Srikanth & Co. assure India of at least a bronze at Thomas Cup | Badminton News – Times of India


BANGKOK: The Indian men’s badminton team scripted a memorable 3-2 win over Malaysia to enter the semifinals of Thomas Cup for the primary time in 43 years however the girls’s aspect bowed out after shedding 0-3 to Thailand within the Uber Cup right here on Thursday.
India is thus assured of a minimum of a bronze on the Thomas Cup. The nation has not received a medal on the occasion since 1979.
India had bagged three bronze up to now once they reached inter-zonal finals. Nevertheless, it’s the first time for the reason that change within the qualifying format that the nation received a medal on the prestigious match.

Up towards a crew that has received the title 5 instances, the world quantity 8 pairing of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, world championships silver medallist Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy rose to the event to see India residence.
India will subsequent tackle both Korea or Denmark.
Loads of expectation rode on world championships bronze winner Lakshya Sen however he could not go the gap within the opening singles, shedding 21-23 9-21 to reigning world champion Lee Zii Jia in 46 minutes.
With the Malaysian followers thronging the Impression Area, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy took to the court docket and the duo dished out a superlative efficiency to outwit world quantity 13 Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin 21-19 21-15 to deliver India again within the five-match tie.
It was an all-out assault within the ultimate section of the second recreation which noticed the Indian pair arrange 5 match factors with Chirag changing with a smash, leaving the Indian camp all pumped up.
Srikanth rode on his superior and different strokeplay to outclass world quantity 46 NG Tze Yong 21-11 21-17 and provides India a 2-1 lead.
The world quantity 45 mixture of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala have been handed the duty of taming Aaron Chia and Teo Ee Yi and the Indian pair produced effort earlier than shedding 19-21 17-21 because the match went into the decider.
World quantity 23 HS Prannoy was all fired up within the ultimate contest as he dealt with the strain to erase an 1-6 deficit early within the first recreation to finally canter to a 21-13 21-8 win over 22-year-old Jun Hao Leong as India accomplished a incredible come-from-behind victory.
The second Prannoy unleashed a smash to seal the competition, his teammates entered the court docket and rejoiced.
Earlier, double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu fought onerous earlier than shedding to Ratchanok Intanon because the Indian girls’s crew crashed out of the Uber Cup Finals after being drubbed 0-3 by Thailand within the quarterfinals.
World No. 7 Sindhu was off color for the second consecutive day as she squandered a one-game result in go down 21-18 17-21 12-21 towards Intanon, ranked eighth, in a 59-minute first girls’s singles match.
The defeat means Sindhu now trails Intanon 4-7 on head-to-head document.
India have been down 0-2 when the ladies’s doubles pair of Shruti Mishra and Simran Singhi misplaced 16-21 13-21 towards the Thai pair of Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai.
It was no higher for Aakarshi Kashyap, who surrendered 16-21 11-21 to Pornpawee Chochuwong within the second singles match that lasted 42 minutes, as Thailand accomplished a 3-0 thrashing, making the remaining two matches of the tie redundant.


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