LIVE CWG 2022 - Table Tennis Men's Gold Medal Match - As it happened

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LIVE CWG 2022 - Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Sharath Kamal Achanta in contention for Table Tennis Medals

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SportsCafe Desk

08/08/2022

India are in contention for a couple of more medals in table tennis in the Men's singles event.

What can one say after that match that hasn't already been said about the Indian legend. He finishes the 2022 Commonwealth Games with THREE Gold Medals and one Silver. Did I mention he has done this at the age of FORTY!  

ACHANTA 11 - 8 PITCHFORD (3 - 1)

NO QUESTIONS THIS TIME!!! HE HAS HIS GOLD MEDAL!

ACHANTA 10 - 8 PITCHFORD (3 - 1)

AND HE HAS DONE IT!!! HANG ON!! PITCHFORD ASKS ACHANTA IF THE BALL TOUCHES HIS SHIRT!!! 

I DON'T THINK IT HAS!! BUT HERE COMES THE DECISION! THE POINT GOES TO PITCHFORD!!!

There is some confusion about the score. PITCHFORD HAS THE POINT!

ACHANTA 10 - 7 PITCHFORD (3 - 1)

GOLD MEDAL POINTS!!! THREE OF THEM!!

ACHANTA 9 - 7 PITCHFORD (3 - 1)

OH MY!!! ONE POINT GAME AS PITCHFORD PUSHES ACHANTA BACK BEFORE FORCING AN ERROR OUT OF THE INDIAN!! 

HE FINDS THE DOWN THE LINE FOREHAND THOUGH!! TWO POINTS AWAY NOW!

ACHANTA 8 - 6 PITCHFORD (3 - 1)

BUT ACHANTA IS IN NO MOOD TO GIVE UP HERE!! Even though he concedes the second point, he still holds a two point lead going into the business end. 

ACHANTA 7 - 5 PITCHFORD (3 - 1)

An error on the backhand by Achanta gives Pitchford a reason to celebrate before he finds the angle on the forehand to reduce the deficit to just two points. 

ACHANTA 7 - 3 PITCHFORD (3 - 1)

Pitchford claims a point back on his own serve but Achanta takes the next one to keep his four point lead intact.

ACHANTA 6 - 2 PITCHFORD (3 - 1)

OH NO!!! Service error by the Indian. That is just not good enough. But Pitchford is just not into it right now. 

ACHANTA 5 - 1 PITCHFORD (3 - 1)

Achanta is just not letting him off the hook. BACK TO BACK POINTS!! 

ACHANTA 3 - 1 PITCHFORD (3 - 1)

THREE IN A ROW FOR THE INDIAN AT THE START OF THE FIFTH!! Pitchford has one back as he finally is on the board.

ACHANTA 2 - 0 PITCHFORD (3 - 1)

Achanta has the first point as Pitchford's backhand misses again. AND AGAIN!!! 

ACHANTA 0 - 0 PITCHFORD (3 - 1)

Achanta is just one game away now. No player has a timeout left and I should add that I was completely wrong about my timeout call. Raman's timeout was perfectly timed as Pitchford only took two points after that stoppage.

ACHANTA 11 - 6 PITCHFORD (2 - 1)

THAT IS THE GAME!!! Pitchford hits the net and the ball falls wide. 

ACHANTA 10 - 6 PITCHFORD (2 - 1)

Achanta extends his lead off an error by Pitchford. AND NOW HAS GAME POINTS!!!

ACHANTA 8 - 6 PITCHFORD (2 - 1)

Pitchford hits back with a point but Achanta brings out the forehand to keep his lead. 

ACHANTA 7 - 5 PITCHFORD (2 - 1)

PITCHFORD HITS ONE LONG!! ACHANTA HOLDS ONTO HIS LEAD!

ACHANTA 6 - 5 PITCHFORD (2 - 1)

Raman calls timeout! I understand that it was to break momentum but this is too early for me. Achanta is too experienced to take a timeout here.

ACHANTA 6 - 5 PITCHFORD (2 - 1)

WHAT A RALLY!! Achanta defends well but Pitchford is able to find the angle.

ACHANTA 6 - 4 PITCHFORD (2 - 1)

He gets two points back on the Achanta serve as we have a two point game on our hands. 

ACHANTA 6 - 2 PITCHFORD (2 - 1)

The timeout has not helped at all. Pitchford is mistiming shots right left and centre right now. He has one back but the Indian still holds a nice advantage.

