Weekly digest - Stories that made the headlines

We look at the highlights of action in the world of sports in the week gone by.

Cricket

India suffered an unexpected defeat by Australia in the first Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test in Pune. Steve O’Keefe, the left-arm spinner, took 12 wickets for 70 to skittle India out cheaply in both innings. Steve Smith solidified his credentials as a batsman who can adapt anywhere, with a century in the second innings.

This was the first Test ever held at the venue.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored a century for Jharkhand, guiding it to a comprehensive win over Chhattisgarh in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy. Assam, Andhra, Himachal and others also post wins.

Kepler Wessels, the former South Africa captain, found himself in some controversy over his comments on Hansie Cronje in an interview. Wessels said he believed Cronje was involved in match-fixing before his own retirement in 1994.

South Africa crushed New Zealand by 159 runs to take a 2-1 series lead in the ongoing One-Day International series between the sides in Wellington.

 

Football

Manchester United clinched the EFL Cup after defeating Southampton F.C. 3-2 at Wembley stadium on Sunday. This was United's fifth league cup title and the club also created a history by winning the most number of trophies in England club history.

Manchester United also qualified for the Round of 16 of the Europa League after defeating Saint Etienne 1-0 in the second leg and 4-0 on overall aggregate.

Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Sevilla won their respective first leg matches in Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League last wednesday.

Chelsea clinched an easy 3-1 win over Swansea City and Tottenham thrashed Stoke City 4-0 in the Premier League this weekend. Chelsea stays on top with 63 points after 26 games and extends its lead to 10 points, with second being Tottenham with 53.

Barcelona clinched a 2-1 win against Atletico Madrid in the La Liga, later followed by Real Madrid's 3-2 victory over Villarreal. Madrid is still on top of the table with 55 points in 23 matches followed by Barcelona, on 54 from 24 matches. 

 

Tennis

Jo-Wilfred Tsonga clinched his second consecutive ATP title with win over fellow Frenchman Lucas Pouille in the final of Marseille Open.

Dominic Thiem secured his eighth ATP title with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Pablo Carreno Busta in the final of the Rio Open.

Timea Babos won the Hungarian Ladies Open with a 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-3 win over Lucie Safarova.

Jack Sock clinched the Delray Beach Open title as his opponent in the final Milos Raonic withdrew due to injury.

Elina Svitolina broke into the top 10 of the WTA rankings by winning the Dubai Tennis Championship with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Caroline Wozniacki.

 

Badminton

Saina Nehwal, who was appointed a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission (AC) last year, will be representing the panel in the Badminton World Federation (BWF). She will join the BWF Athletes’ Commission as a representative of the IOC AC, IOC said in a communication to Nehwal.

 

Hockey

Kalinga Lancers won the Hockey India League with a 4-1 win in the final against Dabang Mumbai in Chandigarh. Uttar Pradesh Wizards took the third place.

 

Chess

Dronavalli Harika failed to progress past the semifinals of the World Chess Championship in Tehran, to settle for bronze. In a dramatic finish, her semifinal opponent Tan Zhongyi was declared “won-on-time”.