The 2014 Commonwealth Games came to a close on Sunday night. India won three medals with Parupalli Kashyap clinching a historic gold in men's badminton singles. Jwala Gutta & Ashwini Ponnappa settled for silver in the badminton women's doubles while the men's hockey team also got a silver. India ended their campaign in fifth position. Catch all the highlights here (SCHEDULE/RESULTS | MEDAL STANDINGS):
The curtains came down on the 2014 Commonwealth Games with a colourful ceremony that witnessed some power packed performances by famous Scottish singer Lulu, pop band Deacon Blue, Australian singer Kylie Minogue and more than 2,000 performers on Sunday night at the Hampden Park, Scotland's National Stadium. (Read more)
22:08 (IST): So the final standings see India finish in fifth position with 64 medals. They have 15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze. England, Australia and Canada are in first, second and third place respectively. (India Win 15 Gold Medals in Overall Haul of 64)
21:15 (IST): Badminton Association of India to award Parupalli Kashyap Rs 25 lakh for CWG gold; 10 lakh each for Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa.
21:02 (IST): Wales' Geraint Thomas has won gold in the men's cycling road race event.
20:47 (IST): Wales' Geraint Thomas is currently leading the men's cycling road race, where the Indians could not finish.
20:29 (IST): Malaysia's Wee Kiong Tan and Wei Shem Goh beat Danny Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart of Singapore 21-12, 12-21, 21-15 to win the gold medal in badminton men's doubles.
20:10 (IST): Danny Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart of Singapore come back to win 2nd game 21-12 vs Malaysia's Wee Kiong Tan and Wei Shem Goh in badminton men's doubles final. It's one game all. Heading to the deciding game now. (12-21, 21-12).
20:01 (IST): Rachael Grinham and David Palmer of Australia win the gold medal in the squash mixed doubles event, after beating Alison Waters and Peter Barker of England 11-8, 11-10.
19:52 (IST): In the badminton men's doubles gold medal match, Malaysia's Wee Kiong Tan and Wei Shem Goh have won the 1st game 21-12 vs Danny Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart of Singapore.
19:35 (IST): In the squash mixed doubles gold medal match, David Palmer and Rachael Grinham of Australia have won the 1st game 11-8 vs Peter Barker and Alison Waters of England.
19:30 (IST): The Indian cyclists were not able to finish in the men's road race, which is currently being led by Peter Kennaugh of Isle of Man.
19:18 (IST): All the events concerning India at the 2014 Commonwealth Games are now over. India have won 15 Golds, 30 Silvers and 19 Bronze Medals. India won 101 medals at the last edition of the Games in Delhi.
19:02 (IST): Jwala Gutta & Ashwini Ponnappa lose 21-17, 23-21 to Malaysia's Hoo/Woon, settle for silver in badminton women's doubles.
18:56 (IST):Badminton Women's Doubles Final: Gutta-Ponnappa win seven straight points to go up 18-15 in the second game vs Hoo/Woon. Exciting!
18:48 (IST):Badminton Women's Doubles Final: Too many mistakes by the Indian pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa. The Malaysian pair goes into the interval with a 11-9 lead in the second game. Hoo/Woon won the first game 21-17 in the best-of-three gold medal match.
18:45 (IST):Badminton Women's Doubles Final: Malaysia's Hoo/Woon ahead in the second game too, but just by one point as of now at 7-6. They won the 1st game 21-17. Must-win game for India now.
18:39 (IST):Badminton Women's Doubles Final: Gutta-Ponnappa lose 1st game 21-17 vs Hoo/Woon. It is a best-of-three contest.
18:31 (IST):Badminton Women's Doubles Final: Gutta-Ponnappa go into the interval with a one-point advantage in the 1st game (11-10).
18:25 (IST): Badminton Women's Doubles Final: Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa down 5-4 vs Malaysia's Vivian Kah Mun Hoo and Khe Wei Woon in the 1st game. Gutta and Ponnappa are defending their 2010 CWG gold medal in the same event.
18:14 (IST): Men's Hockey Final: India lose 4-0 to Australia, finish with silver.
