Commonwealth Games 2022: India win historic gold medal in Lawn Bowls
India have won the Gold medal match in Women's Fours Lawn Bowls at CWG 2022, the first ever medal for the country in this sport.
Commonwealth Games 2022: India have a new Fab Four! The women's Lawn Bowls fours team of Rupa Rani Tirkey, Lovely Choubey, Pinki and Nayanmoni Saikia beat South Africa 17-10 in the Gold medal match to script history.
India had never won a single medal in this sport in any major international competition before this.
Lovely Choubey, a 42-year-old policewoman from Jharkhand, Nayanmoni Saikia, a forest department officer from Assam, Pinki, a physical education teacher from Delhi and Rupa Rani, the all-important player who played in the skip's position, have thus claimed the most historic medal for India in CWG 2022.
After two days of learning about the rules of a new sport and watching coloured balls being rolled around on a lawn, this medal might just make India have a new favourite sport.
Scorecard of the match:
India took the lead from the very outset, getting into a 3-2 lead after End 3 and then pulling ahead to 8-6. South Africa slowly and steadily clawed their way back into the contest.
SA went ahead at 10-8, before skip Rupal Rani levelled the scoreline at 10-10 after End 12. After End 14, India surged ahead to a 15-10 lead, with Rupa Rani again delivering when required.
Countries like England (51 medals), Australia (50 medals) and South Africa (44 medals) have always dominated this sport in the CWG.
For India, who have appeared in just three editions of the CWG in this sport, this is a first ever medal.