As it happened, India at Commonwealth Games 2022, Day 8: Medal rush in wrestling; men's fours lawn bowls team assured medal

Re-live all the action from Day 8 of the Commonwealth Games 2022 as the wrestlers dominated proceedings to increase India's medal tally!

By Prathamesh Palshikar
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The Commonwealth Games 2022 campaign for India hit another gear on Friday, headlined by a medal rush for the wrestling contingent. Ace Bajrang Punia successfully defended his title in style. It was also a day of firsts for Sakshi Malik as she won her maiden CWG gold medal as did Deepak Punia. Anshu Malik gave herself a birthday gift with a silver while Divya Kakran and Mohit Grewal won a bronze each.

Lawn bowls assured another medal for India as, this time, the men’s fours team reached the final. In badminton, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen are on track in the singles as are Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan in table tennis. Also on track is the men's 4x400m relay team.

The women’s hockey team suffered a heartbreaking loss in a shoot-out in the semi-final but will play for bronze next. Table tennis ace Manika Batra, meanwhile, had a challenging day as she will not be able to defend her singles title following her quarter-final exit. She also lost her mixed doubles round with G Sathiyan. World doubles squash champions Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Joshna Chinappa were stunned too. But, Dipika has advanced in the mixed doubles with Saurav Ghosal.

The biggest disappointment of the day was Hima Das’ unexpected failure to qualify for the women’s 200m final.

We will be back with our live blog on Saturday as we follow all the action of Indian athletes at Birmingham 2022.

Hockey: Australia beat India on penalties to make the women's final

The Indian women's hockey team lost out to Australia in the penalty shoot-out and as a result failed to make it to the final. They will now face New Zealand in the bronze medal match on Sunday.

After the match ended 1-1, the Australian team kicked off the shoot-out competition. Ambrosia Malone, Kaitlin Nobbs and Amy Lawton helped Australia convert their first three penalty strokes. However, neither of Lalremsiami, Neha or Navneet Kaur were able to score in the shoot-out, enabling the Australian women's hockey team to qualify for the final after winning the shoot-out.

Rebecca Greiner and Vandana Katariya were the goal-scorers for Australia and India respectively in regular time.

Result: India beaten 3-0 by Australia on penalties (1-1 at full-time) in the women's hockey semi-final.

Squash: Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal advance to the mixed doubles semi-final

Indian mixed doubles pair of Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal Karthik won 11-9, 11-5 against Zac Alexander and Rachael Grinham of Australia in the quarter-final and ensured their semi-final berth. They beat Wales' Peter Creed and Emily Whitlock in the round of 16 on Thursday. Ghosal and Pallikal will go up against Paul Coll, who beat Saurav Ghosal in the men's singles semi-final, and Joelle King on August 6 2022 at 6:45 PM IST.

Meanwhile, Velavan Senthilkumar and Abhay Singh beat Scottish opposition in three games in the men's doubles round of 16 to make it to the quarter-final. They will play the Malaysian pair of Eain Yow NG and Chee Wern Yuen on August 6 2022 at 5:15 PM IST.

Results: Saurav Ghosal / Dipika Pallikal Karthik beat Zac Alexander / Rachael Grinham 2-0 in the mixed doubles quarter-final. Velavan Senthilkumar / Abhay Singh won 2-1 against Douglas Kempsell and Alan Clyne in the men's doubles round of 16.

Hockey: India equalize in second half, penalties await in semi-final

Indian forward Vandana Katariya scored in the 49th-minute of the match as Australia failed to hold on to their half-time lead. Australia had scored in the first half via. Rebecca Greiner. Both teams failed to break the deadlock in the fourth quarter as regular time ended at 1-1 and the match will now be decided by a penalty shoot-out.

Australia were the dominant team in the match offensively as they made 27 attack circle penetrations, 15 more than the Indian women's hockey team. The Aussies also edged the possession stats in the semi-final at Birmingham 2022.

India vs Australia in action at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
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Hockey: Australia lead 1-0 against India in women's semi-final

A 10th-minute goal from Rebecca Greiner gave Australia a one-goal advantage against the Indian women's hockey team at half-time in the semi-final of the Commonwealth Games 2022.

India have failed to convert their chances in the first half but have competed well with the Australian team in terms of ball possession. India made six attack circles penetrations before the interval, four fewer as compared to Australia.

