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Dream run for India in men’s table tennis continues; reaches semifinals

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.

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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.

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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.

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