Commonwealth Games 2022 HIGHLIGHTS, Day 1: Srihari Nataraj qualifies for 100m backstroke final; Anahat Singh shines on CWG debut

Catch all the updates, results, and medals tally as the Indian contingent swings into action on Day 1 of the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.

Anahat Singh, Shiva Thapa and Sharath Kamal were among the key performers for India at the CWG 2022 on Friday.

Anahat Singh, Shiva Thapa and Sharath Kamal were among the key performers for India at the CWG 2022 on Friday. | Photo Credit:

Catch all the updates, results, and medals tally as the Indian contingent swings into action on Day 1 of the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.

Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s Live Commonwealth Games 2022 coverage.

And that marks an end to India’s opening day at the Commonwealth Games 2022. No medals yet but there has been some progress for the country in hockey, badminton, table tennis, squash, boxing and of course, finalist in swimmer Srihari Nataraj and gymnast Yogeshwar Singh at the end of the day. Join us tomorrow at 12pm for all updates from Day 2.

Medals Tally
Australia is first currently with six golds and 14 medals in total, followed by New Zealand and England at two and three.
India is yet to open its account.

Srihari Nataraj finishes fourth in his semifinal with a timing of 54.55s. He qualifies to the FINAL as the seventh best across two semifinals.

ALSO READ: Srihari Nataraj qualifies for men’s 100m backstroke final, clocks 54.55s

SWIMMING India’s Srihari Nataraj will be up for his 100m backstroke semifinal in a few minutes.

We are down to our final event of the night which is the men’s 100m backstroke semifinal where India’s Srihari Nataraj will be in contention. The event starts at 1:20am IST.

ALSO READ: Commonwealth Games 2022: Gymnast Yogeshwar Singh qualifies for men’s all-around final

GYMNASTICS: Yogeshwar Singh qualified for the men’s all-around final with a qualifying score of 73.600. Satyajit Mondal and Saif Tamboli are first reserves for the vault and parallel bars finals, respectively. In case any of the top eight in either of the two events pulls out before the final, he will be replaced by an Indian gymnast.

In the overall men’s team standings, India finished eighth out of 11. Host nation England took the gold while the silver and bronze medals were won by Canada and Cyprus, respectively.

LAWN BOWLS: India won both its final lawn bowl matches of day one. In men’s pairs sectional round two, Sunil Bahadur and Dinesh Kumar beat Chris Locke and Garry Tyrrell of Falkland Islands 36-4. In the women’s four sectional round two, India beat Cook Islands 15-9.

SQUASH: Abhay Singh won the opening set 11-5 against Joe Chapman of the British Virgin Islands in the men’s singles Round of 64. Abhay extends his lead to 2-0 by taking the second set 11-5. Another 11-5 win for Abhay and he enters the Round of 32 with a comfortable 3-0 win over Chapman.

SWIMMING: Ashish Kumar Singh finishes last in the men’s 100m backstroke S9 final.

SQUASH : Anahat Singh clinches first set 11-5 in her Round of 64 match against Jada Ross. The Indian teenager continues to dominate and takes the second set 11-2. Anahat Singh wins the third set 11-0 to complete a convincing 3-0 victory and progress to the Round of 32!

TABLE TENNIS: India men vs Singapore men

G Sathiyan will look to seal the match by winning his singles match against Chew. Live action beginning now. Sathiyan wastes two game point opportunities but converts on the third time of asking - 11-7. A much more comfortable second game for the Indian paddler - 11-5. Sathiyan wins the third game 11-8 to finish things off. India beats Singapore 3-0!!

Achanta Sharath Kamal takes on Yew En Koen Pang next in the men’s singles. Sharath comes from 0-4 down to take the opening game 11-8. The Indian veteran has just pulled off an even better comeback. Down 3-9, Sharath reeled off eight points in a row to seal the game 11-9. Sharath wins third game 11-9, wins the tie and gives India 2-0 lead.

  • ⦿ Harmeet Desai and G Sathiyan win the first game 11-5 in the men’s doubles tie against Shao Feng Ethan Poh and Zhe Yu Clarence Chew.
  • ⦿ Harmeet and Sathiyan clinch the second game by the same scoreline of 11-5.
  • ⦿ The Singaporean duo bounces back to win a close third game 11-9.
  • ⦿ Harmeet and Sathiyan completely dominate the fourth game. The Indian duo wins it 11-2 and seals a 3-1 win. India leads Singapore 1-0.