The winner of this contest will play the gold medal match on Sunday, August 7 2022 while the losing team will take the field against New Zealand on the same day in the bronze medal match.

India trail at half-time against Australia in the women's hockey semi-final.
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Table tennis: Indian men's singles contingent headlined by Sharath Kamal make the quarter-final

Indian paddlers Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Sanil Shetty won their respective men's singles round of 16 matches to proceed into the quarter-final at the Commonwealth Games 2022. The next round will be played on August 6 2022.

Sharath Kamal, Gold coast 2018 bronze medallist, beat Nigeria's Olajide Omotayo 8-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-6, 12-14, 11-9 at the National Exhibition Centre. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, meanwhile, won 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6 against 261st-ranked Nicholas Lum. The 32-year-old Sanil Shetty also triumphed over Nigerian opposition in six games.

Sharath will go up against Yong Isaac Quek at 2:10 PM IST. Sathiyan and Sanil face Englishmen Sam Walker and Liam Pitchford respectively at 3:25 PM IST.

Results: Sharath Kamal won 4-2 against Olajide Omotayo, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran beat Nicholas Lum 4-2 and Sanil Shetty prevailed against Bode Abiodun by a 4-2 scoreline.

Athletics: Hima Das eliminated in women's 200m semi-final

Ace Indian sprinter Hima Das finished third in the women's 200m semi-final 2 with a time of 23.42s. She ranked 10th overall in the semi-final and as a result, failed to qualify for the final.

Hima is a former junior world champion and also won the silver medal in the women's 400m race at the 2018 Asian Games.

Badminton: Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty progress to men's doubles quarter-final

The world no. 7 men's doubles pair of Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won 21-8, 21-7 against Murad Ali and Muhammad Irfan Bhatti of Pakistan in the round of 16, ensuring their place in the quarter-final.

The Indian pair will be back on the court at Commonwealth Games 2022 on August 6 at 11:40 PM IST.

Result: Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy / Chirag Shetty beat Murad Ali / Muhammad Irfan Bhatti in the men's doubles round of 16.

Chirag Shetty and Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy in action at Birmingham 2022.
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Wrestling: Mohit Grewal wins the bronze medal in men's freestyle 125kg category

Indian wrestler Mohit Grewal beat Jamaica's Aaron Johnson in the men's freestyle 125kg bronze medal match at the Commonwealth Games 2022. Grewal sealed the bronze medal with a victory by fall as the match lasted for three minutes and 30 seconds.

India have now won six medals in wrestling on Friday - three golds, one silver and two bronze.

Result: Mohit Grewal wins 6-0 against Aaron Johnson in the men's freestyle 125kg bronze medal match.

Table tennis: Manika Batra knocked out in quarter-final, Sreeja Akula ensures semi-final berth

Indian paddler Manika Batra was beaten 12-10, 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 in the women's singles quarter-final by Jian Zeng of Singapore. The defeat ends her women's singles campaign at Commonwealth Games 2022. However, she will be in action in the women's doubles round of 16 on August 6 2022.

Meanwhile, 24-year-old Sreeja Akula won a thrilling encounter against Mo Zhang, the current world no. 52, in the women's singles quarter-final. Akula won 9-11, 11-4, 6-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8 to make the semi-final at the Commomwealth Games 2022. She will go up against Tianwei Feng of Singapore on August 6 2022 at 4:10 PM IST.

Results: Manika Batra defeated 4-0 by Jian Zeng and Sreeja Akula beat Mo Zhang 4-3 in the women's singles quarter-finals.

Wrestling: Divya Kakran wins the bronze medal, fifth wrestling medal of CWG 2022

Divya Kakran won her second-consecutive Commonwealth Games bronze medal after winning in the women's freestyle 68kg bronze medal match. The Indian wrester secured the victory by fall against Tiger Lily Cocker Lemalie.

The fifth wrestling medal of the day extends the medal tally to 25 for India at Birmingham 2022.

Result: Divya Kakran won 2-0 against Tiger Lily Cocker Lemalie in the women's freestyle 68kg category to win the bronze medal.

Badminton: Lakshya Sen and Aakarshi Kashyap progress to singles quarter-final

Lakshya Sen, the no.2 seeded player at the Commonwealth Games 2022, won 21-9, 21-16 against Ying Xiang Lin of Australia in the men's singles round of 16. The victory ensured his qualification to the quarter-final where he will take the court against Mauritius' Julien Georges Paul at 10:00 PM IST on August 6 2022.

