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Commonwealth Games 2022 Day 1 Highlights: Srihari Nataraj Makes Final To Cap Off Good Day For India


Commonwealth Games 2022 Day 1 Highlights: Srihari Nataraj Makes Final To Cap Off Good Day For India

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Commonwealth Games, Day 1 Highlights: Day 1 of the Commonwealth Games was a good one for India, with Srihari Nataraj qualifying for the men’s 100m backstroke final as the cherry on the cake. In badminton, PV Sindhu starred as India thrashed Pakistan 5-0 in a Mixed Team Group A match. Apart from Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and the three doubles teams also won their respective rubbers against Pakistan. The Indian women’s hockey team too started its campaign with a 5-0 win over Ghana. In another major win by an Indian, boxer Shiva Thapa defeated Pakistan’s Suleiman Baloch 5-0 in 63kg. The Indian women’s TT team started off the campaign with a bang by defeating South Africa 3-0 in their first group match and then registering a 3-0 win against Fiji in their second game, while the men’s team beat Barbados and Singapore. Anahat Singh, 14, won her squash Round of 64 match against Jada Ross from St Vincent and the Grenadines, while Abhay Singh beat Joe Chapman from British Virgin Islands in his Round of 64 match. India, however, tasted defeats in lawn bowls, swimming (50m butterfly and 400m freestyle) and cycling events. Also, the India women’s cricket team lost to Australia by three wickets. The opening day can go a long way in setting a good tone for the Indian contingent in the event. 

Here are the Highlights From Day 1 Of Commonwealth Games In Birmingham 







  • 01:34 (IST)

    Goodnight from us!

    That will be all for us for tonight! Be sure to be back for our live coverage of Day 2 of the Commonwealth Games as there is plenty of action to come!

  • 01:28 (IST)

    Srihari Nataraj qualifies for the final!

    Srihari Nataraj finished 7th in the semifinals and has qualified for the 100m men’s backstroke final!

  • 00:46 (IST)

    Abhay Singh wins!

    Abhay Singh beats Joe Chapman 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 to reach the men’s singles Round of 32

  • 00:38 (IST)

    Squash: Abhay Singh on a roll!

    Abhay Singh won his first two games 11-5, 11-5 against his opponent from British Virgin Islands and is on track to qualify to the Round of 32

  • 00:34 (IST)

    Table Tennis: India beat Singapore 3-0!

    With Sathiyan Gnanasekaran’s 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 win, India beat Singapore 3-0 in their Group 3 encounter

  • 00:30 (IST)

    Ashish Kumar Singh finishes 8th

    Para swimmer Ashish Kumar Singh finishes 8th in men’s 100m backstroke S9 final with a time of 1:18.21

  • 00:24 (IST)

    Ashish Kumar Singh in action!

    Ashish Kumar Singh’s Men’s 100m Backstroke S9 final is about to begin any time now!

  • 00:17 (IST)

    Sathiyan Gnanasekaran wins the first game

    The Indian paddler raced to an 11-7 win in his first game against Clarence Chew

  • 00:07 (IST)

    Table Tennis: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran up next for India

    Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, who won his doubles match, can help India complete a 3-0 win against Singapore if he can beat Clarence Chew Zhe Yu

  • 00:05 (IST)

    Table Tennis: Sharath Kamal wins! India lead 2-0 vs Singapore

    Despite looking in trouble often, Sharath Kamal has registered a comfortable 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 win against Pang Yew En Koen to give India a 2-0 lead against Singapore

  • 23:52 (IST)

    Table tennis: Another comeback by Sharath Kamal!

    Trailing for large parts of the second game, Sharath Kamal again come from behind to take a 2-0 lead against Pang Yew En Koen. He has won the two games 11-8, 11-9 so far

  • 23:50 (IST)

    Squash: Abhay Singh in action soon

    India’s Abhay Singh will be up against British Virgin Island’s Joe Chapman soon in the squash men’s singles Round of 64 match

  • 23:43 (IST)

    Table Tennis: Sharath Kamal pulls off a comeback win!

    Sharath Kamal, trailing by a big margin, comes back to win his first game 11-8 against Singapore’s Pang Yew En Koen

  • 23:33 (IST)

    Table Tennis: Sharath Kamal in action!

    The experienced Sharath Kamal is up against Pang Yew En Koen in the second match of the clash between India and Singapore

  • 23:32 (IST)

    Table Tennis: Gnanasekaran and Desai give India the lead

    Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won the 4th game of their match against Shao Feng Ethan Poh and Clarence Chew Zhe Yu to give India a 1-0 lead in their Group 3 men’s table tennis team match. The pair won the match 11-5, 11-5, 9-11, 11-2

  • 23:25 (IST)

    Table Tennis: Singapore duo fight back!

    The Singapore duo of Shao Feng Ethan Poh and Clarence Chew Zhe Yu won the third game against India’s Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran. India still lead 2-1

  • 23:23 (IST)

    Squash: Anahat Singh wins!