Table Tennis: With Guyana’s 3-2 win over South Africa, the Indian women’s team has qualified for the quarterfinals of the team event.

Lawn Bowls: India loses to England 9-18 in its Round 1 women’s fours match. They will face Cook Islands in its round 2 match at 10:30PM IST tonight.

In the men’s pairs, India narrowly lost out to Malaysia at 17-14.

Indians in action next
Men’s table tennis team event: India vs Singapore - 11PM IST
Squash: Anahat Singh vs Jada Ross, women’s singles, Round of 64 - 11PM IST
Squash: Abhay Singh vs Joe Chapman, men’s singles, Round of 64 - 11:45PM IST
Swimming: Men’s 100m backstroke semifinal - Srihari Nataraj - 1:15AM IST
100m backstroke S9 final - Ashish Kumar - 12:18AM IST

Badminton: India blanks Pakistan 5-0 in the mixed team event.

ALSO READ: Commonwealth Games 2022: India’s badminton mixed team thrashes Pakistan 5-0

TABLE TENNIS: India vs Fiji

  • ⦿ Sreeja Akula takes on Grace Rosi Yee in the third match. Sreeja claws back from 2-5 trail to narrow Yee’s lead to 4-5. And Sreeja carves her way back to win the game at 11-7.
  • ⦿ Sreeja takes a commanding 5-1 lead in the second game and seals it at 11-1.
  • ⦿ A 11-2 seals win for Sreeja. A 3-0 win for India as it clinches back-to-back wins over Fiji and South Africa.

Manika Batra takes on Carolyn Li. A cracking first game sees Manika winning 11-2! Manika takes the second game 11-4. India is cruising at the moment. Manika takes the third game at 11-3. India leads 2-0 against Fiji.

  • ⦿ An 11-5 win seals the first match of the tie for India. Sreeja and Diya barely flinched in the match.
  • ⦿ Diya and Sreeja waltz through game two with a 11-3 win.
  • ⦿ Diya Chitale and Sreeja Akula hold onto a slender lead at 7-6 against Touea Titana and Grace Yee. GAME POINT for India at 10-8 A fiery return from Diya and India wins the first game.
Up next
India vs Fiji - Women’s Table Tennis Team - Group 2, from 8:30pm

8:16PM IST: A thumping start to India’s hockey campaign.

ALSO READ: Commonwealth Games 2022 Women’s Hockey: India thrashes Ghana 5-0 in CWG opener

Lawn Bowls updates: India’s womens fours (Lovely Choubey, Rupa Tirkey, Pinki, and Nayanmoni Saikia) are in action against England.

  • ⦿ India leads 3-2 against England after End 3.

The men’s pair featuring Dinesh Kumar and Sunil Bahadur are taking on Malaysia.

Triathlon updates

  • ⦿ India’s Sanjana and Pragnya are 22nd and 24th after the swimming event.
  • ⦿ They slip to 25 and 26 respectively as the cycling event progresses.

Triathlon: The women’s Triathlon final is set to begin with 34 athletes in the final. India’s Pragnya Mohan and Sanjana Sunil Joshi are in the starting list.

Triathlon Course Information
Swim (750m) - 1 lap of 750m
Bike (20.0km) - 4 laps of 5.0km
Run (5.0km) - 2 laps of 2.5km
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Australia beats India by three wickets in the first match of the T20 cricket event.

ALSO READ: Australia beats India by 3 wickets in Commonwealth Games 2022 opener; Gardner’s match-winning fifty eclipses Renuka’s four-for

Artistic Gymnastics update: The Indian men’s team is currently second in subdivision two behind Wales with a total 108.900 points.

Lawn Bowls: India’s Tania Choudhary went down to Falkand Islands’ Daphne Arthur-Almond 20-21 after End 25.

India goes down to Scotland in the men’s triples section 12-19.

Indian events up next
India vs Ghana, women’s hockey match - at 6:30PM IST
India vs Pakistan, badminton mixed event match - at 6:30PM IST

Meanwhile, Renuka Singh Thakur is setting Edgbaston on fire as the Aussies struggle in a 155-run chase. LIVE BLOG

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TABLE TENNIS - India beats Barbados 3-0 in their men’s team table tennis opener. G Sathiyan seals a breezy 11-4, 11-4, 11-5. India will play Singapore in its second match tonight at 11PM IST.

TABLE TENNIS- India lead against Barbados 2-0 as India wins their first doubles and singles match with a score line of 3-0.