“I played well in the first game, not so much in the second. It was difficult in the second game to stay ahead but I managed a good win. He really pushed me in the second game. He played really well,” said Lakshya Sen.

The world no. 57 Aakarshi Kashyap made light work of 692nd-ranked Eva Kattirtzi in the women's singles round of 16. Kashyap won 21-2, 21-7 to advance into the quarter-final. She will face Kirsty Gilmour in the next round at 6:00 PM IST on August 6 2022.

Results: Lakshya Sen beat Ying Xiang Lin 2-0 in the men's singles round of 16. Aakarshi Kashyap won 2-0 against Eva Kattirtzi in the women's singles round of 16.

Lakshya Sen in action at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
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Wrestling: Deepak Punia wins the gold medal in the men's freestyle 86kg final

Indian wrestler Deepak Punia triumphed over Muhammad Inam of Pakistan, a 3-0 victory on points, in the men's freestyle 86kg final to win the gold medal. This is the third gold medal of the day for India in wrestling.

Deepak won the silver medal in this category at the 2022 Asian Wrestling Championships. He also won a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Junior Championship.

Result: Deepak Punia won 3-0 against Muhammad Inam in the men's freestyle 86kg final to win the gold medal.

"It is a very proud moment for me. There is no greater feeling than standing on a podium with a gold medal around your neck, the Indian national anthem playing, and having a crowd like this cheering you on." - Deepak Punia

Lawn bowls: Indian men's fours team beat England to make the final

India continued their strong showing in lawn bowls at Birmingham 2022 with a narrow win against England in the men's fours semi-final. The 13-12 victory ensured India's place in the final at the expense of the hosts.

The England men's fours team had taken a five-point lead after seven ends in the match but India make a successful comeback to win the semi-final after 15 ends.

India will feature in the men's fours final on August 6 2022 at 4:30 PM IST and are assured of a medal at CWG 2022.

Result: India beat England 13-12 in the men's fours semi-final to progress into the final.

Squash: Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Joshana Chinappa bow out of the women's doubles

The women's doubles pair of Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Joshana Chinappa were knocked out in the quarter-final at the Commonwealth Games 2022. They were beaten 11-2, 11-7 by the Malaysian pair of Yiwen Chan and Ainaa Ampandi.

Pallikal and Chinappa had won the gold medal at the 2022 World Squash Doubles Championships. Dipika Pallikal Karthik will be back in action tonight, paired with Saurav Ghosal, in the mixed doubles quarter-final at 12:45 AM IST (August 6).

Result: Yiwen Chan / Ainaa Ampandi won 2-0 against Dipika Pallikal Karthik / Joshana Chinappa in the women's doubles quarter-final.

Wrestling: Sakshi Malik wins gold medal in the women's freestyle 62kg final

Sakshi Malik, India's 29-year-old wrestler, beat Ana Godinez Gonzalez of Canada and won the gold medal in the women's freestyle 62kg final. The victory by fall gave Sakshi her first-ever gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

This is Sakshi Malik's third-consecutive Commonwealth Games medal; previously winning a silver medal at Glasgow 2014 and a bronze medal at Gold Coast 2018. She also won the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics.

Sakshi commented on her bout after winning the gold, saying, "I'm continuously thinking that I'm the best, I will win, 100 percent. That's why after three minutes I went for an attack and it was successful."

Result: Sakshi Malik beat Ana Godinez Gonzalez in the women's freestyle 62kg final to win the gold medal.

Sakshi Malik wins the gold medal at Birmingham 2022.
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Table tennis: Men's doubles pair of Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan make the semi-final

The world no. 40 ranked pair, Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, took charge of their men's doubles quarter-final and won 11-6, 11-8, 11-4 to advance into the semi-final. The Englishmen on the other side won 15 points lesser to the Indian duo in the match. Sharath and Sathiyan will feature in the semi-final on August 6 2022 at 4:55 PM IST.

Paddlers Harmeet Singh and Sanil Shetty, however, were unable to make it to the semi-final after their defeat against Zhe Yu Clarence and Shao Feng Ethan in the men's doubles quarter-final.

