CWG: India steamroll Sri Lanka to qualify for knockout stage in mixed team badminton | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: The Indian commuters put on another splendid display to take an unassailable 3-0 lead over hapless Sri Lanka in their second Group A match of the mixed team competition at the 22nd Commonwealth Games here on Saturday.
A day after beating Pakistan 5-0, India picked up another convincing win to top Group A and advance to the quarter-finals with one game still to play in the league stage.
Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy were back together for the mixed doubles match and the duo looked a little rusty at the start before overtaking Sachin Dias and Thilini Hendahewa 21-14 21-9 to put India ahead 1-0.
World Championship bronze medalist Lakshya Sen, playing his first match after recovering from a shoulder injury, prevailed 21-18 21-5 over veteran Niluka Karunatne, who competed in the Olympic Games in 2012, 2016 and 2020.
Akarshi Kashyap, who joined the team after dominating the selection trials in April, edged past Suhasni Vidanage 21-3 21-9 to give India a 3-0 lead.
India were expected to be by far the best exposed team as they dominated the proceedings at Arena Birmingham.
India will play men’s doubles and women’s doubles to complete the five-match draw.
The Indian team will face Australia in the last league group match later today.

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