Badminton, Thomas Cup as it happened: India become champions as Lakshya, Satwik-Chirag, Srikanth win
Highlights from the Thomas Cup final between India and Indonesia in Bangkok.
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Semifinals recap here.
A team’s dream: Prannoy, Srikanth, Satwik-Chirag script a special chapter in Indian badminton
Thomas Cup final preview: All you need to know about a historic final for India against Indonesia
Final scoreline: India 3-0 Indonesia
Lakshya beat Ginting: 8-21, 21-17, 21-16
Satwik-Chirag beat Ahsan-Sukamuljo: 18-21, 23-21, 21-19
Srikanth beat Christie: 21-15, 23-22
3.56 pm: Well, that’s it from us. Thank you for tuning in to our coverage, hope you enjoyed it. Not many gave the Indian team a chance when the tournament started, but they leave Bangkok as champions!
India 3-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 21-15, 23-22 Christie: Srikanth Kidambi defeats Jonatan Christie in straight games! In this tournament, Srikanth played six matches and won six matches! What a performance from him! India become the sixth country to win the Thomas Cup. They have defeated the defending champions and the most successful team in the history of the tournament in 3-0. Wow! Joyous, passionate, wonderful, memorable celebrations by the Indians. Soak it all in everyone. You and I have witnessed history!
INDIA HAVE WON! INDIA ARE CHAMPIONS!
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 21-15, 22-21 Christie: Srikanth with a perfect drop shot before getting a smash away. Championship point for India!
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 21-15, 20-21 Christie: What just happened?! Srikanth with a smash from the net and Christie flicks his racket to get the winner. What reactions! Wow!
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 21-15, 20-20 Christie: Now it’s Srikanth’s turn to produce some magic again. Another block winner from him. We are level!
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 21-15, 19-20 Christie: Sublime play from Christie! He hits a straight drop and gets the point. The courage to do that! Game point for Indonesia.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 21-15, 19-19 Christie: It’s still level! Srikanth wins a frantic exchange before Christie pulls one away. The Indian supporters are making a lot of noise. Can Srikanth finish this in straight games?
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 21-15, 18-18 Christie: We are level! Srikanth with a wonderful flick and Christie leaves it but it lands just in. The Indonesian then smashes one into the net. Nerves from both players.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 21-15, 15-17 Christie: Errors galore at the moment. Christie makes two and then Srikanth makes another one. The Indian smashes it straight into the net.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 21-15, 13-16 Christie: Oh dear, Srikanth is definitely feeling the jitters now. Plenty of errors from his racket. Christie now hits a superb drop winner.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 21-15, 13-13 Christie: Fantastic rally! Srikanth was on top throughput but Christie defended brilliantly before drawing an error. Srikanth then smashes one straight down to help Christie draw level. The Indonesian has won five of the last six points.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 21-15, 13-11 Christie: Srikanth makes a couple of casual errors before Christie fails to return one. But the Indonesian then fires a sizzling winner down the line.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 21-15, 11-8 Christie: Srikanth takes a healthy lead to the second game interval. This game has gone back and forth but it seems Christie is yet to find his best and Srikanth is showing great composure.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 21-15, 10-7 Christie: Magic from Srikanth! Christie tries to kill the point at the net but Srikanth shows amazing reflexes to get the shuttle back across for a winner. He then finishes off the next two points quickly.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 21-15, 7-7 Christie: Srikanth looking a bit nervous and making a couple of errors. He’ll be well aware of how close he is to helping India create history and will need to remain focussed.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 21-15, 5-5 Christie: We are level! Srikanth with another sumptuous defensive winner before smashing one into Christie’s body.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 21-15, 5-3 Christie: Three straight misses from Srikanth and Christie has the lead. The commentators are saying the drift has changed drastically and that could be affecting Srikanth’s play.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 21-15, 3-1 Christie: Srikanth with another fine jump smash. He’s moving with great purpose. Christie now hits one wide and trails by two.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 21-15 Christie: Srikanth has taken just 19 minutes to pocket the first game! India are just one game away from creating history! Christie has shown sparks but he will need a truly special effort to turn things around from here. Srikanth is playing wonderfully.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 19-15 Christie: Srikanth has restored a four-point lead! Clever change of pace by the Indian and Christie finds the net.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 17-15 Christie: Sublime play by Srikanth! He saw a smash coming his way and simply swayed and tapped it across to get the winner. Ah, that was delightful.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 15-14 Christie: Much better from Christie and he reduces the gap to just one point. He’s moving a lot better now and Srikanth is looking a bit tentative.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 14-11 Christie: A superb body smash from Srikanth to win another point. But Christie responds with a inside-out cross-court smash winner. That should give him confidence.