- Wrestling medal updates: THREE GOLD! Ravi Kumar Dahiya takes gold in men’s 57kg. Vinesh Phogat remains flawless on her way to 53kg gold. Naveen (74kg) was the breakthrough of the day as he wrestled with flair Pooja Gehlot (50kg) bounces back from semifinal heartbreak to win bronze. In the end, Deepak Nehra made it 12 medals from 12 categories for India.
- Para Table Tennis: GOLD! Bhavina Patel wins in women’s singles classes 3-5. Sonal Patel won bronze medal earlier in the same event.
- Athletics: SILVER! Priyanka Goswami finishes 2nd in women’s 10,000m race walk. A new PB for her.
- Athletics: SILVER! Avinash Sable with an absolutely masterful race, splits two Kenyans to finish second. Nearly got gold too. It is another PB & NR for him.
- Lawn Bowls: SILVER MEDAL! The Indian men’s fours team lost against Northern Ireland in the final.
- Hockey: MEDAL ASSURED! Manpreet Singh & Co edge past a gritty SA side 3-2 and reach final. Yet again, Australia await.
- Cricket T20: INTO THE FINAL! Harmanpreet Kaur & Co pull off a thrilling defence against hosts England. Meg Lanning’s Australia wait once again.
- Boxing: FOUR INTO FINALS! Nitu, Amit Panghal, Nikhat Zareen and Sagar enter the gold medal bouts with dominant wins. Bronze medals confirmed for Hussamuddin, Jaismine and Rohit.
- Table tennis: MEDALS ASSURED! Sathiyan and Sharath are back into the men’s doubles finals. Sathiyan and Sreeja Akula continued their inspiring form, reaching the mixed doubles final.
- Badminton: Sindhu, Srikanth, Lakshya, Satwik-Chirag, Gayatri-Treesa enter semifinals.
We will leave you with this. Avinash Mukund Sable!
Men’s hockey: Two thrilling 3-2 wins in semifinals! The Commonwealth Games gold medal in men’s hockey has always been won by Australia. Indian men will have to end that streak when they meet in the final.
Boxing wrap up from Samreen Razzaqui: Nikhat, Nitu, Amit and Sagar have all been brilliant from the get go. The final four to qualify out of the twelve-member contingent that trained in Ireland and participated in Birmingham stood out in their respective categories. They looked like the contenders for gold in their first bout at the CWG itself. We felt it, the commentators felt it and so did the viewers. And all four of them will look to stick to that reputation. A bit of disappointment for Rohit, Hussammuddin and Jaismine today but they take home a bronze and that’s an achievement. It’s Hussamuddin’s second CWG bronze but it’s the first time for the other two. In fact, it’s pretty much their first major medal at the senior level. Hopefully, they can keep building on that.
Hockey, men’s semifinal: Crowd erupts... PC for England with 26 seconds left! (They have been pretty bad with their conversion. And they mistrap! Awful. Frustration for the hosts. The sticks are being thrown to ground. Hush falls around the venue. Australia come back from 0-2 down to win 3-2!
Hockey, men’s semifinal: Massive pressure on Australia goal at the moment. 2:25 remaining, goalie off. England need a goal, trail 2-3.
Hockey, men’s semifinal: More drama, Australia score for 3-2, lengthy review by England... it stands England are now pushing, a series of PCs. More reviews...
Athletics: What an incredible stat this.
Hockey, men’s semifinal: So much drama in this one. 2-2 with 12 minutes to go. Referees have a long conference with the captains.
Men’s +92kg SF Sagar vs Ifeanyi ONYEKWERE: Fourth Indian into the finals! Showman Sagar continues to entertain and he is into the final with a UD 5-0. The Nigerian got the third round actually, but the damage was done early on by Sagar. (Corrected update)
Men’s +92kg SF Sagar vs Ifeanyi ONYEKWERE: That is another 10-9s across the board for Sagar. He has red right cheeks, took one nasty I guess but has been comfortable otherwise.
Men’s +92kg SF Sagar vs Ifeanyi ONYEKWERE: The first round goes to the Indian across the board, 10-9.
Just a quick athletics update, Avinash Sable has a DNF in men’s 5000m final. Understandably so perhaps. The commentators were surprised he even ran it.
Boxing: Showman Sagar is here. Can he make it four finalists for India? Men’s +92kg semifinals this.
Para TableTennis Women’s singles final: Bhavina Patel 2-0 Ifechukwude Ikpeoyi: GOLD FOR INDIA! Bhavina Patel comes up with a 12-10, 11-2, 11-9 win. EMOTIONS OVERFLOW IN THE END. The Tokyo silver medallist is now Birmingham gold medallist.
Para TableTennis Women’s singles final: Bhavina Patel 2-0 Ifechukwude Ikpeoyi : Patel’s timeout seems to have worked, she makes it 7-8 and now a timeout for Nigeria.
Para TableTennis Women’s singles final: Bhavina Patel 2-0 Ifechukwude Ikpeoyi : Patel has found her rhythm just as Ikpeoyi has lost hers. The Indian takes the second game 11-2. But a 6-2 lead for NGR in the third game and Bhavina calls for a timeout.
Men’s 67kg Semi-Final Rohit TOKAS - Stephen ZIMBA: BRONZE FOR ROHIT. WHAT A FIGHT! Both the boxers gave it their all in R3. Rohit was much more attacking, Zimba also got a standing count but prevailed in the end to take this bout by a 3:2 split decision, updates Samreen. That really was SOME BOUT. But a bit surprising to see 4 judges give the final round to Zimba when he got a standing eight count at the end.
Para TableTennis Women’s singles final: Bhavina Patel 1-0 Ifechukwude Ikpeoyi A tight opening game in the final, but Patel saves a game point to eventually take it 12-10. A familiar sight between games.
Men’s 67kg Semi-Final Rohit TOKAS - Stephen ZIMBA: What a bout this has been! 3-2 and 2-3 in the first two rounds.
