December 1, 2023
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India steamroll Sri Lanka 5-0, qualify for knockouts in blended group badminton

Indian shuttlers outclassed Sri Lanka 5-0 of their second group A match of the blended group competitors on the twenty second Commonwealth Video games on Saturday.

India had been by far the higher group on show as they fully dominated the proceedings on the Area Birmingham.

A day after blanking Pakistan 5-0, India notched up one other convincing win to go prime of group A and qualify for the quarterfinals with one tie nonetheless remaining within the league stage of the competitors

India made a strategic choice to separate the blended and males’s doubles pairing as Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy had been again collectively for the opening match.

The previous world quantity 19 pair seemed rusty initially earlier than getting previous Sachin Dias and Thilini Hendahewa 21-14 21-9 to place India 1-0 forward.

World Championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen, who’s enjoying his first match after recovering from a shoulder harm, prevailed 21-18 21-5 over veteran Niluka Karunatne, who has competed on the Olympics in 2012, 2016 and 2020.

Akarshi Kashyap, who had made it to the group after topping the choice trials in April, went previous Vidara Suhasni Vidanage 21-3 21-9 within the girls’s singles handy India an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Whereas the opening recreation was a stroll within the park, Kashyap was briefly troubled by the Sri Lankan within the second recreation earlier than she discovered her bearing to zoom forward.

One half of the blended doubles pair, B Sumeeth Reddy then mixed with Chirag Shetty to beat Dumindu Abeywickrama and Sachin Dias 21-10 21-13 to make it 4-0.

Within the ultimate match, Gayatri Gopichand and Tressa Jolly overcame stiff resistance from Thilini Hendahewa and Vidara Suhasni Vidanage within the opening recreation to come back up trumps 21-18 21-6 and compete the formalities.

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