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 13-9 Christie: Srikanth wins consecutive points again to pull further ahead. Christie looking concerned, as are his teammates in the stands.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 11-9 Christie: Srikanth has a significant lead at the first game interval. Christie with another casual error. Both players haven’t found their best yet but the Indian has been more consistent.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 10-8 Christie: Christies plays one that was going well wide and Srikanth then gets a winner. The Indonesian challenges but it doesn’t go his way.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 8-8 Christie: Six straight points for Christie! We are level. The momentum has shifted and the Indonesian is moving a lot better now.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 8-4 Christie: Another wonderfully-constructed point by Srikanth and he gets the smash winner away. But Christie then fights back by winning the next two points.
India 2-0 Indonesia – Srikanth 7-2 Christie: India are off to a flying start in the third match! Srikanth gas wasted little time in finding his groove and has a huge lead.
2.24 pm: Time now for a singles clash between Srikanth Kidambi and Jonatan Christie. The Indonesian leads their head-to-head 5-4, having won their last clash too. But Srikanth has won all his five matches in this tournament and will be full of confidence. Can India complete a clean sweep of this final?
India 2-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 23-21, 21-19 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: THEY HAVE DONE IT! Satwik-Chirag win! Wow! What a turnaround! What a set of players! India saved FOUR match points in the second game before coming back to complete a victory in an hour and 13 minutes. The celebrations are wild! Chirag with his shirt off. This is an epic moment! Soak it in Indian fans. India lead the tie 2-0.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 23-21, 20-19 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: Uff! Breathtaking stuff this. Ahsan with a titanic effort to keep Indonesia alive. Smash after smash and he draws an error at the end. India have another match point, though.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 23-21, 20-18 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: Two match points for India! Wow! Can they do it? Can they give India a 2-0 lead?
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 23-21, 19-18 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: India have the lead as Chirag gets the smash winner. India are just two points away from completing an epic comeback!
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 23-21, 18-18 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: What defence from the Indians! First Chirag, then Satwik. The shuttle lands just in and we are back level. This match is intense, all right. Phew!
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 23-21, 17-17 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: We are level! Satwik with another well-placed smash. There is absolutely nothing to choose between these two pairs. Impossible to predict who will win. It may all come down to who handles the nerves better.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 23-21, 15-16 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: The gap is down to one! Satwik with a smash into Ahsan’s body and he draws the error. What a match this has been, what a finish this is promising to be. Pulsating badminton.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 23-21, 13-15 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: Excellent play from India. Chirag creates the angle before Satwik puts it away. It’s a two-point game now.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 23-21, 11-14 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: Make that five straight points for Indonesia! The umpire then gives Chirag a second warning for taking too long between points. India need to regroup quickly.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 23-21, 11-12 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: Chirag smashes it into the net from close range and Indonesia draw level. Sukomuljo then smashes a winner to give his team the lead. Three straight points for Indonesia after the interval.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 23-21, 11-9 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: A couple of errors from the Indians but then Satwik fires a smash and Sukomuljo returns it long. A two-point lead for the Indians at the interval.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 23-21, 8-6 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: Indonesia win consecutive points but Chirag hits a superb service return to help India gain the lead again. Satwik-Chirag then turn defence into attack in sensational fashion to win the next point.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 23-21, 6-4 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: Ahsan sends one well wide. The commentators say he’s struggling at the moment. India will be keen to pull away.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 23-21, 3-3 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: Basketball-like dunk from Chirag! He fires an inside-out smash and helps India draw level.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 23-21, 2-2 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: It’s neck and neck at the start of the third game too. Chirag takes a blow to his face from the shuttler after losing balance.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 23-21 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: WE ARE GOING TO A DECIDER! Satwik-Chirag! They save FOUR match points before winning the second game. A roar from Chirag at the end as the Indian fans go wild. Game on!
