CWG Badminton: India tops group with 5-0 win over Scotland

India climbed to the top of the four-team table and ensured a place in the quarterfinals.

Saina and Srikanth gave India a strong start against Scotland in the mixed team event.   -  PTI

Indian shuttlers ensured a brilliant win over Scotland in their final group play in Pool A of the mixed team event, at the XXI Commonwealth Games at Carrara sports arena 2 here on Friday.

As on Thursday, when India had defeated Sri Lanka and Pakistan by a 5-0 margin, Scotland was also overcome without the loss of a set. With the comprehensive win, India climbed to the top of the four-team table and ensured a place in the quarterfinals.

As it happened: Commonwealth Games, Day Two

Saina Nehwal started the rout by scripting a comfortable 21-14, 21-12 win over Julie Macpherson and the writing was on the wall once Kidambi Srikanth blanked Kieran Merrilees (21-18, 21-2). The pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki N. Reddy put it across Gilmour Kristy and Elena O’Donnell (21-8, 21-12). P. V. Sindhu was once again kept out.

The Indians kept up the pressure as they went on to win the remaining two ties of the rubber as well; Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Chandraskhar Shetty prevailed over Patrick Machugh and Adam Hall (21-16, 21-19), and Pranaav Chopra and Sikki N. Reddy beat Marting Campbell and Julie Macpherson (21-17, 21-15).