Commonwealth Games 2022 lawn bowls, live streaming: India look for first medal - full schedule

India are fielding an experienced 10-member Indian lawn bowls squad at CWG 2022.

By Utathya Nag
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Ten lawn bowlers, including veterans Sunil Bahadur, Dinesh Kumar and Tania Choudhury, will be gunning for India's maiden Commonwealth Games lawn bowls medal at the Birmingham 2022, which starts on Thursday.

All lawn bowling events at Commonwealth Games 2022 will be held at the historic Victoria Park in the picturesque town of Royal Leamington Spa near Warwickshire. Watch live streaming.

Lawn bowls, often referred to as just bowls, has been a fixture at every Commonwealth Games barring the 1966 edition in Jamaica. England are the most decorated lawn bowling country in the history of the CWG with 51 medals, 20 gold, nine silvers and 22 bronze, followed by Australia with 50, 14 golds, 23 silvers and 13 bronze.

Scotland, meanwhile, boasts 20 gold, 10 silver and nine bronze and are tied with neighbours England for most gold medals won in lawn bowls at the Commonwealth Games.

Though lawn bowls has been a part of the CWG since 1930, then known as the British Empire Games, Indian participation only began in 2010.

India are yet to win a lawn bowls medal at the CWG but have come close on two occasions.

At New Delhi 2010, the Indian women’s triples team of Tania Choudhury, Rupa Rani Tirkey and Pinki topped their section ahead of powerhouses Australia and Scotland but fell in the semi-finals to the Aussies.

The Indian women narrowly lost their bronze medal match to England to finish fourth.

Four years later at Glasgow 2014, the Indian men’s four team, comprising Kamal Kumar Sharma, Chandan Kumar Singh, Samit Malhorta and Dinesh Kumar, also made the semis but finished outside the medal positions yet again after losing by a single point to Australia in the bronze playoffs.

Three Indian teams made the quarter-finals in different events at Gold Coast 2018 but none managed to get into the semis.

India have named an experienced 10-member team for the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham with multiple members of the squad having competed in multiple CWGs.

Indian lawn bowls team for Commonwealth Games 2022

Men’s

Singles: Sunil Bahadur

Pairs: Sunil Bahadur, Mridul Borgohain

Triples: Dinesh Kumar, Navneet Singh, Chandan Kumar Singh

Fours: Navneet Singh, Mridul Borgohain, Dinesh Kumar, Chandan Kumar Singh

Women’s

Singles: Nayanmoni Saikia

Pairs: Nayanmoni Saikia, Lovely Choubey

Triples: Tania Choudhury, Rupa Rani Tirkey, Pinki

Fours: Rupa Rani Tirkey, Tania Choudhury, Lovely Choubey, Pinki

Rules of lawn bowls and format for Commonwealth Games 2022

Lawn bowls involve rolling a bowl down the green (stretch) with the aim to get it as close as possible towards ‘the jack’ - which is the designated target. Getting one’s bowls closer to the jack than the opponent/opposition team wins more points.

There are four formats in lawn bowling, singles, pairs, triples and fours, named according to the number of players in each team. There are separate men’s and women’s medal events for each.

In singles matches, the first to 21 points wins the tie. In all the other formats, bowls are rolled down from 18 different ends and the team with more points after both teams have taken their turns win.

The lawn bowls tournament format for Birmingham Games 2022 is also relatively simple. Athletes (in singles) and teams (in other categories) are divided into four sections where they play each other in a single match.

The top two athletes/teams from each section move onto the quarter-finals.

Where to watch Commonwealth Games 2022 lawn bowls live in India?

Select lawn bowls matches at the Commonwealth Games 2022 will be telecast live on Sony SIX, Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 3 and Sony TEN 4 TV channels in India. Live streaming will be available on SonyLIV.

Commonwealth Games 2022: Lawn bowls schedule and live India start times

All times are in Indian Standard Times (IST)

July 29, Friday

Women's Singles Sectional Play - 1:00 PM onwards

Men's Triples Sectional Play - 1:00 PM onwards

Men's Pairs Sectional Play - 7:30 PM onwards

Women's Fours Sectional Play - 7:30 PM onwards

July 30, Saturday

Men's Triples Sectional Play - 1:00 PM onwards

Women's Singles Sectional Play - 1:00 PM onwards

Women's Fours Sectional Play - 7:30 PM onwards

Men's Pairs Sectional Play - 7:30 PM onwards

July 31, Sunday

Women's Singles Sectional Play - 1:00 PM onwards

Men's Pairs Sectional Play - 1:00 PM onwards

Women's Fours Quarter-Finals - 7:30 PM onwards

Men's Triples Quarter-Finals - 7:30 PM onwards

Men's Pairs Quarter-Finals - 7:30 PM onwards

Women's Singles Quarter-Finals - 7:30 PM onwards

August 1, Monday

Men's Triples Semi-Finals - 1:00 PM onwards

Women's Fours Semi-Finals - 1:00 PM onwards

Women's Singles Semi-Finals - 1:00 PM onwards

Men's Triples Medal Matches - 1:00 PM onwards

Men's Pairs Semi-Finals - 1:00 PM onwards

Women's Singles Medal Matches - 9:00 PM onwards

August 2, Tuesday

Men's Pairs Medal Matches - 1:00 PM onwards

Women's Triples Sectional Play - 1:00 PM onwards

Women's Pairs Sectional Play - 1:00 PM onwards

Women's Fours Medal Matches - 1:00 PM onwards

Men's Singles Sectional Play - 1:00 PM onwards

Men's Fours Sectional Play - 8:45 PM onwards

Women's Triples Sectional Play - 8:45 PM onwards

August 3, Wednesday

Women's Pairs Sectional Play - 1:00 PM onwards

Men's Singles Sectional Play - 1:00 PM onwards

Women's Triples Sectional Play - 7:30 PM onwards

Men's Fours Sectional Play - 7:30 PM onwards

August 4, Thursday

Men's Singles Sectional Play - 1:00 PM onwards

Women's Pairs Sectional Play - 1:00 PM onwards

Women's Triples Sectional Play - 7:30 PM onwards

Men's Fours Sectional Play - 7:30 PM onwards

Women's Triples Quarter-Finals - 7:30 PM onwards

Men's Fours Sectional Play - 7:30 PM onwards

August 5, Friday

Women's Triples Semi-Finals - 1:00 PM onwards

Women's Pairs Quarter-Finals - 1:00 PM onwards

Men's Singles Quarter-Finals - 1:00 PM onwards

Women's Pairs Semi-Finals - 1:00 PM onwards

Men's Fours Quarter-Finals - 1:00 PM onwards

Women's Triples Medal Matches - 9:00 PM onwards

Men's Fours Semi-Finals -  9:00 PM onwards

August 6, Saturday

Women's Pairs Medal Matches - 1:00 PM onwards

Men's Fours Medal Matches - 1:00 PM onwards

Men's Singles Semi-Finals - 1:00 PM onwards

Men's Singles Medal Matches - 9:00 PM onwards

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