Thanks for tuning into Sportstar’s live coverage of the India vs Pakistan Group A match in the badminton mixed team event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. This was Nihit Sachdeva taking you through the action as it unfolded on Court No. 2 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.
India will face Sri Lanka and Australia in their remaining group stage matches in the mixed team event on Saturday.
|FIFTH TIE: Women's Doubles - Treesa Jolly/Gayatri Gopichand bt Mahoor Shahzad/Ghazala Siddique 21-4, 21-5|
21-5: Done at the first time of asking. Gayatri finishes things off with a simple drop shot. India cleans sweeps Pakistan 5-0 to begin its badminton campaign at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
20-5: Fifteen match points for the Indian duo.
16-4: Pakistani duo equals its tally from the first game as Siddique’s drop shot catches Treesa and Gayatri off-guard.
16-3: Twelve points on the trot for Treesa and Gayatri. It has been a smooth ride.
12-3: The struggle of the scratch pairing of Shahzad and Siddique continues. Gayatri sends another smash down the centre.
11-3: Eight-point lead for the Indian duo at the halfway stage. Looking to finish this off as quickly as possible.
6-3: Body smash from Treesa and Shahzad finds herself in no position to send the return.
3-2: Two consecutive points for the women in green. Hasn’t happened a lot in this tie.
3-0: Wow! A 47-shot rally and Gayatri seals the point with a simple drop shot at the net.
21-4: Treesa and Gayatri clinch the opening game in next to no time.
18-2: One run ends. Another continues. Six in a row.
12-2: Treesa ends India’s run of 12 straight points as her attempted drop shot hits the net. Some respite for the Pakistani duo.
11-1: Okay. This is absurd. Eleven in a row for Gayatri and Treesa.
7-1: Seven consecutive points for the Indians as Shahzad’s backhand from the baseline barely makes it to the net.
3-1: Three in a row for the Indians. Gayatri bisects the two Pakistani shuttlers with the return.
0-1: First point goes to the women in green as Treesa hits a loose shot which lands into the net.
|FOURTH TIE: Men's Doubles - Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty bt Murad Ali/Muhammad Bhatti 21-12, 21-9|
21-9: Easy as you like. Satwik and Chirag extend India’s lead to 4-0.
19-9: The Pakistani duo tries to attack Satwik with a couple of body smashes but the Indian simply sends the return past the duo into the open court.
17-8: Chirag’s down the line smash has too much in it. Ali’s backhand is not strong enough to send it back over the net.
16-6: Satwik’s down the line smash goes wide. Still, a fairly big lead for the Indians.
14-6: Satwik absolutely rips the shuttle apart with the kill shot.
12-4: Error in judgement from Chirag as Bhatti’s lift lands inside the rear tramline.
11-3: Satwik-Chirag pair enters the mid-game interval with an eight-point lead.
10-3: Net favours Satwik as the shuttle takes a slight deflection and lands on the Pakistani pair’s side.
7-2: Bhatti goes for the behind-the-body shot on Chirag’s body smash and fails miserably. Five-point lead for the Indians.
4-2: Bhatti goes for the tramline with a cross-court smash but misses it by a whisker.
2-1: A 29-shot rally. Chirag did all the hardwork with a mixture of drop shots and smashes but Satwik mishit the jump smash when it mattered the most.
21-12: Satwik seals the opening game with a simple kill.
19-10: Chirag ends a 40-shot rally with a cheeky drop shot. Ali and Bhatti certainly did not see that coming after all the smashes.
16-10: A rare error from Chirag as he makes a mess of one of the simplest jump smashes at the net.
14-7: Service error. Ali and Bhatti need to do better against a quality pair like Satwik and Chirag and gifting points like this won’t help their cause at all.
12-6: Solid defending from the Pakistani pair but Sawtik finally finds the corner with a cross-court smash.
