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The Indian contingent made a confident start to the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, England with some solid opening day performances on Friday. Table tennis and badminton stars registered facile wins, while the women's hockey team beat Ghana 5-0 even as seasoned boxer Shiva Thapa produced a clinical show to beat his Pakistani rival. But the India women's cricket team conspired to lose their opener against Australia. On Day 2 (July 30), India can potentially open its medal tally. Catch Day 1 highlights.
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India completed a 3-0 win over Singapore with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran beating Zhe Chew 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 in the singles.
Earlier in the day, India defeated Barbados 3-0.
Brilliant from Achanta Sharath Kamal. The veteran India player beat Koen Pang 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 to help India lead Singapore 2-0. Earlier, Harmeet Desai/ Sathiyan Gnanasekaran beat Shao Feng/ Zhe Yu 11-5, 11-5, 9-11, 11-2 in the doubles.
Anahat Singh, 14, tamed Jada Ross of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in less than 20 minutes (11-5, 11-2, 11-0).
11:00 PM IST - India will face Singapore in the table tennis men's team, group 3 match.
11:00 PM IST - In squash, India's teen sensation faces Jada Ross of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (women's singles, round of 64).
India completed a 5-0 rout of Pakistan with Treesa Jolly/ Gayatri Gopichand beating Mahoor Shahzad/ Ghazala Siddique 21-4, 21-5 in women's doubles. Before that, Satwik Rankireddy/ Chirag Shetty defeated Murad Ali/ Muhammad Irfan 21-12, 21-9 in the men's doubles.
India's Pragnya Mohan (1:07:27) and Sanjana Joshi (1:09:00) finished 26th and 28th, respectively in the women's individual (sprint distance) final. Bermuda's Flora Duffy took gold. England's Georgia Taylor-Brown and Scotland's Beth Potter claimed silver and bronze, respectively.
India women started their campaign with a not-so-fluent 5-0 win over Ghana in Pool A. India face Wales tomorrow.
Salima Tete scored a field goal to give India a lead 5-0 lead over minnows Ghana in the final quarter.
A masterclass from PV Sindhu. She defeated Mahoor Shahzad in 24 minutes (21-7, 21-6) in women's singles. India thus beat Pakistan 3-0. But there will be two matches more -- women's doubles and men's doubles. In the previous edition, India blanked Pakistan 5-0. On course for a similar result here too.
India led Ghana 4-0 after the end of third quarter in their Pool A match. The third quarter witnessed two goals - a field goal for Sangita Kumari and a PC conversion for Gurjit Kaur.
Kidambi Srikanth beat Murad Ali 21-7, 21-12 in men's singles to give India 2-0 over Pakistan.
Number three for India, a field goal from a neat teamwork. Just a little under 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter. India lead Ghana 3-0.
Just minutes from the half-time, India scored their second goal to lead Ghana 2-0.
Sumeeth Reddy/Ashwini Ponnappa beat Pakistan's Muhammad Irfan/Ghazala Siddique 21-9, 21-12 in mixed doubles to give India 1-0. Next is Kidambi Srikanth vs Murad Ali in the men's singles.
And Alana King hit the winning runs, a four. Australia won by three wickets with an over to spare in their Group A match. India thought they won it, then the world ODI and T20I champions hit back. AUS - 157/7 (19); 154/8 (20)
Fifty for Ashleigh Gardner in 34 balls, with a four off Deepti Sharma. And Australia need three in nine.
Massive over. Meghna Singh conceded 15 runs in her final over - three fours, a couple and one leg bye. Australia Women need 21 runs in 18 balls. AUSW 134/7 (17)
Meghna Singh broke a 51-run stand in 34 balls with the wicket of Grace Harris (37 off 20), thanks to a fine catch by skipper Harmanpreet Kaur. Australia need 55 runs in 42 balls. AUS - 100/6 (13)
Badminton, group stage of mixed team event between India and Pakistan at 6:30 PM IST. Women's hockey, group stage - India vs Ghana at the same time.
