JAKARTA, Aug 27: India’s men’s table tennis team finished second in Group D after defeating Vietnam 3-0 in their final clash before the knockouts at the 18th Asian Games here on Monday.
An utterly dominant India wrapped up the tie in two hours.
India’s second highest ranked paddler G Sathiyan started the proceedings with a hard fought 6-11, 11-2, 5-11, 11-4, 11-2 victory in the opening encounter against Vietnam’s Anh Tu Nguyen.
Veteran Sharath Kamal then made it 2-0 with a 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 win over Vietnam’s Duc Tuan Nguyen.
Harmeet Desai wrapped up the tie with a 2-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-8 victory over Duc Le Dinh.
Earlier, India blanked Macau 3-0 in their first game of the day.
Manav Thakkar defeated Ian Tin Mak 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 to steer India to a 3-0 victory.
The seasoned Anthony Amalraj gave India a 1-0 lead courtesy his 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 facile triumph over Chun Wang.
Harmeet next got the better of Zikang Xiao 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3 to extend India’s lead to 2-0. – IANS