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 21-21 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: Fourth match point saved! The crowd is going wild! Brilliant character being shown by the Indians. Can they force a decider?
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 20-20 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: India save three match points! Ahsan smashes it into the net from point blank. Wow! What a fight this is from India, what courageous play.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 17-19 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: Make that three straight points for India. Chirag gets the smash away and draws an error, with Sukomuljo on the floor. This ain’t over!
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 16-19 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: A couple of points for India on the back of a couple of errors from the Indonesians. Can Satwik-Chirag pull off a special comeback from here?
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 14-19 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: This is turning into a masterclass by the Indonesians. They’re two points from victory. They have 12 of the last 14 points. Ahsan with the firepower from the back and Sukomuljo with the artistry at the front.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 13-14 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: Well, this has been some turnaround by the Indonesian stars. They have upped the tempo drastically and have taken the lead.
Vinayakk Mohanarangan: Absolutely no way the Indians can rest easy here. ICYMI in semifinal, Daddy-Minion came back from 7-17 down to win a game against the world champions. They simply don’t know how to give up, and are capable of magic.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 12-10 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: Satwik with a couple of poor choices and Ahsan puts it away both times. Chirag then makes an error and the gap is reduced to two points.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 11-6 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: India have a huge lead at the interval! Satwik, hitting with the drift, serves it masterfully into the far corner. This has been an excellent fightback by the Indians.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 9-5 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: Both teams exchange smash winners and follow them up with pumped-up celebrations. Chirag then runs off to change his racket mid-point and Satwik holds fort before drawing an error. The Indonesians seemed to get distracted.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 7-4 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: Satwik-Chirag are doing a fantastic job moving their opponents all over. They have opened up a three-point lead now.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21, 2-1 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: What a point! Outrageous defence from the Indonesians but Satwik clinches the point for India by finding the gap and a winner. The Indonesians seem to be struggling a bit with court positioning since this isn’t a regular pair.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-21 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: Indonesia win the first game in 17 minutes! Sukamuljo with another wonderful winner to seal the deal. Satwik-Chirag should remain upbeat, though. They were impressive after the interval and will be determined to force a decider.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 18-19 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: India fight back again! They win consecutive points and trail by just one now.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 16-19 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: Four straight points for India before Sukamuljo hits a stunning winner down the line. Indonesia are two points away from taking the first game.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 15-18 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: Chirag hits it long and it lands just in, Ahsan makes an error leaving it. Indonesia then hit another one wide and they lead by just three now.
Lakshya Sen’s winning moment...
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 11-17 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: A service error from Satwik and India then lose a challenge too. Indonesia restore their six-point lead.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 16-10 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: A wonderful drop shot from Ahsan and Sukamuljo finishes off the point. They have pulled away in this opener.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 9-11 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: The Indonesians have the lead at the interval in the first game but this is a close battle.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 7-8 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: The Indonesians are in the lead now, they’re starting to find rhythm. But Satwik-Chirag are playing with confidence too and have defended well so far.
Vinayakk Mohanarangan: The doubles tie features one half of the World No 2 pair ‘Daddies’ and one half of the World No 1 ‘Minions’ for the Indonesians. Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo are two of the greatest the game has seen and are pairing together in this tournament with the other minion, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, absent due to rehab. The makeshift pair had defeated the reigning world champions in the semifinal.
Indians are ranked No 8 in the world. Indonesians are *unranked. *Half of that pair is world No 1, and the other half of the pair is world No 2.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 5-4 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: What a rally! The Indians did well to turn defence into attack but the Indonesians then did the same to draw an error. Satwik-Chirag should’ve killed that point.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Satwik-Chirag 2-1 Ahsan-Sukamuljo: Quick points to start the match and the Indians have a slight lead. This could well be a tight contest too.
12.58 pm: Well, that was an unforgettable win for Indian fans. But it’s time now to shift focus on the next match. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are up against Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.