Result: Sharath Kamal / Sathiyan Gnanasekaran win 3-0 against Tom Jarvis / Sam Walker and Harmeet Singh / Sanil Shetty were defeated 3-0 by Zhe Yu Clarence / Shao Feng Ethan in the men's doubles quarter-final.

Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan won the men's doubles quarter-final.
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Wrestling: Bajrang Punia wins the gold medal in the men's freestyle 65kg final

Bajrang Punia, a gold medal-winner at the 2018 Asian Games, triumphed over Lachlan McNeil of Canada in the men's freestyle 65kg final. The 9-2 victory gave Bajrang a second-consecutive gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in this category. This India's second wrestling medal of the day.

The 28-year-old also won the silver medal at Glasgow 2014 in the men's 61kg category.

"We wrestlers never think whom we are facing on the mat, what their strengths and weaknesses are. We need to perform according to how we trained and that's all we can do. I am happy with my performance here and will work on whatever deficiencies are there in my game," said Bajrang Punia after winning the final.

Result: Bajrang Punia beat Lachlan McNeil 9-2 in the men's freestyle 65kg final to win the gold medal.

Lawn bowls: England lead India 8-3 in the men's fours semi-final

The Indian men's fours lawn bowls team is currently in action in the semi-final against England and trail by five points after seven ends at Birmingham 2022.

England were without a point on the board after two ends but managed to quickly turn this around in the semi-final to take an 8-3 lead. The winning team will play the gold medal match on August 6 2022 while the losing side will feature in the bronze medal match.

Table tennis: Sreeja Akula and Reeth Tennison win their opening match in women's doubles

Indian paddlers Sreeja Akula and Reeth Tennison won 11-4, 11-5, 11-2 in the women's doubles round of 32 at CWG 2022. They beat Scotland's Lucy Elliot and Rebecca Plaistow to advance into the round of 16.

Akula and Tennison will return in action in the women's doubles on August 6 2022 at 2:00 PM IST.

Result: Sreeja Akula / Reeth Tennison defeat Lucy Elliot / Rebecca Plaistow in the women's doubles round of 32.

Wrestling: Anshu Malik wins silver medal in the women's freestyle 57kg category

India's 21-year-old wrestler Anshu Malik was defeated by Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye of Nigeria in the women's freestyle 57kg final. She lost 7-3 in the final but was awarded the silver medal at Commonwealth Games 2022, India's 21st medal at these games.

Anshu was the gold medal-winner in this category at the 2021 Asian Wrestling Championships held in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She also won the silver medal at the 2021 World Wrestling Championships in Oslo.

Result: Anshu Malik defeated 7-3 by Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye in the women's freestyle 57kg final.

Anshu Malik won the silver medal in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
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Table tennis: Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula reach mixed doubles semis while G Sathiyan and Manika Batra face elimination

Indian mixed doubles duo of Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula beat English opposition in the quarter-final and made it to the semi-final at the Commonwealth Games 2022. The quarter-final was a close encounter as the Indian pair won 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-9. Sharath and Sreeja will play against Nicholas Lum and Minhyung Jee in the mixed doubles semi-final at 6:00 PM IST on August 6 2022.

Meanwhile, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra, the sixth-ranked mixed doubles pair, were upstaged by Javen Choong and Karen Lyne in the quarter-final. The Indian duo lost 10-12, 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 7-11 and faced elimination from the mixed doubles category at Birmingham 2022.

Results: Sharath Kamal / Sreeja Akula beat Liam Pitchford / Tin-Tin Ho 3-2 and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran / Manika Batra were defeated 3-2 by Javen Choong / Karen Lyne in the mixed doubles quarter-finals.

Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula advanced to the mixed doubles semi-final.
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Hockey: India face the Australian test in women's hockey semi-final

The Indian women's hockey team finished second in Pool A at Birmingham 2022. They beat Ghana, Wales and Canada but were defeated by England, who topped the pool. India go up against Australia, who finished atop Pool B, in the women's hockey semi-final tonight at 12:45 AM IST (August 6). The fixture will take place at the University of Birmingham Hockey & Squash Centre.

India finished fourth at the Commonwealth Games 2018 after England beat the Women in Blue 6-0 in the bronze medal match.

Wrestling: Four Indian wrestlers assured medals at Birmingham 2022

Wrestler Bajrang Punia won 10-0 against George Ramm in the semi-final of the men's freestyle 65kg category. His victory by technical superiority in 1:31 minutes assured him atleast a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022. Bajrang will go up against Lachlan McNeil of Canada in the final today.

