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Commonwealth Games: Indian men’s paddlers swipe Barbados 3-0

Indian contingent had a good opening day at the Commomwealth Games 2022 in the table tennis. Led by Achinta Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, India expectedly defeated Barbados 3-0 in their opening match in the Men’s Team section.

India’s top singles players Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal won their matches 3-0 in the best-of-five contest. Sathiyan had earlier paired up with Harmeet Desai to win the doubles match to give India a winning start.

The make-shift pair of Sathiyan and Harmeet outgunned Kevin Farley and Tyrese Knight 11-9, 11-9, and 11-4 in straight games. Though the first two games looked close, the Indians were never in danger of losing a game though their opponents put up a good fight. The Indians won eight of the 11 points in the first game on serve, claiming a total 18 out of the overall 33 points they won the match on service.

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The 40-year-old Sharath Kamal then stepped to the table and made short work of Ramon Maxwell. beating him 3-0 (11-5, 11-3, 11-3) to make it 2-0 for India.

India need to beat Singapore in their group to avoid running into a stronger opponent in the knockout games.

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