CWG’ 18: India outplay Mauritius to enter mixed-team badminton semis

Gold Coast: A dominant Indian badminton team continued their unbeaten streak at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as they advanced into the semi-finals of the mixed-team event with a 3-0 win over Mauritius on Saturday.

India will now clash with Singapore to secure a berth in the final.

The men duo of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty gave India a winning start by defeating Mauritius’ Aatish Lubah and Christopher Jean Paul. The Indian pair disposed their opponents 21-12, 21-3 in 26 minutes.

In the second team game, the women pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy beat Aurelie Allet and Nicki Chan-Lam 21-8, 21-7 in 21 minutes to give their side a 2-0 advantage over Mauritius.

World No. 2 Kidambi Srikanth then thrashed Georges Julien Paul 21-12, 21-14 to win the men’s singles in 29 minutes and give India and unassailable 3-0 lead.

Earlier, India outclassed Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Scotland by 5-0 in group stages to make it to the quarter-finals.