Weekly Digest: Of K.L. Rahul's record and India's 'golden' run at CWG

From India's promising start at the Commonwealth Games to CSK's winning return to the IPL - a lowdown on the sporting events from the week gone by.

India's women's table tennis team, Venkat Rahul Ragala, Jitu Rai, Manu Bhaker and Punam Yadav with their CWG gold medals.

CRICKET

The Kolkata Knight Riders, led by Dinesh Karthik, impressed with both bat and ball to register its first win in the IPL. (REPORT)

At a special general meeting on Saturday, the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) adopted the Lodha reforms. The MCA will conduct elections in a month’s time. (REPORT)

The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have ruled out any possibility of shifting CSK's home matches to Kerala, contrary to reports by a few media outlets. (REPORT)

Kings XI Punjab's KL Rahul scored a fifty of 14 balls, the fastest in IPL history, against Delhi Daredevils. (REPORT)

Mujeeb Zadran at 17 years and 11 days was selected in Kings XI Punjab's opener against Delhi Daredevils. (REPORT)

Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will use lighter set of bats for the Indian Premier League (IPL) gig. (REPORT)

The Australian spin legend, Shane Warne,  will be with Rajasthan Royals as its mentor for ‘two stints of 10 days’. (REPORT)

South African pace bowler Dale Steyn has signed for Hampshire as he bids to return to fitness following a heel injury that forced him to miss the recent Test series against Australia. (REPORT)

Kagiso Rabada, the world's number one Test bowler, will miss the Indian Premier League season due to a back injury, Cricket South Africa said Thursday. (REPORT)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sold the rights to Indian cricket on television and digital platforms from 2018 to 2023 for a whopping Rs. 6,138.1 crore. (REPORT)

Pakistan produced another imperious performance to beat the West Indies by eight wickets in the third and final Twenty20 international in Karachi on Tuesday, completing a 3-0 clean sweep. (REPORT)

Former India player Aashish Kapoor has replaced Venkatesh Prasad in the three-member All-India Junior Selection Committee. (REPORT)

Gritty tailenders Ish Sodhi and Neil Wagner held out for a dramatic draw in the second Test on Tuesday to give New Zealand the series 1-0 and extend England's dismal away record. (REPORT)

South Africa created history, clinching a Test series against Australia. It also won a psychological battle. (REPORT)

FOOTBALL

Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann were the familiar protagonists as Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid played out a 1-1 draw in LaLiga. (REPORT)

East Bengal became the first side to book the semifinal berth in the inaugural Super Cup, after Laldanmawia Ralte converted a 95th minute penalty. (REPORT)

Bengaluru FC staged a remarkable comeback to defeat Aizawl FC 3-1 in their Group E AFC Cup encounter. (REPORT)

Napoli scored twice in the closing stages to come from behind and beat Chievo, staying within four points of Juventus at Serie A's summit. (REPORT)

Barcelona extended their lead at the top of LaLiga and equalled a competition record as they beat Leganes 3-1 at home, courtesy of Lionel Messi. (REPORT)

Champions-elect Manchester City let slip a 2-0 half-time lead as they lost 3-2 at home to neighbours Manchester United on Saturday. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich secured a record sixth successive Bundesliga title thanks to a 4-1 win away to Augsburg on Saturday. (REPORT)

Manchester City's treble hopes are hanging by a thread after it suffered a 3-0 first-leg defeat against Liverpool in the Champions League. (REPORT)

Barcelona look set for the last four of the Champions League after Luis Suarez capped a comfortable 4-1 home win against Roma. (REPORT)

Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, the second a moment of pure quality, helped Real Madrid to a commanding 3-0 win over Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal. (REPORT)

Thiago's second-half header secured Bayern Munich a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. (REPORT)

Sethu FC defeated Indira Gandhi Academy for Sports and Education 3-1 to continue its winning streak in the Indian Women’s League. (REPORT)

CWG 2018

Saina Nehwal was at her ruthless best as she helped India enter badminton mixed team event finals with a 3-1 win over Singapore. (REPORT)

The Indian women's table tennis team defeated Singapore 3-1 to clinch the historic gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. (REPORT)

India's teenage shooting sensation Manu Bhaker won her first CWG gold in 10m air pistol, while Heena Sidhu claimed silver. (REPORT)

Punam Yadav clinched gold with a total lift of 222kg, finishing above England's Sarah Davies. (REPORT)

The India women's hockey team made amends for an average outing against Wales and an unconvincing display against Malaysia to beat Olympic Champion and World No. 2 England 2-1. (REPORT)

Venkat Rahul Ragala came out with a gold medal after a tense contest in weightlifting. (REPORT)

Defending champion weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam (77kg) claimed gold after a comfortable win. (REPORT)

Mirabai Chanu smashed the Commonwealth and the Games record in snatch, pulling off clean lifts in all her three attempts, to win India's first gold at the 2018 CWG. (REPORT)

Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu won India's second gold medal at the Games by cruising through to win the 48kg category. (REPORT)

TENNIS

Paes combined with Rohan Bopanna to not only grab a record 43rd win but also guided India to the World Group Play-offs with a sensational 3-2 win over China here on Saturday. (REPORT)

Alexander Zverev was no match for a fit-again Rafael Nadal, who charged around the bullring like a matador in Valencia. (REPORT)

Novak Djokovic has split from coaches Radek Stepanek and Andre Agassi in a bid to "come back stronger" from a period of injury and poor form. (REPORT)

FORMULA ONE

Sebastian Vettel clung on for his second victory of the season in an enthralling Bahrain Grand Prix, but celebrations will be tempered by an injury to a Ferrari mechanic. (REPORT)

A Ferrari mechanic has been hospitalised after being hit by Kimi Raikkonen during a botched pit stop at the Bahrain Grand Prix. (REPORT)

GOLF

Patrick Reed held his nerve to clinch the Masters in the face of one of the greatest final rounds in major history from Jordan Spieth and a Rickie Fowler charge on an exhilarating final day at Augusta. (REPORT)