Indonesia beats India 3-1 in Badminton Asia Team Championships Semis

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Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan bring stability and strength to Indonesia's Badminton Asia Team Championships campaigns.

Hyderabad: Despite losing in the first men’s singles match, Indonesia did just enough to halt India men’s winning run at Badminton Asia Team Championships (BATC) after a 3-1 semi-final victory on Saturday.Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan bring stability and strength to Indonesia's Badminton Asia Team Championships campaigns.

Indonesia played Tommy Sugiarto in the first men’s singles match against India’s Kidambi Srikanth. Sugiarto lost the first set 14-21, but put up some stiff resistance at the end of second set to prevail 25-23. However, Srikanth’s aggression was proving too much for Sugiarto in the rubber, with Sugiarto went down 9-21 in the decider.

In the first men’s doubles match that followed, World No. 2 men’s pair Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan was playing on a different level to ease past Manu Attri-Sumeeth Reddy 21-11, 21-10 to level the overall score at 1-1.

Ginting Anthony then stepped up to the plate when his team needed it most and delivered in style by taming World No. 25 Ajay Jayaram 21-15, 22-20 to put Indonesia ahead with 2-1.

The combined challenge of whistles, and shouts could not derail Indonesians Angga Pratama-Ricky Karanda Suwardi from their tasks when they won the third and decisive point of the semi-finals tie after their hard-fought 21-13, 18-21, 21-15 victory against Pranaav Jerry Chopra-Akshay Dewalkar in the second’s men’s doubles match.

Indonesia will play Japan in the final on Sunday. In the other men’s team semi-finals, Japan saw off Korea 3-0 to reach the finals.

Meanwhile, Japan beat Thailand 3-0 and Korea was knocked out by China 0-3 in women’s team semi-final encounters.

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