India off to a disappointing start to Thomas Cup Finals

New Delhi: Arvind Bhat pulled off a stunner
while P Kashyap played his heart out but still couldn`t save
India from succumbing to a 1-4 defeat against Indonesia in
their first Group D match of the Thomas Cup Finals in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia on Monday.

Highest ranked Indian singles player Kashyap almost gave
his side a stunning start by winning the first game 21-14
against formidable Taufik Hidayat before losing the next two
19-21, 18-21 in a marathon match that last over an hour.

Sanave Thomas and Akshay Dewalkar, however, got the
thrashing at the hands of Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan
11-21, 13-21 in just 21 minutes in the second match.

Arvind brought some smiles back into the Indian camp when
he bounced back from a game down to defeat Sony Dwi Kuncoro
19-21, 21-9, 21-0 in a 31-match battle.

Trailing 1-2, a lot was expected from Rupesh Kumar and V
Diju but they couldn`t restore parity and went down 21-14,
13-21, 11-21 to Alvent Yulianto Chandra and Hendra Aprida

In the last singles, Anup Sridhar lost 8-21, 17-21 to
Simon Santoso to end a disappointing day for India.

India play Australia in their second Group D match