Sakshi Malik too advanced into the final after a 10-0 victory against Berthe Emilienne Etane in the semi-final of the women's freestyle 62kg category. Sakshi is confirmed atleast a silver medal and will also face Canadian opposition in the final.

In the men's 86kg freestyle category, Deepak Punia beat Alexander Moore 3-1 in the semi-final to guarantee himself atleast a silver medal at CWG 2022. He is scheduled to play in the final today.

Anshu Malik, a silver medallist at the 2021 World Wrestling Championships, defeated Sri Lanka's Nethmi Poruthotage 10-0 after 1:04 minutes in the women's freestyle 57kg semi-final. Anshu is also assured of atleast a silver medal will wrestle against Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye in the final.

Meanwhile, Divya Kakran won the repechage round and will feature in the women's freestyle 68kg bronze medal match. Mohit Grewal will also take the mat in the men's freestyle 125kg bronze medal match after his defeat to Amarveer Dhesi in the semi-final of the category.

Sakshi Malik in action at CWG 2022.
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Badminton: PV Sindhu makes the women's singles quarter-final

India's PV Sindhu showed great form in the women's singles round of 16 at the Commonwealth Games 2022. The top seed defeated Husina Kobugabe 21-10, 21-9 to seal her quarter-final berth.

Sindhu won the silver medal in this category at Gold Coast 2018. She will take the court against Jin Wei Goh of Malaysia in the quarter-final on August 6 2022 at 3:30 PM IST.

Result: PV Sindhu beat Husina Kobugabe 2-0 in the women's singles round of 16.

Wrestling: Bajrang Punia and Deepak Punia seal semis berth

Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia won against Jean Guyliane Joris Bandou in the men's freestyle 65kg quarter-final at the CWG 2022. He sealed victory by fall in one minute to make it to the semi-final. The Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist will go up against George Ramm in the semi-final today.

Deepak Punia too made it to the semi-final after beating Sheku Kassegbama by technical superiority in the men's freestyle 86kg category. The 23-year-old will take the mat against Canada's Alexander Moore in the next round today.

Meanwhile, Divya Kakran was unable to win her quarter-final match in the women's freestyle 68kg category against Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria. Kakran lost due to her opponent's technical superiority as the match lasted for five minutes and 24 seconds.

Results: Bajrang Punia won 6-0 against Jean Guyliane Joris Bandou in the men's freestyle 65kg quarter-final. Deepak Punia beat Sheku Kassegbama 10-0 in the men's freestyle 86kg quarter-final. Divya Kakran lost 11-0 against Blessing Oborududu in the women's freestyle 68kg quarter-final.

Bajrang Punia won the quarter-final in the men's freestyle 65kg category.
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Lawn bowls: India beat Canada in the men's fours quarter-final

The Indian men's fours team made another successful step forward in lawn bowls at Birmingham 2022 after a closely-fought win against Canada. India won the quarter-final 14-10 and advanced to the semi-final. Canada had a good start to the game but India took the lead after the ninth end and managed to hold on to seal the victory.

India face England in the men's fours semi-final tonight at 9:00 PM IST.

Result: India triumph over Canada in the men's fours quarter-final by a 14-10 scoreline.

Wrestling: Sakshi Malik, Anshu Malik and Mohit Grewal advance to the semi-final

Indian wrestler Anshu Malik beat Irene Symeonidis in the women's 57kg freestyle quarter-final to progress to the semi-final. The 21-year-old won by by technical superiority in just one minute and four seconds at Birmingham 2022. Anshu will play Nethmi Poruthotage from Sri Lanka today in the semi-final of her category.

Sakshi Malik, meanwhile, secured a victory by fall against Kelsey Barnes in the women's freestyle 62kg quarter-final at Commonwealth Games 2022. She will face Cameroonian opposition in the semi-final today.

In the men's freestyle 125kg quarter-final, Mohit Grewal won 3-1 against Alexios Kaouslidis to make the semi-final. His opponent for the next round is yet to be decided, with the match scheduled today.

Results: Anshu Malik won 10-0 against Irene Symeonidis in 1:03 minutes in the women's 57kg freestyle quarter-final. Sakshi Malik beat Kelsey Barnes 10-0 in the women's freestyle 62kg quarter-final. Mohit Grewal beat Alexios Kaouslidis 3-1 in the men's freestyle 125kg quarter-final.

