Manila: Kidambi Srikanth led India to a 4-1 victory over Kazakhstan in the opening match of the group to shed light on their chances of reaching the quarter-finals of the Asian Team Badminton on Tuesday.
Lakshya Sen and Subhankar Dey took first place in the world for the first time, for the first time.
Srikanth took just 23 minutes to beat Dmitriy Panarin 21-10 21-7 while Sen was even faster, taking a 21-13 21-8 victory over Artur Niyazov in 21 minutes. Dey beat Khaitmurat Kulmatov 21-11 21-5 in 26 minutes when he was third.
Gold medalists & # 39; B Sai Praneeth & # 39 ;, who were not collected in Tuesday's match, shared the two numbers with Chirag Shetty, but were defeated by both Kazakh's Niyazov and Panarin 21-18 16 -21 19-21.
However, M R Arjun and Dhruv Kapila beat both Kazakh’s Nikita Bragin and Khaitmurat Kulmatov 21-14 21-8 in the second game twice.
The Indian men’s team, which won the 2016 state championship, was initially played with two defenders Indonesia and host Philippines Group A, but China and Hong Kong did not play due to the travel ban on the Philippines what. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, the sequences have been reworked.
The Indian team was placed in Group B with Malaysia and Kazakhstan. The top two teams in each of the four teams will make it to the quarter finals. India will play Malaysia on Thursday.
Without overcoming the fear of coronavirus, a full-fledged Indian men team is taking part in the championship with an eye on medals, which will provide important players at the top of the Olympics.
The Indian women's team has chosen not to travel to this competition, fearing the spread of coronavirus, which has killed more than 1000 people in China so far.
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