Weekly digest: India's best ever Asiad to Test series loss in England

A wrap of all the action from the world of sports in the week gone by.

India finished with 69 medals at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta.   -  AFP

Asian Games:

India equalled its best gold medal haul by touching 15, something that last happened back in 1951, and the overall tally surpassed the 65 in Guangzhou by three this time. Apart from the 15 gold, India picked up 24 silver and 30 bronze medals for a brilliant show that helped them finish inside top-10 at eighth for the third consecutive time. (Report)

Amit Panghal managed to stay away from his famed opponent’s reach. A smart defensive strategy and some telling punches towards the end saw the Indian boxer shock Olympic champion Hasanboy Dustamov with a split verdict and take the gold in his maiden Asiad. (Report)

It was a heartbreak for Indian women's hockey team as it went down in the Asian Games hockey final to Japan 2-1, and settled for a silver medal. (Report)

India pocketed three medals in sailing with Varsha Gautham and Sweta Shervegar clinching silver in the 49er FX Women’s event and Harshita Tomar bagging bronze in the Open Laser 4.7 at the 18th Asian Games. (Report)

Arpinder Singh clinched India’s first men’s triple jump gold in 48 years with a jump of 16.77m in the Asian Games. (Report)

Dutee Chand joined her illustrious compatriots such as P.T. Usha in the list of athletes who have won more than one medal at the Asian Games as she added a silver to her kitty after finishing second earlier in the women’s 100m dash. (Report)

Manjit Singh came from nowhere to snatch the men’s 800m gold for the biggest medal of his life but finals continued to be a riddle for P. V. Sindhu, taking some sheen off her historic silver at the 18th Asian Games. (Report)

Neeraj Chopra won a historic javelin Asian Games gold medal, improving his own national record by achieving a distance of 88.06m. Chopra is the first Indian to win an Asian Games gold in javelin. Gurtej Singh had won bronze in 1982 in New Delhi. (Report)

Cricket:

Moeen Ali scalped four wickets including that of India captain Virat Kohli as England clinched the Test series with a 60-run win over India at Southampton. (Report)

India opener Murali Vijay expresses optimism aer being dropped from the side for the last two Tests against England. (Interview)

Indian leg-spinner Kuldeep Yadav was sent home after the first three Tests with the Asia Cup and the West Indies series in mind. (Report)

Khaleel Ahmed, who earned his maiden India call-up for the Asia Cup, hopes to surpass former India pacer Zaheer Khan's record one day. (Interview)

In a departure from convention, the BCCI will have its registered umpires evaluating the performances of its match referees instead of the other way round, informed GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim. (Report)

Virat Kohli rested, Khaleel Ahmed earns maiden call-up for Asia Cup. (Report)

The 83-run first-innings lead against India Green helped India Blue seal a place in the final of the Duleep Trophy at the NPR College grounds on Saturday. (Report)

Football:

Manchester United returned to winning ways as Romelu Lukaku's first-half double was enough to give the Red Devils a 2-0 victory over Burnley. (Report)

Trailing by two goals in the first 31 minutes, East Bengal made a dramatic comeback to hold Mohun Bagan 2-2 in the first derby encounter of the season. (Report)

Karim Benzema achieved a feat Cristiano Ronaldo could not by scoring in Real Madrid's 4-1 win over Leganes. The striker netted twice at the Santiago Bernabeu, in between goals from Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos, to help Madrid to a third win in three LaLiga games this season. (Report)

Ten-man Atletico Madrid was handed a humbling first defeat of the new La Liga season in a dismal display at Celta Vigo, going down 2-0 at the Balaidos. (Report)

Kyle Walker's scored his first Manchester City goal in sensational fashion to hand the Premier League champion a hard-fought 2-1 win over Newcastle United. (Report)

Kylian Mbappe scored a vital goal before getting sent-off as Paris Saint-Germain maintained its 100 per cent record in Ligue 1 with a 4-2 victory over 10-man Nimes. (Report)

Chelsea continued its 100 per cent record in the Premier League under Maurizio Sarri with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth. Second-half strikes from substitute Pedro and Eden Hazard settled a tight contest at Stamford Bridge and made it four victories from four games in 2018-19. (Report)

Tennis:

Another Grand Slam, another letdown for Alexander Zverev. The 21-year-old lost 6-7 (1/7), 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 to German compatriot Philipp Kohlschreiber in the US Open third round. (Report)

Roger Federer made light work of Nick Kyrgios and charged into round four of the US Open as the talented Australian produced another frustrating showing. (Report)

Serena Williams earned bragging rights over Venus Williams as the 23-time grand slam champion dispatched her older sister in straight sets to reach the US Open last 16. (Report)

Motorsport:

Lewis Hamilton produced two sensational overtaking manoeuvres to win the Italian Grand Prix and grab back the momentum in the battle for the Formula One title from Sebastian Vettel. (Report)