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Commonwealth Games 2018, Squash, Men's Singles India: Harinder Pal Sandhu vs Cameron Stafford Live Updates

Sandhu def Stafford 11-3, 11-13, 11-6, 11-8
Updated: 05 April 2018 10:08 IST - Published: 05 April 2018 08:18 IST
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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.
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That was a good test for the former national champion, but he found a way to overcome the challenge. That will surely stand him in good stead for the rest of his campaign.

That was India's first squash match of CWG 2018 and first win as well.
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It's a 11-3, 11-13, 11-6, 11-8 win for Harinderpal Sandhu
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And SANDHU MAKES NO MISTAKE IN CONVERTING THE MATCH BALL!
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Stafford fails to reach the ball and Sandhu gets a couple of match balls!
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8-8 as we approach the business end of this game
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Again the game continues to be very tight

It's 7-7
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Sandhu had no answer to that!

Is he falling into Stafford's trap again?
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What a shot from Stafford...just clobbered the ball past the Indian!

It's 6-6
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Sandhu has made his mark here and leads 6-4
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And it continues to be an even game

3-3
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And Sandhu battles back!

2-2
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Stafford makes a bright start!

2-0
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Can the Indian complete the job in Game 4?
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Sandhu tightened up his squash in that third game and did not let his opponent play his attacking game. It was a much better shot selection from the Indian.
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And Sandhu CONVERTS!

He takes the third game 11-6
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SIX GAME BALLS FOR THE INDIAN!

10-4
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This is very much like the first game...Sandhu looks a lot determined now and has surged to 8-4
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Sandhu looks alert and hasn't let Stafford show his attacking game


Sandhu up 5-2
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In Game 3, Sandhu has inched ahead to 3-2
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Sandhu has quite a job in his hands now.....can't afford to let the lower-ranked player take the initiative.
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We are tied at one game apiece.
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Stafford saved a couple of game points and made all the hard work COUNT!

He has taken the second game 13-11
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Stafford isn't going anywhere soon!

He has made it 10-10
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WITH A BEAUTIFUL BACKHAND, SANDHU GOES UP TO 10-9 AFTER A LONG RALLY
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AND HE HAS LEVELLED THE SCORE!


9-9
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Sandhu has calmed down and is drawing errors out of Stafford.

He trails 7-9
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Sandhu prolonged the rally but came up short again.

He trails 3-8
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And 7-1 as well.

He is weaving magic at the moment!
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And he has soared to 5-1

Sandhu looking nervous a bit
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Suddenly, an injection of pace and aggression from Stafford!

He is up 3-0
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The ball has been cleaned and given to the players. Game 2 is starting!
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Sandhu gets the first game 11-3.

It is a very, very comfortable start for the Indian!
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Sandhu surges ahead to 9-3 after that
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Stafford asked for a video referral after a stroke was awarded to the Indian. The decision was overruled
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A long rally ensues after Sandhu goes up to 7-3
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Sandhu looking very much in control and rotating the ball well.


6-2
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Nice block from the Indian!

He is up 4-2
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Stafford gets on the board at 1-3
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Sandhu is already showing his speed and alertness and has gone up to 2-0
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And the warmup is over. Time for the real action!
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Sandhu is a former national champion and has all the experience of playing at the top level. He should definitely look to get a comfortable win here. This is India's first squash match of the day.
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The players have entered the court and are warming up! We are seconds away from the start!
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We have to wait for a few more minutes as the court is being readied for the match.
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Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's live coverage of the match. Stay tuned for updates!
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29-year-old Harinder Pal Sandhu is a professional squash player who represents India. His career-high world ranking: No. 56 in September 2015. Current ranking: No. 77. Being a part of the Gold Medal winning team at the 2014 Asian Games held at Incheon, Pal has a lot of experience in his bag. 
 
The Indian squash maestro will be taking on Cameron Stafford, who is a junior squash player in the Caribbean Region.