Kidambi Srikanth defeated Brian Yang from Canada.© AFP
The Indian men’s badminton team recorded its second straight win with a 5-0 win over Canada in a group draw to qualify for Monday’s knockout round of the Thomas Cup in Bangkok. With its second impressive result, the Indian team, which defeated Germany 5-0 on Sunday, is sure to finish in the top-2 in Group C and thus qualify for the knockout round.
World Championship silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth fought back from a lost match beating Brian Yang 20-22 21-11 21-15 in 52 minutes to put India ahead.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty’s double pair then took just 29 minutes to beat Jason Anthony Ho-Shue and Kevin Lee before world number 23 HS Prannoy easily won his singles against BR Sankeerth 21-15 21-12 to take 3 -0 and fixes the tie for India.
The second double pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala was also too good for the duo of Dong Adam and Nyl Yakura in the match that the Indians won 21-15 21-11 in 34 minutes.
The course was completed when Priyanshu Rajawat defeated Victor Lal in three matches, 21-13 20-22 21-14 in the third men’s singles match which lasted 52 minutes. The Indian men’s team is looking for its first medal at the tournament. No Indian men’s team has ever reached the semi-finals of the Thomas Cup.
The Indian team will play its last game in Group C against Chinese Taipei on Wednesday.
The Indian women’s team also kicked off its Uber Cup campaign on Sunday with a 4-1 win over Canada. He will face the US on Tuesday and Korea on Wednesday.
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