Commonwealth Games 2014: Sharath & Co. Win; Women's Team Bows Out in Table Tennis Event
Soumyajit Ghosh started the proceedings for Indian men's team as he brushed aside 29-year-old Gavin Rumgay 11-6 11-5 11-6 to put India ahead at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.
Indian men's table tennis team blanked hosts Scotland 3-0 to reach the semifinals but it was curtains for their women counterpart after they suffered a 1-3 loss to Singapore in the last four contest at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. (CWG Day 3 Highlights | Medal Tally | Schedule)
Â Soumyajit Ghosh started the proceedings for Indian men's team as he brushed aside 29-year-old Gavin Rumgay 11-6 11-5 11-6 to put India ahead at the Scotstoun Sports Campus. (CWG Day 3 Wrap)
Experienced campaigner Achanta Sharath Kamal then took the court and notched up a 11-7 11-7 11-8 win over Craig Howieson to make it 2-0. (Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela wins gold)
The hosts needed a win in the third match to stay afloat but Harmeet Desai and Ghosh put paid to their hopes after beating the pair Sean Doherty and Craig 11-7 11-8 11-6 to complete the 3-0 drubbing.
For the Indian women's team, who had lost to Singapore at Delhi Games to settle for silver, Manika Batra was the only bright spot. Shamini Kumaresan was given the responsibility to give India a positive start but the Indian lost to Tienwei Feng 1-11 11-13 5-11 in the first match. Manika then played her heart out and eked out a 11-7 5-11 11-8 5-11 11-7 win over Mengyu Yu to help India draw level at 1-1 after the second match. (CWG: Bronze for Indian judoka Rajwinder Kaur)
Madhurika Patkar and Kumaresan then paired up but they could not get across Lin Ye and Mengyu as they went down 9-11 7-11 5-11 as Singapore were leading 2-1. (CWG: Lifter Omkar Otari wins Bronze)
In the fourth match, the onus was put on Manika again to bring India back in the contest. The Delhi girl tried her best before going down 9-11 11-9 6-11 5-11 as India crashed out of the competition. Earlier, the women's team had defeated New Zealand 3-0 and Shamini Kumaresan played a vital role in the victory.
The ploy to play Shamini in the first singles against 52-year-old Chun Li worked.
The Indian played a solid match to beat 2002 singles Commonwealth Games champion and five-time Olympian 5-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5.
Manika, who plays with a pimpled rubber, outsmarted Chunl Li's sister Karen 11-13, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 to give India a 2-0 cushion. In the doubles rubber, being played in the team competition for the first time at Games, Shamini and Madhurika Patkar outplayed Karen and Yang Sun 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 for India's well deserved victory.
"The match was much tougher than what the scoreline suggests. The New Zealand team is full of Chinese and we had a hard time beating them in Delhi four years ago," coach Bhawani Mukherjee told PTI referring to India's 3-2 win over New Zealand in the Delhi edition.
"We made the decision to field Shamini against Chun Li and it worked out well. The other girls also did their job," said Mukherjee. The losing semifinalists will battle for the bronze on Day 4.