India 1-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 21-17, 21-16 Anthony Ginting: LAKSHYA SEN WINS! What a sensational turnaround that was! What a player this youngster is! He was trailing by four points at the interval in the third game but won 14 of the next 19 points to close out the win. India lead 1-0!
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 21-17, 20-16 Anthony Ginting: Four match points for Lakshya! Another error from Ginting. Can he close it out?
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 21-17, 18-16 Anthony Ginting: Ginting has pulled two back. Lakshya is so close to a win but this is going to be tough, Ginting will not go away without a fight.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 21-17, 18-14 Anthony Ginting: Wow! Sensational movement from Lakshya in consecutive points to get winners from close to the net. He then draws another error. Lakshya leads by four now!
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 21-17, 15-14 Anthony Ginting: Both players with smash winners and it’s back to being a one-point game. The crowd is going wild, the next few minutes are extremely crucial.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 21-17, 14-13 Anthony Ginting: Lakshya makes it four straight points before Ginting ends the streak with a winner. But the Indonesian then finds the net from close quarters. A wry smile from him after that.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 21-17, 12-12 Anthony Ginting: We are level! Three straight points for Lakshya! Brilliant, brilliant play from the young Indian. He has won four of the five points since the interval. Ginting is definitely under pressure at the moment.
Vinayakk Mohanarangan: A few avoidable errors notwithstanding, 7-11 is not a bad place to be in while changing ends. Lakshya can bid goodbye to this near side now for this tournament. He will be happy to get out of there, hasn’t enjoyed it one bit all week.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 21-17, 9-12 Anthony Ginting: Lakshya with an error and he looks disappointed with himself, he had a lot of space to play with on Ginting’s side. But the Indonesian then hits another smash wide. He has missed two smashes since the interval.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 21-17, 7-11 Anthony Ginting: Three games, three exact same scorelines at the interval each time. Ginting leads by four points. Lakshya is trying hard to keep pace and not let the Indonesian run away with this but it seems he’ll need to find another gear.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 21-17, 9-10 Anthony Ginting: Lakshya injects pace from the back of the court and draws an error but then sends one wide.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 21-17, 6-9 Anthony Ginting: Brilliant play from Lakshya! He moves Ginting all over the court before putting the winner away. But the Indonesian then kills the next point at the net to restore a three-point lead.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 21-17, 5-7 Anthony Ginting: This is an exhibition on power-hitting from Ginting. And speed and athleticism too. Another fantastic smash winner from the Indonesian. But Lakshya responds with some delicate play at the net to pull one back. And now Ginting sends one wide.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 21-17, 3-6 Anthony Ginting: Now Lakshya hits a super cross-court smash to draw an error and reduce the gap to three points.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 21-17, 1-5 Anthony Ginting: Another long, long rally and Ginting comes out on top as Lakshya hits it into the net from close quarters. Ginting then hits a smash winner down the line. He’s pulling away!
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 21-17, 0-2 Anthony Ginting: Oh dear, Lakshya dominates the rally but ends up finding the net. Not the kind of start he would’ve wanted.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 21-17 Anthony Ginting: We’re going to a decider! Lakshya closes out the second game in style with a brilliant cross-court winner. The Indian reset after losing the opener and showed great character to keep his nose ahead in the second. But we can expect Ginting to respond now. This could go either way!
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 20-15 Anthony Ginting: Three straight points for Lakshya! A superb winner from him down the line followed by an error from Ginting. Can he force a decider?
