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Commonwealth Games 2018: India defeats Wales in TT, updates

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Tabletennis: The Indian women take on Wales.

Firs went Manika Batra for the win:

Next, it was Mouma Das:

In doubles, the Indian women lost out on several chances and lost to Wales

Madhurika Patkar came next in singles to to seal India’s tie with a 3-1 win.


Weightlifting: She is in a league of her own, Mirabai Chanu. 103, 107 and 110 lifted successfully in her 3 C&J attempts. A deluge of records broken.



Squash: In case you missed this interview of ours –


Weightlifting: PERSONAL BEST OF 86KG. A new Commonwealth Record

Weightlifting: 84kg on second attempt. SHE DOES IT!

Weightlifting: 80kg on first attempt for Snatch. She does it successfully.

Squash: Harinderpal Sandhu wins. Very, very good comeback by the Indian here as he defetas Cameron Stafford 11-3,11-13,11-6,11-8.

Weightlifting: moments away for Mirabai Chanu’s game to begin and she has entered 81kg for Clean and Jerk and 103kg for Snatch in her first attempt.

Squash: A tight game for Harinder Pal Sandhu so far. One game in hand for each and Stafford winning the second game 13-11

The early morning session done and dusted and we now begin with Squash Men’s Singles. First up is Harinder Pal Sandhu.


Swimming: How wonderful for young Srihari Natraj.

Table Tennis:

And we end our day in TT in the best possible way. The women went on a clean victory without dropping a match. The Men’s team wrap things up in style too.

Table Tennis:


Table Tennis:

Badminton: Quite a competitive game here as the Sri Lankan Women’s Doubles pair mount spurts of challenges in between. 17-11 for India now.

Badminton: 15-8 for Ashwini and Sikki Reddy in the second Game of the final match in the Team Event vs Sri Lanka. A 6-0 washout on the cards here. Come on, India.

Table Tennis:

Swimming: And how goes the comeback for Virdhawal Kadhe? Quite well actually. A competitive score to start the tournament.

Badminton: Sikki and Ashwini take the first game here in the last match of the team event vs Sri Lanka.


Badminton: And Saina Nehwal makes no mistake here; wins 21-8, 21-4 in women’s singles. 4-0 to India vs Sri Lanka now.

Weightlifting: FIRST MEDAL

Weightlifting: He does it on the third attempt. 138kg on C&J with snatch 111kg; total 249kg

Weightlifting: And he misses his second attempt too. That’s too bad for Gururaja. Last attempt left.

Weightlifting: The Gold medal may have been lost here for Gururaja. Is this going to prove to be costly?

Badminton: It’s a one way game now going in Saina’s favour. 21-8 to her in the first game after a great drop shot and she quickly wraps up the first game here.

Badminton: An impressive display by the young girl from Sri Lanka in the first half of the first game but Saina is back. 15-8 to the veteran.


Badminton: WIN FOR CHIRAG/SATWIK 21-17, 21-14 for the duo from India. It’s 3-0 for India in the Team event vs Sri Lanka. Good job guys.

Saina Nehwal up next vs Madhushika Dilrukshi of Sri Lanka in Game 4.

Lawn Bowls: Pinki  loses her Group stage match to New Zealand’s Jo Edwards (16-20)

Badminton : Chirag and Satwik continue to rally on in Match 3 of the Team event vs Sri Lanka. The lead 10-7 in the Second Game here after winning the first.

Badminton: GAME FOR CHIRAG/SATWIK They’re up 21-17 against the Sri Lankan duo of Dinuka/Buwaneka in Game 1. India march on.

Hockey: Heartbreak for Indian women’s team as Wales score in the closing minutes to win the game 3-2. This game has left a lot wanting for India. Missed chances and tactical errors. Here’s hoping for a comeback in the next game.

Hockey: With 4 minutes left in the game, it’s a penalty corner for India.

Hockey: It is still 2-2 as both teams have failed to break the deadlock. Seven minutes to go in the first match of India vs Wales women’s hockey group match. In case you missed, Wales were 2-0 up at half-time. Rani Rampal came back to draw level.


Badminton: It’s now Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy here vs Dinuka Karunaratne/Buwaneka. Can they wrap things up with a win here? India are already 2-0 up in the team event vs Sri Lanka.