18:12 (IST): Kashyap beaming with joy as the Indian national anthem is played. Two Indian flags at the medal ceremony as RMV Gurusaidatt stands with his bronze medal.
18:08 (IST): Men's Hockey Final: Australia still lead India 4-0 with just about four minutes remaining in this gold medal match.
17:55 (IST): Kashyap has taken off his shirt as he hugs all the members of the Indian coaching team including Pullela Gopichand and he has the flag wrapped around his body. Amazing scenes!
17:53 (IST): Badminton Men's Singles Final: Parupalli Kashyap beats Derek Wong (Malaysia) 21-14, 11-21, 21-19 to win the gold medal for India. Kashyap is the first Indian male to win CWG gold in this event in 32 years.
17:51 (IST): Men's Hockey Final: 53' Australia 4-0 ahead now courtesy Eddie Ockenden's goal.
17:50 (IST):Badminton Men's Singles Final: Parupalli Kashyap in with a great chance to win the gold medal now. He leads 19-16 in the deciding game vs Wong.
17:49 (IST): Men's Hockey Final: 48' Chris Ciriello scores a hat-trick as Australia now lead 3-0 after his penalty corner strike!
17:45 (IST):Badminton Men's Singles Final: Parupalli Kashyap moves ahead now with a 15-14 lead in the deciding game vs Wong. Great stuff! p
17:40 (IST):Badminton Men's Singles Final: Derek Wong leads 13-11 in deciding game vs India's Parupalli Kashyap.
17:39 (IST): Men's Hockey Final: 38' Australia still lead India 2-0, into the second half now.
17:36 (IST):Badminton Men's Singles Final: Kashyap falls behind 8-6 vs Wong in third and deciding game.
17:29 (IST):Badminton Men's Singles Final: Derek Wong wins 2nd game 21-11 vs Parupalli Kashyap. 1 game all now. (14-21, 21-11). The third game will decide the gold medal.
17:26 (IST): Men's Hockey Final: Australia lead India 2-0 at halftime.
17:21 (IST):Badminton Men's Singles Final: Derek Wong will resume after the break with a 11-6 lead vs Parupalli Kashyap in the second game. Kashyap won the 1st game 21-14.
17:19 (IST): Men's Hockey Final: 28' Chris Ciriello doubles Australia's lead vs India. They now lead 2-0.
17:14 (IST): Men's Hockey Final: 23' India get a penalty corner now. Australia still 1-0 ahead. The chance is wasted though, good defense from the Aussies.
17:08 (IST):Badminton Men's Singles Final: Parupalli Kashyap wins the first game 21-14 vs Derek Wong of Singapore. It is a best-of-three contest.
17:04 (IST): Men's Hockey Final: 13' Chris Ciriello converts from the penalty corner to put Australia 1-0 ahead vs India.
17:03 (IST): Men's Hockey Final: Australia get the first penalty corner of the match. It's still 0-0 though after roughly 12 minutes of play in the first half.
16:59 (IST): Badminton Men's Singles Final: Parupalli Kashyap goes into the break with a 11-7 lead in the first game vs Derek Wong of Singapore.
16:57 (IST): Men's Hockey Final: India lost 4-0 to Australia earlier this year in the Hockey World Cup. Here after seven minutes, the two teams are tied 0-0.
16:52 (IST): Badminton Men's Singles Final: Parupalli Kashyap wins the first point vs Derek Wong of Singapore in the first game.
16:50 (IST): Men's Hockey Final: The match is now underway.
16:48 (IST): Men's Hockey, India's Road to the Final: Defeated Wales, Scotland, Lost 4-2 to Australia, Defeated South Africa, Defeated New Zealand in Semis.
16:41 (IST): Men's Hockey: India will take on Australia in the final in a few minutes from now. England have finished third ahead of New Zealand at fourth, while South Africa have finished fifth ahead of Canada at sixth.
16:32 (IST): Lauding the performance of Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa, who won the squash doubles gold at the Commonwealth Games, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha on Sunday announced a cash award of Rs.50 lakh each to the winners.
16:24 (IST): Badminton: Parupalli Kashyap will now be in action in men's singles final vs Derek Wong of Singapore.
