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CWG 2022: India misses GOLDEN chance to beat Malaysia, settles for silver medal in Badminton Mixed Team event

With Malaysia leading India 2-1, the onus was on the women's doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Pullela Gopichand to bring India back, but they too lost.

Ritesh PathakAuthor

Updated - 03 August 2022 02:02 AM

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The Indian Mixed Badminton team won the silver medal in the event as they lost against Malaysia in the Final. In the best-of-five match, India lost 1-3. While the men’s doubles pair of Satwik and Chirag lost their match against Teng Fong and Woi Soh, PV Sindhu won the second match to bring India back in the game. In the third match, Kidambi Srikanth took on Tze Yong but lost in a thrilling contest. 

With Malaysia leading India 2-1, the onus was on the women's doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Pullela Gopichand to bring India back. They had the Malaysian duo of Muralitharan Thinaah and Koong Le Pearly to fight against. But it did not augur well for the duo as they went down in straight sets of 18-21, 17-21. As a result, India had to settle for silver medal.

Coming to the first match, it was a closely fought contest between the Men's doubles pairs. Both Satwik and Chirag showed great skill to keep their Malaysian counterparts on their toes. However, Teng Fong and Wooi Soh were equally up to the challenge as they took the first game 21-15. The second game was a similar story. The Indian pair did err a bit and resultantly lost the match 18-21, 15-21.

With this defeat, India were trailing 0-1. But double Olympic medalist PV Sindhu showed her class and took Goh Wei Jin down in straight sets of 22-20, 21-17. Although the Malaysian shuttler threatened Sindhu a bit, the Indian kept her calm and clinched the game. This win brought India back in the gold medal hunt and it was on Srikanth to extend the lead.

But he found a tough opponent in Tze Yong who clinched a three-game thriller. Yong beat Srikanth 21-19, 6-21, 21-16 to bring Malaysia back in the lead (2-1) in the best-of-five match. Notably, the Indian Mixed team remained unbeaten until the final.

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