Pokhara (Nepal) Dec 3: Indian men’s and women’s team clinched gold medals in their respective team events at the 13th South Asian Games, here on Monday.
Men’s team beat Sri Lanka 3-1 while women’s team also registered thrashing 3-0 win against Sri Lanka.
In the men’s team event, ace India shuttler Srikanth Kidambi started the proceedings for India when he struggled past Dinuka Karunaratne 17-21, 21-15, 21-11 in the opening match in 55 minutes.
Siril Verma then gave India a 2-0 lead after his opponent Sachin Dias retired with the scoreline reading 21-17, 11-5 in the Indian's favour.
Meanwhile, India conceded a point when doubles pair Arjun George and Sanyam Shukla lost a close game 18-21, 21-14, 11-21 to Sachin Premashan A Vidange and B Tharindu Goonathilake as Sri Lanka grabbed one point to make it 1-2.
However, in the next doubles match, Krishna Garanga and Dhruv Kapila gave India a winning lead when they registered a convincing 21-14, 21-18 win over Dinuka Karunaratne and Hasitha Chanaka and ensured a 3-1 win for India.
Congratulating the team on their gold medal win, BAI President, Himanta Biswa Sarma said, 'Team Gold Medals are always special and I am confident that the Indian contingent will surpass the previous edition's performance." (UNI)