ACHANTA 5 - 1 PITCHFORD (2 - 1)

IT HAS NOT!!! BACK TO BACK POINTS FOR ACHANTA AGAIN AS HE OPENS UP A FOUR POINT LEAD!

ACHANTA 3 - 1 PITCHFORD (2 - 1)

WILL THIS TIMEOUT HELP PITCHFORD?

ACHANTA 3 - 1 PITCHFORD (2 - 1)

TIMEOUT! Pitchford does not wait for Evans this time as he calls timeout himself.

ACHANTA 3 - 1 PITCHFORD (2 - 1)

ACHANTA IS BACK AT IT!!! BACK TO BACK POINTS ON THE PITCHFORD SERVE!!!  

ACHANTA 1 - 1 PITCHFORD (2 - 1)

Pitchford tests the Indian's backhand and comes up big this time. He misses the next one as the scoreboard shows equal scores. 

ACHANTA 0 - 0 PITCHFORD (2 - 1)

Having lost the first game, Achanta turns it around in the next two to take a lead in the match. He has the momentum but can he keep going?

ACHANTA 11 - 2 PITCHFORD (1 - 1)

AND HE CONVERTS THE FIRST ONE!!! GAME ON!!!

ACHANTA 10 - 2 PITCHFORD (1 - 1)

NOW HIS BACKHAND IS LONG!!! HE IS IN TROUBLE HERE! ERROR ON THE SERVICE RETURN AGAIN!! 

GAME POINTS

ACHANTA 8 - 2 PITCHFORD (1 - 1)

A quick push by the Englishman earns him a point after ages before he hits a forehand long. 

ACHANTA 7 - 1 PITCHFORD (1 - 1)

INSIDE OUT FOREHAND WINNER BY THE INDIAN!!! AND PITCHFORD FAILS TO PICK UP A SERVE!! SIX POINTS THE DIFFERENCE NOW!

ACHANTA 5 - 1 PITCHFORD (1 - 1)

Pitchford looks to the skies for answers as Achanta counters with pace. AND ANOTHER POINT!! FOUR POINT GAME!

ACHANTA 3 - 1 PITCHFORD (1 - 1)

MAKE THAT THREE!!! He misses the next one but still has his lead. 

ACHANTA 2 - 0 PITCHFORD (1 - 1)

Pitchford's down the line forehand comes off the tape and falls long. ACHANTA HAS THE EARLY LEAD!

ACHANTA 0 - 0 PITCHFORD (1 - 1)

Achanta is speaking to Raman in an animated fashion. He has been excellent so far and had just one point gone his way in the first, he would have been up by two game.

ACHANTA 11 - 7 PITCHFORD (0 - 1)

AND HE WILL LEVEL IT ALL UP IN THE FINAL!!! 

ACHANTA 10 - 7 PITCHFORD (0 - 1)

GAME POINTS!!! THREE OF THEM!!

ACHANTA 9 - 7 PITCHFORD (0 - 1)

He concedes the first point to a body smash before finding an absolute beauty to seal the point.

ACHANTA 8 - 6 PITCHFORD (0 - 1)

An unforced error by the Englishman sees the Indian take the lead. AND HE HAS DOUBLED IT!! CAN HE KEEP IT NOW?

ACHANTA 6 - 6 PITCHFORD (0 - 1)

Still level as we head into the second towel break.

ACHANTA 5 - 5 PITCHFORD (0 - 1)

Achanta takes the first point and gets some help from the net. However, Pitchford retrieves it before the net fails Achanta. 

ACHANTA 4 - 4 PITCHFORD (0 - 1)

WOW!! Achanta pushes the Englishman from side to side before pushing him all the way back and comes up with a down the line winner. 

Pitchford respond with an inside out forehand to level the game again.

ACHANTA 3 - 3 PITCHFORD (0 - 1)

Achanta grabs back a point before a Pitchford error levels the game again.

ACHANTA 1 - 3 PITCHFORD (0 - 1)

A great to and fro of top spin shots ends with Anchanta's shot hitting the tape and falling wide. HE NOW LEADS BY TWO!

ACHANTA 1 - 1 PITCHFORD (0 - 1)

OH MY!!! Pitchford somehow picks up an unpickable shot from Achanta. However, he then misses an easy finish as he misses the table. He has the next point luckily.  

