Both Sai Praneeth and former World No.1 Kidambi Srikanth, who won the Bronze in the World Championship, lost their singles matches.
Indian pair of MR Arjun-Dhruv Kapila match first doubles and then Lakshya Sen wins singles
Indian pair of Chirag Shetty and Kidambi Srikanth won the match by winning the decisive doubles match.
Dainik BhaskarFeb 14, 2020, 08:24 PM IST Sports Desk. India reached the semi-finals of the ongoing Asia Team Badminton Championship in the Philippines. India went on to win the match 3–2 after trailing 0–2 in the match against Thailand on Friday. Both Sai Praneeth and former World No.1 Kidambi Srikanth, who won the Bronze at the World Championships, lost their singles matches. After this, India won the match by winning both doubles and a singles match. They will face Indonesia in the semi-finals. The Indian men's team won the bronze medal in Hyderabad 4 years ago. Indonesia was then defeated 3–1.
In the first singles of the day, Praneeth was defeated by Thai player Kantaphone Wangcharyan 14-21, 21-14 and 12-21. While in the second singles, Kunlavut Vitistern beat Srikanth 22-20 21-14 in straight sets to take a 2-0 lead over India. The pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila returned to India by winning the first doubles match. The Indian pair defeated Thailand's Kitinupong Kadren-Tanupat Viriangangura 21-18, 22-20. Lakshya Sen then won the third singles match and made it 2–2. Now the result was to be decided by the last doubles match. In this, the Indian pair of Chirag Shetty-Kidambi Srikanth prevailed over the Thai players and won the decisive match 21-15 16-21 21-15.
Chirag said – victory is the result of hard work of the whole team
After the victory, Chirag said that for us the result is shocking. Because we expected to win in singles matches. But the way we won two doubles and a singles match after losing the first two matches, it is the result of the hard work of the whole team.