Weekly digest: Virat Kohli, T. Gopi rule the roost

India also turned heads in ITTF Challenger (table tennis), Youth World Boxing; among disappointments, Chennaiyin FC fans harassing a NorthEast United female supporter left a bad taste.

Virat Kohli has now joined Brian Lara as the only other captain to have scored as many as five double-centuries in Tests as captain.   -  AP

CRICKET

Indian skipper Virat Kohli struck a brilliant 104* to set Sri Lanka a target of 231, but the visiting side survived an onslaught from the Indian pacers as bad light reduced play and the test ended in a draw. Bhuvneshwar Kumar finished with figures of 4/88 and 4/8 before heading to his marriage. (REPORT)

Virat Kohli has now joined Brian Lara as the only other captain to have scored as many as five double-centuries in Tests as captain after his feat in the second Test at Nagpur. Remarkably, all his double-centuries have been scored in a period of two years, in 2016 and 2017. (REPORT)

Virat Kohli (213), Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara helped India double its overnight score to 610 to help India declare with a lead of over 400 runs; a win looks inevitable in Nagpur. (REPORT)

Cheteshwar Pujara said he is prepared for the tour of South Africa.   -  VIVEK BENDRE

 

Openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have Australia on the cusp of a heavy win over England heading into day five. Steve Smith's 141 in the first innings paved the way.  (REPORT)

Steve Smith is poised to become a modern-day great, according to former Australia captain Ricky Ponting following his inspirational century against England in the Ashes.   -  GETTY IMAGES

 

FOOTBALL

FC Pune City perfected the counter-offensive game to a good measure in overwhelming defending champion and host ATK 4-1 in an ISL match. (REPORT)

A video has gone viral on social media of a man harassing a NorthEast United Football Club (NEUFC) female supporter during the side’s clash with Chennaiyin FC at the Nehru Stadium here on Thursday. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich are facing disciplinary action after a section of its fans protested UEFA ticket prices against Anderlecht on Wednesday. (REPORT)

European football's governing body this week charged the Bundesliga champion for the "throwing of objects" and an "illicit banner", with the case to be dealt with on December 7.   -  GETTY IMAGES

 

Manchester United passed up the opportunity to secure progression to the Champions League knockout phase, as Michael Lang's late winner clinched a 1-0 victory for Basel and put the Swiss side in the driving seat to finish second behind the visiting team in Group A. (REPORT)

Michael Lang's late winner clinched a 1-0 victory for Basel and put the Swiss side in the driving seat to finish second behind the visiting team in Group A.   -  AFP

 

Mohamed Salah looked set to lead Liverpool to victory over his former club Chelsea but substitute Willian grabbed a point for the champions. (REPORT)

TENNIS

For the first time since 2001 France has been crowned the Davis Cup champion, as Lucas Pouille dominated Steve Darcis in Sunday's deciding rubber. (REPORT)
 

Marin Cilic and Kevin Anderson will be among the leading players to participate in the 250 ATP event that commences on January 1, 2018. (REPORT)

It’s not uncommon for players to fall off the emotional cliff after having registered their biggest wins. But Sumit Nagal showed no such inclination even after two such victories as he claimed his maiden ATP Challenger title following a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 defeat of Jay Clarke in the final of the $100,000 Benglauru Open. (REPORT)

The Bengaluru Open win is set to rocket Sumit Nagal's ranking to a career high 225.   -  V. SREENIVASA

 

It was the ideal stage for top seed Aryna Sabalenka, and the powerful Belarussian grabbed the chance to win her maiden title at this level, with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over unseeded Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenia in the final of the L&T $125,000 WTA Mumbai Open at the Cricket Club of India. (REPORT)

BOXING

India's most successful campaign in the World youth women boxing championship became even sweeter as all of its five boxers in the finals bagged gold medals. (REPORT)

BADMINTON

Sindhu’s gallant fight ends in agony in Hong Kong Open. (REPORT)

India’s H. S. Prannoy and Saina Nehwal, the recently-crowned national champions, will not find a spot in the coveted Dubai Super Series Finals after having bowed out of the ongoing Hong Kong Super Series in the quarterfinals. (REPORT)

ATHLETICS

T. Gopi created history by becoming the first Indian man to clinch the gold medal in the Asian Marathon Championships. (REPORT)

T. Gopi winning the men's title in the Asian marathon championship in Dongguan, China, on Sunday.   -  ASIAN ATHLETICS ASSOCIATION

 

CHESS

Twelve year old R. Praggnanandhaa weaved a checkmating net around higher-rated USA’s Awonder Liang in 79 moves and achieved his maiden Grandmaster norm with a round to spare following the eighth round of World junior (under-20) chess championship. (REPORT)

The world’s youngest International Master, R. Praggnanandhaa, now needs two more norms before March 10, 2018 to replace Russia’s Sergey Karjakin as the youngest-ever Grandmaster.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

 

MOTORSPORT

Bottas wins Abu Dhabi GP, Vettel secures second in drivers' championship. (REPORT)

CUE SPORTS

India’s top cueist Pankaj Advani has assured India of yet another medal after storming into the semifinals of the World Snooker Championships in Doha on Sunday. (REPORT)