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India Open 2018, Second Round: Kidambi Srikanth vs Iskandar Zulkarnain, Live Match Updates

Iskandar wins 21-19, 21-17
Updated: 01 February 2018 20:57 IST - Published: 01 February 2018 15:02 IST
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THAT'S A HUGE UPSET!!!!!


To be pretty honest, Srikanth looked nowhere near the player who won four Superseries titles last season! That is pretty disappointing!
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Srikanth saved one match point but sent the shuttle wide on the second one as he attempted a down-the-line smash.

Iskandar wins 21-19, 21-17
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A relentless Iskandar has reached MATCH POINTS!

20-16
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EXCELLENT DEFENCE FROM ISKANDAR!!!!

Any other shuttler would have conceded the point to Srikanth but his stubborn defence takes the point away from the Indian.

18-16
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And it's 16-16

Tense times!
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Roar in the stadium as Srikanth finds his attacking game to go up to 16-14
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Finally some aggression from his racquet!

Srikanth makes it 13-13
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He has not been able to keep his game error-free for a long time.
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Time is running out for the Indian star!

He trails 10-13
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It's 11-10 to Iskandar at the mid-game break.
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The pace of this game has picked up!

Srikanth barely ahead at 10-9

Lots of chants for Srikanth at the stadium!
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But fine play from Zulkarnain sees him level matters at 8-8
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It's 8-5 for the India No. 1
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Lots of cat-and-mouse chases going on but Srikanth still has his nose in front.

6-4
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A lot more sharpness from the India No. 1 in this game

He leads 4-2
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Second game

Srikanth opens up a 2-1 lead
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But Iskandar takes the first game, anyway.

21-19
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Srikanth has now opted to go for deft touches instead of power play. It has helped him save THREE GAME POINTS.

19-20
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Iskandar now has a host of game points.

16-20
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But once more errors have returned to haunt Srikanth!

He is now lagging behind at 15-18
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Not much to choose between the two at the moment!

15-15
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And it is 13-13
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Finally Srikanth is playing error-free.!!

With a great run of points, he has made it 12-12
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