Weekly digest (Sep 24-30): From India's Asia Cup win to Hamilton's Russian GP win

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

It went till the last ball, but Indian batsmen kept their cool to ensure that the team clinched its seventh Asia Cup title in Dubai on Friday, beating Bangladesh by three wickets. The clash of the neighbouring nations swayed like a pendulum, but in the end, India had the last laugh. After a hard-fought win, the members of the Indian team decided to bask in the glory. After all, they played hard to be the champions of Asia.   -  AFP

Cricket

India won the Asia Cup for the seventh time, beating Bangladesh by three wickets in a thrilling final which was decided on the last ball. (REPORT)

Afterwards, having led India to a second major trophy this year, Rohit Sharma said that he “will be ready to lead whenever an opportunity arises”. (REPORT)

Liton Das, who made an eye-catching 124 off 116 balls in the Asia Cup final, said that he was “happy to strike form” at a crucial stage for his team in an exclusive chat with Sportstar.

The M. S. K. Prasad-led selection committee announced a 15-man squad for the two-Test series against the West Indies, with Shikhar Dhawan dropping out and the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah given a rest. (REPORT)

Named in the Test squad, Mohammed Siraj told Sportstar, “this is the biggest day of my career”.

Pakistan selectors dropped Mohammad Amir, who has struggled for wickets since last year’s Champions Trophy, from the Pakistan squad for the two-Test series against Australia, starting in the UAE from October 7. (REPORT)

Mitchell Marsh and Josh Hazlewood were named vice-captains in the Australian squad for the two-Test series. (REPORT)

Days after Sri Lanka’s group-stage exit from the Asia Cup, Angelo Mathews was not only sacked as captain but also dropped from the squad named for the ODI series against England. Mathews said that he had been made a scapegoat for the team’s poor showings. (REPORT)

South Africa beat Zimbabwe by FIVE wickets in the first ODI between the teams at Kimberley. (REPORT)

The Indian women’s T20 squad for the forthcoming Women’s T20 World Cup was announced Friday, with Harmanpreet Kaur announced the captain. (REPORT)

Football

ISL

Bengaluru FC beat Chennaiyin FC in its opening match of the fifth season of ISL through Miku's first-half strike. (REPORT)

Two time runner-up Kerala Blasters got its fifth Indian Super League campaign off to a flying start with a 2-0 defeat of ATK. (REPORT)

EPL

Daniel Sturridge snatched a 1-1 draw for Liverpool against Chelsea in the Premier League. (REPORT)

Mauricio Pochettino is confident that Tottenham Hotspur will be playing in its new stadium before Christmas. (REPORT)

Everton has agreed a new deal Jordan Pickford, tying him to the club until 2024. (REPORT)

Arsenal struck twice in the final 10 minutes to see off a spirited Watford 2-0 at Emirates Stadium. (REPORT)

Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero sealed a 2-0 win for Manchester City against Brighton and Hove Albion. (REPORT)

Manchester United conceded three goals as it collapsed to a loss versus West Ham. (REPORT)

Bundesliga

An impressive Hertha Berlin shocked Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. (REPORT)

Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo will serve a one-match Champions League ban for his red card against Valencia. (REPORT)

UEFA has announced VAR will be used in the Champions League from the 2019-20 season and at thefinals of Euro 2020. (REPORT)

EFL Cup

Danny Welbeck's guided Arsenal to a hard-earned 3-1 win over Brentford and into the fourth round. (REPORT)

A brilliant Eden Hazard strike sent Chelsea into the EFL Cup last 16, at Liverpool's expense. (REPORT)

Derby County edged Manchester United in an EFL Cup penalty shootout to shock the Premier League giant. (REPORT)

Manchester City eased into the EFL Cup last 16 with a 3-0 victory at Oxford United. (REPORT)

Derby County manager Frank Lampard will return to Chelsea in the fourth round of the EFL Cup. (REPORT)

LaLiga

Quickfire goals from Nabil El Zhar and Real Madrid loanee Oscar Rodriguez stunned Barcelona and handed Leganes a shock 2-1 La Liga win. (REPORT)

Angel Correa has committed his future to Atletico Madrid by signing a new contract that runs to 2024. (REPORT)

Atletico Madrid saw off LaLiga struggler Huesca 3-0. (REPORT)

Barcelona could have a fresh look for next season with the La Liga giant proposing changes to its badge. (REPORT)

