Highlights of badminton 2018 Commonwealth Games: Srikanth ready for silver

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Indian badminton ace and newly crowned world No.1 Kidambi Srikanth lost his men’s singles final 21-19, 14-21, 14-21 in an hour and five minutes to Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast today at the Carrera Sports Arena on Sunday. The Indian had beaten the three-time Olympic silver medallist earlier in the final of the mixed team event where India brushed aside the Malaysian challenge to win gold. However, Lee Chong Wei got the better of Srikanth to clinch his third men’s singles gold at the Commonwealth Games — 2006, 2010 and 2018. Get highlights of the Kidambi Srikanth vs Lee Chong Wei, 2018 Commonwealth Games badminton men’s singles final, here.

08:40 hrs IST: Hope you liked our coverage. Thanks for joining in

08:35 hrs IST: Later, Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will play the men’s doubles gold medal match, the last event involving Indians at the Commonwealth Games

08:30 hrs IST: This is India’s third medal in badminton today after Saina Nehwal won gold in the women’s singles final, beating PV Sindhu. Sindhu had to settle for a silver as well

08:25 hrs IST: Indian badminton ace and newly crowned world No.1 Kidambi Srikanth has lost his men’s singles final 21-19, 14-21, 14-21 in an hour and five minutes to Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei at the Carrera Sports Arena

08:20 hrs IST: Srikanth has lost it and has to settle for the silver medal and a third CWG men’s singles gold for Lee Chong Wei

08:19 hrs IST: Srikanth is giving it his all but it is too far for the Indian

08:17 hrs IST: This match is gone more or less for Srikanth, he is down 10-18 in the deciding game

08:15 hrs IST: LCW has just turned around the contest after losing the first game. Typical Lee Chong Wei

08:13 hrs IST: Kidambi Srikanth has to pull out something special here to win this contest otherwise Lee Chong Wei will pull it away

08:10 hrs IST: Srikanth is down 5-11 at the break in the decider

08:08 hrs IST: Oh Srikanth is now making basic errors. The world No.1 has lost the momentum here

08:03 hrs IST: Kidambi Srikanth is trailing by a massive margin of 1-7 in the deciding game

07:58 hrs IST: Kidambi Srikanth loses the second game 14-21. That was a masterful performance from the two-time Commonwealth Games men’s singles champion

07:55 hrs IST: This game is slowly going towards Lee Chong Wei. Will this match enter the decider?

07:52 hrs IST: Lee Chong Wei is going into the groove now! Top class badminton

07:50 hrs IST: In today’s badminton, Srikanth’s smashes are perhaps the hardest. Just extremely powerful and killing

07:48 hrs IST: Srikanth is using his high jump smashes to good effect against Lee Chong Wei

07:43 hrs IST:This is also turning out to be a very close game with Srikanth leading 7-6

07:37 hrs IST: Kidambi Srikanth has won the first game 21-19 against Lee Chong Wei. The Indian is well on his way to gold

07:34 hrs IST: Gamepoint for Srikanth!

07:29 hrs IST: The veteran and the challenger — both are challenging each other in the final. Riveting badminton by both

07:25 hrs IST: K Srikanth leads 13-11 against Lee Chong Wei in the first game and this is top class badminton from both the players

07:22 hrs IST: Srikanth leads 11-9 in the first game and what a lovely drop to take on the serve by Srikanth. Beautiful

07:20 hrs IST: In official Badminton World Federation (BWF) meetings he has never beaten Lee Chong Wei in four games against each other

07:18 hrs IST: Lee Chong Wei has won the men’s singles gold at Commonwealth Games twice before, in 2006 and 2010. He had pulled out in 2014

07:17 hrs IST: he had in fact defeated Lee Chong Wei in the mixed team final as India defeated Malaysia earlier in the Games

07:15 hrs IST: But for now let us shift our focus to the men’s singles final where Srikanth is facing the legendary LCW

07:12 hrs IST: While Saina Nehwal won the gold, eight years after she won the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold in New Delhi, PV Sindhu’s bettered the colour of the medal by settling for silver. Sindhu had won a bronze medal at the 2014 Games in Glasgow

07:10 hrs IST: but before that what a women’s singles final we had with Saina Nehwal beating PV Sindhu 21-18, 23-21 in 56 minutes of a riveting gold medal clash

07:05 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the men’s singles match a.k.a the gold medal contest between India’s Kidambi Srikanth and Lee Chong Wei

Srikanth progressed to the final of the men’s singles after defeating 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Rajiv Ouseph of England 21-10, 21-17 in little over half an hour. Meanwhile Lee Chong Wei , the three-time Olympic silver medallist, prevented an all-Indian men’s singles final by getting the better of H S Prannoy 21-16, 9-21 21-14 in the other semi-final.

Srikanth is brimming with confidence after a remarkable last 12 months on the BWF world tour. He has carried forward that confidence into the CWG, and, the gold medal he won earlier in Gold Coast (in the mixed team event), and the World No. 1 status that came his way on Thursday, will ensure he is pumped up for the final against a very formidable opponent.

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