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Asian Badminton Championships 2018: India Women vs Japan Women, Live Match Updates

Japan beat India 4-1.
Updated: 08 February 2018 09:51 IST - Published: 08 February 2018 06:35 IST
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With this, Japan increase the margin to a 4-1 win over India in this Asian Badminton Championship.

That's all from us for this match, as India slump to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Japan. But do stay tuned to 
Sportskeeda for more updates from around the world of sports.

Ciao!
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18-21! Two quick points, and Japan have managed to clinch the victory, despite the fact that Ponnappa and Sikki dominated for most parts of the second game.
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18-19! A crucial lead for Japan at this stage!
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18-18! And we are level yet again!
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18-17! But India pull ahead yet again!
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17-17! What a comeback this has been from Japan! They were four points down at one stage!
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17-16! But Japan pull it back to one point yet again!
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17-15! That point was crucial for India. They get a vital 2 point lead.
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16-15! What a comeback this has been! Japan are right back in it!
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16-13! Japan have pulled back a couple of points, but they need more of the same, in order to make a comeback!
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16-11! A dominant display by the Indians here!
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15-11! They've opened up the four-point lead yet again!
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14-11! But India restore a three point lead!
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13-11! However, the Japanese seem to have gained some of their previous momentum here, as they close down the gap.
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13-8! And it gets bigger! The Japanese are losing their plot, here!
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12-8! One point apiece, as we get underway yet again. India still have the big lead.
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11-7! India had gained some momentum towards the end there, and have now managed a four-point lead at break. Can they make this count?
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9-7! Japan bring it back to two points, but can India go into the break with a big lead?
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9-6! And the Indians finally take the lead again, though a slender one.
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6-6! Neither of the two sides seem to be willing to give an inch to their opponents here, as India draw level!
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4-6! Again, a two-point lead for Japan!
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4-5! This has been a trend in this rubber. India get off to a decent start, but then the Japanese come forward and take the lead.
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3-3! Its going neck and neck between the two sets of players!
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3-2! A slender lead for India!
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2-2! And we're all level once again!
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2-1! Japan pull one back.
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2-0! And it seems to be a good start. Can they make this count?
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1-0! Ponnappa and Sikki start off with a point here!
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18-21! And with that, the Japanese duo has clinched the first game! It has been a really poor day for India. They have already lost the tie, and now seem to be on the verge of a 4-1 thrashing by Japan!
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18-20! India pull one back! Two more to go!
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17-20! Three game points for Japan!
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17-19! But Japan surge ahead again!
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17-18! Ashwini and Sikki are not ready to give in as of yet, and have pulled a point back!
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16-18! Two more points, and Japan edge closer to the first game!
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16-16! This is turning out to be a close encounter!
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15-16! But Japan pull away into the lead yet again!
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15-15! They've managed to draw level!
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14-15! And its back to one point!
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13-15! India have pulled one back, but they need more consecutive points if they want to stay in this game.
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12-15! Apparently not! Three-point lead for Japan!
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12-14! Its back to 2 points, but can India gain some momentum here?

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11-14! A long rally between the two, and Japan have managed to race away to a 3 point lead now.
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10-12! India start off from the break on a bright note, but Japan maintain their lead.
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9-11! So despite a slow start, Japan take a 2 point lead into the mid-game break. 
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9-10! It seems not, as Japan maintain their lead.
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8-9! India have pulled one back. Can they further close the gap ahead of the break?
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7-9! One point apiece, and Japan maintain their2 point lead.
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6-8! A couple of quick points, and Japan have managed to take a 2 point lead for the first time in the rubber.
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6-6! But Japan pull it back to level terms.
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6-5! Ashwini and Sikki have surged into the lead again.