India experienced a rather shaky day 1 of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Friday. The Indian badminton team started their mixed team title defense in a dominant fashion, completing a 5-0 clean sweep against Pakistan in the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 (CWG 2022) in Birmingham, on Friday. The likes of PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth were on top form and took easy victories against their opponents. Meanwhile, women’s cricket made its debut at the quadrennial event, and Team India kicked off their campaign with a bitter three-wicket loss to arch-rivals Pakistan. The Indian women’s table tennis team had a good performance with an easy 3-0 win over South Africa followed by a 3-0 win over Fiji. In boxing, Shiva Thapa won the 63.5kg round of 32 for his men against Pakistani Suleman Baloch to raise the temperature. Meanwhile, the Indian women’s field hockey team was on top form, beating Ghana 5-0 in their campaign opener. In watersports, Kushagra Rawat was eliminated in the men’s 400m freestyle after finishing last in Heat 3. In triathlon, India finished 26th and 27th respectively, while Pragnya Mohan and Sanjana Joshi failed to shine.
Day 2 bodes well for India with the badminton and table tennis teams looking to progress in the knockouts, while the women’s hockey team will also see action in their second group stage draw. But all eyes will be on Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, Tokyo Olympic silver medalist and 2018 CWG gold medalist.
Commonwealth Games 2022 India Schedule Day 2 (all times according to IST)
1:00 PM: Lawn Bowls – India in Men’s Triple; Tania Choudhury in women’s singles
1:30 PM: Athletics – Nitendra Singh Rawat in Men’s Marathon Final
1:30 PM: Badminton – India in Mixed Team Group A draw against Sri Lanka
1:30 PM (starting): Weightlifting – Sanket Mahadev Sargar in the 55kh men’s category; Gururaja in the category men 61 kg
14:00 (from): Table tennis – India vs Guyana in Group 2 Women’s Team; Men’s Team vs Northern Ireland
2:30 PM (from): Cycling – Mayuri Lute and Triyashi Paul in women’s sprint qualifying
2:30 PM (from): Cycling – Meenakshi in Women’s 3000m Individual Pursuit Qualifying
2:30 PM (from): Cycling – Vishwajeet Singh and Dinesh Kumar in Qualifying for Men’s 4000m Individual Pursuit
3:00 PM: Swimming – Kushagra Rawat in 200m freestyle heat 3
4:30 pm: Boxing – Hussanmuddin Mohammed (IND) vs Amzolee (SA) in weight category 54-57kg (Round of 32)
4.30 pm (from): Squash – Ramit Tandon and Saurav Ghosal in men’s singles round of 32; Joshna Chinappa and Sunayna Sara Kuruvilla in the women’s singles of 32.
8:00 PM: Weightlifting – Saikhom Mirabai Chanu in the 49 kg category for women
8:30 PM (from): Cycling – Esow Alben in first round Keirin men
8:30 PM (from): India vs North Island in men’s table tennis quarterfinals
9:00 pm: Gymnastics – Pranati Nayak, Ruthuja Nataraj and Protishta Samanta in Women’s Team Final and Individual Qualifying Subdivision 3
11:00 AM EVENING: Boxing – Lovlina Borgohain vs N Ariane in round 1 of 70kg category
11:30 pm: Badminton – India in Mixed Team Group A draw against Australia
11:30 pm: Hockey – India vs Wales in women’s group A
1:15 am: Boxing – Sanjeet vs PF Ato Leau in round 1 of the 92 kg category