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CWG 2022: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth Win as India Crush Pakistan in Mixed Team Badminton

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Last Updated: July 29, 2022, 23:24 IST

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Kidambi Srinath. (Image credits: IANS)

Kidambi Srinath. (Image credits: IANS)

India outplayed Pakistan to secure a 5-0 victory in the opening match for PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srinath

India’s fancied shuttlers didn’t break a sweat on their way to completing a 5-0 sweep of Pakistan in their mixed team campaign opener at the 22nd Commonwealth Games here on Friday.

The duo of B Sumeeth Reddy and Machimanda Ponnappa started the proceedings with a comfortable 21-9 21-12 win over Muhammad Irfan Saeed Bhatti and Ghazala Siddique in their mixed doubles Group A clash at the National Exhibition Centre.

After the Pakistan pair appeared to put up a fight in the second game, Reddy finished the match with a down-the-line smash, and then, Kidambi Srikanth picked up from where his mixed doubles colleagues left, easily getting the better of Murad Ali 21-7 21-12 in the men’s singles match.

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The gulf in class was evident as the Pakistanis struggled to match the high standards set by the Indians.

Then, it was the turn of double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu to grab a dominant win over Mahoor Shahzad in women’s singles. The champion Indian shuttler won 21-7 21-6.

In the fourth match, which was the men’s doubles contest, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty got the better of Murad Ali and Muhammad Irfan Saeed Bhatti.

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Unlike in the first three matches, Pakistan tried to take the fight to the Indians but soon, the duo of Rankireddy and Chirag found their bearings and emerged 21-12 21-9 winners.

In the concluding women’s doubles match, India’s Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand crushed Mahoor Shahzad and Ghazala Siddique 21-4, 21-5 to complete the rout on a dominant note.

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first published:July 29, 2022, 21:38 IST
last updated:July 29, 2022, 23:24 IST