Commonwealth Games 2018: Squash Men's Single Round of 64 , Vikram Malhotra carries India's hopes: Live Updates

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedApr 05, 2018 11:14 IST

Malhotra def Chilambwe 3-0 (11-6, 11-5, 11-2)


11:14 (IST)5 APR 2018

That wraps our coverage of this match, but don't go anywhere. Lots of action going on in Gold Coast at the moment.

Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for all the live updates.

11:12 (IST)5 APR 2018

This has been a very good start to India's squash campaign. Earlier in the day, Harinderpal Sandhu also won his first match, albeit in four games.

And with Malhotra's win, it remains a flawless day for India in squash so far.

11:09 (IST)5 APR 2018

WOW! What a performance that was from Malhotra in that last game! Ruthless and destructive, he totally annihilated his opponent in that final game!!!!!

11:06 (IST)5 APR 2018

Final score: Malhotra def Chilambwe 3-0 (11-6, 11-5, 11-2)

11:05 (IST)5 APR 2018

And Malhotra has WON THE MATCH!!!!!

11:04 (IST)5 APR 2018

And 10-2


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Malhotra has decimated his opponent in this game!

11:04 (IST)5 APR 2018

And 8-2 it is!

This is absolute demolition!

11:03 (IST)5 APR 2018

And Malhotra has upped the tempo here. He is moving fast and getting the points fast as well!

5-2 is the lead for the Indian!

11:01 (IST)5 APR 2018

It's 1-0 to the Indian in Game 3

11:01 (IST)5 APR 2018

Now the Indian needs just one more game to complete the win.

Can he do the job in Game 3?

10:59 (IST)5 APR 2018

And Malhotra has INDEED done that!

He has taken the second game as well, with a score of 11-5

10:57 (IST)5 APR 2018

It's 9-5 to the Indian, who looks determined to take a two-game lead

10:55 (IST)5 APR 2018

This time Malhotra grabs three points to establish a lead of 6-3.

10:53 (IST)5 APR 2018

And long rallies continue to be the order of the day. The Indian is still ahead 3-2, although the initial stages of Game 2 appear to be tough.

10:51 (IST)5 APR 2018

And the Indian keeps the mini lead


10:51 (IST)5 APR 2018

Second game gets under way!

It's 1-0 to Malhotra

10:48 (IST)5 APR 2018

And the first game goes to India as Malhotra takes it 11-6.

10:47 (IST)5 APR 2018

Slowly and steadily, Malhotra has made his way to 10-6 and he has quite a few game balls in hand

10:45 (IST)5 APR 2018

And he extends his lead to THREE POINTS!


10:44 (IST)5 APR 2018

It's a tight match so far but the Indian has kept his nose in front.


10:43 (IST)5 APR 2018

It's a 6-4 lead for the Indian, who is showing nerves of steel at the moment.

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Malhotra fights back and makes it 3-3

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And we are off!

The Zambian is off to a good start and leads 3-1

09:58 (IST)5 APR 2018

Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's live coverage of the match. Stay tuned for some smashing action!

09:58 (IST)5 APR 2018

Day 1 of Gold Coast Commonwealth Games brings to us the sport of Squash. The indoor fast-paced racquet sport is held in a special square enclosed court where the player's face-off against one other in five sets of 11. The first player to win three out of those five sets. 
The high-intensity sport requires players to hit a small-sized ball inside a given area which consists of four playable walls and the floor. The players must hit the ball within a bounce. The bounces are not counted if the ball hits any of the walls. 
Vikram Malhotra will start his campaign in the round-of-64. Malhotra will face Zambia's Manda Chilambwe.  
The 28-year-old player from Maharashtra only made her world championship debut two years ago and has reached the quarterfinals stage once, in 2017. He is making his CWG debut. 
His opponent, Chilambwe took part in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. He won the Consolation Plate Finals in the singles category but was knocked out of doubles in round three. 

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