India beat Iran 3-1 in Round 2 of World TT C`ships

New Delhi: Olympian Achanta Sharath Kamal suffered a defeat but Indian men came from behind to beat Iran 3-1 in the first match of the second round in the World Table Tennis Team Championships in Moscow.

Indian men started on a dismal note with their spearhead world number 70, Sharath going down 2-3 to A Mohammadreza in the first tie of the match.

Former national champion Subhajit Saha, however, came to India`s rescue and beat Noshad Alamiyan 3-1 to equalise the overall score and Soumyadeep Roy then got the better of Afshin Noroozi with an identical scoreline.

Sharath then recaptured his form to spank Alamiyan 3-0 in the fourth tie and clinched the issue.

India now play Serbia in the next match of the second round.

Meanwhile, Indian eves got a bye in the second round and now face Israel, who thrashed Indonesia 3-0, tomorrow.

Both the Indian men`s and women`s teams are competing in the second division of the prestigious tournament.

PTI

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