Riding on the victories of Kidambi Srikanth, Prannoy and the doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, India defeated Malaysia 3-2 to storm into the semifinals of Thomas Cup while the women’s team exited Uber Cup after losing 0-3 to Thailand.
Both India and Malaysia were tied at 2-2 before Prannoy played Leong Jun Hao.
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‘The Beast’ as he is fondly called by his teammates, delivered a telling blow on Malaysia with a 21-13, 21-8 victory against Leong. Satwik and Chirag revived the Indian campaign after Lakshya Sen lost the first match to Lee Zii Jia 21-23, 9-21. Satwik-Chirag drubbed Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin 21-19, 21-15 to level the rubber for India.
Later, Srikanth defeated Ng Tze Yong 21-11, 21-17 to make it 2-1 for India. However, Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala lost to Aaron Chia and Teo Ee Yi 19-21, 17-21 before Prannoy sealed the issue.
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Earlier, Thailand wrapped up the rubber in 2-1/2 hours.
PV Sindhu slipped against Ratchanok Intanon and lost 21-18, 17-21, 12-21. The Indian was never there in the contest in the second game as Intanon took a 11-4 lead and dominated. In the decider, Intanon broke free from 14-12 to wrap up the match.
The duo of Shruti Mishra and Simran Singhi lost 16-21, 13-21 to Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai. Pornpawee Chochuwong sealed the issue for Thailand with a 21-16, 21-11 victory against Aakarshi Kashyap.
Thomas Cup: India bt Malaysia 3-2 (Lakshya lost to Lee Zii Jia 21-23, 9-21; Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty bt Goh Sze Fei/Nur Izzuddin 21-19, 21-15; Kidambi Srikanth bt Ng Tze Yong 21-11, 21-17; Krishna Prasad Garaga/Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala lost to Aaron Chia/ Teo Ee Yi 19-21, 17-21; HS Prannoy bt Leong Jun Hao 21-13, 21-8)
Uber Cup: Thailand bt India 3-0 (Ratchanok Intanon bt PV Sindhu 18-21, 21-17, 21-12; Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai 21-16, 21-13; Pornpawee Chochuwong bt Aakarshi Kashyap 21-16, 21-11)