Commonwealth Games 2022, Day 1 Highlights: India start well in TT, badminton & hockey, lose in cricket – The Indian Express

  • September 8, 2022

Commonwealth Games 2022, Day 1 Schedule of India: The “killer instinct” was nowhere to be seen when Australia put the Indian women’s cricket team under the pump but the country’s shuttlers and paddlers steamrolled their hapless rivals on the opening day of Commonwealth Games competition here. The Indian women’s hockey team was also off to a winning start but it was far from impressive in a 5-0 victory over Ghana in its Pool A game.
Ace boxer Shiva Thapa outclassed Pakistan’s Suleman Baloch in the first round of the 63.5kg category while India expectedly made mincemeat of Pakistan in a lop-sided 5-0 win in the mixed team badminton event.  India’s men and women table tennis teams had easy starts to their respective campaigns with twin wins each in their group matches in the Commonwealth Games. Both the teams recorded identical 3-0 victories in their respective matches. The men’s team first beat Barbados before thrashing Singapore while the women’s side prevailed over South Africa and Fiji.
India’s youngest athlete at the Commonwealth Games, 14-year-old squash player Anahat Singh, made a winning start in the women’s singles competition.
Follow all the highlights from Day of the 2022 Commonwealth Games below.
Malala Yousafzai met the Pakistan team and fans after the WT20 match against Barbados. Pakistan was defeated by Barbados by 15 runs.
#CWG2022 #CommonwealthGames

Malala Yousafzai met the Pakistan team and fans after the T20 match against Barbados pic.twitter.com/XdDkZjSCaU
Srihari Nataraj qualifies for 100m backstroke final, clocks 54.55 seconds to finish fourth in the second semifinals. Qualifies for the final in seventh place overall.
#B2022 #india #CWG2022 #indiacwg2022 Swimmer Natraj in the Final pic.twitter.com/cSZn2XshW3
Abhay Singh beats British Virgin Island’s Joe Chapman 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 in his squash men’s singles Round of 64 match
#Squash Update

Debutant @abhaysinghk98 begins his campaign at CWG @birminghamcg22 with a 3️⃣-0️⃣ victory over Joe Chapman (IVB); score: 11-5, 11-5, 11-5

He will next face Alan Clyne (SCO) in the Round of 32

Good Luck 👍 #Cheer4India #IndiaTaiyaarHai#India4CWG2022 pic.twitter.com/tk3Zh7EJmR
Barbados appeal for LBW against Pak batter Omaima Sohail. Ball overshoots, Sohail and Muneeba Ali start to run, then go back, the throw from Hayley Matthews hits the stumps. Barbados take a DRS review for the original LBW, but not before a nice little disagreement within the team. Giant screen first flashes Not Out – dismissing the captain’s LBW review. Then flashes OUT, after the umpire reviews the Run-Out.  Crowd – bemused and amused – cheers on both decisions. Then the game moves on.
Our correspondent Shivani Naik reports live from Birmingham
The Indian team beats Singapore 3-0, and moves close to a quarterfinal place in the Table Tennis men’s team event.
𝐖𝐖𝐖𝐖 – Team 🇮🇳 paddlers kick started their #CWG2022 campaign on a high note! 🔥

Quarterfinals next! 💪#TeamIndia #UltimateTableTennis #LevelAlagHai #Cheer4India #B022 pic.twitter.com/hNqqfV80gD
Read: Aboriginal star Gardner, funky-socks lover Grace Harris help Australia win a thriller despite Harmanpreet and Renuka’s heroics
From our correspondent in Birmingham, Shivani Naik. 

Read: Call it a post-Black Panther-swag, the African nations sparkled in their jewellery. From Bermudas to Chevron skirts, each nation’s choice revealed their national identity and mood at the CWG opening ceremony.
Story from our correspondent, Shivani Naik from Birmingham. 

