Weekly Digest: The Asiad, and India's Nottingham win

A round-up of sporting action in the week gone by.

The smile is back: Virat Kohli (right) starred in India's 203-run win over England at Trent Bridge. Photo: Getty Images

Cricket

Overseas wins are always special but this has to count among India's more memorable ones. Under great pressure, Virat Kohli's men have administered a proper drubbing, thoroughly outplaying England on its own soil (on Wednesday).

That has not been said very often of an Indian team. The formalities took 10 minutes on the fifth morning at Trent Bridge, when James Anderson hacked at a short, wide leg-break from R. Ashwin and gloved the ball high. Ajinkya Rahane went backpedaling from first slip and held a simple catch. India had won by 203 runs. (Report)

India pacer Jhulan Goswami has decided to call it quits from the shortest format of the game. She represented India in 68 T20Is picking up 56 wickets which included a five-wicket haul against Australia in 2012. (Report)

India captain Virat Kohli, on Thursday, reclaimed the top spot in the ICC rankings for Test batsmen after his brilliant show in the third Test against England saw the visitor keep the five-Test series alive. (Report)

This season, Rajasthan is set to lose one of its most prominent cricketers in the Ranji Trophy as its captain Pankaj Singh has signed up to play for Puducherry. A seasoned campaigner for Rajasthan, Pankaj signed the dotted lines with the Cricket Association of Puducherry on Wednesday evening and is looking forward to joining the camp soon.

Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari have replaced Murali Vijay and Kuldeep Yadav in the Indian team for the last two Tests against England. (Report)

Virat Kohli’s passion is unmatched and his game sense can only be compared to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, feels Indian team’s head coach Ravi Shastri. (Report)

The northeast states are gearing up for their first-ever Ranji Trophy campaign. Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim will most likely play their matches in Assam. With both the states not having proper grounds, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has agreed to allot two grounds in Assam to the two States. (Report)

India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant became the first Indian stumper to effect seven dismissals [across two innings] on Test debut. On catching Keaton Jennings off Ishant Sharma on Day 4 of the third Test against England in Nottingham, the 20-year-old overtook Naren Tamhane, Kiran More, Nayan Mongia and Naman Ojha — all of them had five dismissals to their credit on debut.

On the other hand, speedster Ishant Sharma claimed the wicket of Alastair Cook for the 11th time in his career. Among Indian bowlers, Kapil Dev had dismissed Pakistan batsman Mudassar Nazar 12 times and England’s Graham Gooch 11 times.

Sharma, playing in his 85th Test, now joins the elite list. (Report)

The BCCI on Tuesday registered its new constitution with the Registrar of Societies of Tamil Nadu in Chennai, paving the way for the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to chalk out a roadmap for conducting elections. (Report)

Dale Steyn's groin problem should only rule him out of action for up to a fortnight, according to Cricket South Africa. The Proteas paceman, who has been ravaged by injury over the past couple of years, was forced from the field midway through an over for Hampshire against Nottinghamshire in the County Championship on Monday. (Report)

Football

Aymeric Laporte rescued a point for Manchester City as it suffered an early stumble in its title defence with a 1-1 draw at Wolves. (Report)

Unai Emery claimed his first win in charge of Arsenal as Issa Diop's own goal and a stoppage-time Danny Welbeck strike secured a 3-1 Premier League victory over West Ham at Emirates Stadium. (Report)

Paris Saint-Germain made it three wins from three in Ligue 1 this season with a 3-1 victory over Angers at Parc des Princes. (Report)

Miralem Pjanic and Mario Mandzukic netted as Juventus saw off Lazio 2-0 on Cristiano Ronaldo's home debut on Saturday. (Report)

Liverpool maintained its 100 per cent record in the early weeks of the Premier League season thanks to its 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion. (Report)

DeAndre Yedlin's late own goal ensured Maurizio Sarri's perfect start to life in the Premier League continued as Chelsea beat Newcastle United 2-1 in a frantic and controversial finish. (Report)

Badminton

There was double joy for India on Sunday as both Nehwal and P. V. Sindhu marched into the women’s singles semifinals at the Asian Games and they are now assured of two bronze medals. (Report)