Table Tennis: Another win here for Team India. This time in the Women’s Doubles category where they decisively finish things at 3-0.

Badminton: He does it. Srikanth Kidambi wins 21-16, 21-10 to take the second team match and give India a 2-0 advantage vs Sri Lanka here. Good job.


Hockey: India make it level. Kudos to captain Rani Rampal. What exquisite gameplay and India back in the lead here.

Badminton: Srikanth Kidambi down by 5-7 now to Sri Lankan Niluka Karunaratne after winning the first game. Come on no, champ. 

Badminton: Good job so far by Srikanth Kidambi but it’s Sri Lanka who holds a slender lead in Game 2 here. Can Srikanth comeback to make it a straight game win? 5-3 to Sri Lanka in Game 2


Table Tennis:


Hockey: The woes in Hockey continue but there is one tiny glimmer of hope here as India pull one back. But what does this prove for Team India? What is lacking?

Badminton: Good for Srikanth Kidambi. leading 18-13 here after a very successful referral.

Hockey: The pressure seems to carry on for Team India. Not the ideal start. Far from it.

Table Tennis:

Badminton: Srikanth Kidambi begins his game here vs Niluka Karunaratne. It’s 2-0 for the Indian immediately.





Badminton: India down 13-15 in the deciding game. An upset on the cards?


Badminton: India momentarily inch ahead but its 10-10 here in the deciding game with Lanka following close. Sri Lanka are relentless.


Badminton: It’s 5-4 to Lanka in the deciding game

Badminton: Game 3 begins for Sri Lanka in a brilliant way too. 4-2 to Sri Lanka here. A shock upset in the first game on the cards?

Hockey: It’s India vs Wales in Hockey here. Can the women scrape off a first win? We surely hope they can.

Badminton: Game Point Sri Lanka and they win it. It’s 21-15 19-21 to India in the Mixed Doubles team match.

Badminton: A good comeback from Pranaav here. From 11-18 down in Game 2 it’s 18-18 here. But Sri Lanka inch ahead to make it 19-18.

Badminton: Sachin Dias completely ripping apart India here in Game 2. 18-11 to Sri Lanka in Game 2. India have a game in hand.


Gymnastics: Rakesh Patra gets a score of 13.950 on Rings. 37.600 to team India and standing on 2nd in the Men’s team final after Rotation 1.

Badminton: Game 2 tells a different story altogether as costly errors keep increasing the margin of difference here in Game 2 vs Sri Lanka. 9-5 to the Lankana

Badminton: Sri Lanka take the first point in the second game here and proceed to make it 7-2 vs India here.

Badminton: India take the first game vs Sri Lanka 21-15

Gymnastics: Ashish Kumar is up next at the All Round. Remember the veteran had given India its first medal in Gymnastics. What can we expect from him?

Badminton: India dominating at the moment. standing at 12-17

It’s Ruthvika Shivani vs Pranaav Jerry Chopra vs Sri Lanka’s Sachin Dias and Pramodika Hendahew


Here is how the day will look like for the Indian contingent.

Lawn BowlsMen's Triples

Women's Single

Men's Pairs

Women's Fours
Sunil Bahadur
Dinesh Kumar
Chandan Singh


Alok Lakra
Krishna Xalxo

Farzana Khan Lovely Choubey
Rupa Tirkey Nayanmoni Saikia
4.30 A.M

4.30 A.M

11.30 A.M

11.30 A.M

BadmintonTeam Event

Team Event
India Vs Sri Lanka

India Vs Pakistan
4:31 AM

2:31 PM
GymnasticsIndividual All Around
Individual All Around
Individual All Around

Team All Around
Rakesh Patra
Yogeshwar Singh
Ashish Kumar

Ashish Kumar
Yogeshwar Singh
Rakesh Patra
4.38 AM
4.38 AM
4.38 AM

4.38 AM
Table TennisWomen Team Event
Men Team Event
India vs Srilanka,India vs Wales
India vsTrinidad and Tobago,India vs Northen Island
5:00:00 AM,11:30 AM
7:30:00 AM,2:00 PM
HockeyWomen's hockeyIndia VS Wales5:02 AM
WeightliftingMen’s 56kg
Women’s 48kg
Men’s 62kg
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
Muthupandi Raja
5.12 AM
9.42 AM
2.12 PM
SwimmingMen’s 50m Butterfly
Men’s 50m Butterfly
Men’s 100m Backstroke
Virdhawal KHADE
6:57 AM (Heats) 4:22 PM (Semi-final)
6:57 AM (Heats) 4:22 PM (Semi-final)
7:24 AM (Heats) 4:52 PM (Semi-final)
SquashMen’s singles

