Pakistan locked horns with India in badminton and boxing on the first day of the Commonwealth Games 2022 BIRMINGHAM: India outclassed Pakistan in all five categories of badminton and light welter boxing on the first day of the Commonwealth Games 2022.
The opening day of the Commonwealth Games 2022 turned out unpleasant for the Pakistani badminton players as they were hammered by arch-rivals India.
In Men’s Singles, Pakistan’s Murad Ali lost to India’s Srikanth Nammalwar in straight sets as he beat Murad by 21-7 and 21-12.
Meanwhile, India’s PV Sindhu beat Pakistan’s Mahoor Shehzad in a one-sided Women’s Singles.
Sindhu dominated Mahoor throughout the match as she won the three-set match in the first two sets, with the score of 21-7 and 21-6.
It should be noted here that Sindhu is the second individual Indian athlete to win two straight medals in the Olympics and the first and only to win the badminton world championship. In April 2017, she reached her highest-ever global ranking of no. 2 Whereas, in Mixed Doubles, Pakistan’s Ghazala Siddique and Muhammad Irfan Saeed Bhatti clashed with Sumeeth Reddy and Machimada Ponnappa The match was again decided in the first two sets as Sumeeth and Machimada thrashed the Pakistani duo by 21-9 and 21-12 in the three-set match.
For the fourth time, India trounced Pakistan in Men’s Doubles. Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag beat Pakistan’s Murad Ali and Muhammad Irfan by 21-12 and 21-9.
Lastly, in the Women’s Doubles category Mahoor and Ghazala locked horns with Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand in a bid to secure a consolation win. However, their hopes were yet again shattered by the Indian duo, as they lost the match by 21-4 and 21-5, confirming India’s resounding 5-0 win over Pakistan.
Meanwhile, in Commonwealth Boxing Championships, Pakistan’s 63.5 kg boxer Suleman Baloch, who is the national and inter-departmental champion, lost his first opening bout 5-0 to Indian boxer Shiva Thapa.
Before leaving for Birmingham, Suleman represented Pakistan in international boxing competitions in Tashkent, Baku, Indonesia, Nepal, Asian Championship, Islamic Games, Asian Games, and Safe Games and failed every time.