ACHANTA 0 - 0 PITCHFORD (0 - 1)

That is as close as you can expect. Both players had game points in that one and it was the Englishman who came out on top. 

ACHANTA 11 - 13 PITCHFORD 

AND HE CONVERTS THIS ONE!! CROSS COURT FOREHAND WINNER!!

ACHANTA 11 - 12 PITCHFORD 

Pitchford pushes Achanta back to gain another GAME POINT!

ACHANTA 11 - 11 PITCHFORD 

ACHANTA SAVES IT WITH AN INSIDE OUT FOREHAND!

ACHANTA 10 - 11 PITCHFORD 

GAME POINT PITCHFORD!

ACHANTA 10 - 10 PITCHFORD 

A wild forehand by Achanta sees the scores level again.

ACHANTA 10 - 9 PITCHFORD 

A FOREHAND ERROR BY PITCHFORD GIVES ACHANTA THE FIRST GAME POINTS OF THE FINAL!

ACHANTA 9 - 9 PITCHFORD 

Achanta quickly takes the lead again. But an error on the backhand means that we are level in the first game. 

ACHANTA 8 - 8 PITCHFORD 

GOOD GOD!! Service error by Achanta. AND WE ARE LEVEL AGAIN!

ACHANTA 8 - 6 PITCHFORD 

AND HE LEADS!! THE BACKHAND DOWN THE LINE IS TOO HOT FOR PITCHFORD TO HANDLE! 

AND AN ERROR BY PITCHFORD!! TWO POINT LEAD AGAIN!! CAN ACHANTA MAKE IT COUNT THIS TIME?

ACHANTA 6 - 6 PITCHFORD 

Another error by Achanta sees Pitchford take the lead but the Indian veteran forces an error to level proceedings again.

ACHANTA 5 - 5 PITCHFORD 

But Pitchford hits back with back to back points to level the game again.

ACHANTA 5 - 3 PITCHFORD 

ACHANTA RACES AHEAD THIS TIME!!! TWO POINT LEAD FOR THE INDIAN!

ACHANTA 3 - 3 PITCHFORD 

The first six points have been shared as we head into the first towel break.

GOLD MEDAL MATCH

HERE WE GO!! 


HOW HE HAS DONE THAT IS A TESTAMENT TO HIS GREATNESS. HE SAW DRINKHALL COME BACK FROM BEING THREE GAMES DOWN TO LEVEL IT UP. IN THE DECIDER, HE SAW DRINKHALL COME BACK FROM BEING 7-1 DOWN TO TAKE THE LEAD. HE SAW THE CROWD CELEBRATE EVERY POINT AS IF IT WAS THE LAST POINT THEY WOULD EVER SEE. BUT AT THE END, HE WAS ABLE TO KEEP HIS HEAD AND SEE THE MATCH OUT TO LAND HIMSELF A BRONZE MEDAL!

SATHIYAN 11 - 9 DRINKHALL (3 - 3)

HE HAS DONE IT!!! 

SATHIYAN 10 - 9 DRINKHALL (3 - 3)

ERROR ON THE SERVICE RETURN BY DRINKHALL!! 

BRONZE MEDAL POINT TO SATHIYAN!!

SATHIYAN 9 - 9 DRINKHALL (3 - 3)

BUT SATHIYAN DRAWS LEVEL WITH AN INSIDE OUT FOREHAND!!

SATHIYAN 8 - 9 DRINKHALL (3 - 3)

All about composure now. DRINKHALL LEADS!!

SATHIYAN 8 - 8 DRINKHALL (3 - 3)

OH NO!!! ONE POINT GAME AFTER SATHIYAN AGAIN FAILS TO KEEP THE BALL ON THE TABLE! 

AND WE ARE LEVEL!!! 

SATHIYAN 8 - 6 DRINKHALL (3 - 3)

GREAT DEFENCE BY DRINKHALL AGAIN BUT SATHIYAN COMES AWAY WITH THE POINT!!

BUT AN ERROR BY THE INDIAN SEES THE LEAD CUT BACK TO TWO POINTS!

SATHIYAN 7 - 5 DRINKHALL (3 - 3)

OH MY!!! THE ENGLISHMAN DOES NOT KNOW WHEN TO GIVE UP!! BACK WITHIN THREE NOW!! 

AN INSIDE OUT FOREHAND BY DRINKHALL REDUCES THE LEAD TO JUST TWO POINTS!!