Women's singles
Harinder Sandu v Cameron Stafford

Vikram Malhotra v Manda Chilambwe

Saurav Ghosal v TBD

Joshna chinappa v Charlotte Knaggs

Dipika Pallikal v Lynette Vai
9:20 AM (Round of 64)

10:40 AM (Round of 64)

1:30 PM (Round of 32)

2:10 PM (Round of 32)

3:30 PM (Round of 32)
Cycling4000m Team Pursuit

Team Sprint

Women Team Sprint
Aleena Reji
Deborah Herold
Manorama Devi
Amritha Reghunath

Ranjit Singh
Sahil Kumar
Sanuraj P
Manjeet Singh

Deborah Herold
Aleena Reji
10:12 AM

12:04 PM

11:54 PM
BoxingMen's 69kg R32Manoj Kumar3:32 PM

Such an action packed day but how are Indians expected to perform? Read on:

Lawn Bowls

This British pastime sport, which has miraculously found roots in Jharkhand’s tribal belt, may just return India’s unlikeliest medal at the 2018 CWG. A cruel fourth place finish at the 2014 CWG was down to ‘lack of knowledge of English and mental strength’ as the national team coach has said.

The group matches start from Thursday, while the medal matches will start from the weekend.


This is what the line up will look like for the team event vs Sri Lanka


The current contingent of gymnasts has clearly had to walk on fire before the Games with several problems plaguing them- they included the likes of non-issuing of visas on time and travel plans not being finalised till the last day. But the time has now come to put all that behind and concentrate on the tournament in hand.

3 Indian Gymnasts will be trying their luck out in the Individual All-Around category and it is important to establish at the outset that it is not one of India’s strengths. Rakesh Patra, Yogeshwar Singh and Ashish Kumar will be vying for the top spots here.

It is worth remembering that till a few weeks ago, Rakesh Patra’s inclusion in the squad had been in doubt. The ace Indian Gymnast recently completed a fourth place finish in the World Cup and his main strength are the Rings and parallel bars segments.

India’s first Gymnastics International medalist and India’s most successful, Ashish Kumar has a chance at shining in Floor exercise. However, excellence in the Individual All round category continues to elude him.

Table Tennis

The Indian table tennis team are all set to open their campaign and exorcise the ghosts of Glasgow and Rio and match or even better the 2010 Delhi tally in this edition of the Commonwealth Games at the Oxenford Studios in Gold Coast.

Sharath Kamal, a former Commonwealth Games gold medal winner will be looking to add more feathers to his cap. Sharath along with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, who is ranked as high as 46 in the world, will be spearheading the Indian men’s contingent in the absence of Soumyajit Ghosh who lost his place in the squad after alleged accusations of raping a minor.

The women’s team will be led by Manika Batra and Mouma Das who exemplify a perfect blend of youth and experience. Both of them have been on a roll in the past twelve months with a top eight finish at the World Table Tennis Championships before winning a silver at the Spanish Open. While both of them have had previous experience at Commonwealth Games, they haven’t featured together.

The Indian paddlers will compete in seven categories – men’s team, men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s team, women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles


The Indian Women’s Hockey Team will begin their campaign in Gold Coast with the mission to end their 12-year medal-drought at the Commonwealth Games. The Women’s outfit had last won the Commonwealth Games Gold in 2002 followed by a Silver Medal in 2006. Packed with confidence and a refreshing winning attitude, Rani-led Indian Women’s squad is ready to recreate history.
But to reach the podium, the team needs to get past initial hurdle in Pool A which has Wales, Malaysia, England and South Africa. With a good one week spent at the competition arena, the team is looking to start with a win tomorrow.


One of India’s strongest suits. Indians won medals in 14 out of the total 19 weight categories at 2014 CWG.

