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Kidambi Srikanth vs Lin Dan Live Score, Rio Olympics 2016: Live Commentary and match updates

Kidambi Srikanth lost to Lin Dan: 6-21, 21-11, 18-21
Updated: 17 August 2016 19:24 IST - Published: 17 August 2016 17:11 IST
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For now, it's over and out!

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On that note, we'll end our live commentary for today. But make sure to tune in for Sindhu's quarterfinal match tomorrow, which will begin at 5.50 pm IST tomorrow. 

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Chin up Kidambi, all Indians are proud of you!

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But for Srikanth, it's the end of the road in Rio. He exceeded most expectations by strolling to the quarterfinals without dropping a game, but he was always going to be the underdog against a player as brilliant and experienced as Lin Dan. That he managed to put such a scare into the Chinese is a mark of what a great future Srikanth has.

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Lin Dan will now face Lee Chong Wei in the semifinals on Friday, and doesn't that promise to be a cracking encounter.

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Between Saina Nehwal's ascension to the World No. 1 ranking, Sindhu's run to the semis here, and Srikanth's fabulous performance against Lin Dan, one thing is for certain: Indian badminton is in very safe hands.

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Srikanth may not have won a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but he won millions of hearts. And who knows, he could possibly be aiming for gold come Tokyo 2020!

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After Sindhu's heroics yesterday, Srikanth has brought plenty of cheer to Indian fans too with his spirited display. He'd have dearly loved to have won this match, but he can certainly hold his head high after this performance.

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Srikanth led for vast stretches of the third game, but Lin brought all of his experience to the fore to get him over the line. He's not called the Greatest of all Time for nothing!

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After the first game, you'd have been forgiven for expecting a totally one-sided demolition by Lin. But full credit to Srikanth for the way he hung in there, and turned on the heat just in the nick of time.

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It's a disappointing result for Srikanth, but you've got to applaud his spirit and talent to take the match this far. Lin certainly had to work for that win!

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Lin Dan is through the semfinals of Rio 2016 after beating Kidambi Srikanth 21-6 11-21 21-18.

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And that's it! Lin has defeated Srikanth 21-6, 10-21, 21-18 to march into the semifinals.

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Srikanth not giving up one bit.

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Brilliant point by Srikanth there, making Lin work really hard for this last point. There may be life left in this match yet!

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Long from Lin. 20-18

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That's the worst possible time to make a forehand error, and Lin now has 3 match points. The dream is about to end for the Indian here!

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What a time to make an error! 3 match points for Lin

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Everyone at the edge of their seats.

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Srikanth needs to win this point to have any hope of taking the match. HUGE moment this for him.

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Gopichand furiously trying to exhort Srikanth to keep up his intensity.

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Superb deception from Srikanth.Cross court 1st and then down the line smash. 19-17

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Srikanth is not done yet! A fabulous jump smash from him brings him back into the contest at 17-19.

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That wasn't a great point from Srikanth; he should've done  better with the forehand down the line. Lin is now just 2 points away from taking the match.