases relating to Financial Fair Play if "new information" suggests such action is needed. (Report)

Danny Welbeck broke his ankle against Sporting CP in the Europa League and has undergone surgery. The striker now faces a long road to recovery. (Report)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has set a new managerial record for the best unbeaten run from the start of a Premier League career after the Blues made it 12 games without defeat in the top flight against Everton. (Report)

Former Chelsea and England star Joe Cole has announced his retirement at the age of 37. (Report)

Chennai City FC defeated the mighty East Bengal 2-1 in the I-League at the Salt Lake Stadium. (Report)

Odisha government signed a MoU with AIFF to host national camps and also become the home for I-League side Indian Arrows. (Report)

The Premier League has announced the appointment of Susanna Dinnage as its new chief executive, replacing Richard Scudamore. (Report)

La Liga giant Real Madrid has appointed Santiago Solari on permanent basis. (Report)

Argentina general manager Jorge Burruchaga is confident captain Lionel Messi will return to international action in 2019. (Report)

Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be introduced to the Premier League from the start of the 2019-20 season pending approval from FIFA and the International Football Association Board. (Report)

The Asian Football Confederation announced that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system will be implemented from the quarterfinals of next year's Asian Cup. (Report)

Greece has invited Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia to meet on November 23 to discuss jointly hosting the 2030 World Cup. (Report)

Germany has been relegated from League A of the inaugural Nations League, as a dreadful 2018 for Joachim Low's side got even worse. (Report)

Arsenal's director of football Raul Sanllehi has confirmed the club entered into talks over a potential European Super League. (Report)

India went down 1-2 to Jordan in an international football friendly. (Report)

A total of nine nations have booked places at the newly-extended 24-team finals with hosts Cameroon, Madagascar, Senegal, Egypt and Tunisia securing berths before this weekend.

Nigeria, Uganda, Mali and Morocco have qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, joining Cameroon, Madagascar, Senegal, Egypt and Tunisia. (Report)

Harry Kane scored an 85th-minute winner as England fought back from a goal down to beat Croatia 2-1 and secure a place in the Nations League Finals. (Report)

Tennis

They are two of the best trying to keep Indian women’s tennis in focus, around the world, in the absence of Sania Mirza who is taking care of her new baby. Yet, it was a surprise that Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi could combine so well to strike a WTA doubles trophy which they won in the $125,000 event in Chinese Taipei on Sunday. (REPORT)

The unseeded Indian pair was on par at 6-3, 5-7 against fourth seeds Olga Doroshina and Natela Dzalamidze of Russia in the doubles final, when the latter retired, following an injury. The title was worth 160 WTA points and $5,500. The runners-up collected 95 points and $2,700. (Report)

Alexander Zverev beat Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-3 to clinch the ATP World Tour Finals title.

Alexander Zverev apologised in the face of heckles from the O2 Arena crowd for a controversial incident in his 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) ATP Finals victory over Roger Federer. (Report)

Prajnesh Gunneswaran’s 6-2, 6-2 victory over Saketh Myneni in the final of the $150,000 Bengaluru Open on Saturday was not as clinical a win as the scoreline suggests, but the magnitude of it was not lost on him.

The title in Bengaluru is his second $150,000 Challenger crown this year and comes on the back of a great season which has seen him earn a tie-clinching victory in the Davis Cup against China, a win over Canadian star Denis Shapovalov on grass and repeated forays into the main draws of ATP 250 events. (Report)

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have backed a new men's team competition just a day after the Serbian raised concerns over the timing of the event, which will take place shortly after the revamped Davis Cup. (Report)

Former World No. 2 and 2015 WTA Finals champion Agnieszka Radwanska has retired from tennis at the age of 29. (Report)

Rafael Nadal is set to make his return to action at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in December. (Report)

India will host Italy on grass in the Qualifiers for the Davis Cup Finals at South Club in Kolkata on February 1-2, the national tennis federation said Tuesday. (Report)

More sports

Athletics

Four-time Olympic champion, Michael Johnson, revealed how he recovered from a stroke to a UK national newspaper. (REPORT)

Badminton

Kento Momota was stunned in Hong Kong Open semifinals by Son Wan-Ho, who went on to win the title by beating Kenta Nishimoto in the finals. Kidambi Srikanth suffered a third straight quarterfinal defeat, losing to Kento Nishimoto. (REPORT)

Pullela Gopichand said that 2018 had been a tough year for Indian badminton. (REPORT)

Lakshya Sen won the bronze medal in the world juniors championships, having gone down 22-20, 16-21, 13-21 to Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand. (REPORT)

Basketball

Sanjana Ramesh got herself a one-year scholarship with the Northern Arizona University’s women’s basketball team for the 2019-20 for the Division I college season. (REPORT)

Boston Celtics beat Toronto Raptors, while Houston Rockets beat Golden State Warriors in the NBA.

Golf

Shubhankar Sharma won the Rookie of the Year honours despite a disappointing final round of 80 at the DP World Tour Championships on Sunday. (REPORT)

Hockey

The Pakistan hockey team was granted visa to participate in the forthcoming Hockey World Cup, while the sponsors released team anthem on Saturday. (REPORT)

Motorsport

A 17-year-old female teenage driver suffered a fractured spine when her car flew off the track in a horrifying crash at the Formula Three Macau Grand Prix on Sunday. (Report)

Andrea Dovizioso won the season-ending Valencia GP, with Marc Marquez crashing out on the seventh lap. (REPORT)

PKL

Gujarat Fortunegiants beat Bengal Warriors 35-23 in a PKL interzone match Friday. (REPORT)

Patna Pirates beat Dabang Delhi, while U Mumba beat Tamil Thalaivas in its final home game. (REPORT)

Telugu Titans overcame Puneri Paltan’s challenge, recording a 28-25 win in a PKL interzone match on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Table tennis

Manav Thakkar lost 3-2 to Russia’s Denis Ivonin in the semifinals and had to settle for bronze in Belarus Open. (REPORT)

Volleyball

League CEO told Sportstar that the Pro Volleyball League will be played in Kochi and Chennai from February 2, with the final set to take place in Chennai. (REPORT)

Wrestling

Wrestler Sushil Kumar and heptathlete Swapna Barman were dropped from the revised TOPS list. (REPORT)