India get off to flying start on inaugural day of 1st SAARC Badminton Tournament
Guwahati, December 5: Indian shuttlers got off to a flying start and underlined their supremacy as they didn’t even break a sweat and defeated Nepal and Bhutan 5-0 each in their first and second tie of the day respectively, here at the Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium on the inaugural day of the 1st South Asian Regional (SAARC) Badminton Tournament, hosted by Assam Badminton Association.
India’sfirst tie of the day saw Aryaman Tandon defeat Nepal’s Nabin Shreshtha 21-8,18-21, 21-14 in the boys’ singles clash after a minor hiccup in the second gamebut regained control as the game went down to the wire. However, in the girls’singles clash, the rising star of India Aakarshi Kashyap overcame the challengefrom Rashila Maharjan in straight sets (21-5, 21-7) to make it 2-0 in the tie.
Nextup were the robust pair of Arintap Das Gupta and Krishna Prasad taking on themight of Nabin Shreshtha and Dipesh Dhami. But the latter pair were shredded topieces in the second game after a valiant fight in the first as the clash ended21-18, 21-9. The same trend followed in the girls’ singles and mixed doublesclash as Ashmita Chaliha/ Mithulu U.K and Krishna Prasad/ Mithulu U.K emergedtriumphant against Jessica Gurung/ Sunayana Mukhiya and Dipesh Dhami/ SunayanaMukhiya in their respective clashes, to eventually seal the tie in India’skitty 5-0.
Inthe second tie of the day, the Indian shuttlers came into their element as theydidn’t let any clash go past the second game and defeated each of theiropponent from Bangladesh in straight sets and underlined their dominance.
AryamanTandon breezed past Hamidur Rahman Lukman 21-9, 21-8, whereas Aakarshi Kashyapdisplayed her elegance as she rolled over Urmi Akther with ease (21-11, 21-4).
Arintapand Krishna Prasad didn’t have an easy time out as both their games were evenlycontested but the Indian pair came out on top in straight sets (21-15,21-18) in the boys’ doubles clash.
However,the girls’ doubles pair were in no mood to let points slip and seemed to be ina hurry to finish off the clash as they defeated Rasma Akther and Urmi Aktherin comprehensive fashion, 21-8, 21-5. The Indian team remained unbeaten on thefirst day as Krishna Prasad and Mithula U.K’s mixed doubles pair also finishedoff Urmi Akther and Al Amin Jumar with a similar score of 21-7, 21-6.
Inother encounters on day one, even though Nepal were washed out by the Indians,they registered a sweeping victory against Bhutan as they beat them 5-0 whileMaldives lost out to Bhutan 2-3 in a close fought encounter.
The4-day long tournament will see six nations including India, Bhutan,Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Maldives field their best youth players(U-19) as they vie for top honours in Guwahati.