Read: The high jumper, whose entry to CWG was accepted after a month-long anxious wait, will reach the Games village on Sunday and be competition ready by Tuesday for his qualification round

Read: Anahat’s coach Ritwik Bhattacharya, the former India international, explains what makes her ‘special and unique’

14-year-old Anahat Singh wins her debut Commonwealth Games squash singles match, defeating Jada Ross of Saint Vincent and Grenadines 11-5, 11-2, 11-0 to go into the Round-of-32.
The boss baby 😎😃

1⃣4⃣-year-old Anahat Singh, the youngest member of #TeamIndia’s #B2022 contingent, beat Jada Ross of St Vincent and the Grenadines to reach Round of 32 in the women’s singles squash event🙌#EkindiaTeamIndia |📸 @ghosh_annesha pic.twitter.com/mMW6TcvkuN
Ten years after first emerging onto the Indian boxing scene as an 18-year-old at the 2012 London Olympics, Shiva Thapa returned to the United Kingdom and in his first bout, he easily dispatched Pakistan’s Suleman Baloch in a unanimous 5-0 decision to walk into the Commonwealth Games Round-of-32 on Friday.
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Read: Inspired by late father, supported by Class IV employee mother, Renuka Singh Thakur rips through Australia in Birmingham. 

Sreeja Akula and Manika Batra with the former teaming up with Diya Chitale to hand India a 3-0 win over Fiji! 
Indian Women’s Hockey Team beat Ghana 5-0 in Commonwealth Games 2022 opener. Gurjit Kaur, Neha, Sangita Kumari and Salima Tete scored the goals for India. 
🚨FULL-TIME🚨

India 🇮🇳demolish Ghana in their opening group game of the Commonwealth Games 2⃣0⃣2⃣2⃣☄️

Gurjit Kaur made it a brace as Sangita and Salima struck 💥to add on to Neha’s first-half strike and make it a whopping 5-0 scoreline🏒🇮🇳#CWG2022 🏅#B2022🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/6Cp7tE64AZ
PV Sindhu has defeated Pakistan’s Mahoor Shahzad in straight sets to give India a 3-0 lead in the Badminton event. Earlier, Ashwini Ponnapa-S Reddy defeated their Pakistan counterpart in the mixed badminton game while Kidambi Srikanth knocked out Mohammad Ali in straight sets. T. Jolly and G. Pullela thump M. Shahzad/G. Siddique 21-4, 21-5 to complete the rout after S Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty thrash Pakistani pair M Ali & M Bhatti 21-12, 21-9 in Men’s Doubles. India defeat Pakistan 5-0
Alana King slogs it away wide of mid-wicket for a four and that will do it for Australia. A three-wicket win for the World T20 and ODI champions at the first ever T20 match at the Commonwealth Games. India had the game in their pockets not so long back with Australia seven down for 110. That Renuka Singh spell set it all up for them. Four big wickets in the powerplay, *sighs*. Yet another (there have been too many) solid depth flex this from the Meg Lanning-led Australian team.
This has been a brilliant innings under pressure from Gardner. Gets to her fifty off 34 deliveries and Australia are at the edge here. 
Five boundaries for Australia off the last two overs have helped them add 27 runs in the same timeline. 9 needed off the last two overs and the T20 champions look the favorites here. 
A pull wide of long on that is assisted by the fielder’s dive on its way to the boundary rope followed by an outside edge that goes past the keeper for four and another boundary at the last ball. Alana King and Ashleigh Gardner have added more fire in this already intensely close match. 21 needed off the last 18.
With Ashleigh Gardner in at 30 off 26, Australia still have hope. 36 needed off the last 24 deliveries. Nothing would be left of those nails by the end of this one.
CWG 2022, Day 1 schedule: India vs Australia in T20 cricket, India vs Pakistan in badminton
With the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games done and dusted, it’s time to dive headfirst into the events proper. The Indian contingent are ready and pumping, with the eyes of the whole country on them.
On the first day of the Games (July 29), Indian athletes will take part in mixed team badminton prelims, women’s cricket, women’s hockey, round 1 & 2 rounds of men’s as well as women’s table tennis and the triathlon.

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