Commonwealth Games 2018: Best pictures from India's win over Malaysia in the final
India claimed yet another gold medal on the fifth day of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 as they beat Malaysia in the mixed team finals by winning 3 rounds to their 1.
Satwik Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa got India rolling as they beat Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh in the first match, which was a mixed doubles match.
Rankireddy and Ponappa won the first game but were taken to the third game by their Malaysian opponents. They won the final game by 21-15 to claim a victory.
The second match was Men's Singles in which Kidambi Srikanth defeated Lee Chong Wei in straight sets. The former world no. 1 felt the full force of the smashes of the current world no. 2 as he Srikanth came out on top with the scores of 21-14 and 21-17.
Malaysia, however, did not give up easily and came right back into the competition with a straight-sets win in the Men's doubles category. Rankireddy could not repeat his earlier exploits as the Malaysian team ran out winners, with a score of 21-15 and 22-20. Rankireddy was partnered with Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty and would lose to V. Shem Goh and Wee Kiong Tan.
Saina Nehwal was given the task to subdue any signs of a Malaysian comeback and she did the same after a hard-fought victory against Soniia Cheah. The Indian shuttler won the first game 21-11 after training early on. Saina lost the second game to Cheah but bounced back quickly to defeat Cheah 21-9, confirming India's Gold.
India is off to a great start in the badminton events and will be looking to continue the same energy and form going into the singles and doubles events as well.