Table tennis: G Sathiyan and Sanil Shetty make the round of 16

Indian paddler Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won 11-9, 11-9, 12-10, 13-11 against Paul McCreery from Northern Ireland in the men's singles round of 32. The victory sealed his round of 16 berth and he will be up against Nicholas Lum from Australia. The match will begin tonight at 12:15 AM IST (August 6).

Sanil Shetty, world no. 225 in men's singles, beat 373rd-ranked Derek Abrefa in his round of 32 encounter at the Commonwealth Games 2022. Sanil won 12-10, 14-12, 11-4, 11-5 to proceed into the round of 16 which is scheduled to begin alongside Sathiyan's match.

Results: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won 4-0 against Paul McCreery and Sanil Shetty beat Derek Abrefa 4-0 in the men's singles round of 32.

G Sathiyan in action in the men's singles category at CWG 2022.
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Badminton: Kidambi Srikanth through to men's singles quarter-final

Kidambi Srikanth won 21-9, 21-12 against Sri Lankan opposition in the badminton men's singles round of 16 to advance to the quarter-final. The 29-year-old Indian shuttler won the silver medal in this category at the Commonwealth Games 2018.

Srikanth goes up against 54th-ranked Toby Penty in the men's singles quarter-final at 3:30 PM IST on August 6 2022.

Result: Kidambi Srikanth beat Dumindu Abeywickrama 2-0 in the men's singles round of 16.

Table tennis: Sharath Kamal wins men's singles round of 32 tie

India's veteran table tennis player Sharath Kamal beat Finn Luu of Australia in the men's singles round of 32 at Birmingham 2022. The 12-10, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 win enabled the Gold Coast 2018 bronze medallist to progress into the round of 16.

Sharath Kamal will play in the next round tonight at 12:15 AM IST (August 6).

Result: Sharath Kamal won 4-0 against Finn Luu in the men's singles round of 32.

Wrestling set to resume at 6:00 PM IST

An announcement from United World Wrestling stated that the wrestling competitions at the Commonwealth Games 2022 on Friday, August 5 2022, are scheduled to resume at 6:00 PM IST.

The reason for the delay was a technical error at the venue in Birmingham. Earlier, Bajrang Punia and Deepak Punia made it to the quarter-final of their respective categories after winning their opening matches.

Tejaswin Shankar and Murali Sreeshankar celebrate after their medal-winning accomplishments at CWG 2022

Athletics: Ancy Sojan eliminated in women’s long jump qualification round

Ancy Sojan, world no. 64 women's long jump athlete, finished with a best jump of 6.25m in the qualification round at Birmingham 2022. However, she was ranked 13th and failed qualification for the women's long jump final.

Sojan's personal best in women's long jump is 6.55m which she achieved in March this year.

Table tennis: Doubles pairs headlined by Sharath Kamal make the quarter-final

The Indian men's and women's doubles pairs successfully reached the quarter-final after winning their respective round of 16 matches. Manika Batra and Diya Chitale were the only duo to play the round of 32 match in this session.

Indian paddlers Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won 11-6, 11-1, 11-4 in the men's doubles. They beat Ramhimlian Bawm and Mohutasin Ahmed of Bangladesh to make it to the quarter-final. Sharath and Sathiyan go up against English opposition in the men's doubles quarter-final tonight at 10:05 PM IST.

Manika Batra and Diya Chitale dominated in their women's doubles round of 32 encounter against Rheann Chung and Catherine Spicer. They won 11-5, 11-7, 11-2 to confirm a round of 16 berth where the Indian duo will face Oumehani Hosenally and Nandeshwaree Jalim at 2:00 PM IST on August 6 2022.

Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shetty also advanced to the quarter-final after winning their men's doubles match 11-3, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7 against Australian opposition. Desai and Shetty will play the next round tonight at 10:05 PM IST.

Results: Sharath Kamal / Sathiyan Gnanasekaran beat Ramhimlian Bawm / Mohutasin Ahmed 3-0 and Harmeet Desai / Sanil Shetty won 3-1 against Dillon Chambers / Xin Yan in the men's doubles round of 16. Manika Batra / Diya Chitale beat Rheann Chung / Catherine Spicer 3-0 in the women's doubles round of 16.