CYCLING- India out of medal contention as they finish sixth with a timing of 44.702 in the men’s team sprint qualification. Australia and England qualify for gold, while Canada and New Zealand qualifies for bronze.

BOXING-

Indian Shiva Thapa wins against Pakistan’s Suleman Baloch in the Men’s Over 60kg-63.5kg category round of 32. 

  • ⦿ Thapa wins first round with 10s from all five judges, while Baloch gets four nines and one eight.
  • ⦿ In the second round, Pakistan’s Baloch losses one point due to a warning as Thapa gets five 10s yet again, while the Pakistani gets three nines and two eights.
  • ⦿ Thapa wins on points as he gets yet another five 10s.

TABLE TENNIS-

India leads Barbados in the men’s team table tennis match.

SWIMMING: Srihari Natraj finishes third in the 100m backstroke heats, and qualifies for the semifinals of the event, which will take place on Saturday early morning 1:14 am onwards.

CYCLING: India women’s team out of medal contention for the team sprint qualification as they finish seventh with a timing of 51.433 as Malaysia gets relegated.

TRIATHLON: Alex Yee of England wins the first medal of the Commonwealth Games 2022. Adarsh Muralidharan is ranked 30th with a time of 1:00:38, while Vishwanath Yadav finishes 33rd clocking 1:02:52.

SWIMMING: Sajan Prakash finishes eighth in the men’s 50m butterfly heats clocking 25.01, fails to qualify.

CYCLING: India out of medal contention as it finished last in the men’s 400m team pursuit event. New Zealand and England have qualified for gold, while Wales and Australia play for the bronze medal .

TRIATHLON- India’s Adarsh Muralidharan in 29th, while Vishwanath Yadav is placed 34th after the swimming and the first transition clocking 19:02 and 19:56 respectively.

CYCLING- India trails in men’s 4000m team pursuit qualifying with a timing of 4:12.865 as New Zealand and Canada take lead with timings of 3:49.821 and 4:03.618. Wales, Australia and England yet to compete.

Women’s cricket to make its Commonwealth Games debut. India to bat against Australia in the CWG opener. (MATCH LIVE BLOG)

LAWN BOWLS- New Zealand defeated India 23-8 in the men’s triples round 1 match.

Swimming- Kushagra Rawat finished eighth in the men’s 400m freestyle event with a timing of 3:57.45.

Table Tennis

The Indian women’s table tennis team opened its Commonwealth Games 2022 campaign with a flawless display against South Africa in a 3-0 win. (REPORT)

Sreeja Akula beats Danisha Patel (singles) 3-0

Sreeja Akula vs Danisha Patel (singles) Game 3

  • ⦿ Drawing three-a-piece. Danisha fails to challenge Sreeja up until now as Sreeja leads 6-4 with a forehand. A narrow two point lead by Sreeja separates her from the South African.
  • ⦿ Sreeja looks to be in momentum as she clinches game three 11-6 with her fiery shots.

Sreeja Akula vs Danisha Patel (singles) Game 2

  • ⦿ Brilliant return from the body by Sreeja as she takes the first point. Danisha’s forehand seems to not angle the ball properly as Sreeja leads 4-1.
  • ⦿ Sreeja wins her second game with a eight point lead 11-3.

Sreeja Akula vs Danisha Patel (singles) Game 1

  • ⦿ Sreeja attacks the body of the South African Danish Patel leading 4-0. A little lucky for Patel as it caught the net and dribbled away. But Sreeja stay calm and deceptive as she gets an enormous lead of 7-2.
  • ⦿ With a lead of six points, she takes the first game 11-5.

Manika Batra vs Musfiquh Kalam (singles) 3-0

Manika Batra vs Musfiquh Kalam (singles) Game 3

  • ⦿ The defending champions of the women’s singles is in the lead as she sweeps through the contest, keeping her pace up the rally.
  • ⦿ Clever serve by Batra as she leads 9-2. Shallow serve with underspin and ends the match as she wins yet another easy game 11-2.

Manika Batra vs Musfiquh Kalam (singles) Game 2

  • ⦿ Six consecutive points for Manika as she leads 6-0.
  • ⦿ Manika aces her game 2 as she gets eight game points and manages to win it 11-3.