11-6: A flurry of smashes from Chirag and eventually, a weak return from Ali’s racquet. Five-point lead for the Indian duo at the mid-game interval.
9-5: Loose serve from Ali and Chirag wastes no time in stepping back and ending the point with a cross-court smash.
7-3: Four consecutive points for Satwik and Chirag. They are quickly finding their groove.
4-3: A jump smash, this time from Chirag, lands in the centre of the court as neither Ali, nor Bhatti makes the moves.
2-2: Easy jump smash for Satwik at the net.
0-1: A 34-shot rally to start the tie! Pakistani pair takes the point as Chirag mishits the net shot.
|THIRD TIE: Women's Singles - PV Sindhu bt Mahoor Shahzad 21-7, 21-6|
21-6: However, she only needs one. A beautiful drop shot to finish the tie. India takes an unassailable lead of 3-0.
20-6: Down the line smash gives Sindhu 14 match points.
17-6: Shahzad is just running through the motions now as she has no answers to Sindhu’s wit and power.
14-5: Sindhu sets up the point with a down the line smash and ends it with a cross-court backhand.
11-4: Five in a row for the Indian who has a seven-point advantage at the halfway stage.
7-4: Shahzad’s brief run of points ends as Sindhu dispatches one excellent down the line smash.
6-2: Sindhu wins the battle of the net shots. Six in a row now.
3-2: Three points on the trot for Sindhu. Wins this one with a drop shot which barely catches the tramline.
0-1: Shahzad takes the opening point of the second game as Sindhu’s lift lands just beyond the baseline.
21-7: No worries for Sindhu as she takes the opening game 21-7.
19-7: A bit of luck for the Pakistani shuttler as her drop shot takes a deflection off the net and lands on Sindhu’s side.
18-6: A wayward lift from Shazad. Misses the tramlines comfortably.
15-5: Sindhu is running away with this. A simple kill shot puts her 10 points ahead.
13-4: Brilliant deception from Sindhu. Pushes Shahzad back and ends the rally with a drop shot.
11-4: A forceful down the line smash from Sindhu gives her a seven-point lead at the mid-game interval.
7-2: Textbook stuff from the Indian as she sends Shahzad back and forth. Eventually, the Pakistani shuttler hits a poor backhand.
5-1: Error in judgement from Shahzad as Sindhu’s lift lands inside the baseline.
3-1: Powerful body smash from Sindhu. Shahzad sends the return into the net.
2-0: Decent start for Sindhu.
|SECOND TIE: Men's Singles - Kidambi Srikanth bt Murad Ali 21-7, 21-12|
21-12: Srikanth wins six consecutive points to seal the tie. India leads 2-0.
17-12: Murad Ali controlled the rally but eventually made the error on the drive.
15-9: Impressive cross-court backhand from Ali sets up the point and he finishes it with a delightful cross-court net shot.
14-6: And just like he has done previously, Ali fails to build a run of points. Srikanth cruising.
12-6: Excellent drive from Ali. Srikanth misjudges the flight as the shuttle lands well inside the baseline.
11-4: Ali fails to execute the net shot. Srikanth has a seven-point lead at the halfway stage in this second game.
8-3: Correct judgement from Srikanth as Ali’s cross-court lift goes wide.
7-1: Too easy at this point for the world championships silver medallist Srikanth who is dishing out one cross-court smash winner after another.
4-0: Early lead in the second game for Srikanth.
21-7: Srikanth seals the opening game quite comfortably.
20-7: Murad Ali saves first of the 14 game points by winning a 20-shot rally.
19-6: Srikanth dictates the entire rally but while going for the kill, sends the cross-court drop just wide.
16-4: Four straight points for the Indian.
13-4: Ali finally breaks Srikanth’s run of points with a lucky deflection off the net but on the very next point, makes a service error as he holds the shuttle too high.
11-3: Short lift from Ali, the Indian gets into position and sends another cross-court smash to take an eight-point lead into the mid-game interval.