"Feeling good. I won my mixed doubles match in the morning and now we have won our last 16 in the doubles," said Sharath Kamal

Athletics: India qualify for men's 4x400m relay final

The Indian men's 4x400m relay team finished second in their heats with a time of 3:06.97. The result ensured India's qualification for the final at Commonwealth Games 2022.

Muhammed Anas Yahiya and co. will feature in the men's 400m relay final on Monday, August 8 2022 at 1:00 AM IST.

Badminton: Women’s doubles pair Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly progress to the quarter-final

Indian shuttlers Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly convincingly won their women’s doubles round of 16 match to advance into the quarter-final. The duo beat Ganesha Mungrah and Jemimah Leung For Sang 21-2, 21-4 in straight games.

Gopichand and Jolly will go up against the Jamaican pair of Tahlia Richardson and Katherine Wynter in the quarter-final.

Result: Gayatri Gopichand / Treesa Jolly beat Ganesha Mungrah / Jemimah Leung For Sang 2-0 in the women's doubles round of 16.

Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly in action at CWG 2022.
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Table tennis: Manika Batra proceeds to women's singles quarter-final

World no. 41 Manika Batra won in straight games against 218th-ranked Minhyung Jee to advance to the women's singles quarter-final at the Commonwealth Games 2022. The 27-year-old Indian paddler won 11-4, 11-8, 11-6, 12-10 in the round of 16. Batra will go up against Jian Zeng from Singapore in the quarter-final tonight at 11:30 PM IST.

Meanwhile, Singapore's Tianwei Feng beat Reeth Tennison 11-2, 11-4, 9-11, 11-3, 11-4 in the women's singles round of 16. Sreeja Akula won a closely-fought match against Charlotte Carey from Wales in the aforementioned round to reach the quarter-final.

Results: Manika Batra won 4-0 against Minhyung Jee, Reeth Tennison lost 4-1 to Tianwei Feng and Sreeja Akula beat Charlotte Carey 4-3 in the women's singles round of 16.

Wrestling: Deepak Punia makes the men's freestyle 86kg quarter-final

India's Deepak Punia began his Birmingham 2022 campaign with a victory by technical superiority in the men's freestyle 86kg 1/8 final. He beat Matthew Oxenham from New Zealand in three minutes and 22 seconds. Deepak was a silver medal winner at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships.

The 23-year-old will be in action today in the quarter-final scheduled to begin shortly.

Result: Deepak Punia triumphs Matthew Oxenham with a victory by technical superiority in the men's freestyle 86kg 1/8 final

Lawn bowls: India beaten by England in women's pairs quarter-final

The Indian women's pairs team of Lovely Choubey and Nayanmoni Saikia lost 18-14 to England's Sophie Tolchard and Amy Pharaoh. The defeat in the quarter-final ended the CWG 2022 campaign for the pair.

India had a two-point lead in the match after nine ends but the English team came back strongly and took charge of the game until the last end.

Result: India lose 18-14 to England in the women's pairs quarter-final.

Lovely Choubey in action in the women's pairs quarter-final against England.
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Athletics: Jyothi Yarraji fails to qualify for women's 100m hurdles final

Indian athlete Jyothi Yarraji was clocked with a time of 13.18s in the women's 100m hurdles heats. As a result, she finished 10th in the heats and suffered elimination at Birmingham 2022.

The top 2 athletes from each of the three heats directly qualified for the final and were joined by the next two best (seventh and eighth ranked) in the overall heats.

Wrestling: Bajrang Punia advances to the quarter-final

Bajrang Punia had a victory by fall in one minute and 47 seconds against Lowe Bingham of Nauru in the men's freestyle 65kg 1/8 final. The 28-year-old Indian wrestler won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Bajrang will go up against Mauritius' Jean Guyliane Joris Bandou in the quarter-final of the category at the Commonwealth Games 2022.

Result: Bajrang Punia beat Lowe Bingham in one minute and 47 with a victory by fall in the men's freestyle 65kg 1/8 final.

Badminton: PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth to take the court tonight

The Indian badminton contingent feature in the round of 16 of their respective categories today.