Now, Deepti Sharma joined the party. Rachael Haynes (9 off 14) caught by Rajeshwari Gayakwad. AUS - 49/5 (7.2); IND - 154/8 (20)
India humbled Barbados 3-0. Harmeet Desai/Sathiyan G beat Kevin Farley/Tyrese Knight 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 in the doubles to give India a 1-0. Achanta Sharath Kamal beat Ramon Maxwell 11-5, 11-3, 11-3 for a 2-0, then Sathiyan Gnanasekaran sealed the win with an 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 win over Tyrese Knight.
Well, this is Renuka Singh show at Edgbaston. Just got a fourth. Tahlia McGrath (14 off 8) bowled. AUS - 34/4 (4.1)
Renuka Singh then cleaned up Beth Mooney (10 off 9), two balls after losing a LBW review against the same batter. AUS - 21/3 (2.5).
Renuka Singh struck second ball to removed Alyssa Healy for a two-ball duck, caught by Deepti Sharma at first slip. Then, Meg Lanning for 8 off 5 in the third over, caught by Radha Yadav. AUS - 20/2 (2.1); IND - 154/8 (20)
Shiva Thapa won by unanimous decision (5:0) against Pakistan’s Suleman Baloch in the men's 63.5kg Round of 32 bout.
India's Adarsh Nair (1:00:38) and Vishwanath Yadav (1:02:52) finished 30th and 33rd, respectively.
India scored 154/8 against Australia with skipper Harmanpreet Kaur top-scoring with 52 off 43. Shafali Verma hit 48 off 33. Jess Jonassen claimed 4/22.
India finished seventh with a timing of 51.433. Out of medal round.
Alyssa Healy becomes the first man or woman to claim 100 dismissals in T20 international cricket!— Australian Women's Cricket Team 🏏 (@AusWomenCricket) July 29, 2022
Legend #BoldInGold pic.twitter.com/gnnIgv5QOu
England's Alex Yee won Men's Individual Sprint Triathlon to claim the first gold of the Commonwealth Games 2022. Hayden Wilde of New Zealand and Matt Hauser of Australia took silver and bronze, respectively. Wilde is Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist.
Two wickets in one over. Jemimah Rodrigues (11 off 12) and Deepti Sharma (1 off 2) failed to make a mark. 3/11 so for Jess Jonassen in three overs. Harleen Deol in the new batter. IND - 117/5 (15.5)
Srihari Nataraj finished third with a timing of 54.68s in Heat 4. He is through to semi-finals.
India's Sajan Prakash finished 8th with a timing of 25.01s in his Heat 6. He failed to progress.
India lost second wicket. Shafali Verma caught behind, down leg by Alyssa Healy. First wicket for Jess Jonassen. Verma made 48 off 33. India scored 51 runs for two wickets in the last 30 balls. Jemimah Rodrigues is the new batter. IND - 93/3 (11.4)
India finished last in the Men’s 4000m Team Pursuit – Qualifying. The quartet of Venkappa Kengalagutti, Dinesh Kumar, Anantha Narayanan S S and Vishavjeet Singh clocked 4:12.865. New Zealand (3:49.821) and England (3:50.796) will face off for the gold medal, while Australia take on Wales for the bronze medal.
India's Kushagra Rawat finished last in the men's 400m freestyle Heat 3 to disssolve his qualification chances. He clocked 3:57.45s.
Harmanpreet Kaur has won the toss and India have decided to bat first against Australia.
Australia: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Tahlia McGrath, Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
India: Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia (wk), Jemimah Rodrigues, Harleen Deol, Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Meghna Singh (debut), Renuka Thakur.
A look at our Playing XI for the game.— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) July 29, 2022
Live - https://t.co/xIzgf8w093 #AUSvIND #B2022 pic.twitter.com/KtOdgljkdn
The BIG WISH From the GOD has arrived for the #TeamIndia girls. What did Sachin Tendulkar has to say?
Wonderful to see cricket back in the Commonwealth Games.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 29, 2022
Hope this takes our beautiful game to newer audiences. Best wishes to @BCCIWomen’s team for their #CWG22 campaign.
