Weekly Digest (Sep 17-23): From India's thumping win to Dalal's national record

A round-up of all that happened in the world of sport over the past seven days.

India's Shikhar Dhawan raises his bat and helmet to celebrate scoring a century against Pakistan.   -  AP


International cricket

India beat Pakistan twice in the week, the second helping nudge it closer to a place in the final. (REPORT)

Bangladesh won the other Super Four match on Sunday, beating Afghanistan by three runs to remain alive in the tournament. (REPORT)

Sri Lanka and Hong Kong were eliminated from the tournament in the group stage, while Afghanistan, too, won its two Group B matches to qualify for the Super Four. In its first Super Four match, it ran Pakistan close and lost by three wickets with three balls to spare.

Ravindra Jadeja was one of three players who were added to India’s Asia Cup squad after Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur and Axar Patel were released with different injuries. Jadeja recorded four for 29 in his comeback match and regarded this as a comeback “he will always remember”. (REPORT)

Bangladesh added Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes to the Asia Cup squad after Tamim Iqbal was forced to return home with a fractured left wrist. (REPORT)

Olly Stone, Rory Burns and Joe Denly were named in the England Test squad for a three-Test series against Sri Lanka in November this year. (REPORT)

India women’s cricket team won the first and third T20 Internationals against Sri Lanka to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match series, the second of which was a washout. (REPORT)

Tim Paine told Sportstar ahead of his team’s two-Test series against Pakistan in the UAE, that Australia will play but fair after a ball-tampering scandal in March tarnished the image of Australian cricket.

Mani spoke on the sidelines of India-Pakistan Super Four match in the Asia Cup, that "Imran has always encouraged Pakistan to play india.” (REPORT)

Domestic cricket

David Warner and Steve Smith marked their return to Sydney Grade Cricket with a century and 85 respectively.

Elsewhere, the Afghanistan players were said to be unavailable for a practice match with West Indies, which is coming to India for a full tour from October to November. (REPORT)

Saba Karim, BCCI’s GM of Operations, met the representatives of the nine new state teams to survey the facilities and discuss the roadmap. (REPORT)

Shahbaz Nadeem recorded the best List A bowling figures, breaking a 21-year-old record with eight for 10 for Jharkhand against Rajasthan. (REPORT)


Premier League

Tottenham ended its three-match losing run with a gritty 2-1 win at Brighton and Hove Albion. (REPORT)

Manchester City bounced back from its midweek Champions League disappointment with a 5-0 win at Cardiff City. (REPORT)

Liverpool brushed Southampton aside 3-0 at Anfield. (REPORT)

Manchester United was held to a 1-1 draw by Wolverhampton Wanderers. (REPORT)

Sergio Aguero signed a one-year contract extension at Manchester City. (REPORT)


Real Madrid moved top of the table with a 1-0 home win against Espanyol. (REPORT)

Atletico Madrid got its La Liga campaign back on track with a hard-fought 2-0 win over 10-man Getafe. (REPORT)


Bayern Munich's 100 per cent start under Niko Kovac continued with a 2-0 win over struggling Schalke. (REPORT)

Europa League

Arsenal eased to a 4-2 win over Vorskla in the Europa League. (REPORT)

Chelsea defeated PAOK 1-0 in its opening Europa League game. (REPORT)

Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off but Juventus managed to secure a dramatic 2-1 win at Valencia. (REPORT)

Lyon won 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium to shock Manchester City. (REPORT)

Manchester United kicked off its Champions League campaign with a 3-0 win over Young Boys. (REPORT)

Liverpool downed Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 in a Champions League classic. (REPORT)

Inter Milan shocked Tottenham with a dramatic 2-1 Champions League victory. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich defeated Benfica 2-0 in its Champions League encounter. (REPORT)

Real Madrid started its latest Champions League defence with a 3-0 win against Roma. (REPORT)

Barcelona got its Champions League campaign up and running with a 4-0 win over PSV. (REPORT)

UEFA has opened a disciplinary case over Cristiano Ronaldo's red card in the Champions League. (REPORT)

International football

Brazil great Ronaldo plans to lose weight and contribute in Real Valladolid training after becoming the majority shareholder of the club. (REPORT)

Malcom has received his first Brazil call-up while Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus have won recalls to face Argentina and Saudi Arabia in October. (REPORT)

Veteran coach Oscar Tabarez will remain in charge of Uruguay until the next World Cup after signing a four-year contract extension. (REPORT)

Indian football

Vikram Singh’s 86th-minute penalty gave the Indian U-16 boys a 1-0 win over Vietnam in its first AFC U-16 Championship group stage match at the UM Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia today. (REPORT)

The Indian national team will play an international friendly against China on October 13 as a part of its preparation for the the forthcoming AFC Asian Cup 2019. (REPORT)

In extreme weather conditions, the average temperature hovering around zero degree Celsius for the last couple of days, India U-16 girls staged a gritty display but still came up short against host Mongolia, which prevailed 2-1 at the MFF Stadium in Ulaanbaatar on Friday. (REPORT)

The India U-16 Girls came up with a spectacular performance as they drubbed arch-rivals Pakistan U-16 Girls 4-0 in the AFC U-16 Women's Championship Qualifier match at the MFF Stadium in Ulaanbaatar on Wednesday. (REPORT)


