Indian men’s badminton team secured their second consecutive successive win with a 5-0 thrashing of Canada in a Group C tie to qualify for the knock-out round.
Indian men’s badminton team secured their second consecutive win with a 5-0 thrashing of Canada in a Group C tie to qualify for the knock-out round of the Thomas Cup in Bangkok on Monday. India are on top of the Group C standings after having defeated Germany 5-0 in their opening tie on Sunday. India will fight for the top spot when they take on a powerful Chinese Taipei team in the final Group C tie later in the week. Both India and Chinese Taipei have sealed the quarter-final berths. Having sent a strong contingent to Thailand, India are aiming to secure their first ever medal at the prestigious team event. India have never reached the semi-final stage of the competition. Last year, the men’s team signed off its campaign at the quarter-finals.
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India rested world championship bronze medalist Lakshya Sen for the tie. Former world no 1 Kidambi Srikanth fought back from a game down to beat Brian Yang 20-22, 21-11, 21-15 in 52 minutes to give India the lead. The doubles pair of Satwiksaiaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty then needed just 29 minutes to beat Jason anthony Ho-Shue and Kevin Lee before world no 23 HS Prannoy won his singles match against BR Sankeerth 21-15, 21-12 without breaking a sweat to make it 3-0 and clinch the tie for India.
The second doubles pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala was also brilliant as they defeated the duo of Dong Adam and Nyl Yakura 21-15, 21-11 in 34 minutes. The route was completed when Priyanshu Rajawat beat Victor Lal in three games, 21-13, 20-22, 21-14 in the third men’s singles match which lasted 52 minutes.
Meanwhile the Indian women’s team on Sunday defeated Canada 4-1 in Group D tie. The two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu opened the tie for India against Canada’s highest ranked shuttler Michelle Li. The 26-year-old secured the victory against the world no 11 with a scoreline of 21-17, 21-10 in 33 minutes to give India 1-0 lead in the opening contest of their campaign. However Canada bounced back, equalling the tie 1-1 by winning the first doubles fixture. But Akarshi Kashyap restored India’s lead in the second singles match before Tanisha Crasto and Treesa Jolley extended the lead to 3-1. Ashmita Chaliha put on a gritty show to make it 4-1 and complete the proceedings.