Indian paddlers register easy victories on Day 2 of CWG

Glasgow: Indian paddlers continued their rampaging form as the men`s and women`s teams blanked Guyana and Kenya 3-0 respectively in the group stage of the table tennis team competition at the 20th Commonwealth Games here on Friday.

After thrashing Vanuatu 3-0 on the opening day, the Indian men`s team continued their good showing with Anthony Amalraj brushing aside Shamar Britton 11-4 11-3 11-3 to give his side an early lead.

Young Soumyajit Ghosh then beat Christopher Franklin 11-8 11-5 11-9 to make it 2-0 in India`s favour. Sanil Shankar Shetty and Amalraj then paired up to get the better of Paul David and Franklin 11-8 11-6 11-5 to complete the rout.

The women`s team, surprise silver medallists in Delhi four years ago, too dished out a dominating performance with Poulomi Ghatak inflicting a 11-4 11-3 11-5 defeat on Jinita Azad Kumar Shah to give India a 1-0 advantage.

Manika Batra, 19, then trounced 39-year-old Sejal Dipan Thakkar 11-7 11-4 11-4 in the second match.

Ankita Das and Poulomi Ghatak then joined hands to complete the proceedings for India with a 11-6 11-5 11-5 win over Della Mgenya Njani and Sejal at the Scotstoun Sports Campus here.

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