Para TableTennis Women’s singles classes 3-5 final, Bhavina Patel vs Ifechukwude Ikpeoyi: Time for Bhavina’s final. The Tokyo Paralympics silver medallist from India takes on the World No 47 from Nigeria. The way she has been playing, would have a great shot at gold I imagine. Just dropped one game, the very first of her campaign, in four matches. Defeated the Nigerian in straight games too.
Boxing: After winning two bouts 5-0 UD to reach here, in action in the men’s 67kg SF is Rohit Tokas against Zambia’s Stephen Zimba. Can he become the fourth Indian CWG finalist?
Para TableTennis Women’s singles bronze: Sonalben Patel 3-0 Sue Bailey: SONAL PATEL WINS THE BRONZE! Bailey is no match for the Indian who races away to a 11-5, 11-2, 11-3 win. Lovely celebrations at the end.
“I’d like to appreciate the South African goalkeeper’s performance. He made some wonderful saves, even those that seemed like certain goals. He did a great job for them.” – India captain Manpreet Singh
Badminton Men’s Doubles Quarterfinal: Satwik-Chirag are through to the semis! A comfortable 21-9, 21-11 win for them against the Australian pair. They are on track to return to the final. And that will be it for tonight’s badminton action.
TableTennis Women’s singles bronze: Sonalben Patel 2-0 Sue Bailey: Quick first game from Patel, takes it 11-5. Patel is now dominating the match. Bailey had no answer as the Indian eased to win the second game 11-2.
Hockey: Gowan Jones appreciation. He was simply incredible. Almost fitting that the goal that won India the match came when he was not between the posts.
Badminton Men’s Doubles Quarterfinal: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are on the verge of reaching the finals. India’s top doubles pair are up against Australia’s Nathan Tang and Jacob Schuele and leading 17-8 in the 2nd game.
Para TableTennis Women’s singles classes 3-5 bronze medal match, Sonalben Patel vs Sue Bailey: World No 56 Patel will have to work hard in this bronze medal playoff. She faces home-hope World No 37 Sue Bailey. Stay back for this and there is Bhavina to come after this in gold medal match.
Men’s hockey semifinal, India vs South Africa, 3-2 FULL TIME: India are through to the final! Not the best of performances. Abhishek, Mandeep and Jugraj score the goals in a tense battle with South Africa. Another medal assured for India! Credit to South Africa for some great hockey.
Men’s hockey semifinal, India vs South Africa, 3-2 in Q4: Well well well. A late goal for SA. Off Sreejesh from a tight angle. And with 69 secs left, a ray of hope. They are still down to 10.
Wrestling, FS - 97 kg bronzed medal match Deepak vs Tayab RAZA: Deepak Nehra wins India’s 12th medal in wrestling at the 2022 Commonwealth Games! The Indian beats Pakistan’s Tayab Raza to win bronze in the men’s 97kg event!
Men’s hockey semifinal, India vs South Africa, 3-1 in Q4: GOAL INDIA! South Africa caught on the counter, there is no Jones in goal and there is a desperate late tackle. Yellow card, PC for India. And Jugraj’s speedy flick is hard enough for GKs to save.
Men’s hockey semifinal, India vs South Africa, 2-1 in Q4: India lose their review with 3 mins left. Will that come back to haunt them?
Men’s hockey semifinal, India vs South Africa, 2-1 in Q4: GOWAN JONES IS OFF. Can India score? South Africa have 11 outfield players. Less than 4 to go.
Men’s hockey semifinal, India vs South Africa, 2-1 in Q4: Not the greatest of hockey matchs in terms of quality this. But so tense! India having decent control. But the South African threat is still there.
Wrestling, FS - 97 kg bronzed medal match Deepak vs Tayab RAZA: Another India-Pakistan match. Can Deepak Nehra make it a 100% return for India?
Men’s hockey semifinal, India vs South Africa, 2-1 at the start of Q4: No goalkeeper rotation this time. Sreejesh is in goal because there is no messing about here. South Africa had some big chances in third quarter (India did too). Both goalkeepers will need to be at their best in the last 15.
Boxing, Men’s 57kg Semi-Final Joseph COMMEY vs Hussamuddin MOHAMMED: BRONZE MEDAL. Hussamuddin cannot believe this decision but the commentators reckon it was fair enough. BRONZE for Hussamuddin, just as in Gold Coast 2018. He had said that it was the biggest moment of his career tonight he might be a bit disappointed.
Wrestling: Shortly, over to Deepak Nehra to make it 12 out of 12 for India.
Boxing, Men’s 57kg Semi-FinalJoseph COMMEY vs Hussamuddin MOHAMMED: Commey hits back! Wow. He gets 4 10-9s second round and we are tied on four cards. One judge in favour of Hussam and he is struggling now.
Men’s hockey semifinal, India vs South Africa, 2-1 in Q3: Save by Jones at one end, save by Sreejesh at the other end. The. two goalkeepers having a fine few minutes.
Boxing, Men’s 57kg Semi-FinalJoseph COMMEY vs Hussamuddin MOHAMMED: The first round is 4 10-9s for India and a 10-8. Comfortable.
Wrestling, WW - 76 kg bronze medal match Naomi Rachel DE BRUINE vs Pooja Sihag: Medal no 11 for India in wrestling. Pooja Sihag clinches bronze in the women’s 76kg. A victory by technical superiority for the Indian
Men’s hockey semifinal, India vs South Africa, 2-1 in Q3: GOAL! South Africa pull one back! Sreejesh blocked the drag flick but the rebound hit was quick and went past him. Ryan JULIUS the scorer.
Wrestling, WW - 76 kg bronze medal match Naomi Rachel DE BRUINE vs Pooja Sihag: 8-0 lead for Pooja in the first period. Seems like a matter of time this one.
Meanwhile, boxing time again!
Badminton Women’s Doubles Quarterfinal: Easy does it for Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand, they cruise to a 21-8, 21-6 victory and into the semifinals. The Jamaican pair simply didn’t have a chance in that match. There was a loud cheer in the arena though when they made it 1-14 in the second game.
