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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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Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat have both won their first wrestling bouts today, and are scheduled to start their second bouts soon! You can follow their progress and get all live updates here.

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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.

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Wide from Srikanth. 19-16

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Srikanth did well to hang with Lin on that point, but the experience of the Chinese is proving to be too much. Very clever crosscourt forehand from Lin puts him 3 points away from taking this match.

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Another gripping rally ends with a lovely drop shot from Lin. 18-16

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What a thrilling decider we are witnessing here!

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Srikanth is fired up, and pumps his fist several times after a brilliant smash to get the serve back! Just one point separates these two fabulous players in this decider now.

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Superb cross court smash from Srikanth. 17-16

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How did he miss that? Srikanth is left completely clueless about a Lin drop shot, and the Chinese has a 2-point advantage again.

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Lovely play at the net from Lin. Srikanth unable to return it. 17-15

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Lin makes a smash error now, and Srikanth has stopped the bleeding. 1 point adrift, and he's still certainly capable of winning this match. Who would've thought the second quarterfinal of the day would be this close?

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Much needed for Srikanth. Another error at the net from Lin. 16-15

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Very big point for the Indian coming up.

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The pressure seems to be getting to Srikanth, and he needs to remain calm and get some points back.

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Srikanth goes for the acute angle backhand, but he can't get it over the net. Lin has a 2-point lead now.

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Thats long from Srikanth. Lin in the lead now. 15-14

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Srikanth hits another lob that goes long; clearly, this strategy is not working for him! 

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We're dead even at 14-14, and it's impossible to predict who will win from here.

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Very unusual smash from Srikanth. 14-14

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The smash lands bang on the line, and Srikanth has the lead again! This is turning into a real see-saw game. What a far cry from the one-sided demolition by Lee Chong Wei that preceded it!

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That's on the line from Srikanth. Excellent down the line smash. 14-13

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Back on level terms! Another lob by Srikanth goes long, and Instant Review doesn't come to his aid either. The Chinese is making a late charge here, as you'd have expected him to.

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Out by inches. 13-13

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Thats called long. Srikanth has challenged it. 

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Srikanth goes for the precision lob, but it sails just wide to give the Chinese another point. The lead is down to 1 point now.

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Just wide from Srikanth and lead cut to one. 13-12