India starts well on Day 1 at Commonwealth Games

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Gold Coast: India got off to a flier at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday after thrashing Sri Lanka 5-0 in a mixed team event. PV Sindhu who picked an ankle sprain went on to show an absolute dominance as they won in all five competitions.

However, It was the ace shuttler Saina Nehwal who emerged show stealer. She defeated Sri Lanka’s Madhushika Dilrukshi 21-8, 21-4 to win the singles competition.

Among men, Kadambi Srikanth beat another Sri Lankan, Nikula Karunaratne 21-16, 21-10.

It wasn’t a perfect start for India as Pranav Chopra and Ruthvika Henahewa had to fight for their first win against Sachin Dias and Thalini Pramodika Henahewa. Ultimately they came out victorious by 21-15, 19-21, and 22-20.

In women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponappa and N Siikki Reddy were too good for Thilini Pramodika and Kavidi Srimannage.  They won by 21-12, 21-14.

Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty wrapped up the day with a fifth win against Buwaneka Goonethulleka and Dinuka Karunaratna in men’s doubles by 21-17, 21-14 among men’s doubles.

Note: India will compete against Pakistan in the mixed team event on Thursday afternoon.

In other events, Virdhawal Khade advanced to the semi-finals of the men’s 50m butterfly event in swimming championship as action began in the XXI Commonwealth Games on Thursday. Srihari Nataraj too progressed to the next round after a timing of 56.71 seconds in his 100m breaststroke finishing fifth, a national record.

Khade who competed along with team-mate Sajan Prakash in heat 5 finished fifth clocking 24.52s. His timing was good enough to secure a place in top 16 who advanced to semi-finals from a total of 56 across 7 heats.

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