Wrestling, WW - 76 kg bronze medal match Naomi Rachel DE BRUINE vs Pooja Sihag: Now to see if India can finish with 12 medals out of 12 events. Bronze medal bout for Pooja.
Men’s hockey semifinal, India vs South Africa, 2-0 Half time: A fine quarter for India and they take a strong lead to the interval. Fantastic goals by Abhishek and Mandeep in the second quarter there.
Men’s hockey semifinal, India vs South Africa, 2-0 in Q2: India double their lead! This time it’s Mandeep Singh who finds the bottom corner. Gurjant Singh with a brilliant pass down the right flank and Mandeep doesn’t miss.
Wrestling, FS - 74 kg Final Naveen vs TAHIR Muhammad Sharif: GOLD MEDAL! Naveen wins India’s sixth wrestling gold medal in Birmingham! In a final of two halves against Pakistan’s Muhammad Tahir, Naveen secures a win on points. Could have easily been tech. sup. actually but just about avoided by the Pakistani.
Badminton, Women’s Doubles Quarterfinal: Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly will be in action next. A great opportunity for the young pair to earn a semifinal spot.
Para TableTennis Men’s singles classes 3-5 bronze medal match, Raj Alagar 0-3 Isau Ogunkunle: A commanding performance from the Nigerian, wins 11-3, 11-6, 11-9 to win the bronze.
Men’s hockey semifinal, India vs South Africa, 1-0 in Q2: GOAL INDIA! Abhishek with a stunning goal from the edge of the circle. Reverse hits seem hard enough from close range, but he nails it from the farthest possible distance.
Men’s hockey semifinal, India vs South Africa, 0-0 in Q2: Goalkeeper Krishan Pathak being put under pressure as South Africa earn a series of penalty corners. India have done well to not concede though
Wrestling, FS - 74 kg Final Naveen vs TAHIR Muhammad Sharif: Another India-Pakistan final coming up.
Men’s hockey semifinal, India vs South Africa, 0-0 in Q1: It remains goalless at the end of the first quarter. India have created chances so far and will be keen to build momentum. Gowan JONES is 6/6 on saves at the moment as per the official website. He has kept three PCs out from Harmanpreet Singh. India finished the quarter strongly.
Badminton Women’s Doubles Quarterfinal: Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly will be in action next. A great opportunity for the young pair to earn a semifinal spot.
Badminton Men’s Singles Quarterfinals: And Srikanth Kidambi joins Lakshya Sen in the semifinals! An impressive straight-games victory 21-19, 21-7 for Srikanth against a tricky opponent in Toby Penty. We are on track for an all-Indian final. But before that Srikanth has to defeat Ng Tze Yong, the man who stunned him and Loh Kean Yew already in Birmingham.
Badminton Men’s Singles Quarterfinals: Lakshya Sen is through to the semifinals! He wins 21-12, 21-11 and was hardly troubled in the match. Played with high intensity throughout and found his mark consistently. Can Srikanth join him there? He has the lead in the 2nd game too after a close early fight. 16-13, but Penty keeps fighting.
Wrestling, WW - 53 kg Round 3 Chamodya Keshani MADURAVALAGE DON vs Vinesh Phogat: HAT-TRICK COMPLETE! Vinesh Phogat is a three-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist! She wins her Round 3 group bout to clinch the women’s 53kg gold medal without conceding a point. The referee just kept waiting for the shoulder to drop to the mat, I worried a bit for the Sri Lankan there.
Men’s hockey semifinal, India vs South Africa, 0-0 in Q1: We are underway in the semifinal for men’s. In two and half mins, Harmanpreet has already tested the SA keeper with a super drag flick.
(Graphic courtesy Hockey India)
Vinesh Phogat time. Just needs a win to confirm gold.
Badminton Men’s Singles QF: Lakshya Sen takes the opener 21-12. The India No 1 is in command against Julien Georges Paul from Mauritius. In a thrilling opener on show court where Toby Penty is once again riding on super crowd support pushes Srikanth all the way. But the Indian, with a classy winner, takes the opening game 21-19.
Badminton Men’s Singles QF OK, wow! Just catching up. Ng Tze Yong, who played a huge role in the mixed team event final for Malaysia by defeating Srikanth has now backed it up by defeating Loh Kean Yew in quarterfinals of men’s singles. What a result!
Badminton Men’s Singles QF: Lakshya Sen & Srikanth Kidambi are in action simultaneously. Both men are in the lead in the opening game. Srikanth faces a tricky test against Toby Penty.
Wrestling, FS - 57 kg Final Ebikewenimo WELSON vs Kumar RAVI Kumar Dahiya: GOLD MEDAL! Ravi Kumar Dahiya is a Commonwealth Games gold medallist! The 24-year-old beats Ebikewenimo Welson via technical superiority to win India’s fourth wrestling gold in Birmingham. No surprises, Ravi Kumar Dahiya wins gold. No surprises, Ravi Kumar Dahiya barely lets out a smile. He is outta here.
Ravi Kumar Dahiya time!
Athletics: We should celebrate Avinash Sable a whole lot more.
Wrestling: WW - 50 kg Bronze match Pooja GEHLOT vs (SCO) LETCHIDJIO Christelle Lemofack: BRONZE FOR POOJA! She doesn’t look too pleased because presumably the late semifinal heartbreak is still fresh for her. But that is a good result for the 25-year-old.
Wrestling: WW - 50 kg Bronze match Pooja GEHLOT vs (SCO) LETCHIDJIO Christelle Lemofack: Letchidjio gets the first takedown of the bout. Pooja responds with a takedown of her own and then rolls the Scott around to take a 10-2 lead into the break!
Here’s the order of bouts featuring Indians
Pooja Gehlot: 50kg bronze medal match
Ravi Kumar Dahiya: 57kg final
Vinesh Phogat: 53kg Nordic group match (Vinesh will win gold with a win)
Naveen: 74kg final
Pooja Sihag: 76kg bronze medal match
Deepak Nehra: 97kg bronze medal match
First up is Pooja Gehlot in the women’s 50kg bronze medal match. She’s up against Scotland’s Chriselle Letchidjio who she had beaten in her Nordic group match via technical superiority
Wrestling: Time for the medal matches! We have Ravi Kumar Dahiya (57kg) and Naveen (74kg) in finals to go with Vinesh Phogat’s final 53kg Nordic group match. Also in action will be Pooja Gehlot (50kg), Deepak Nehra (97kg) and Pooja Sihag (76kg) in bronze medal matches.