Kabaddi

The failure of the men’s kabaddi team to retain the gold medal was one of India’s biggest disappointments at the ongoing Asian Games in Jakarta. according to J. Udayakumar, coach of India’s victorious 2002, 2006 and 2014 Asian Games kabaddi teams, the defeats could have been avoided. (Report)

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Telugu Titans and Tamil Thalaivas will clash in the opening game of the sixth Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) season in Chennai on October 5. The fixtures were announced on Wednesday by league organiser Mashal Sports Pvt Ltd. (Report)

Squash

Despite having the top Asian, it will just be a bronze in the men’s singles squash at the 18th Asian Games. But it will not be for lack of trying. Sourav Ghosal, the silver medallist at the last Asiad and the top seed, appeared to be heading to his second consecutive final when he won the first two games but pain in his left leg did him in. He could not finish the job and lost 10-12, 11-13, 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 to Hong Kong’s Au Chun Ming in the semifinal.

The two women in the fray, Joshna Chinnappa and Dipika Pallikal, also failed to cross the semifinal hurdle and India finished the singles events with three bronze medals. (Report)

Motorsport

Sebastian Vettel closed the gap on championship leader Lewis Hamilton to 17 points with victory in a Belgian Grand Prix that will be remembered for a huge first-lap crash. (Report)

Boxing

Former world silver-medallist Sarjubala Devi advanced to the quarterfinals but Manoj Kumar and Shiva Thapa were ousted after pre-quarterfinal losses in the Asian Games boxing competition on Sunday. (Report)

Hockey

Two goals in three minutes into the second half was the wake up call the Indian men’s hockey team needed to up its game against Korea in Pool A, winning 5-3 but not before giving a scare to P. R. Sreejesh and his men on Sunday.

As it stands, though, the win puts India firmly on top of the table with a humongous goal difference and a game against Sri Lanka in hand before the semifinals, awaiting Malaysia in the knockout round. Malaysia lost 1-4 to Pakistan in the last league game of the day to be placed second in Pool B for the time being. (Report)

Athletics

Star Indian sprinter Dutee Chand clinched a silver in women’s 100m dash in the 18th Asian Games to win the country’s first medal in 20 years in this event on Sunday. (Report)

Hima Das and Muhammed Anas won a silver each in women’s and men’s 400m as Indian athletes continued their strong show at the Asian Games on Sunday. (Report)

Shooting

Experienced Indian shooter Heena Sidhu settled for a bronze medal in a topsy-turvy women’s 10m air rifle final of the Asian Games on Friday. (Report)

India’s shooting campaign at the Asian Games ended on a disappointing note after four skeet participants failed to qualify for the finals on Sunday. (Report)

Archery

India was assured of at least two more silver medals from the 18th Asian Games after its men and women progressed to the final of the compound archery team events on Sunday. The Indian men are the defending champions and they lived up to their reputation by getting the better of Chinese Taipei 230-227 in the semifinals. (Report)

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Athletes from North and South Korea combined to win an Asian Games gold medal for the first time in their history with victory in the women's 500 metres dragon boating on Sunday. The two Koreas took gold with a time of two minutes and 24.788 seconds, edging past China on 2:25.092. (Report)

Indian rowers won a gold and two bronze medals in an incredible start to the sixth day of competitions at the 18th Asian Games, here, making up for the disappointment in the days gone by. (Report)

Tennis

Novak Djokovic, back from the wilderness with an unlikely Wimbledon triumph, has even better tennis in him, Swiss great Roger Federer says. “I think he probably still has more left in him. I think he’s playing well, but I think he can even play better,” Federer said in Flushing Meadows this week as he prepared for Monday’s start of the US Open.

Third-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro also backed Djokovic to continue his rise back from a right elbow injury — all the way back to number one in the world. (Report)

Top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan notched up their maiden men’s doubles gold medal at the Asian Games, dominating the final clash with a thoroughly clinical performance on Friday. (Report)

Indian tennis player Ankita Raina settled for a bronze medal at the Asian Games after losing to China’s Zhang Shuai in the women’s singles semifinal on Thursday. (Report)

Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin scooped Asian Games tennis gold in Indonesia on Saturday before jumping on a flight round the world to compete in the US Open. (Report)

Prajnesh Gunneswaran settled for a bronze medal after losing his men's singles semifinal match to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 2-6, 2-6 at the 18th Asian Games on Friday. (Report)