    14-year-old Anahat Singh has beaten her opponent 11-5, 11-2, 11-0 to progress from the Round of 64

  • 23:18 (IST)

    Squash: Anahat Singh wins her second game

    Anahat Singh is headed towards victory, winning the first two games 11-5, 11-2

  • 23:16 (IST)

    Table Tennis: India on top against Singapore early on

    The doubles team of Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran have taken the lead against Singapore’s Shao Feng Ethan Poh and Clarence Chew Zhe Yu, winning the first two games 11-5, 11-5

  • 23:14 (IST)

    Squash: Anahat Singh wins the first game!

    Anahat Singh won her first game 11-5 against Jada Ross

  • 23:12 (IST)

    Squash: Anahat Singh in action

    India’s youngest athlete at the Games, Anahat Singh, who is studying in Class 9, has begun her women’s singles Round of 64 match against Jada Ross of St Vincent and the Grenadines

  • 23:10 (IST)

    Table Tennis: Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran win 1st game

    The Indian doubles pair has gotten off to a good start, winning the first game 11-5

  • 23:07 (IST)

    Table Tennis: Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran in action

    The doubles team of Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran is in action against Singapore’s pair of Shao Feng Ethan Poh and Clarence Chew Zhe Yu

  • 23:04 (IST)

    Indian men’s TT match vs Singapore about to begin

    The Indian men’s team is about to take on Singapore in their second Group 3 match. The team won the first match comfortably

  • 22:35 (IST)

    Stay tuned for more action!

    We have action yet to come! The men’s Table Tennis team has a match against Singapore, while squash stars Anahat Singh and Abhay Singh will also be in action. Para swimmer Ashish Kumar Singh will also be participating in the men’s 100m backstroke S9, while Srihari Nataraj will be in action in the men’s 100m backstroke semi-final

  • 22:06 (IST)

    Badminton: India thrash Pakistan 5-0

    India routed Pakistan 5-0 in the badminton Group A team match

  • 21:27 (IST)

    Table Tennis: India beat Fiji 3-0

    Sreeja Akula beats Grace Rosi Yee to seal a 3-0 win for the Indian women’s table tennis team against Fiji

  • 21:19 (IST)

    Triathlon: Disappointing finish

    Pragnya Mohan finished 26th and Sanjana JOshi finished 28th in women’s triathlon 

  • 20:59 (IST)

    Table Tennis: India Start Well vs Fiji

    Sreeja Akula and Diya Chitale have won the first rubber

  • 20:54 (IST)

    Badminton: Satwik-Chirag give India 4-0 lead

    Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have won their game by 21-12, 21-9 margin. Gayatri-Treesa in action now

  • 20:21 (IST)

    India win 5-0!

    Ultimately, India won the game by a 5-0 margin! India started on a scrappy note but by the end of the fourth quarter they were fully up to the task!

  • 20:11 (IST)

    India 5-0 up now!

    Salima Tete further increases the lead. With less than four minutes to go for the match to end, India look set for a big win to start off the contest!

  • 20:05 (IST)

    Badminton: Sindhu wins and so does India

    PV Sindhu has trounced Mahoor Shahzad 21-7, 21-6 and with that it is 3-0 for India against Pakistan. Kidambi Srikanth had won the men’s singles while Reddy and Ponappa had won the mixed doubles match

  • 20:02 (IST)

    Badminton: Sindhu takes big lead in second game

    PV Sindhu is up 11-4 in the second game against Mahoor Shahzad in the 2nd game and it is now just a matter of time before she hands India a comfortable 3-0 win over Pakistan. Kidambi Srikanth had won the men’s singles while Reddy and Ponappa had won the mixed doubles match

  • 19:59 (IST)

    Badminton: Sindhu eases to win in first game

    PV Sindhu has won the first game 21-7. It was complete annihilation as Pakistan’s Mahoor Shahzad had no answer to the Indian legend’s skill and guile.

  • 19:58 (IST)

    Badminton: Sindhu takes big lead in opening game

    PV Sindhu is giving Pakistan’s Mahoor Shahzaad a schooling in how to play badminton. It has been a one sided affair so far with the two-time Olympic medallist taking a 11-4 lead.

  • 19:55 (IST)

    India misses a penalty corner!

    Deep Grace Ekka fails to convert a penalty corner. India still 4-0 up!

  • 19:53 (IST)

    Badminton: Sindhu eases to win in first game

    PV Sindhu has won the first game 21-7. It was complete anahilation as Pakistan’s Mahoor Shahzad had no answer to the Indian legend’s skill and guile.

  • 19:49 (IST)

    Badminton: Sindhu takes big lead in opening game

    PV Sindhu is giving Pakistan’s Mahoor Shahzaad a schooling in how to play badminton. It has been a one sided affair so far with the two-time Olympic medallist taking a 11-4 lead.

  • 19:48 (IST)

    Badminton: Sindhu vs Shahzad As India Look To Wrap Up Tie

    PV Sindhu is taking on Mahoor Shahzaad from Pakistan in the third match of this tie. India already lead 2-0 after their win in the mixed doubles and men’s doubles matches. Sindhu is expected to win comfortably.

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