Table Tennis, women’s doubles QF, Sreeja Akula/Reeth Tennison 1-3 Xin Ru Wong/ Jingyi Zhou: India’s campaign in the women’s doubles comes to an end. The Indians gave the Sigaporeans a tough fight even saving two of the four match points. Wong and Zhou win 16-14, 13-11, 6-11, 11-8
Table Tennis, women’s doubles QF, Manika Batra/Diya Chitale 1-3 Charlotte Carey/Anna Hursey: Manika and Diyasquander an 8-4 and 9-7 lead to go down a match point. They save it but then Diya nets her backhand. Carey and Hursey get the job done at the second time of asking! The Welsh pair win 11-7, 11-6, 11-13, 12-10.
Table Tennis, women’s doubles QF, Sreeja Akula/Reeth Tennison 1-2 Xin Ru Wong/ Jingyi Zhou: A much better third game from Sreeja and Reeth as they take the game 11-6 to get on the scoreboard.
Table Tennis, women’s doubles QF, Sreeja Akula/Reeth Tennison 0-2 Xin Ru Wong/ Jingyi Zhou: Down four game points, the Indian pair mount another comeback but the Singaporeans edge ahead to take the game 13-11.
Table Tennis, women’s doubles QF, Manika Batra/Diya Chitale 1-2 Charlotte Carey/Anna Hursey: Manika and Diya do well to claw their way back in the game to 9-9. The Welsh pair bring up two match points with a cracking winner at Manika but squander it. A good serve from Diya and it’s the Indians who now bring up game point. Oh and Manika sends a tame backhand out. But she makes up for it by bringing up another game point and this time India seal the game 13-11
Table Tennis, women’s doubles QF, Sreeja Akula/Reeth Tennison 0-1 Xin Ru Wong/ Jingyi Zhou: The scoreboard is back in action. Wong/Zhoou have brought up four game points in the second game but lose one
Table Tennis, Shahid Judge: Birmingham has a big Indian population. But not much support at the table tennis venue. Instead it’s the Welsh who have come in big numbers to cheer Charlotte Carey and Anna Hursey in this women’s doubles table tennis match. And that support seems to be making a difference so far. Indians are on the brink of an exit.
Table Tennis, women’s doubles QF, Manika Batra/Diya Chitale 0-2 Charlotte Carey/Anna Hursey: Oh dear. Manika and Diya in trouble now. They lose the second game 11-6. Meanwhile, in the other quarterfinal featuring Akula and Tennison, the digital scoreboard is not working.
Table Tennis, women’s doubles QF, Sreeja Akula/Reeth Tennison 0-1 Xin Ru Wong/ Jingyi Zhou: A good comeback from the Indian pair to level the game from 9-6 down. The Singaporeans seal the game 16-14.
Table Tennis, women’s doubles QF, Manika Batra/Diya Chitale 0-1 Charlotte Carey/Anna Hursey: The Welsh pair race to a 9-6 lead and close out the first game 11-7.
Table Tennis, women’s doubles QFs: The day started with these two pairs playing and they’re back on court now. Sreeja Akula & Reeth Tennison and Manika Batra & Diya Chitale in quarterfinals action.
Boxing, women’s 60kg semifinal: Bronze medal it is for Jaismine as she loses by a split decision. The English boxer was aggressive from the start and didn’t allow the Indian to take advantage of her reach. More attacking, more aggression and cleaner punches from the Englishwoman. Jaismine perhaps guilty of being a bit too passive. Nonetheless, she can be proud of her medal-winning performance.
Boxing, women’s 60kg semifinal: Richardson’s aggressive and it seems like a bit too much for Jaismine. Richardson with the lead here and a clean sweep in her favour in R2.
Boxing, women’s 60kg semifinal: Richardson has kept Jaismine guessing. The attack is being initiated by the opponent again and Jaismine is relying on her range and counter punches. Not enough as judges are 3:2 in favour of the English in R1.
Boxing, women’s 60kg semifinal: Now in action is Jaismine against England’s Gemma Paige Richardson in the women’s 60kg SF. Can the Haryana boxer become the fourth boxer from India to enter the finals?
Samreen Razzaqui: Jaismine had entered the SFs with a dominant win over New Zealand’s Troy Garton. Her biggest advantage remains her reach, because of her height. However, this bout against Richardson, a revered English boxer, should see more instances of her initiating attack unlike the counter-attacking she relied on against Garton.
Boxing, women’s 60kg semifinal: India’s Jaismine is set to take on England’s Gemma Paige Richardson.
A brief pause in play folks... how good were these two athletics medals.
Table tennis: After the team events were done (where he won the gold medal) Sharath Kamal has played 11 matches across singles, mixed doubles and men’s doubles. and won all 11. He is 40.
Table Tennis Mixed doubles SF: A Sharath Kamal/Sreeja Akula 3-2 Nicholas Lum/Minhying Jee: And to confirm this in text... the pair of national champions are in the final! The Indians win 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 12-14, 11-7. What a tournament these two have had. Especially, Sharath.
Squash Mixed Doubles Semifinal: A commanding 11-7, 11-4 win for New Zealand’s Joelle King and Paul Coll against Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal. The top seeds from India were behind in the contest throughout. They will now play for bronze on Sunday.
Boxing, Women’s 50kg Semi-Final Savannah Alfia STUBLEY vs Zareen NIKHAT: World Champion is into the final! Another 5-0 win (she has had only 5-0s and a RSC since Worlds started) and she never flinched.
Boxing, Women’s 50kg Semi-Final Savannah Alfia STUBLEY vs Zareen NIKHAT: Nikhat is in control. Another round with 10-9s across the board.