Manika Batra vs Musfiquh Kalam (singles) Game 1

  • ⦿ Manika Batra dominates in the proceeding as she wins seven consecutive points to lead 9-4.
  • ⦿ Manika comfortably takes the opening game 11-5.
Tania Choudhury loses 21-10 in the women's singles lawn bowl round 1 match; India trails 4-15 vs New Zealand after 13 ends in the Men's Triples event

Reeth Tennison-Sreeja Akula beat Lailaa Edwards and Danisha Patel (doubles) 3-0

Reeth Tennison-Sreeja Akula vs Lailaa Edwards and Danisha Patel (doubles) Game 3

  • ⦿ Edwards’ forehand goes long as Indians take the lead. India leads 6-4 at the half way stage. Heading towards an easy doubles victory.
  • ⦿ Five game points for Indians. And they take the doubles match quite comfortably as Reet score yet another point.

Reeth Tennison-Sreeja Akula vs Lailaa Edwards and Danisha Patel (doubles) Game 2.

  • ⦿ Edwards and Patel have taken an early lead of 4-2 but an erred forehand from Danisha Patel hands India a point. Another beautiful return from Sreeja and India narrows the lead to one point and equals it at 5-5.
  • ⦿ Indians lead 10-6. What a turn around. South Africans save a game point. An identical score of 11-7 for India in the women’s team doubles match.
Lawn Bowls: Tania Choudhary trails 19-9 after End 17 in women's singles; Indian men's triples team trails 12-2 after End 10 against NZ.

Reeth Tennison-Sreeja Akula vs Lailaa Edwards and Danisha Patel (doubles) Game 1.

  • ⦿ Sreeja Akula and Reeth Tennison races to a 7-3 lead over the South Africans in no time!
  • ⦿ South Africa claws back but India maintains its composure to lead 10-6.
  • ⦿ India takes the opening game 10-7. The South Africans attempted an overhaul but Sreeja and Reeth were able to seize the momentum and maintain it through the game.

Here’s a look at the women’s table tennis line-ups for the India vs South Africa match.

  • ⦿ Reeth Tennison/Sreeja Akula vs Lailaa Edwards and Danisha Patel (doubles)
  • ⦿ Manika Batra vs Musfiquh Kalam (singles
  • ⦿ Sreeja Akula vs Danisha Patel (singles)
  • ⦿ Manika Batra vs Laila Edwards (singles)
  • ⦿ Reeth Tennison vs Musfiquh Kalam (singles)
Next in action
India vs Australia Women’s T20. Match starts at 3pm.
India vs South Africa women’s team TT match at 2pm.

LAWN BOWLS

Tania Choudhary trails Hoggan by 15-6 after End 12 while the Indian men’s triples team is receiving a thrashing from the Kiwis. They trail 10-1 after End 7.

Hoggan extends her lead to 9-6 against Tania after End 9 and stretches it to 10-6 after End 10.

Meanwhile, India trails New Zealand 1-7 in the Men’s Triples Section A Round 1 after End 5.

At the end of End 6, Tania of India trails 6-8.

Hoggan continues to maintain her lead in End 6, ahead with a scoreline of 6-3.

The Indian is neck-to-neck with her Scottish opponent in End 5 with the score level at 3-3. The End ends tied at 3-3.

Tania concedes End 3 with a scoreline of 3-1 and trails 2-3 in the fourth End. She eventually loses END 4 with the same score.

Tania Choudhury loses the first end 2-0 to Scotland’s Dee Hoggan before going down 2-1 in the second end also. Tania is 3-1 behind in the third end.

We are minutes away from live action from Birmingham as 26-year-old Tania Choudhury gets India’s CWG campaign off the mark in the Women’s Singles Sectional Play Section B in the sport of Lawn Bowls. If you are wondering what this sport is all about, here is a primer on one of the founding sports of the Games.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games  in Birmingham will take place from July 29 to August 8 with Indian athletes competing in events across 15 sports.

Here are all fixtures, timings of events involving Indian athletes on July 29 so that you can stay up to speed!

Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls, Victoria Park

Women’s Singles Sectional Play Section B - Round 1 (Tania Choudhury) (1:00 PM IST)

Men’s Triples Sectional Play - Round 1 (Dinesh Kumar, Navneet Singh, Chandan Kumar Singh vs New Zealand) (1.00PM IST)

Women’s Singles Sectional Play - Round 2 (4:00 PM IST)

Men’s Triples Sectional Play - Round 2 (Dinesh Kumar, Navneet Singh, Chandan Kumar Singh vs Scotland) (4:00 PM IST)

Men’s Pairs Sectional Play - Round 1 (Sunil Bahadur, Mridul Borgohain vs Malaysia) (7:30PM IST)

