Weekly Digest (Dec 3-9): From Ajay Rohera's record to New Zealand's rare feat

A round-up of major events in the world of sport in the week gone by.


On Saturday, Madhya Pradesh's Ajay Rohera smashed former Mumbai batsman Amol Muzumdar's long-standing record for the highest first-class debut score of 260 against Haryana in Faridabad in 1994.   -  PTI


In a most remarkable finish, Saurashtra stunned Karnataka by 87 runs in a gripping Ranji Trophy encounter at the Saurashtra CA Stadium here on Saturday. No less than 20 wickets fell on the third day, for just 170 runs, paving the way for the home team’s famous win. [Report]

Former South Africa batsman, Herschelle Gibbs, has applied for India's women's team coaching job. One of the most prolific batsmen of his time, Gibbs had turned out for South Africa in 90 Tests, 248 ODIs and 23 T20s. He entered the coaching arena with the Kuwait national team last year and was also part of the recently concluded T10 League. [Report]

New Zealand completed an away series win over Pakistan for the first time since 1969 after a dominant 123-run success in the third Test in Abu Dhabi. [Report]

On Saturday morning, Madhya Pradesh batsman Ajay Rohera had every reason to celebrate. As he played a stroke off Hyderabad pacer Mohammad Murassir, the 21-year-old opener smashed former Mumbai batsman Amol Muzumdar's long-standing record for the highest first-class debut score. Rohera bettered Muzumdar's 260 against Haryana in Faridabad in 1994. He also went past J.P. Yadav's 265 to become the highest individual scorer for M.P. [Report]

Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan claimed a career-best 12 wickets as Bangladesh thumped West Indies by an innings and 184 runs in Dhaka on Sunday to sweep the two-match series. [Report]


Manchester City suffered its first Premier League defeat of the season as N'Golo Kante and David Luiz secured a hard-fought 2-0 victory for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. [Report]

Mario Mandzukic's second-half header earned Juventus a 1-0 win over Inter in Friday's Derby d'Italia, strengthening the Serie A champion's grip on top spot in the table. [Report]

Jadon Sancho became Borussia Dortmund's youngest ever goalscorer in the Revierderby as Lucien Favre's men claimed local bragging rights and a fifth consecutive Bundesliga victory by beating Schalke 2-1 in Gelsenkirchen. [Report]

Lionel Messi became the first player in La Liga's history to score at least 10 goals in 13 consecutive seasons. [Report]


Max Verstappen hopes he will be able to mount a title challenge in 2019 with his Honda-powered Red Bull. [Report]


India comprehensively dismantled Canada with a 5-1 win in its final Pool C match of the World Cup in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. [Report]

India left Belgium shaken and stirred before the Red Lions recovered right at the end. A match of two halves with both teams dominating one each, a 2-2 draw was fair result at the World Cup on Sunday. [Report]


In an exciting finish, top seeded Grandmaster Karthik Venkataraman (Andhra) and third seed Sakshi Chitlange (Maharashtra) won the National junior (Under-19) titles at New Delhi on Thursday. [Report]

Veteran table tennis player Sharath Kamal has broken into the top-30 of the ITTF rankings while team-mate G. Sathiyan has jumped four places to reach a career-high 31st position. [Report]


The 8.20m jump at Bhubaneswar in the last week of September helped 19-year-old long jumper M. Sreeshankar to become the first Indian to qualify for next year’s World championships in Doha. [Report]

The Hungarian capital of Budapest will host the 2023 World Athletics Championships, the International Association of Athletics Federations announced on Tuesday. [Report]


Om Prakash Mithrawal (Army) upstaged Asian Games gold medallist Saurabh Choudhary (Uttar Pradesh) to win the 10m air pistol men’s title as the curtain fell on the 62nd National shooting championships at the Vattiyoorkavu National Games ranges on Friday. [Report]


Jaipur Pink Panthers came up with a solid performance to beat Tamil Thalaivas 37-24 in the Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 6 on Sunday. [Report]


The Khelo India Youth Games, to be hosted in Pune from January 9 to 20, promises to be "bigger and better’’ said Rajyavardhan Rathore, the Union Sports Minister, who unveiled the jersey and provided the high points in front of some of the country's young sporting icons in New Delhi on Sunday. [Report]


Shubhankar Sharma on Saturday became the youngest Indian to clinch the Asian Tour Order of Merit after a groundbreaking year in his career. [Report]


The WBC has voted to sanction a rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury following their contentious draw in Los Angeles on Saturday. [Report]


LeBron James led the way as the Los Angeles Lakers extended its winning streak by outlasting the San Antonio Spurs, while Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors were too good for Jimmy Butler's Philadelphia 76ers. [Report]

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