Boxing, Women’s 50kg Semi-Final Savannah Alfia STUBLEY vs Zareen NIKHAT: Not the cleanest of fights this. Neither boxer landing clear punches. Lots of holding going on. But Nikhat gets 10-9s on the card.
Meanwhile in table tennis.... what a run these two have had!
Boxing, Women’s 50kg Semi-Final Savannah Alfia STUBLEY vs Zareen NIKHAT: Here we go!
Table Tennis Mixed doubles SF, A Sharath Kamal/Sreeja Akula 2-2 Nicholas Lum/Minhying Jee: Australia was up 10-4, but the Indians came back, saved 7 game points. The Aussies saved a match point, won 14-12, and now the decider. WILD RIDE!
Boxing: Nikhat Zareen time! Samreen Razzaqui with a quick update – It’s now confirmed that Ireland’s Carly McNaul will be in the finals. Before heading to Birmingham, Nikhat had mentioned that this Irish boxer is one of the pugilists at the Commonwealth Games that she will be preparing for. However, that is a hurdle for the last. She will be looking to get over the challenge from England’s home boxer, Savannah Alfia Stubley in the semifinals before that. Can she keep her winning streak alive?
Table Tennis Mixed doubles SF: A Sharath Kamal/Sreeja Akula 2-1 Nicholas Lum/Minhying Jee: The Australians pull one back, take the third 11-9
Lawn Bowls: SILVER MEDAL FOR INDIA! The Indian men’s fours team add another medal to India’s tally, and the second of the Games from lawn bowls. The team of lost against Northern Ireland in the final. Sunil Bahadur, Navneet Singh, Chandan Kumar Singh and Dinesh Kumar win silver.
Badminton Women’s Singles Quarterfinal: Aakarshi Kashyap bowed out a whil back. Kirsty Gilmour is through to the semis with a 21-10, 21-7 win. The young Indian shuttler never really found her feet in the contest. There were a couple of decent rallies but the CWG veteran and Scotland superstar tends to bring her best to these Games. She has been in good form too this year. But the criticism against Aakarshi that the top level is going to be a bit beyond her will remain. This is the sort of match she had to win to dispel that.
Table Tennis Mixed doubles SF: A Sharath Kamal/Sreeja Akula vs Nicholas Lum/Minhying Jee: Another Indian versus Australia encounter for a spot in the final, this time in mixed doubles. Opening was a bit tight but the Indians took it. They took the 2nd game 11-8 too. One game away! 3-3 in the third.
Squash: The World Doubles Champions from India will have to work very hard to get to the mixed doubles final at the Commonwealth Games. They maybe the top seeds but they come up against a strong, powerful team from New Zealand - World No 2 Paul Coll and World No 5 Joelle King.
Cricket T20 IND vs ENG semifinal: CRICKET MEDAL ASSURED! Harmanpreet Kaur & Co set out this campaign saying they are here for gold and nothing else. And in the semifinal they produce a superb collective effort to defeat the red(-hot) England. Fine finish by Indian bowlers, it must be said after an expensive over from Shafali threatened to give England the game.
Cricket T20 IND vs ENG SF: WICKET! Brunt is out caught at midoff. Rana strikes. India are closing in on a win.
Cricket T20 IND vs ENG SF: Pressure on England. 14 needed off the last over. India have been penalised for over rate with one less fielder in the deep. Rana time.
Cricket T20 IND vs ENG SF: Pooja starts well... then a six & four by sensational Sciver... England are nearly home... and then a run out is it? SMRITI MANDHANA! Super throw from the deep and Sciver is caught short. ENG 151/5 need 14 off 7 balls.
Cricket T20 IND vs ENG SF: Pooja Vastrkar to bowl the massive 19th over. India are out of reviews. England need 27 off 12 balls. All on Sciver (but don’t count Bouchier out either, she is just in).
Cricket T20 IND vs ENG SF: BIG WICKET! Amy Jones 31(24) is Run Out as they try to pinch the quick single. Radha Yadav with a good throw. England 135/4. The last few deliveries have been good for India after Shafali’s expensive over.
Table tennis: Shahid Judge with a nice observation. Also, the men’s doubles final is a rematch of 2018 final.
Cricket T20 IND vs ENG SF A fine, fine partnership in the making here between Sciver and Jones. India will be wary. A big over off Shafali (why is she bowling 16th over) and England are starting to close in. ENG: 132/3 (16) Target: 165
Table Tennis Men’s doubles SF: TT men’s team continue to deliver. Will return with at least two medals, both Sathiyan and Sharath.
Table Tennis Men’s doubles SF: A Sharath Kamal/G Sathiyan 3-2 Nicholas Lum/Finn Luu: Big celebration for a big achievement! The Indians are in the gold medal match. Beat the Australians 8-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-1, 11-8. What a battle that was. Proper test for the Chennai paddlers and they come through. The 2018 silver medallists are back in the final.
Badminton Women’s Singles Quarterfinal: Aakarshi Kashyap is now in action against Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour. This will be a stern test for the young Indian player. Gilmour is a battle-hardened veteran at these Games. AK trails 5-9.
Cricket T20 IND vs ENG SF: Dani Wyatts attempts to replicate the paddle scoop but plays into the stumps. Rana with a crucial breakthrough! England in trouble here, but they bat deep. ENG: 86/3 (10) Target: 165
Table Tennis Men’s doubles SF: A Sharath Kamal/G Sathiyan 1-2 Nicholas Lum/Finn Luu: The underdog Australian team wins the third game 12-10 to go up 2-1 in the tie. That was a feisty affair! A long argument between Sathiyan and the umpire.
Table Tennis: Shahid Judge – Heartbreak for Sreeja Akula. She simply wouldn’t go away. Saved a match point to take her women’s singles semifinal into the decider against Tianwei Feng - a former World No 2 and seven-time CWG gold medallist (a legend in her own right). Eventually the Indian national champion would lose 3-4. Contest still not over for her, she will compete for the bronze.
Squash update: Abhay / Velavan are trailing in men’s doubles quarterfinals.
