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Asian Badminton Team Championships 2022

India’s men’s team, led by world bronze medalist Lakshya Sen, beat Hong Kong 3-2 in Group A on Thursday to maintain their slim chance of reaching the knockout stage of the Asia Badminton Team Championships. India had suffered a 0-5 loss to Korea in their opening game.

Indonesia and Korea, the three-time defending champions, are currently leading the fight to qualify from Group A. In the five rubber matches, India Open winner Lakshya Sen, Mithun Manjunath and Hariharan Amsakarunan and Ruban Rethinasabapathi Kumar’s doubles partnership gave a strong account of themselves. To give India a good start, world number 13 Lakshya beat world number 17 Lee Cheuk Yiu, silver medalist at the 2013 Asian Youth Games, 21-19 21-10 in 35 minutes.

Manjit Singh Khwairakpam and Dingku Singh Konthoujam were beaten by Hong Kong’s Law Cheuk Him and Lee Chun Hei Reginald in a dramatic 20-22 21-15 21-18 win. Kiran George, who won his first Super 100 tournament in Odisha, put up a valiant effort before succumbing to Chan Yin Chak 13-21 21-17 9-21 as Hong Kong led 2-0 after three sets.

Hariharan and Ruban, who won the Indian senior badminton event in Chennai in December, beat Hong Kong’s Chow Hin Long and Lui Chun Wai 21-17 21-16 to keep India in contention. Manjunath, who had qualified for the semi-finals of the Syed Modi Super 300 tournament, then beat Jason Gunawan 21-14 17-21 21-11 to give India a 3-2 win.

The men’s team, meanwhile, will have to beat Indonesia on Friday and hope Korea lose to Hong Kong to advance to the knockout stage. India and Korea have one win each, and whether the two teams win on Friday will depend on how many games they win and lose, with Korea having the upper hand.

The Indian women’s team was beaten by Malaysia in their first meeting, losing 3-1. On Friday, they will face defending champions Japan.

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