India's men's Table Tennis team suffered a disappointing finish in the team bronze medal playoff, losing to Nigeria 1-3 at the Commonwealth Games here on Monday. (Also read: Indian Shuttlers Lose Bronze Medal Match)
India, who had won the bronze in the same category four years ago at home in New Delhi, started well by winning the first singles match but lost the next three to go down to the Africans at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.
Veteran A. Sharath Kamal gave India a good start by winning the first match 3-0 (11-9, 11-5, 11-7) against Segun Toriola. (Read: Jitu Rai Bags Gold in Shooting)
Nigeria's Quadri Aruna, however, levelled the contest at 1-all with a 3-1 (11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5) win over Harmeet Desai.
Desai, partnering A. Anthony Amalraj in the doubles, provided a good fight to Toriola and Oja Onaolapo but eventually went down 2-3 (11-3, 9-11, 5-11, 11-9, 9-11).
It boiled down to Sharath Kamal in the crucial second but the tired 32-year-old lost 1-3 (9-11, 11-3, 7-11, 5-11) to Onaolapo. (Related: Narang Settles for Silver in Shooting)