Iran, exacting revenge for their loss in the first division final, beat India 3-2 to finish ahead in the 7-8 position team match of the champion division in the Asian Table Tennis Championships in Pattaya on Tuesday. (Indian men's team lose to Singapore)
In the position match, Iran turned out to be more precise and had come with a right attitude as compared to the Indians.
Noshad Alamiyan began on a right note against G. Sathiyan, despite the latter having an upper hand having taken a comfortable 2-0 lead. But when the Iranian won the extended third game at 12-10, Sathiyan's shoulders started drooping.
With momentum going his way, Noshad made it 2-2 to take the issue to the decider which he won after three deuces for 6-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 14-12 verdict.
With everyone looking up to Soumyajit Ghosh for a revival, the national champion easily beat Nima Alamian 11-6, 11-6, 12-14, 11-5. The next man, Sanil Shetty, had it all messed up against Afsin Noroozi when he was down 1-2 after winning the first game. The Indian left-hander did his best and came back to win the fourth only to let it in the next, losing by the minimal point. The Iranian won 5-11, 11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9.
It was a crucial win for Iran as Afsin was the weakest of the three players.
Again Ghosh brought India on par when he won a tough battle against Noshad 12-10, 11-13, 11-3, 7-11, 11-8, but Sathiyan failed to counter Nima in his reverse singles and lost badly (7-11, 12-10, 5-11, 6-11).
From Wednesday, the individual events begin with all Indian men's players receiving first-round byes. However, the Indian women will straightaway engage themselves with first-round matches.