Narrow Defeat in Cricket but Commanding Wins in Hockey, Badminton and Table Tennis

India had a pretty good? opening day of competition at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games on Friday. While the Indian women’s hockey and mixed badminton teams took convincing 5-0 victories in their opening matches, female cricketers suffered a narrow defeat. Later in the day, swimmer Srihari Nataraj qualified for the men’s 100m backstroke final.

Renuka Thakur’s devastating spell of 4/18 was in vain as Ashleigh Gardner’s 52 didn’t help Australia beat India by three wickets in their first Group A match of the women’s T20 event. After skipper Harmanpreet Kaur hit 52 from 34 balls and opener Shafali Verma came in with a 33-ball 48, Renuka’s magnificent opening burst took Australia’s top four and with Deepti Sharma (2-26) beating Rachael Haynes, Australia was in big trouble. 49-5. But Gardner tied 51 points with Grace Harris (37 from 20 balls) and 47 with Alana King (18 not out) to go undefeated for a 35-ball 52, hitting nine boundaries under pressure to take Australia to a stellar win at the comeback of cricket in the multi-sport event. They were also helped by the fact that, apart from Renuka and Deepti, the rest of the Indian bowling attack was having an off day.


Things were much easier for the Indian badminton squad in the mixed team competition as they sent heavyweights, two-time Olympic medalist PV. Sindhu and world championship silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth alongside the ace doubles of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, while India whitewashed Pakistan 5-0 in their opening match in their qualifying round.

The mixed doubles pair of B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponappa set the ball rolling for India when it defeated Mohammad Irfan Saeed Bhatti and Ghazala Siddique of Pakistan 21-8, 21-12 in straight games.

Srikanth then took the field at the NEC Hall No 5 to defeat Murad Ali, playing in his second consecutive Commonwealth Games, a 21-7, 21-12 defeat. World No 7 PV Sindhu then sealed victory for India when she defeated Mahoor Shahzad 21-7, 216 in double fast time.

India took an unassailable 3-0 in the tie, the number 8 men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty and the women’s pair Treesa Jolly-Gayatri Gopichand also recorded convincing wins to help India get the maximum number of points from the draw, whitewash their opponents .

Also the Indian women’s table tennis team started their defense of the title it won at Gold Coast four years ago by beating South Africa and Fiji by identical 3-0 margins, with Manika Batra and Sreeja Akula leading from the front in their Group 2 preliminary round matches. In the men’s team, Achinta Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran led India to comfortable 3-0 victories over Barbados and mighty Singapore in their opening matches. Bo’s teams have booked their place in the quarter-finals.

Also the women’s hockey team won his match against minnows Ghana missed several chances and could only take a 5-0 win as Gurjit Kaur scored when Neha, Sangita Kumari and Salima Tete each scored one.

In the men’s swimming, Nataraj clocked a personal best of 53.77 seconds to reach the final of the 100-meter backstroke. However, the seasoned Sajan Prakash and debutant Kushagra Rawat failed to advance to the semifinals of their events respectively.

Shiva Thapa kicked off his Commonwealth Games campaign in a rousing tone by Pakistani Suleman Baloch. defeat 5-0 by unanimous decision in the first round of the 63.5 kg category.

in squashIndia’s youngest member of the contingent Anahat Singh beats Jada Ross of St Vincent and the Grenadines 11-5, 11-2 11-0 in the Squash Women’s Singles, Preliminary Round Of 64. In the men’s singles, Abhay Singh made short work with from Joe Champan of the British Virgin Islands, who won 11-5, 11-5, 11-5.

while cyclingIndian men’s and women’s sprint teams along with the Indian men’s 4000 meters pursuit team failed to qualify for the final at the Commonwealth Games.

Pragnya Mohan finished 26th with a time of 1:07:27, while Sanjana Sunil Joshi finished 28th with a time of 1:09:00 in the women’s individual (sprint distance).

In Lawn BowlingIndia’s Tania Choudhury lost her first Section B round of women’s singles to Scottish Dee Hoggan 10-21, while the Indian men’s Triples unit lost 21-6 to New Zealand in the opening round of the men’s triples lawn bowling event

In Artistic Gymnastics, India finished the third underclass with a total score of 108.9. Yogeshwar Singh took 11.3 in his floor exercise, 11.2 on the pommel horse, 11.950 on the rings, 13 in the vault, 13,450 in parallel bars and 12.7 on the horizontal bar. Syed Tamboli added another 14.05 points with his performance on parallel bars, while Satyajit Mondal picked up 7.85 points with his floor exercise and 13.4 points in the jump.

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