Sharath first partnered with G Sathiyan beat the Australian pair of Nicholas Lum and Finn Luu 3-2 (11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 12-14, 11-7) in a thrilling men’s doubles semi-final.
The Indian duo will face England’s Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitford in the gold medal game.
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Sharath then combined with the youngster Sreeja Akula to enter the mixed doubles final with a sizzling 3-2 victory over the Australian duo of Nicholas Lum and Minhyung Jee.
The Indian pair picked up a 11-9 11-8 9-11 12-14 11-7 victory and will battle for gold against Malaysia’s Karen Lyne and Choong Jayen.
In women’s singles too, Sreeja performed well before suffering a narrow 3-4 loss to Singapore. Tianwei Feng.
Akula lost 6-11 11-8 11-6 9-11 8-11 11-8 10-12 to Feng in a thrilling semi-final.
Earlier, Sharath and Sathiyan qualified for the men’s singles semi-finals.
While Sharath made short work of Singapore player Yong Izaac Quek 4-0 (11-6 11-7 11-4 11-7), Sathiyan was stretched in his 4-2 (11-5 11 -7 11-5 8-11 10-12 11-9) win for Englishman Sam Walker.
“It was a great match, all credit goes to Sam, he fought really hard. I really should have finished that fifth set but I was a little nervous,” Sathiyan said.
“I’ve never beaten Sam so it just came to mind and it wasn’t that easy to play in a big game like this. I kept my cool at the end and I took advantage of the game to get my first semi-final (Commonwealth Games) so I’m really happy,” he added.
However, it was curtains for Sanil Shettywho squandered a one-game lead to lose to home favorite Liam Pitchford 1-4 (11-9 6-11 8-11 8-11 4-11).
In women’s doubles, the two Indian pairs — Sreeja Akul and Reeth Tennisonand Manika Batra and Diya Chitale – won their round of 16.
Akula and Tennnison beat Chloe Anna Thomas Wu Zhang and Lara Whitton of Wales 11-7 11-4 11-3.
Batra and Chitale beat Mauritian pair Jalim Nandeshwaree and Oumehani Hosenally 11-5 11-5 11-3.