CWG 2022: India thrash Pakistan 5-0 in badminton opener | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

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BIRMINGHAM (Reuters) – India’s commuters didn’t sweat their way to completing a 3-0 sweep of Pakistan in their opener of the badminton campaign at the 22nd Commonwealth Games here on Friday.
The duo of B Sumeeth Reddy and Machimanda Ponnappa started proceedings with a comfortable 21-9 21-12 win over Muhammad Irfan Said Bhatti and Ghazala Siddique in their mixed doubles clash at the National Exhibition Centre.
After the Pakistani pair appeared to battle in the second game, Reddy finished the match with a smash down the line, then, Kidambi Srikanth picked up where his mixed doubles colleagues left off, easily getting the upper hand on Mourad Ali 21-7 21-12 in the men’s singles match.
The classroom chasm was evident as Pakistanis struggled to match the high standards set by Indians.
Next, it was the turn of two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu to claim a dominating victory over Mahoor Shahzad in the women’s singles. The Indian champion commuter won 21-7 21-6.
In the fourth match, which was the men’s doubles contest, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty got the better of Murad Ali and Muhammad Irfan Saeed Bhatti.
Unlike the first three matches, Pakistan tried to take the fight to Indians but soon the duo of Rankireddy and Chirag found their bearings and emerged 21-12 21-9 winners.
In the final women’s doubles match, India’s Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand crushed Mahoor Shahzad and Ghazala Siddique 21-4, 21-5 to complete the rout on a dominant note.


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