Indian men’s badminton team secured their second successive win with a 5-0 thrashing of Canada in a Group C tie on Monday.
Indian men’s badminton team secured their second successive 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.
The 2022 BWF Thomas and Uber Cup finals will commence on May 08 and end on May 15.
India 5-0 Canada (Group C)
Order 1 Men’s Singles
Kidambi Srikanth beat Brian Yang 20-22, 21-11, 21-15
Order 2 Men’s Doubles
Rankireddy/ Shetty beat Jason Shue/ Kevin Lee 21-12, 21-11
Order 3 Men’s Singles
HS Prannoy beat BR Sankeerth 21-15, 21-12
Krishna Prasad/ VG Panjala beat Dong Adam/ Nyl Yakura 21-15, 21-11
China 5-0 France (Group B)
Malaysia 5-0 England (Group D)
Japan 5-0 USA (Group D)
Denmark 5-0 Algeria (Group B)
Chinese Taipei 5-0 Germany (Group C)
Japan vs England (Group D)
Denmark vs France (Group B)
China vs Algeria (Group B)
Malaysia vs USA (Group D)
Japan vs France (Group A)
Indonesia vs Germany (Group A)
India vs USA (Group D)
Korea vs Canada (Group D)
China vs Chinese Taipei (Group B)
Thailand vs Denmark (Group C)
Spain vs Australia (Group B)
Malaysia vs Egypt (Group C)
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