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CWG 2018 Gold Coast Highlights: India win badminton team gold medal after beating Malaysia

India claimed its maiden Commonwealth Games gold medal in badminton team event, thrashing three-time defending champions Malaysia in the final.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: April 10, 2018 6:20:37 am
badminton Team India celebrate winning badminton team gold medal. (Source: Reuters)

CWG 2018, India vs Malaysia Mixed-team badminton: Indian mixed badminton team claimed its maiden Commonwealth Games gold medal, thrashing three-time defending champions Malaysia in the final in Gold Coast on Monday. The pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa claimed the mixed doubles match against Peng Soon Chan and Liu Yong Goh 21-14 15-21 21-15, before Kidambi Srikanth stunned three-time Olympic silver medallist Lee 21-17 21-14 in straight games. Men’s doubles pair of Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost to Goh and Wee Kiong Tan 15-21 20-22. This led to Saina Nehwal helping India to the historic gold with a 21-11 19-21 21-9 win over Soniia Cheah in the women’s singles match. Here are the highlights:

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CWG 2018, India vs Malaysia Mixed-team badminton:

17:37 (IST)09 Apr 2018
India receive gold medals

And the Indian flag flies high as the Indian shuttlers receive their gold medals. Another good day at the CWG. India's gold medal-tally now reaches 10. 

17:25 (IST)09 Apr 2018
Medal-ceremony

The shuttlers are walking in for the medal ceremony now. Proud moment for India 

17:19 (IST)09 Apr 2018
Kashyap praises coaches

Kashyap praises the coaching staff for the historic CWG medal! 

17:17 (IST)09 Apr 2018
Shout out to fans

Here is a shout-out to all the fans present at the Sports Arena cheering India on 

17:13 (IST)09 Apr 2018
First badminton team gold

With the win, India gets their first-ever Gold in team badminton at the Commonwealth Games. A great show throughout the tournament by team India. Reactions have started coming in. 

17:10 (IST)09 Apr 2018
SAINA WINS, INDIA WINS

Saina Nehwal wins the super-intense, crucial women's singles match against Malaysia's Cheah 21-11, 19-21, 21-9. And with that India win their first badminton team event GOLD in the Commonwealth Games 2018.

17:06 (IST)09 Apr 2018
Game point

What a rally! What a great rally! And with that she earns 20 points, more than 10-point lead and is a point away from winning the match.

17:03 (IST)09 Apr 2018
Saina takes massive lead

And Saina is back in her no-mercy mode. She is now in a hurry to end this game, taking 16-9 lead. Oh Saina, you beauty!

17:01 (IST)09 Apr 2018
Mid-game break

Saina goes to the mid-game break with 11-9 lead. Banking on Saina for her rich experience

16:58 (IST)09 Apr 2018
Intense, neck-to-neck game

Saina makes it 7-7.  Then Cheah makes it 8-8. The intensity of the match makes Saina smile as Cheah tests the Indian shuttler.

16:54 (IST)09 Apr 2018
Cheah snatches lead back

Neither of the two are ready to let their opponent enjoy lead for a long time! Cheah steals the lead back from Saina after an amazing rally

16:52 (IST)09 Apr 2018
Saina takes lead

Cheah's smash goes out! Saina takes 5-3 lead as thousands of Indians cross their fingers during the thrilling decider

16:50 (IST)09 Apr 2018
Decider underway

Another intense game underway. Saina, Cheah are neck-to-neck at 2-2 in the decider. Cheah puts Saina to test.

16:47 (IST)09 Apr 2018
Saina goes down 21-19 in second game

The super-intense game ends with Cheah winning 21-19 against Saina. Match goes into decider

16:45 (IST)09 Apr 2018
India 19-19 Malaysia

The game is getting too intense. A great smash from India and the game is level at 19-19

16:44 (IST)09 Apr 2018
India 18-18 Malaysia

Game level at 18-18 after Cheah took medical time-out. An intense match underway as both the shuttlers reply to a point with a point.

16:40 (IST)09 Apr 2018
Cheah takes lead

Cheah takes lead after the medical time-out. She leads Saina by three points. Is this looking to go into decider?

16:36 (IST)09 Apr 2018
Medical time-out

Cheah is being treated for a cut by the medical team. Both the players get some rest and the crowd gets reason to scream at the top of their lungs

16:32 (IST)09 Apr 2018
Mid-game break

Saina Nehwal goes into the mid-game break with 11-10 lead. A couple of errors cost her crucial points. The Indian shuttler now needs to extend the lead.

16:28 (IST)09 Apr 2018
Cheah's comeback

Great comeback from Cheah, who has found back her fighting spirit, as she bridges the point gap between them to one. India 9-8 Malaysia. 

India have been in an absolutely dominant form on their way to the mixed-team badminton final against Malaysia at Commonwealth Games 2018. India have only lost one match so far, a men's doubles match against Singapore. Can India win the gold?