GOLD COAST: India's campaign in men's singles squash event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games came to an end after Vikram Malhotra lost 1-3 to England's Nick Matthew in a Round-of-16 match at the Oxenford Studios in Gold Coast on Friday.
The higher-ranked Nick dominated the opening game 11-6 that lasted for nine minutes before Vikram pulled back the second game 11-8 in 10 minutes.
The Indian however, went down 6-11, 6-11 in the third and fourth games to eventually bow out of the quadrennial tournament.
On Thursday, Harinder Pal Sandhu and Saurav Ghosal suffered loses in their respective Round-of-32 men's singles matches.
India, meanwhile, had a good start on the second day of the 21st Commonwealth Games in Australia's Gold Coast on Friday. For India, weightlifters Sanjitha Chanu and Deepak Lather clinched a Gold and a Bronze respectively, taking the country's tally in the overall medal count to 4.
On Thursday, weightlifters S Mirabai Chanu and Gururaja sparkled to deliver a Gold and a Silver, respectively, while the table tennis teams and the badminton teams advanced to the knockouts.
In another good news, Indian women's hockey team thrashed their Malaysian rivals 4-1 in the Group A match on Friday. The India side had suffered a shocking loss to Wales which was a wake-up call on the opening day of the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games here on Thursday.
(With IANS inputs)