Wrestling session wrap from Dilip Unnikrishnan: Like four years ago in Gold Coast, India are on course to winning medals in each of the 12 events in Birmingham. At the end of the first half on Saturday, Ravi Kumar Dahiya (57kg), Naveen (74kg) and Vinesh Phogat (53kg) are all one bout away from winning gold. It could have been four wrestlers in gold-medal matches only for Pooja Gehlot to lose her 50kg semifinal in the final 10 seconds having led throughout the bout. Gehlot will now play in the bronze medal match as will Pooja Sihag (76kg) and Deepak Nehra (97kg).
Badminton, Women’s Singles QF PV Sindhu vs Goh Jin Wei: PV Sindhu completes the comeback! She fights from a game down to win 19-21, 21-14, 21-16 against Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei. The Indian star survives a scare. What a thriller. All credit to Goh too, who had retired from the game last year due to health issues but has fought back in style. She has been superb in both matches against the former world champion.
Wrestling, women’s 50kg: A heartbreaking loss for Pooja Gehlot in the 50kg semifinal! She was up 4-0 after Rd 1 and led 6-5 going into the 10 final seconds. However, with the last attack of the bout, Madison Parks puts the Indian on her back and wins four points to win 9-6
Table Tennis Women’s singles SF: Sreeja Akula 3-4 Tianwei Feng: Ah heartbreak. Feng gets through the Akula challenge by the narrowest of margins. The Singaporean wins 11-6, 8-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10 to go to the final.
Athletics: Avinash Sable’s rise & rise is superb. The man has gone about steadily improving his best repeatedly and today he is a CWG silver medallist & nearly made a late push for gold. So close! What an athlete.
Badminton, Women’s Singles QF PV Sindhu vs Goh Jin Wei: A 17-12 lead for Sindhu in the decider. Can she hang on!?
Table Tennis Women’s singles SF: Sreeja Akula 3-3 Tianwei Feng: Sreeja Akula just won’t go away. She’s back again in this tie, winning the 6th 11-8. Into the decider now
Athletics, Women’s F55-57 Shot Put - Final: India with three athletes in this event, but finished outside top three. But some PBs in there. Sharmila was in bronze medal position but was pipped at the end.
Badminton, Women’s Singles QF PV Sindhu vs Goh Jin Wei: What a battles this has turned out to be! Both players look exhausted and there’s still very little to separate them. Sindhu with a 11-10 lead in the decider as we change ends.
Cricket T20 IND vs ENG SF: Dunkley falls to Deepti’s spin! No impressive opening spells from India this time around but England were easily managing to see things through. Relief for India. ENG: 28/1 (2.5) Target: 165
Wrestling, men’s 57kg: Another wresting medal assured for India! Ravi Kumar Dahiya storms into the men’s 57kg final beating Pakistan’s Ali Asad. The Pakistani won four points and took Ravi to the second round but the Indian was just to strong for him wining 14-4 on technical superiority
Table Tennis Women’s singles SF: Sreeja Akula 2-3 Tianwei Feng: Feng was down 4-8 but came back to win 4th game 11-9 to level the match. And she Feng wins fifth game 11-8. The Singaporean is closing in on another CWG final. Can Akula get back into this match?
Badminton, Women’s Singles QF PV Sindhu vs Goh Jin Wei: What a battle this is. And the Indian responds in style. Great rallies in that game. But Goh might just be tiring a bit. PV Sindhu draws level and we’re going to a decider! Goh Jin Wei did well to hang in there but the Indian pulled away eventually and won the second game 21-14.
Table Tennis Women’s singles SF: Sreeja Akula 2-1 Tianwei Feng: Well, well. Akula has been on a stellar run so far, but she now takes on the World No 16 - former No 2 - for a spot in the final. The top seed from Singapore wins the opening game 11-6. Akula makes a strong comeback in that second game, and takes it 11-8. Then takes the lead in this tie, winning the third game 11-6. Updates from Shahid Judge, who has been mighty impressed with Sreeja.
Wrestling: MEDAL ASSURED! A dominant display by Naveen to book his spot in the men’s 74kg final! The Indian had 4 takedowns in the 1st round and needed just 10 seconds in the 2nd round to beat England’s Charlie Bowling by tech superiority.
CricketT20 IND vs ENG SF: Two wickets for England in the last over but a Jem of a knock from Rodrigues (Samreen with the pun there!) for India. Takes a boundary in the last delivery and finishes with 44* off 31 herself.
IND: 164/5 (20 overs)
Athletics, women’s 4x100m relay: INTO THE FINAL! Jyothi Yarraji ran the anchor leg for India in the women’s 4x400m relay. The changeover wasn’t great, perhaps expectedly. But Hima, Dutee, Srabani and Jyothi do enough to finish 2nd in the heat and reach the final. India’s time was 7th best overall.
Wrestling: Pooja Sihag loses in the women’s 76kg semifinal to Canada’s Justina di Stasio. The Canadian took a 6-0 lead in the first half and was resolute in defence in the 2nd to book her place in the final. Pooja will take on Australia’s Naomi de Brune in the bronze medal bout
Lawn Bowls, Men’s Fours Final India’s Sunil Bahadur, Navneet Singh, Chandan Kumar Singh and Dinesh Kumar are facing the team from Northern Ireland for the gold medal. India are yet to open their scoring and Northern Ireland are 5-0 ahead after End 2. There’s a long way to go, of course.
Wrestling, FS - 97 kg1/4 Final Nishan Preet Singh RANDHAWA vs Deepak: What a bout in the men’s 97kg quarterfinal! Deepak Nehra was six seconds away from reaching the semifinal but Canada’s Nishan Randhawa nicks a point right at the end to snatch victory. In a futile attempt, Nehra challenged the final point but loses 8-6.
Badminton, Women’s Singles QF PV Sindhu vs Goh Jin Wei: Oh dear, PV Sindhu has lost the first game 19-21. She drew level after being 16-19 down but Goh Jin Wei managed to close it out. The Indian star will need to dig deep.
