Commonwealth Games 2022: Defending champions India reached the semifinals of the men’s table tennis team event at the Commonwealth Games 2022 with a 3-0 clean sweep of Bangladesh in the quarterfinals, on Sunday.
The Indian men’s team fielded its top-ranked players Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Harmeet Desai for the first doubles match against Ramhimlian Bawm and Mohutasin Ahmed Ridoy at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.
The Indian duo of Sathiyan and Harmeet was clinical and won the opener 3-0 (11-8, 11-6, 11-2) against Bangladesh team, which doesn’t have any table tennis players inside the top 600 in the ITTF singles rankings.
India men’s team, who beat Nigeria to win gold at the 2018 CWG in Gold Coast, kept their foot down with five-time CWG veteran Sharath Kamal defeating Rifat Sabbir 3-0 (11-4, 11-7, 11-2) in the second match.Sathiyan, ranked 35th, then brushed aside the challenge from world No. 602 Mohutasin Ahmed Ridoy to win 3-0 (11-2, 11-3, 11-5) and set up India’s clash against Nigeria in the semi-finals.