Commonwealth Games 2022: The mixed India badminton team, which included double Olympic medalist PV Sindhu, lost to Malaysia 3-1 in the Commonwealth Games 2022 championship match in Birmingham.
In the mixed group match of the Commonwealth Games 2022, the Indian badminton team won the silver medal on Tuesday (August 2). The diverse Indian badminton team lost to Malaysia 1-3 and had to settle for silver. In the women’s singles match during the summit match against Malaysia, only PV Sindhu could secure a victory.
India’s Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy faced up against Malaysia’s Teng Fong Aaron Chia and Wooi Yik in the opening game of the tie. The Malaysian duo struck first in the tense neck-and-neck battle, winning the opening rounds 21-18 and 21-15.
PV Sindhu faced Jin Wei Goh in the second match of the tie. The double Olympic medalist played aggressively in the opening game of the tournament, defeating Malaysia’s Jin Wei Goh 22-20 to grab a game lead. To get India back into the match, the star Indian shuttler won the second game and the match by scores of 22-20 and 21-17.
Kidambi Srikanth lost 19-21 to Malaysia’s Ng Tze Yong in the opening game of the third leg of the tie. In a match that lasted one hour and six minutes, a Malaysian player maintained his momentum and velocity to defeat an Indian ace by scores of 21-19, 6-21, and 21-16.
Malaysia won the match 2-1, taking the lead. Teresa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand faced up against Muralitharan Thinaah and Koong Le Pearly Tan in the fourth match of the competition. The Indian team lost the opening match 18-21. The Malaysian team prevailed 21-17 in the second match to win the gold medal at the 2022 Olympics.
Sindhu levels up
India got off to an incredible start because of Sindhu, who dominated play immediately. Until Sindhu conceded points due to mistakes, Goh found it difficult to win even one point. World No. 7 continued to have a sizable advantage throughout the first game, but Goh unexpectedly found her game at 18-12, winning the following seven points to take the lead for the first time in the match. Goh suddenly began to have confidence that she could succeed. Goh blocked a game-tying shot, but Sindhu scored on her second attempt.
Despite the Malaysian’s remarkable burst of speed and intensity in the second game, Sindhu was equipped with the necessary skills to neutralize Goh and won the match 22-20, 21-17 in 44 minutes to tie the match at one.
The Indian women’s cricket team and the table tennis team—which had won gold earlier in the day—walked in to support the shuttlers when Kidambi Srikanth entered the arena for his men’s singles match. However, the former world No. 1 was defeated by world No. 42 Ng Tze Yong in the Malaysian’s first victory against the world No. 13 Indian in three matches, 19-21, 21-6, 16-21, despite such assistance.
When P Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly entered the court for the women’s doubles match, they were already down 1-2. However, the world No. 11 combination of Thinaah Muralitharan and Pearly Tan defeated the Indian pair 21-18, 21-17 with their expertise to enable Malaysia to reclaim the mixed team championship. This was Muralitharan and Tan’s second victory over the world No. 38 pair in as many matches.