8-3: A gentle serve from Ali and Srikanth wastes no time in finishing the point with a cross-court return smash.
4-3: Cross-court drop from Srikanth lands just wide.
2-0: Ali makes mess of an easy net shot.
1-0: Murad Ali serves first. Sends the cross-court lift wide. First point goes to Srikanth.
|FIRST TIE: Mixed Doubles - B. Sumeeth Reddy/Ashwini Ponnappa bt Muhammad Bhatti/Ghazala Siddique 21-9, 21-12|
21-12: Reddy finishes the game and the match with a down-the-line smash. India leads 1-0.
20-11: Nine match points for Indians.
18-9: Superb movement from Reddy, Quickly stepped back on the opponent’s serve and finished it with an overhead smash.
15-9: Pakistani pair does well to keep the rally going despite fierce shots from Reddy. However, the 32-shot rally, longest of the match so far, ends with Siddique sending the cross-court return just wide.
13-9: Reddy sets up the point with the drop shot, gets the apt lift on the return from Bhatti and buries the smash.
11-8: A slender three-point lead for Reddy and Ponnappa at the halfway stage in this second game.
10-8: Reddy goes for the cross-court kill. Good strategy but poor execution as the shuttle lands wide.
8-6: Ponnappa hits another body smash towards Siddique. Hits the Pakistani shuttler before she can even react.
5-6: Body smash from Ponnappa leaves Siddique in no position to return.
3-5: A couple of wild smashes from Reddy. Completely misses the line on both occasions.
0-1: A 28-shot rally to begin the second game and it is the Pakistani pair that takes the point as Ponnappa completes misses the drive from Siddique.
21-9: Reddy and Ponnappa win the opening game as Reddy hits the smash down the line giving no chance to Siddiique.
20-9: Eleven game points for the Indians.
18-8: A rare error on the smash by Reddy as he hits one bang into the net.
14-4: Three points in a row for the Indians to resume the opening game. Too easy for the defending champions at the moment.
11-4: Reddy and Ponnappa enter the mid-game interval with a seven-point lead in just six minutes.
8-3: Four straight points for the Indians. Making full use of the lack of communication between their opponent pair.
4-3: Pakistan reduces the deficit. Bhatti comes up with a brilliant cross-court smash to end the rally.
3-0: Ponnappa and Reddy take the early lead.
Warm up is done. Game time!
6:28PM - For the first match i.e. mixed doubles tie, the shuttlers from both nations have entered the arena. Live action shortly.
6:20PM - Here’s the final line-up
Mixed Doubles - B. Sumeeth Reddy/Ashwini Ponnappa vs Muhammad Bhatti/Ghazala Siddique
Men’s Singles - Kidambi Srikanth vs Murad Ali
Women’s Singles - PV Sindhu vs Mahoor Shahzad
Men’s Doubles - Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/ Chirag Shetty vs Murad Ali/Muhammad Bhatti
Women’s Doubles - Treesa Jolly/Gayatri Gopichand vs Mahoor Shahzad/Ghazala Siddique
6:15PM - Just 15 minutes to go for this mouth-watering clash.
Indian badminton contingent begins its title defense in the mixed team event at 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Friday when it faces Pakistan in its Group A opener.
The tie, which will be played on Court No. 2 at the National Exhibition Centre, comprises matches in all five categories: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
Four years ago, India had beaten Pakistan 5-0 in the group stage match in Gold Coast.
|PV Sindhu||Murad Ali|
|Treesa Jolly||Muhammad Irfan Saeed Bhatti|
|Aakarshi Kashyap||Mahoor Shahzad|
|Gayatri Gopichand||Ghazala Siddique|
|B. Sumeeth Reddy|
When and where to watch?
The India vs Pakistan mixed team Group A opener at the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be live telecast on Sony Sports Network and streamed on Sony Liv from 6:30PM IST.