CricketT20 IND vs ENG SF: Harmanpreet Kaur is out! The India skipper pulls it to the fielder and has to depart for 20 off 20. A big setback for India just as they were starting to build a partnership. A few misfields and a dropped catch from England after that, Jemimah and Deepti would be hoping to capitalise on the same and end the innings strongly. IND: 132/3 (17 overs)
Wrestling, FS - 57 kg 1/4 Final Suraj Shahil SINGH vs Kumar RAVI: Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Ravi Kumar Dahiya begins his campaign in the men’s 57kg by recording a comfortable 74-second win by superiority in the quarterfinal against New Zealand’s Suraj Singh
Athletics, men’s 3000m steeplechase: AVINASH MUKUND SABLE FOLKS!!! The National Record Holder breaks his mark yet again. A stunning finish to the race, nearly pushed past the Kenyan in the end to win silver. HIS RISE! Something else.
Table Tennis Men’s singles QF: G Sathiyan 4-2 Sam Walker: Sathiyan takes the scenic route but gets the job done. Goes through to the semifinal after an 11-5, 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 10-12, 11-9 win. He is on the floor! Man loves a celebration. What a fighter.
Cricket T20, India vs England semifinals: Harmanpreet Kaur survives a scare, nearly out on duck again. But uses the review India need their skipper and Jemimah Rodrigues to provide a partnership here. England have made a strong comeback. IND: 79/2 (10 overs)
Wrestling, FS - 74 kg, 1/4 Final HONG YEOW LOU vs Naveen NAVEEN: Unlike in the round of 16, Naveen needs just a minute to secure a victory by superiority in his men’s 74kg quarterfinal bout against Singapore’s Lou Hong Yeow
Table Tennis Men’s singles QF: Sanil Shetty 1-4 Liam Pitchford: Sanil Shetty’s run ends in the quarterfinal, in a 1-4 loss to the second seed. Pitchford wins 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4
Table Tennis Men’s singles QF: G Sathiyan 3-1 Sam Walker: Sam Walker pulls one back, wins the fourth game 11-8. The 5th game is a bit challenging for the Indian too. He has taken a timeout at 8-7 with the Englishman fighting back.
Cricket T20, IND vs ENG SF Big wicket for England! Smriti Mandhana attempts a scoop and finds the fielder. She’s distraught but has to walk back for a splendid 61 off 32. A little while earlier Shafali Verma had fallen after a not-so-Shafali innings. IND: 77/2 (8.3 overs)
Wrestling, women’s 53kg: In her second 53kg Nordic group match, Vinesh beats Nigeria’s Mercy Adeuoroye on points. The Indian had the Nigerian down on the mat and was trying for the pin for close to two minutes towards the end of the match, updates Dilip. She is nearly there for the gold.
TableTennis Men’s singles QF: G Sathiyan 3-0 Sam Walker: Sathiyan looks determined, wins the third game 11-5. Just one more game and he’s secured a spot in the semifinal.
Athletics, Women’s F55-57 Shot Put - Final: Poonam Sharma went first in this event and set a new GR but that has been overhauled by the next three athletes. A PB is still a fine effort. She will finish outside the top three. Three are two more Indians in this event though, so we will keep an eye.
Athletics, women’s 10000m race walk final: SILVER MEDAL FOR PRIYANKA GOSWAMI! What a race (walk) by the Indian. If I am not mistaken, the first Indian female to win a race walk medal at CWG (going by the AFI site). Will reconfirm. But that is a smashing PB too for the Indian.
Boxing, Men’s Over 51kg Semi-Final: Patrick CHINYEMBA vs AMIT Panghal: INTO THE FINAL, AMIT! Had to bounce back from dropping the first round. Takes it 5-0 across the board in the end.
Boxing, Men’s Over 51kg Semi-Final: Patrick CHINYEMBA vs AMIT Panghal: The Indian in trouble here, the first round went 3-2 in favour of the Zambian. But Amit responds, and responds well. Gets the 2nd round across the board. He has 2 judges in his favour now and three are tied.
Athletics, women’s 10000m race walk final: At the 7km mark, Priyana remains on track for a podium finish. Very close to the 2nd placed athlete as well.
Shahid Judge: Achanta Sharath Kamal will take on Paul Drinkhall in the men’s singles semifinal. The Englishman, ranked 74 beat the top seed Quadri Aruna of Nigeria 4-1. That will be on Sunday.
Boxing: Samreen – Amit Panghal is well on course to attain redemption after the Tokyo disaster. With a win in the semi finals today, he will be relieved to be getting the opportunity to bettering the colour of his CWG medal in 2018.
Athletics, women’s 10000m race walk final: Two Indians are in this event. Priyanka led for a while but she has fallen behind the leader significantly now. But still in the podium mix.
Wrestling, men’s 74kg: Naveen started slowly and led 4-3 at the break. The second round saw the Indian take control of the bout winning nine points to take the win via superiority and progress to the quarterfinals
Table Tennis Men’s singles QF: A Sharath Kamal 4-0 Izaac Quek: A little while earlier.... Achanta Sharath Kamal is through to the semifinal after a 11-6, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 win.
Wrestling, women’s 53kg: Vinesh Phogat needs just 36 seconds to pin Stewart! This is a Nordic event meaning it’s round-robin between the four wrestlers in play. Potentially, already one step closer to the gold for the Indian. She will have two more bouts to win.
Boxing, Women’s 48kg Semi-Final Priyanka DHILLON vs Nitu Ghanghas: And Nitu is into the finals! A bit harsh on Dhillon but she’s given a standing count again in R3 and then the RSC comes into play. That is Nitu’s second straight bout that has ended prematurely. WOW.
Boxing, Women’s 48kg Semi-Final Priyanka DHILLON vs Nitu Ghanghas: The commentators reckon that Priyanka was actually edging the second round but the Canadian is a given a count at the end. And that’s going to be Indian’s round.
Wrestling, women’s 50kg: Pooja lost two points early in the bout but roared back and scored some good takedowns to take victory by tech superiority. The Indian is into the semifinals.