Great start by India in Table Tennis. Sreeja Akula and Reeth Tennison defeated South Africa's Lailaa Edwards and Danisha Jayavant Patel 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 in the doubles encounter before Manika Batra thrashed Musfique Kalam 11-5, 11-3, 11-2 in a singles tie. Akula defeated Jayavant Patel 11-5, 11-3, 11-6. India beat South Africa 3-0.
Lawn Bowl - India's has lost 10-21 to Scotland's Dee Hoggan in women's singles Round 1. Tania will be next up against Daphne Arthur-Almond of Falklak Island in a Round 2 game later in the day. In men's triples Round 1, India went down against New Zealand 6-23.
Table Tennis action underway. India are facing South Africa in women's team, Group 2 fixture. First up, India’s Sreeja Akula and Reeth Tennison are taking on Lailaa Edwards and Danisha Jayavant Patel in the doubles encounter. India’s Manika Batra is scheduled to take on Musfique Kalam in a singles tie before Akula will take on Jayavant Patel in the third rubber. It is a best of five game.
The big match is just a few hours away from now -- India vs Australia in women's cricket. India women are coming into CWG 2022 on the back of 2-1 T20 series win against Sri Lanka. On the other hand, Australia last played in a tri-nation series involving Ireland and Pakistan. Australia were able to play only two games which they won on both occasions.
Australia are ready for their #B2022 opener against India! pic.twitter.com/ckB6YzOhBo— Women’s CricZone #B2022 (@WomensCricZone) July 29, 2022
Two of Australia's games ended in no result. Head-to-head, Australia have played 23 T20s against India winning on 16 ocasions. India won six games while one ended in NR.
Gearing up for debut at @birminghamcg22🎯🏏#TeamIndia's first-ever women's cricket squad at the #CommonwealthGames was out training at the Edgbaston Stadium #EkIndiaTeamIndia| 📷 @ghosh_annesha pic.twitter.com/oPw1xJVtvL— Team India (@WeAreTeamIndia) July 27, 2022
The Lawn Bowl action has alteady started. India's Tania Choudhary is trailing 6-10 against Scotland's Dee Hoggan in women's singles Round 1. In men's triples Round 1, India are 1-8 behind against New Zealand.
India will kickstart their CWG 2022 campaign with Lawn Bowl on Day 1. While India face New Zealand in Men's Triples Round 1, Tania Choudhary will face Scotland's Dee Hoggan in women's singles Round 1.
India will be missing Olympic champion javelin ace Neeraj Chopra at the CWG 2022. Neeraj, who won the World Championships silver medal in Eugene last week, injured his groin during the final and pulled out. Neeraj was one of the top medal contenders at CWG 2022.
July 26, 2022
Women's cricket is making its debut at Commonwealth Games. Here is what India captain Harmanpreet Kaur has to say ahead of the opening day clash against Australia.
Embracing that "special" feeling 🏏🇮🇳😍— Team India (@WeAreTeamIndia) July 29, 2022
Ahead of @BCCIWomen debut in the Commonwealth Games, captain @ImHarmanpreet opens up on what leading #TeamIndia in a multi-sport event means to her 🗣️📽️#EkindiaTeamIndia | #B2022 | @birminghamcg22 pic.twitter.com/xBsDWoAdEI
Flagbearers @Pvsindhu1 and @manpreetpawar07 lead #TeamIndia out in the Parade of Nations at the #B2022 Opening Ceremony 🇮🇳🎆— Team India (@WeAreTeamIndia) July 28, 2022
What a moment! 😍#EkIndiaTeamIndia | @birminghamcg22 pic.twitter.com/rKFxWTzMfz
Welcome to the Day 1 of the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. India are one of the contingents to watch out for having finished in the top five of the medal tally for last two decades. At 2018 Commonwealth Games, India finished third behind Australia and England with 66 medals. Shooting has been one of the biggest medal earners for India over the years, but with the disclipline excluded this time, others will have to pitch in to fill the void.
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