SATHIYAN 7 - 3 DRINKHALL (3 - 3)

He gets a couple back to bring the deficit down to four points now.

SATHIYAN 7 - 1 DRINKHALL (3 - 3)

Error on the service return by Drinkhall. He seems to have lost is composure with Sathiyan's quick start. NOW HE HITS ONE INTO THE NET!1 

SIX POINT GAME!

SATHIYAN 5 - 1 DRINKHALL (3 - 3)

What Drinkhall would give for a timeout right now!!

The Englishman ups the tempo in a jiffy to draw an error from the Indian. BUT SATHIYAN GETS SOME LUCK FROM THE NET TO RESTORE HIS FOUR POINT LEAD!

SATHIYAN 4 - 0 DRINKHALL (3 - 3)

AND AGAIN!! FOUR IN A ROW!!! 

SATHIYAN 2 - 0 DRINKHALL (3 - 3)

Like the last two games, Sathiyan has taken the first point again. That is a mishit from the Englishman

SATHIYAN 0 - 0 DRINKHALL (3 - 3)

Sathiyan has to find a way to get past Drinkhall and this rowdy English crowd. This will be quite a task now. 

SATHIYAN 10 - 12 DRINKHALL (3 - 2)

AND HE CONVERTS IT!! FROM BEING DOWN THREE GAMES, DRINKHALL HAS FORCED A DECIDER!

SATHIYAN 10 - 11 DRINKHALL (3 - 2)

WHAT A RALLY!! HOW DID DRINKHALL STAY IN THAT ONE BEFORE GETTING AN ERROR FROM SATHIYAN!! HE CELEBRATES AS IF HE HAS WON THE GOLD MEDAL AT THE OLYMPICS!! GAME POINT NUMBER TWO!

SATHIYAN 10 - 10 DRINKHALL (3 - 2)

ERROR BY DRINKHALL ON A RALLY OF CHOPS!!! GAME ON!!

SATHIYAN 9 - 10 DRINKHALL (3 - 2)

DRINKHALL TAKES IT!! HE HAS A GAME POINT! AND HOLDS THE SERVE!

SATHIYAN 9 - 9 DRINKHALL (3 - 2)

AND WE ARE BACK LEVEL!!! A WONDERFUL DOWN THE BACKHAND HELPS THE INDIAN LEVEL THE GAME!!! THIS IS SOME EFFORT BY THE INDIAN! 

THE NEXT POINT IS KEY AGAIN!

SATHIYAN 8 - 9 DRINKHALL (3 - 2)

AGAIN DRINKHALL SHOWS GREAT DEFENSIVE SKILLS BUT SATHIYAN OVERPOWERS HIM EVENTUALLY!!! 

ONE POINT BETWEEN THEM NOW!

SATHIYAN 7 - 9 DRINKHALL (3 - 2)

Sathiyan takes the first point off the Drinkhall serve before doubling down with a backhand into the body! TWO POINTS BETWEEN THEM NOW!

SATHIYAN 5 - 9 DRINKHALL (3 - 2)

OH NO!! THAT LOOKED LIKE A PRESSURE COST HIM THAT POINT!! Sathiyan has a simple smash opportunity and he hits the net. Still a four point game though as Drinkhall commits the error. 

SATHIYAN 4 - 8 DRINKHALL (3 - 2)

He is taking over now. Error by Sathiyan again on a quick rally. AND AGAIN!! FOUR POINT GAME!

SATHIYAN 4 - 6 DRINKHALL (3 - 2)

The cross court forehand again wins Drinkhall the point. THIS IS A CARBON COPY!! TWO POINT LEAD!

SATHIYAN 4 - 4 DRINKHALL (3 - 2)

Sathiyan with the backhand error into the net now. WHAT A RALLY!! Drinkhall drops back and picks up a bunch of smashes before Sathiyan finds the winner down the line. Drinkhall gives him a smile.  

SATHIYAN 3 - 3 DRINKHALL (3 - 2)

Sathiyan has one back. AND ANOTHER ONE!! ERROR ON THE SERVICE RETURN BY DRINKHALL!!

SATHIYAN 1 - 3 DRINKHALL (3 - 2)

Drinkhall gets another one in as Sathiyan hits his backhand wide. AND NOW LONG!!! 