Women’s 48kg Semi-Final Priyanka DHILLON vs Nitu Ghanghas: Good start from the Indian, four 10-9s and a 10-8. But doesn’t feel like a one-sided bout yet,
Cricket T20, India Vs England SF: Harmanpreet Kaur has opted to bat first. We’ll go back to team news and such in a bit.
Wrestling about to start as well: Dilip Unnikrishnan – Tokyo Olympic silver medallist Ravi Kumar Dahiya (57kg) and defending Commonwealth Games champion Vinesh Phogat (53kg) are two of the six Indian wrestlers in action on the second and final day of wrestling events in Birmingham. Pooja Gehlot will be the first Indian to take to the mat in the women’s 50kg Nordic Group A match. She is up against Scotland’s Christelle Letchidjio with both wrestlers already getting a win after a Cameroonian wrestler pulled out.
Boxing time: Samreen Razzaqui with a quick preview as Nitu enters the ring – Nitu was absolutely untested in the QF and hence, the CWG so far... to the point that she didn’t even get time to get in some target practice against her opponent. Atleast that is one takeaway when you’re up against less experiences, or less technically sound boxers. Up against a relatively better opponent against Canada’s Priyanka Dhillon, the challenge is enticing but expect Nitu to come on top again.
Cricket T20, India Vs England SFs: Not far from the toss. The hosts England have been in fine recent form. India are coming into this match with two big wins but there are question marks surrounding the team composition. The Indian camp have maintained their aim is to go for gold. Not just podium. And for that, they will need a special (and correct) performance today, because England would start favourite.
Table Tennis Men’s singles QF, A Sharath Kamal 1-0 Izaac Quek: In a good zone from the start, the 4th seed from India. Into the lead, 11-6 in the opening game.
Table Tennis Men’s singles QF, A Sharath Kamal vs Izaac Quek: It’s the World No 39 from India taking on the World No 210 from Singapore for a spot in the semifinal. Sharath has had a busy Games, and he will be hoping to keep it busy.
Hockey: Before we look forward, a look back... at a not so enjoyable end to a very enjoyable hockey match.
Table Tennis Women’s doubles R16: Sreeja Akula/Reeth Tennison 3-0 Chloe Zhang/Lara Whitton. The Indians are through to the quarterfinal after a 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 win
Here’s Shahid Judge with the TT preview for the day:
Table tennis action starts with the women’s doubles Round of 16. The Commonwealth Games 2022 has not been as fruitful for Khel Ratna Manika Batra as Gold Coast 2018 was. Her title defence in both the women’s team and singles events ended early. She also lost out in the mixed doubles event with G Sathiyan, and now the women’s doubles event, where she partners Diya Chitale, is her only hope for a medal this term.
In the other half of the draw is Sreeja Akula and Reeth Tennison. Akula, the 23-year-old has had a breakthrough Games. She’s in the singles semifinal, beating World No 52 Mo Zhang, and is in the Last 4 stage with Achanta Sharath Kamal in the mixed doubles event as well. The veteran, now 40, is having yet another impressive outing at the Commonwealth Games. He’s active in the men’s singles (quarterfinal), men’s doubles with Sathiyan (semifinal) and mixed doubles event. And he’s already conquered gold with the Indian men in the team event. Sathiyan and Sanil Shetty are also in action today in the men’s singles quarterfinals.
In the Para Table Tennis event, Tokyo silver medallist Bhavina Patel is in the women’s singles C3-5 final, and Sonalben Patel will compete for bronze in the same event. Raj Alagar, in the men’s singles C3-5, will also compete for bronze.
Table Tennis: We begin the day with some TT action. The women’s doubles pairs of Sreeja Akula & Reeth Tennison and Manika Batra and Divya Chitale will be competing in the round of 16.
Hello and welcome to live updates of Indian athletes from day nine of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Wrestlers began their campaign on Day 8 and brought along with them a medal rush. Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Deepak Punia bagged gold medals, while Anshu Malik won silver, and Divya Kakran and Mohit Grewal got bronze. The Indian women’s hockey team fought hard but lost to Australia in the semifinals. Indian athletes competing in badminton and table tennis made progress too on what was a frantic day in Birmingham.
On Day 9, there will be more wrestling action with Vinesh Phogat and Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Ravi Kumar Dahiya in action. The Indian men’s hockey team will be playing South Africa in the semis, while the Indian women’s cricket team will take on hosts England for a spot in the final. The lawn bowls men’s fours team will compete in the final, with medal prospects in boxing, table tennis and badminton, along with a lot more.
Key updates of Indian athletes from Day 8:
- Wrestling medal updates: Bajrang Punia (65kg) wins back to back CWG Golds. Sakshi Malik (62kg) also tops the podium. Deepak Punia (86kg) follows suit. Anshu Malik (57kg) wins silver. Divya Kakran bagged bronze medal through repechage. Finally, Mohit Grewal too adds bronze as all six Indian wrestlers in action today won medals.
- Hockey: Savita Punia & Co produce a brilliant display to take Australia to a shootout but heartbreakingly (and controversially) lost out. To face NZ for bronze.
- Para table tennis: MEDAL ASSURED. Tokyo Paralympics silver medallist Bhavina Patel has assured a medal in Birmingham too, reaches Women’s singles classes 3-5 final. Two more paddlers in bronze contention.
- Lawn bowls: MEDAL ASSURED! Indian men’s four team reach final, follow up on women’s fours historic feat.
- Table tennis: Sharath/Sreeja reach mixed doubles semis but Sathiyan/Manika bow out. Sharath/Sathiyan reach men’s doubles semifinals. Sreeja Akula then reaches the singles semifinals as well stunning world No 52, and had a fine day. Manika’s event goes from bad to worse as she loses in Singles too.
- Athletics: Indian men’s mixed 4x400m relay team through to final. Hima Das misses out on 200m final by heartbreaking margin.
- Squash: Saurav/Dipika reach mixed doubles semifinal. 2018 silver medallists Joshna/Dipika are knocked out in quarterfinals.
- Badminton: No damage done as Indian shuttlers ease through in four disciplines.
Screenshots in the blog via CWG 2022 Games results website & Sony LIV