Guru Raja Poojary (5 am – 7:30 am)      Weight Category – 56kg

This pick up truck driver’s son from a family of eight in the fishing village of Kundapura on Karnataka’s coastline might turn out to be the first Indian to strike gold.

In recent years, the 26-year-old has won a Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships gold with a 249kg lift and a South Asian Games gold with a 241 kg lift. A lift above 240 kg can be expected to get a medal, while his personal best of 249kg is good enough for gold.

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (9:30 am – 12 noon)    Weight Category – 48 kg  

Even If Guru Raja falls short (which is unlikely), India can remain confident of a first weightlifting medal on the first day itself. Mirabai Chanu, who has become a legend in her sport at the age of 23, has a record that is miles ahead of the rest of the field.

Her personal best of 194kg stands over 10kg more than her closest competition, Canada’s Amanda Braddock, who has a personal best of 173kg. The CWG all-time record is 175kg. Medal guaranteed.

Muthupandi Raja (2pm – 4:30 pm)    Weight Category – 62 kg

This 18-year-old from Tamil Nadu has had an impressive run in the junior circuit of late, clearing the 260kg mark last year. However, a spot among the medals will require a marked improvement as just the bronze medal place in the 2014 CWG was 271kg.


Virdhawal Kadhe recently won medals at the Singapore Open Championships with timings within a couple of strokes from his national records swims a decade ago. His 23.02 seconds 50m freestyle swim compares very well with his national record of 22.68 seconds, and this with just 6 months hardcore training.

Accompanying Virdhawal Kadhe to Gold coast is Srihari Natraj, the teenage backstroke specialist and probably India’s best talent since Khade himself.

Long of hands and limbs, Natraj seems to break national records in the 3 backstroke distances almost every time he enters the pool. The 17 year old shot into prominence at 2017 nationals with a clean sweep in the backstroke distances with national records. He won the title of  Best Swimmer Award too.

Arguably India’s most versatile swimmer, Sajan Prakash is the third swimmer of the Indian contingent. More of an endurance swimmer than a sprinter, Sajan will participate in 100 & 200 butterfly apart from 1500 m free. He holds the national record the last two events.


The squash contingent for India will begin their 2018 Commonwealth Games tomorrow morning. The first to open will be Harinder Pal Sandhu Day 1 will close with Joshna Chinappa.

In the 2014 Asian Games, Harinder Pal Sandhu won the first match for India which would lead to India’s first ever gold medal in Squash at the Asian Games. Harinder is currently ranked 49 and will be taking on Cameron Stafford of the Cayman Islands in the Round of 64. Before this, Stafford took part in the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games.

The second Indian on the squash court will be Mumbai’s Vikram Malhotra. The world number 64 will face Manda Chilambwe of Zambia. Vikram Malhotra reached a career high ranking of 55 in December 2016.

Saurav Ghosal is India’s poster boy for squash, being the first Indian to ever win the British Junior Open. Currently, Ghosal is perched at number 13 and will begin his singles campaign tomorrow, although against whom, is yet to be known.

Dipika Pallikal is India’s first woman squash player break into the top 10 in the PSA Women’s rankings. She will begin her singles run against Charlotte Knaggs of Trinidad and Tobago. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games she along with Joshna Chinappa won the squash women’s doubles gold medal, making it India’s first ever Commonwealth Games medal in the sport.

At the same time as her doubles partner, Joshna Chinappa will be the last Indian on court at the end of Day 1 where she will take on 19 year old Lynette Vai from Malaysia. Joshna who is ranked number 17 in the world should have an easy way out with Vai, who is yet to break in to the top 200 in the PSA rankings.


Another sport where India does not have much success to show traditionally. But Deborah Herold, the 23-year-old from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, has been redrawing some boundaries in recent years, ever since she became World No 4 in in the 500m time trial in 2015.

The CWG field, however, comprises some of the world’s best – some Tour de France veterans, apart from the traditional heavyweights of England, Australia and New Zealand.

Can Herold, or some other unlikely hero, script something historic on Day 1?


Day 1 of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will see 2010 CWG Gold Medalist Manoj Kumar play the opening match for India against Nigeria’s Osita Umeh. The 31 year old experienced pugilist will play in the 69 kg category.


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