SATHIYAN 1 - 1 DRINKHALL (3 - 2)

Sathiyan takes the first point but Drinkhall finds the angle on the cross court forehand to level the score.

SATHIYAN 0 - 0 DRINKHALL (3 - 2)

The crowd are really into it now. Sathiyan will have to dig deep to close out this match.

SATHIYAN 9 - 11 DRINKHALL (3 - 1)

AND DRINKHALL CONVERTS!!! 

SATHIYAN 9 - 10 DRINKHALL (3 - 1)

ADVATAGE DRINKHALL!!

SATHIYAN 9 - 9 DRINKHALL (3 - 1)

Here comes Drinkhall again. His cross court forehand is just beyond Sathiyan's ready. OH MY WE ARE LEVEL!

THE NEXT POINT IS KEY NOW!

SATHIYAN 9 - 7 DRINKHALL (3 - 1)

DRINKHALL TRIES TO ATTACK AND AFTER SATHIYAN SENDS BACK EVERYTHING THROWN AT HIM, THE FORMER HITS ONE INTO THE NET! AND AGAIN!! GREAT ATTACKING PLAY BY THE INDIAN! 

SATHIYAN 7 - 7 DRINKHALL (3 - 1)

GREAT COUNTER PLAY BY SATHIYAN! He turns defence into attack with precision to halve the deficit. Drinkhall levels it all up as he hits his forehand long.

SATHIYAN 5 - 7 DRINKHALL (3 - 1)

Drinkhall takes the lead this time and some quick play down the line allows him to double it. 

SATHIYAN 5 - 5 DRINKHALL (3 - 1)

Sathiyan pushes Drinkhall back again and this time the Englishman tries to counter. He hits the net. But Sathiyan hits one long again as we remain locked in the game.

SATHIYAN 4 - 4 DRINKHALL (3 - 1)

After all of that, an unforced error by Drinkhall levels the score. 

SATHIYAN 3 - 4 DRINKHALL (3 - 1)

Drinkhall calls the jury and argues his case. He had kicked the ball away and he makes the case that he was still ready to serve on time. 

SATHIYAN 3 - 4 DRINKHALL (3 - 1)

WHAT A SHOT BY SATHIYAN!! HE PUSHES DRINKHALL BACK WITH TOP SPIN SHOTS! ONCE HE HAS DRINKHALL WAY BEHIND, HE DROPS IN THE WINNER!

Drinkhall receives a talking to and a yellow card for wasting time.

SATHIYAN 2- 4 DRINKHALL (3 - 1)

He has the wind in his sails now. Sathiyan is struggling to weather the storm here. BUT HE STAYS IN IT BY TAKING THE NEXT POINT!

SATHIYAN 1- 3 DRINKHALL (3 - 1)

Drinkhall's defence has helped him open up a two point lead now. 

SATHIYAN 1- 1 DRINKHALL (3 - 1)

THIS TIME IT IS SATHIYAN WHO HAS THE FIRST POINT! The edge of the table helped him out. Drinkhall, though, responds with a huge backhand crosscourt.

SATHIYAN 8 - 11 DRINKHALL (3 - 0)

AND HE SEALS IT WITH A DOWN THE LINE FOREHAND WINNER!

SATHIYAN 8 - 10 DRINKHALL (3 - 0)

SATHIYAN REDUCES THE DEFICIT TO JUST ONE WITH A BRILLIANT DOWN THE LINE BACKHAND SHOT! But the net assists Drinkhall as the ball bounces long after hitting the tape. GAME POINTS!

SATHIYAN 7 - 9 DRINKHALL (3 - 0)

Sathiyan slows down the tempo and is able to get an error from Drinkhall. AND ANOTHER ONE!! TWO POINT GAME!!

SATHIYAN 5 - 9 DRINKHALL (3 - 0)

Great play by Drinkhall as he pushes Sathiyan from side to side before finding the winner.  Error by Sathiyan now. It is all going wrong here in the fourth.

SATHIYAN 5 - 7 DRINKHALL (3 - 0)

AND ANOTHER ONE!! This time it is a forehand to the body that Sathiyan cannot keep in play. WOW!! INSIDE OUT FOREHAND WINNER THIS TIME!! SATHIYAN TRAILS BY TWO NOW!

SATHIYAN 5 - 5 DRINKHALL (3 - 0)

This time it is Drinkhall who pushes the Indian back before finding the winner off the backhand. AND AGAIN!!! THIS TIME IT IS THE DOWN THE LINE THAT LEVELS THE SCORE!

