CWG 2018: Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal Give Indian Shuttlers A Winning Start

| April 5 , 2018 , 12:18 IST

World No.2 shuttler Kidambi Srikanth and former World No.1 Saina Nehwal got the Indian Badminton contingent off to a winning start in the mixed team event against Sri Lanka on Thursday.

Srikanth beat Sri Lanka's Niluka Karunaratne 21-16, 21-10 in straight games to clinch the men's singles match while Saina outshone Madushika Dilrukshi Beruwelage 21-8, 21-4 in the women's singles match. 

Srikanth went into the break with an 11-8 lead in the first game before extending it further to 18-12 but the Sri Lankan scored three points in a row to cut down Srikanth's lead to 18-15.

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The Indian, however, used all his experience to fend off any scares by bagging the final three points comfortably.

Earlier, the mixed doubles duo of Ruthvika Shivani Gadde and Pranaav Jerry Chopra were victorious against Sri Lanka's Sachin Dias and Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa 21-15, 19-21, 22-20 to notch up the first win for India.

India took an impregnable lead through the men’s doubles tie win of  Satwik Ranikreddy and Chiraag Shetty as they beat  Dinuka Karunaratne and Buwaneka Goonethilekka by 21-17, 21-14.

The team will take on Pakistan on Thursday.