The Indian men's table tennis doubles teams advanced to the pre-quarterfinals after winning their respective matches of the 17th Asian Games at the Suwon Gymnasium here on Tuesday. (Day 11 Blog | Medal Tally)
First up, the Indian pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj dropped the first game before winning 3-1 (6-11, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10) over Nepalese duo of Purshottam Bajracharya and Amarlal Malla in 20 minutes. (Also Read: Sarita Devi Loses Controversial Boxing Bout)
In their next match Wednesday, Sharath Kamal-Amalraj will play Japan's Koki Niwa and Kenta Matsudaira, who beat Saudi Arabian team M. Ali Noor Alkhadrawi and A. Saeed akram Alghamdi 3-0 (11-8, 11-9, 11-7).
The other Indian men's team in the fray, Soumyajit Ghosh and Harmeet Desai took 13 minutes to thump Yemen's Ahmed Omar Ali and Mohammed Abdulhakim Fahd Gubran 3-0 (12-10, 11-5, 11-6). (Read: Indian Women's Team Storms Into Kabaddi Semis)
The Ghosh-Desai team will play Chinese duo of Xu Xin and Fan Zhendong, who beat Nepal pair of Ajay Suwal and Shiva Sundar Gothe 3-0 (11-3, 11-3, 11-3), for a place in the quarter-finals.