Vinayakk Mohanarangan: This is like watching a badminton match at 1.5x speed. It is moving forward at a breakneck pace at the moment. Ginting seems especially keen on keeping things short.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 17-15 Anthony Ginting: Ginting continues to be aggressive – he hits a superb cross-court smash winner before drawing an error from Lakshya.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 17-13 Anthony Ginting: Lakshya gets a bit of luck as the shuttler hits the net cord and goes over. Ginting then goes on the offensive but his smash goes wide. The Indian has restored his four-point advantage.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 15-12 Anthony Ginting: Ginting gets another smash away but Lakshya responds with a delightful drop winner. This is an intense battle at the moment with neither player giving an inch.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 12-11 Anthony Ginting: Now Ginting gets a couple of cross-court smash winners and is looking upbeat. Crucial phase of the game coming up, Lakshya will be keen to pull away.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 11-7 Anthony Ginting: This time it’s Lakshya who has a four-point lead at the interval. What a dramatic turnaround this has been. Lakshya came out full of confidence after losing the opener and Ginting seems a bit tentative now, making plenty of errors.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 9-5 Anthony Ginting: Lakshya with a lovely return of serve and he draws an error. A stunning rally follows! That was the longest, most thrilling rally of the match so far and Lakshya comes out on top. That will give him great confidence, he’s moving a lot, lot better now.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 7-4 Anthony Ginting: SENsational winner from Lakshya! He jumps and places it perfectly down the line. Ginting then hits one wide. The momentum has shifted!
German Open, March 2022: Lakshya took the two games 21-7, 21-9 against Ginting.
Thomas Cup, May 2022: Ginting takes the opening game 21-8 against Lakshya.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 4-2 Anthony Ginting: Now the Indonesian with a few errors and the Indian has the lead after a long time. Promising start to the second game for Lakshya.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21, 1-1 Anthony Ginting: Powerful smash winner from Lakshya! That’ll give him confidence. He went cross-court and placed it perfectly.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 8-21 Anthony Ginting: 12 STRAIGHT POINTS! That was a stunning run of play for Ginting. Lakshya pulls one back but the Indonesian then finishes off the game. It only took 17 minutes. Well, this is definitely not what many would’ve predicted. The Indian will need a special effort to turn things around from here.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 7-16 Anthony Ginting: Another nasty-looking slip for Lakshya. This is disappointing to see and dangerous for the players. The court is being mopped. Eight points in a row for Ginting.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 7-15 Anthony Ginting: That’s seven points in a row now for Ginting! He’s running away with this first game. Too many errors from Lakshya at the moment.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 7-11 Anthony Ginting: The Indonesian is pulling away! He has a healthy four-point lead at the interval. Lakshya is defending well as always but his opponent is dictating play.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 7-9 Anthony Ginting: Ginting with another well-disguised backhand winner down the line but he follows that up by sending one wide. A superb rally follows and the Indonesian finishes it with a jump smash which Lakshya can’t send back.
Vinayakk Mohanarangan: Not in the squad for the last Thomas Cup, leading out the team as the top-ranked Indian singles player in the world. What a day for Lakshya Sen. His match against Anthony Ginting to kick things off. The doubles is strong for INA so this is hugely important for India. And also, Ginting has not been at his fluent best at the tournament so far, starting with three defeats. He has come alive in the knockouts. The last time (and only time) these two met, Lakshya blew Ginting away at German Open. But that will not matter much here.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 4-6 Anthony Ginting: Ginting sends one long before Lakshya hits a backhand into the net. Both players still seem to be finding their feet. Oh no, Lakshya has fallen again and he’s staring at the court. The conditions have been challenging this week with the courts being rather slippery.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 3-4 Anthony Ginting: Three points in a row for Lakshya but Ginting responds with a wonderful drop winner. The Indonesian then puts away a jump smash as Lakshya loses balance.
India 0-0 Indonesia – Lakshya Sen 1-2 Anthony Ginting: The Indonesian wins the first couple of points but the Indian then gets on the board after winning an exchange at the net. Both players trying to get a feel of things in theses early exchanges.
11.42 am: We’re almost ready for play! First up, it’s a clash between Lakshya Sen and Anthony Ginting. Both players are on the court and warming up. This promises to be a cracker!
Here’s the order of play for today:
India’s road to the final:
Recent winners of Thomas Cup (men)
- 2010 – Host Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur); Champion – China
- 2012 – Host China (Wuhan); Champion – China
- 2014 – Host India (New Delhi); Champion – Japan
- 2016 – Host China (Kunshan); Champion – Denmark
- 2018 – Host Thailand (Bangkok); Champion – China
- 2020 – Host Denmark (Aarhus) in 2021; Champion – Indonesia
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Thomas Cup final between India and Indonesia in Bangkok.