Women’s Fours Sectional Play - Round 1 (Lovely Choubey, Tania Choudhury, Rupa Rani Tirkey, Pinki vs England) (7:30PM IST)

Women’s Fours Sectional Play - Round 2 (Lovely Choubey, Tania Choudhury, Rupa Rani Tirkey, Pinki vs vs Cook Islands) (7:30PM IST)

Men’s Pairs Sectional Play - Round 2 (Sunil Bahadur, Mridul Borgohain vs Falkland Islands) (10:30PM IST)

Aquatics - Swimming and Para Swimming, Sandwell Aquatics Centre

Men’s 400m Freestyle Heat 3 - Kushagra Rawat -  (3:11 PM IST)

Men’s 50m Butterfly Heat 6 - Sajan Prakash -  (4:03 PM IST)

Men’s 100m Backstroke Heat 4 - Srihari Nataraj -  (4:29 PM IST)

JULY 30

100m Men’s Backstroke S9 (Para) - Final - Ashish Kumar -  (12:18 AM IST)

Badminton, The NEC Hall 5

(6:30pm - 10:00pm)

India v Pakistan Mixed Team Event Qualifying Round 1

INDIA mixed team -

P V Sindhu

Treesa Jolly

Aakarshi Kashyap

Gayatri Gopichand

Ashwini Ponnappa

Lakshya Sen

Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy

Chirag Shetty

Kidambi Srikanth

Sumeeth Reddy

Boxing, The NEC Hall 4

5 pm- Shiva Thapa vs Suleman Baloch Men’s Over 60kg-63.5kg (Light Welter) - Round of 32

Cricket T20, Edgbaston Stadium

(3:30pm - 7:00pm)

Women’s Group A Match: Australia v India

Cycling - Track and Para Track, Lee Valley VeloPark

(2:30pm - 5:30pm)

Women’s Tandem B - Sprint Qualification ( Mayuri Lute, Triyasha Paul) (2:32PM)

Men’s 4000m Team Pursuit Qualification ( Vishvajeet Singh, naman Kapil, Venkappa Kengalagutti, Anantha Narayanan S S, Dinesh Kumar) (3:25PM)

Women’s Team Sprint Qualification ( Mayuri Lute, Triyasha Paul, Shushikala Agashe) (4:12PM)

Men’s Team Sprint Qualification (Rajat Singh, Ronaldo Laitonjam, David beckham Elkatohchoongo, Esow) (4.46PM)

Men’s Tandem B - 1000m Time Trial (David beckham Elkatohchoongo, Ronaldo Laitonjam) (8:40PM)

Gymnastics - Artistic, Arena Birmingham

4:30 pm- Men’s Team Final & Individual Qualification - Subdivision 2

India entries - Men’s artistic Gymnastics

Satyajit Mondal

Yogeshwar Singh

Saif Sadik Tamboli

Hockey, University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre

(6:30pm - 10:00pm)

Women’s Group Match

India v Ghana

Squash, University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre

11 pm- Anahat Singh vs Jada Ross Women’s Singles Preliminary Round of 64

11: 45 pm- Abhay Singh vs Joe Chapman Men’s Singles Preliminary Round of 64

Table Tennis and Para Table Tennis, The NEC Hall 3

2 pm- India vs South Africa Women’s Team Event Qualifying Round 1

4:30 pm- India vs Barbados Men’s Team Event Qualifying Round 1

(8:30pm - 1:30am)

8:30 pm- India vs Fiji Women’s Team Event Qualifying Round 2

11 pm- India vs Singapore Men’s Team Event Qualifying Round 2

Indian entries:

Women’s team:

Diya Chitale

Manika Batra

Reeth Tennison

Sreeja Akula

Men’s team:

Harmeet Desai

Sanil Shetty

Sharath Kamal

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran

Triathlon, Sutton Park

(3:30pm - 8:30pm)

Men’s Individual (Sprint Distance) Final

Women’s Individual (Sprint Distance) Final

Indian entries

Men’s individual: (3:31PM)

Adarsh Muralidharan Nair Sinimol

Vishwanath Yadav

Women’s individual: (7 PM)

Sanjana Sunil Joshi

Pragnya Mohan

(Timings are subject to change)

Where do I watch the Commonwealth Games 2022 LIVE?

The Commonwealth Games 2022 will be telecast live on Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 3, Sony SIX, and Sony TEN 4 channels. The live streaming of the Games will be available on the Sony LIV app or website.

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