ATK has acted out of pragmatism in the new season (2018-2019) without the flamboyance it had sought to display previously. (REPORT)

Anything less than a title in this year’s Indian Super League will be an underachievement for Bengaluru FC. (REPORT)

John Gregory’s teams are built on resolute defensive displays with the players buying into his philosophy of defending from the front. (REPORT)


Gilles Simon claimed his third Moselle Open title, ending the dreams of Matthias Bachinger in Metz. (REPORT)

Martin Klizan had won all six finals he had played in until he came up against an inspired Dominic Thiem in St. Petersburg. (REPORT)

Sloane Stephens suffered an early exit at the Wuhan Open as Naomi Osaka was forced to withdraw from the tournament. (REPORT)

Karolina Pliskova claimed her 11th WTA Tour title with a straight-sets win over Naomi Osaka in the Tokyo Open final. (REPORT)

Martin Klizan will face Dominic Thiem in the St. Petersburg Open final. (REPORT)

Andy Murray has announced his intention to end his injury-blighted year early. (REPORT)

Purav Raja’s attempt to win a second successive doubles Challenger title came to a halt in the final in Italy. (REPORT)

Kiki Bertens overcame Ajla Tomljanovic to win the Korea Open. (REPORT)

Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev powered Europe into a commanding 7-1 lead over the World team at the Laver Cup. (REPORT)

Wang Qiang claimed her second WTA title in three months with a dominant victory at the Guangzhou Open. (REPORT)

Former Australian Open junior champion Oliver Anderson was convicted of match-fixing after admitting deliberately losing a set during an ATP tournament in 2016. (REPORT)

LeBron James weighed in on Serena Williams' US Open controversy by showing support for the tennis star. (REPORT)

Indian tennis legend Vijay Amritraj was elected the new president of the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association. (REPORT)

Ramkumar Ramanathan exited the $150,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Chinese Taipei in the pre-quarterfinals. (REPORT)

Naomi Osaka feels she is in the "awkward stage" of her life dealing with new-found fame after winning the US Open, but she is hungry to stay in the spotlight by being crowned Australian Open champion. (REPORT)

Rafael Nadal withdrew from the China Open and the Shanghai Masters due to a knee injury. (REPORT)

Roger Federer believes mistakes were made in the handling of Serena Williams' US Open final defeat, but says umpires must be allowed to do their jobs. (REPORT)

Roger Federer said that US Open champion Novak Djokovic is still short of his very top form. (REPORT)

Maria Sharapova's stop-start season has been brought to a premature close after she withdrew from her final three tournaments of 2018. (REPORT)

Roger Federer will swap his usual luxurious lifestyle for wild life when he ventures the Swiss Alps alongside global adventurer Bear Grylls. (REPORT)

More sports


Jiwanjot Singh Teja resigned as national compound archery coach on Friday. (REPORT)


Triple jumper Arpinder Singh told Sportstar that his target is to win gold at Tokyo 2020. (REPORT)


Anthony Sinisuka Ginting bested third seed Kento Momota to take the China Open. (REPORT)

Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei was diagnosed with early-stage nose cancer, the treatment for which is on in Taiwan. (REPORT)

Kidambi Srikanth and P. V. Sindhu were knocked out of the China Open at the quarterfinal stage. (REPORT)

N. Sikki Reddy told Sportstar of her and fiance’s ambition to win an Olympic gold. (STORY)


Anthony Joshua retained his world heavyweight titles by inflicting the first stoppage defeat of Alexander Povetkin's professional career with a ruthless seventh-round finish. (REPORT)


Viswanathan Anand said that including chess in the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020 will be ‘great’. (REPORT)


Roelant Oltmans stepped down as coach of the Pakistan hockey team, which failed to win a medal at the Asia Games recently. (REPORT)


Daria Bilodid made judo history on Thursday by becoming the youngest world champion at the age of 17. (REPORT)


Jaipur Pink Panthers announced Anup Kumar as its captain for the forthcoming season of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), the beginning of the sixth season pushed back to October. (REPORT)


Saloni Dalal broke the 100m national record in the breastsroke event with a time of 1:14.87s to break Chahat Arora’s record. Virdhawal Khade set a new meet record in the 50m butterfly event, winning the race in 24.26 seconds. Advait Page narrowly the 400m national medley record, finishing in 4:30.92s. (REPORT)

Srihari Nataraj recorded the best Indian performance in the men’s 200m backstroke event, while Sajan Prakash sizzled in the men’s 400m freestyle event, finishing first in a time of 3:54.83s. (REPORT)

Table tennis

G. Sathiyan spoke of his ambition to win an Olympic medal, at a press conference on Thursday. (REPORT)


Asian Games gold-medallist in the men’s 65kg freestyle wrestling, Bajrang Punia threatened to take the Sports Ministry to court for Khel Ratna snub. (REPORT)

Anshu Malik grabbed bronze in the women’s 59kg wrestling at the Junior World Wrestling Championship. (REPORT)

Vijay won the bronze medal in the men’s 55kg event at the Junior World Wrestling Championship on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Also, Sajan Bhanwal became the first Indian to win back-to-back medals at the Junior World Wrestling Championship, in which he won silver in the men’s 77kg event. (REPORT)