16:22 (IST): Canada's Michelle Li beats Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland to win gold in badminton women's singles.
16:14 (IST): England beat New Zealand on penalties to win the bronze medal in men's hockey.
16:06 (IST): A penalty shootout will now decide the men's hockey bronze medal match between New Zealand and England after scores were tied 3-3 at full time.
15:28 (IST): Indians will also compete in the Men's Cycling Road race at 16:31 hrs IST. Suresh Bishnoi, Amit Kumar, Arvind Panwar, Shreedhar Savanur, Manjeet Singh and Sombir will be in action.
15:13 (IST):Men's Hockey: At halftime, New Zealand and England are tied 2-2 in this bronze medal match.
14:42 (IST): Men's Hockey: New Zealand taking on England in the bronze medal match right now. It's 0-0 after nearly 10 minutes of play in the first half.
14:21 (IST): The Indian men's hockey team will take on Australia in a repeat of the 2010 Commonwealth Games final in Delhi, where they lost 8-0. India will look for a better performance this time around. The final will be played at 16:45 hrs IST.
14:05 (IST): Parupalli Kashyap will look to win his first CWG gold when he takes on Derek Wong of Singapore in the men's singles final at 16:30 hrs IST. Prakash Padukone had won the men's singles gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada, which India retained through Syed Modi four years later.
13:53 (IST): World Championship bronze winners Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa will look to defend their 2010 CWG gold against World No. 18 Malaysian combo of Vivian Kah Mun Hoo and Khe Wei Woon today at 17:30 hrs IST.
The glorious uncertainties of sports notwithstanding, India will aim to finish on a golden high on the final day of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The schedule could not have been kinder. India are in two badminton finals and with experience in plenty, the yellow metal is a fair ask.
No matter how many gold medals India win in wrestling or boxing, a multi-discipline event like an Olympics or Commonwealth Games is incomplete without a medal in hockey. Sardar Singh's India will run into Australia at 4:45 PM IST in what should be a cracker of a final. If India can strike gold, the horrible scars of the 2012 London Olympics will somewhat be healed.
India seem to be peaking at the right time. Without the talismanic Sardar, India got the better of New Zealand 3-2 in a semifinal match on Saturday. India were two goals down in 18 minutes but staged a remarkable recovery to score through Ramandeep, Rupinderpal and Akashdeep Singh to upset the higher ranked Kiwis.
India did well to defend their slender lead and with Sardar back in the mix, Terry Walsh's boy will have to deal with a rampant Australian side on Sunday evening. India have never won a Commonwealth Games gold and in Delhi four years ago, Australia blanked the home team eight goals without reply.
Australia and India were in the same pool. India lost the group match 4-2 and once again showed tremendous recovery in the second half of the match. Tough matches are physically draining but turn out to be morale boosters. Sardar Singh and his boys will be looking at history in Glasgow.
History it was on Saturday. Joshana Chinappa and Deepika Palikal squashed all challenge to win a gold medal in the women's double competition. In a squash competition, dominated by the Malaysians, English and New Zealanders, Deepika and Joshana's gold was a pleasant surprise.
Squash should spur India's experienced badminton campaigners Parupalli Kashyap and the duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa. Kashyap will play Derek Wong of Singapore in the men's singles final (4:30 PM IST) while Gutta and Ponappa will vie for the women's doubles gold against a Malaysian pair (6:30 PM). All three players have plenty of experience behind them. Kashyap has even been an Olympic quarterfinalist while Gutta and Ponappa have a world championship bronze.
But there is always a slip between the lip and the cup. Four Indian boxers failed in their quest to win a gold medal on Saturday. Sarita Devi and Vijender Singh were perhaps the biggest surprises. Both were favourites in their respective events.
Even if India (61 medals with 14 gold) win three gold medals on Sunday, they will finish fifth. Hosts Scotland (52 with 19 gold) will almost certainly finish fourth because third-placed Canada are way ahead with 81 medals (31 gold). England are No. 1 with 165 medals (56 gold) while Australia (132 with 45 gold) are at No. 2 position.