India beats Pakistan 2-1 at Asian Team Squash Championship

Saurav Ghosal held his nerve as India beat Pakistan 2-1 on Wednesday to stay atop Pool A in the Asian team squash championships in Kuala Lumpur.

Saurav Ghosal

File picture of Saurav Ghosal.   -  PTI

Saurav Ghosal held his nerve as India beat Pakistan 2-1 on Wednesday to stay atop Pool A in the Asian team squash championships in Kuala Lumpur.

Requiring a win in the third and deciding tie, Ghosal was down by two games against Tayyab Aslam. But the Indian turned the tables to win 9-11, 7-11, 11-1, 11-7, 11-8. India will take on Indonesia, which is yet to script a win in its three matches, in its last group match on Thursday.

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Earlier, Malaysia defeated India 2-1 in a women's Pool B match. Now, India has to beat Iran on Thursday to make it to the knock-out (semifinals).

The results:

Men: Pool A: India bt Pakistan 2-1 (Ramit Tandon bt Muhammad Asim Khan 11-5, 11-9, 14-12; Mahesh Mangaonkar lost to Nasir Iqbal 11-9, 11-13, 8-11, 7-11; Saurav Ghosal bt Tayyab Aslam 9-11, 7-11, 11-1, 11-7, 11-8); India bt Japan 3-0 (Saurav Ghosal bt Ryosei Kobayashi 12-14, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6; Ramit Tandon bt Tomotako Endo 11-4, 11-3, 11-6; Mahesh Mangaonkar bt Naoki Hayashi 11-0, 11-1, 12-10).

Women: Pool B: Malaysia bt India (Rachel Arnold lost to Joshna Chinappa 11-9, 8-11, 7-11, 11-8, 9-11; Aifa Azman bt Sunayna Kuruvilla 11-9, 11-4, 11-7; Ainaa Amani Ampandi bt Urwashi Joshi 11-5, 11-9, 11-8).

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