Andre Silva inspired Sevilla to a 3-0 win over Real Madrid. (REPORT)

Sergio Busquets has signed a new contract that will keep him at Barcelona until 2023. (REPORT)

Real Madrid dropped points in LaLiga for the second match in succession after it was held to a 0-0 draw by Atletico Madrid. (REPORT)

Points were shared as a late goal helped Barcelona draw 1-1 at home to Athletic Bilbao. (REPORT)

Serie A

Juventus secured an important 3-1 victory over 10-man title rival Napoli. (REPORT)

Roma ran out 3-1 winner against Lazio in an enthralling Derby della Capitale. (REPORT)

International football

Luka Modric won FIFA's the Best Men's Player award. (REPORT)

Marta picked up the Women's Player prize at the FIFA Best Awards. (REPORT)

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have both been named in the FIFPro World XI. (REPORT)

The Indian U-16 boys face South Korea in the quarterfinal of the AFC U-16 championship, and a win will secure automatic qualification to the U-17 World Cup for the first time. (REPORT)

The India U-18 girls kicked off its SAFF U-18 Championship campaign with a bang in Thimphu with a 4-0 win against host Bhutan. (REPORT)

UEFA has selected Germany as the host of Euro 2024, with the heavyweight football nation's bid holding sway over Turkey. (REPORT)

Asian Football Confederation is keen on introducing the VAR technology at "some stage" of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. (REPORT)

Tennis

Bernard Tomic defeated top seed Fabio Fognini to clinch the Chengdu Open title. (REPORT)

Andy Murray has brought his season to a premature end, pulling out of the China Open. (REPORT)

Simona Halep was forced to retire in the first round of the China Open. (REPORT)

Aryna Sabalenka powered past Anett Kontaveit to win the Wuhan Open title. (REPORT)

Margarita Gasparyan defeated doubles partner Anastasia Potapova in an all-Russian Tashkent Open final. (REPORT)

Jim Courier has ended his eight-year reign as the United States' Davis Cup captain. (REPORT)

India will host Italy in the Davis Cup 2019 Qualifiers, which will be played from February 1-2. (REPORT)

Prithvi Sekhar and D. H. Prashanth guided India to a seventh place finish in the Deaf Tennis World Championship. (REPORT)

The season is over for Serena Williams after the 23-time grand slam champion withdrew from the China Open. (REPORT)

Former champions Great Britain and Argentina have been handed wildcards for the 2019 Davis Cup Finals. (REPORT)

Leander Paes and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela of Mexico went down fighting in the doubles pre-quarterfinals of the ATP Tour event in Chengdu, China. (REPORT)

Team Europe made it back-to-back Laver Cup titles thanks to wins by Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev. (REPORT)

More sports

Archery

Abhishek Verma won bronze medal in the season-ending Archery World Cup in Turkey, beating Kim Jongho of Korea. (REPORT)

Athletics

The IAAF released the qualification system for next year’s World Championships in Doha and for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (REPORT)

France’s Kevin Mayer set a new world record in Decathlon, in which he breached the 9000-point mark. (REPORT)

Badminton

Nozomi Okuhara beat Saina Nehwal in the quarterfinals of the Korea Open on Friday, winning 15-21 21-15 22-20. (REPORT)

Okuhara went on to win the women’s singles title at this event, while Chou Tien-Chen of Taiwan won the men’s singles title. (REPORT)

Boxing

For boxing world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson told Sportstar in an exclusive chat, that boxing has become tougher.

Chess

Viswanathan Anand-led India produced a flawless performance to hold second seed Russia 2-2 but the Indian women disappointed in the sixth round of the Chess Olympiad. (REPORT)

Golf

Team Europe maintained its outstanding streak in home Ryder Cups with a convincing 17.5-10.5 victory over the United States. (REPORT)

Kabaddi

Joginder Narwal was named Dabang Delhi’s captain for the upcoming season of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), with Rishank Devadiga named the skipper for UP Yoddhas.

Motorsport

Lewis Hamilton benefited from team's orders to win Russian Grand Prix, with Valtteri Bottas coming second. (REPORT)

Snooker

Pankaj Advani settled for bronze medal in Asian Snooker Tour after losing to Ireland’s Brendan O’Donoghue in the semifinal. (REPORT)

Table tennis

Albuquerque Raegan and Ishita Gupta won the boys and girls singles titles in the East Zone National Table Tennis tournament. (REPORT)