Sudirman Cup: India beat Thailand 2-3
India, who lost to Chinese Taipie 2-3 in their opener yesterday, pushed their higher-ranked opponents all the way in the mixed team competition and brighten their hopes of entering the knock-out stage for the first time since the Sudirman Cup started in 1989.
World number 43 pair of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas gave India a positive start after seeing off Bodin Issara and Maneepong Jongjit, ranked 125, 21-13 21-17 in the men's doubles in the first rubber.
But Saina, who is ranked fourth in the world, couldn't make it count and lost 14-21 20-22 to world number 18 Inthanon in a 36-minute clash in the women's singles to lose the lead.
Locked 1-1, Kashyap was handed an uphill task of putting across world number six Ponsana and the Andra Pradesh lad didn't disappoint as he notched up a stunning 12-21 21-18 21-16 victory in an hour long clash to bring India back into the hunt, providing a 2-1 lead.
Inspired by Kashyap's stunning win, Commonwealth Games gold medallist pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, ranked 32nd, also saw off the challenge from world number eight Duang Anong Aroonkesorn and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul 21-18 15-21 21-19 in the fourth rubber to help India clinch the tie convincingly in the end.
Assam, Feb 22 (ANI): These youngsters have gathered at the Jorhat Districts Sports Association Field to participate in a recruitment rally b... More Assam, Feb 22 (ANI): These youngsters have gathered at the Jorhat Districts Sports Association Field to participate in a recruitment rally being conducted by the Indian Army. Thousands of youth from different districts of Assam as well as from Arunachal Pradesh took part in the process. Through this recruitment drive, hundreds of people will be selected and absorbed into the different regiments of the Indian Army. The army officials were impressed by the large turnout. The Indian army and other security forces regularly conduct such recruitment programmes in the region with an aim to increase the presence of youth from the Northeast in the armed forces.
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