The women’s doubles pair of Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly play against Mauritian opposition at 4:10PM IST. Kidambi Srikanth, a former world no. 1, faces Dumindu Abeywickrama of Sri Lanka in the men’s singles at 5:30 PM IST. Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist PV Sindhu will go up against 234th-ranked Husina Kobugabe in the women’s singles at 6:10 PM IST.

Aakarshi Kashyap and Lakshya Sen will be in action in the women’s and men’s singles respectively at 11:20 PM IST. Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will take the court at 12:00 AM IST (August 6) for their men’s doubles encounter against Pakistan’s Murad Ali and Muhammad Irfan Saeed.

PV Sindhu applaudes the spectators after her win on Thursday.
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Table tennis: Mixed doubles pairs through to quarter-final

The mixed doubles pair of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra dominated against Nigerian opposition in the round of 16. The 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 victory sealed their spot in the quarter-final.

Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula, meanwhile, also triumphed to seal a quarter-final spot. The Indian mixed doubles pair beat Chee Feng Leong and Ying Ho 5-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-5.

Both pairs will feature in the quarter-finals with the session commencing tonight at 8:30 PM IST.

Results: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran / Manika Batra beat Olajide Omotayo / Ajoke Ojomu 3-0 and Sharath Kamal / Sreeja Akula win 3-1 against Chee Feng Leong / Ying Ho in the mixed doubles round of 16.

Lawn bowls: Women's pairs trail by five points in the quarter-final

The Indian women's pairs team currently trail 13-8 against England in the quarter-final match at the Commonwealth Games 2022. The Indian team were ahead after nine ends but the English team soon took the lead .

Lovely Choubey and Nayanmoni Saikia were also a part of the historic gold medal-winning women's fours lawn bowls team in this edition. The women's pairs qualified for the quarter-final after a commanding win over Niue and a tie against South Africa in the group stage.

The Indian women's cricket team met India's hockey teams on their visit to the CWG 2022 Village

Athletics: Hima Das set for women’s 200m semi-final

India’s ace sprinter Hima Das, a former junior world champion, will take the track tonight in the women’s 200m semi-final scheduled at 12:53 AM IST (August 6). She has a personal best of 22.88 in the category.

Jyothi Yarraji will race in the women’s 100m hurdles at 3:06 PM IST. World no. 64 Ancy Sojan will be in action at 4:10 PM IST in the women’s long jump qualifying round. The men’s 4x400m relay team is set to take the track at 4:19 PM IST.

Re-live Murali Sreeshankar's silver medal-winning jump in the men's long jump final

“It feels good. This medal has been a long time coming. I was struggling with my rhythm, but I’m just so happy I could win a medal for my country." - Murali Sreeshankar

Lawn bowls to begin proceedings today, followed by table tennis and wrestling

The Indian women's pairs lawn bowls team of Lovely Choubey and Nayanmoni Saikia will go up against England in the quarter-final at Birmingham 2022. The match scheduled to start at 1:00 PM IST. The men's fours team also play in the quarter-final today, facing Canada at 4:30 PM IST.

The mixed doubles pairs of Sharath Kamal / Sreeja Akula and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran / Manika Batra are set to feature today in their respective round of 16 matches starting at 2:00 PM IST. Post her mixed doubles match, Manika Batra goes up against Minhyung Jee in the women's singles round of 16.

Sreeja Akula and Reeth Tennison are also in action in the aforementioned women's singles round. Sharath Kamal / Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Harmeet Desai / Sanil Shetty will play their respective men's doubles round of 16 match at 3:55 PM IST.

Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia will be in focus as the India wrestling contingent kickoff their CWG 2022 campaign today at 3:00 PM IST. Divya Kakran, Mohit, Anshu Malik and Deepak Punia will also take the field. The wrestlers who progress to the next round will take centrestage again later in the day.

Lovely Choubey will feature in the women's pairs quarter-final.
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A warm welcome to another day of Olympics.com’s live coverage of the Commonwealth Games 2022! Indian wrestlers, headlined by Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik, will be in the spotlight as their campaign in Birmingham begins today.

The women’s hockey semi-final sees India face Australia while Hima Das will take the track in the women’s 200m semis.

PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will take the court in their singles matches today. Ace squash player Deepika Pallikal Karthik once again features in women’s doubles and mixed doubles. Table tennis players Manika Batra, Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan will look to continue their charge in the singles and doubles categories.

Follow our live coverage as we track the progress of Indian athletes at Birmingham 2022 throughout the day.

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