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Indian shuttlers confirm at least a bronze medal; stun Malaysia to advance to semifinals

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Indian shuttlers confirm at least a bronze medal; stun Malaysia to advance to semifinals

The Indian men’s badminton team registered an emphatic 3-2 win over Malaysia to storm into the semifinals of the Thomas Cup for the first time in 43 years. The tournament is being played in Bangkok. This victory has assured at least a bronze in the Thomas Cup.

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Indian shuttlers have not been able to stand on the podium since 1979. It would be the first time since the change of the format that the country has secured a medal at the prestigious tournament.

Malaysia itself is a powerhouse in world badminton. It has won the Thomas Cup title five times but surrendered against India. The Indian men’s shuttlers played remarkably well.

The world number 8 pairing of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, world championship silver medallist Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy were fabulous on the court to see India home.

India’s next opponent will be either Korea or Denmark.

Despite the loss of world championship bronze winner Lakshya Sen in the opening singles against reigning world champion Lee Zii Jia by 21-23, 9-21 in 46 minutes, the Indian team didn’t lose heart.

Malaysian fans were cheering, but Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy dashed their motivations with an absorbing display on the court that outclassed their opponents, Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin, 21-19, 21-15, to level the score in the five-match tie.

Srikanth entered the court with a determination to win. He was remarkable throughout the match and outclassed his Malaysian opponent, NG Tze Yong, 21-11, 21-17, giving India a 2-1 lead.

In the fourth match, the Indian pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala started well and looked confident to win the match, but the Malaysian pair of Aaron Chia and Teo Ee Yi came back strongly and snatched a crucial win, 19-21, 17-21, as the match was tied 2-2.

The decider match was played between world number 23 HS Prannoy and 22-year-old Jun Hao Leong. Prannoy, without losing much time on the court, he regained his form after initial hiccups. The Indian shuttler, in the end, stunned his opponent easily 21-13, 21-8 and bring a remarkable victory for India.

The moment Prannoy hit a powerful smash to win the contest, his teammates entered the court and hugged him. Super performance from all angles.

 

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