Hong Kong, Mar 20 : Indian Badminton team saw a mixed day on Wednesday as India suffered a narrow 2-3 defeat to Singapore in its first match at the Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships in Hong Kong.
In the opening match of five-match tie, India's mixed doubles pair of MR Arjun and Rutaparna Panda lost 16-21 13-21 to Singapore's Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Tan Wei Han .
However, 2018 Asian Championships bronze medallist Prannoy brought India back in the contest, securing a 21-8, 12-21, 21-17 win over Thailand Masters champion Kean Yew Loh in the men's singles.
After Prannoy levelled the tie, Arjun and Shlok put India ahead with a strong 21-16, 21-18 victory over Loh Kean Hean and Chrisnanta.
In the next tie, Assamese wonderkid Ashmita Chaliha fought bravely but eventually lost to World No. 32 Yeo Jia Min in athrilling women's singles match by 21-17, 12-21, 16-21.
In the final and the deciding tie, Indian women's doubles pair of Arathi Sara Sunil and Panda showed their determination but it was not enough as Singapore's Putri Sari Dewi Citra and Lim Ming Hui succeeded 22-24, 21-15, 21-16 win in one hour and nine minutes.
After this loss, India is placed at the bottom of Group B, trailing Chinese Taipei and Singapore. India has given rest to its top players including Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth ahead of next week's India Open.
India will now take on Chinese Taipei in a must-win encounter on Thursday. UNI