SATHIYAN 5 - 3 DRINKHALL (3 - 0)

Sathiyan finally has the lead in the game. He Drinkhall allows him to double it with an unforced error.

SATHIYAN 3 - 3 DRINKHALL (3 - 0)

Drinkhall takes the lead on the Sathiyan serve but hits his next service return long. 

SATHIYAN 2 - 2 DRINKHALL (3 - 0)

BUT WE ARE LEVEL!! Errors are costing Drinkhall here.

SATHIYAN 0 - 2 DRINKHALL (3 - 0)

THAT IS FOUR TIMES IT HAS HAPPENED NOW! Drinkhall takes the first point. AND THE SECOND ONE NOW!

SATHIYAN 11 - 5 DRINKHALL (2 - 0)

AND HE SEALS IT!!! JUST ONE GAME AWAY NOW!

SATHIYAN 10 - 5 DRINKHALL (2 - 0)

GAME POINTS!

SATHIYAN 9 - 5 DRINKHALL (2 - 0)

Sathiyan misses a forehand return this time. But Drinkhall messes up on his backhand to keep the difference at four points  

SATHIYAN 8 - 4 DRINKHALL (2 - 0)

Again Sathiyan has the first point. Can he extend his lead. An error from Drinkhall allows him to do just that! FOUR POINT GAME!

SATHIYAN 6 - 4 DRINKHALL (2 - 0)

Will the timeout stop the Drinkhall comeback? YES IT WILL!! 

SATHIYAN 5 - 4 DRINKHALL (2 - 0)

RAMAN CALLS TIMEOUT NOW!! GOOD DECISION FOR ME!

SATHIYAN 5 - 4 DRINKHALL (2 - 0)

Error on the service return by Sathiyan.

SATHIYAN 5 - 3 DRINKHALL (2 - 0)

A mishit by Sathiyan finally breaks the streak. ANOTHER ONE FOR DRINKHALL!! TWO POINT GAME NOW!

SATHIYAN 5 - 1 DRINKHALL (2 - 0)

Has the timeout helped? NOT REALLY!! Sathiyan pushes him back and back and eventually forces the error with a huge smash.

SATHIYAN 4 - 1 DRINKHALL (2 - 0)

ANOTHER ONE FOR INDIA!!! AND AS PREDICTED, TIMEOUT CALLED BY EVANS!

SATHIYAN 3 - 1 DRINKHALL (2 - 0)

Sathiyan pushes Drinkhall back and the latter can't keep his return on the table. Another error by Drinkhall. I sense a timeout coming.

SATHIYAN 1 - 1 DRINKHALL (2 - 0)

AND AGAIN!! Drinkhall has the first point of the game after Sathiyan falters on the backhand. BUT WE ARE LEVEL!

SATHIYAN 0 - 0 DRINKHALL (2 - 0)

I am surprised the English did not opt for a timeout at 7-3 in the game. They usually tend to take their timeouts early if they are in trouble.

SATHIYAN 11 - 3 DRINKHALL (1 - 0)

AND HE WILL TAKE HIS NINTH CONSECUTIVE POINT TO SEAL GAME NUMBER TWO!

SATHIYAN 10 - 3 DRINKHALL (1 - 0)

WOW!!! GAME POINTS!! A QUICK DOWN THE LINE SERVE BY SATHIYAN BRINGS UP GAME POINTS!

SATHIYAN 9 - 3 DRINKHALL (1 - 0)

AGAIN!! He ups the tempo and Drinkhall commits the error. ANOTHER WILD SHOT BY DRINKHALL!! SIX POINT GAME NOW!

SATHIYAN 7 - 3 DRINKHALL (1 - 0)

Drinkhall finds the angle this time but Sathiyan uses his speed to keep it in play and the Englishman who commits the error. AND ANOTHER ONE!!

SATHIYAN 5 - 3 DRINKHALL (1 - 0)

Sathiyan takes the lead for the first time in the game and makes it count by forcing an error to double it. 

SATHIYAN 3 - 3 DRINKHALL (1 - 0)

Drinkhall again dominates a rally to take the lead again. BUT AGAIN SATHIYAN PULLS OFF THE POINT OFF A GREAT ATTACKING RALLY!

SATHIYAN 2 - 2 DRINKHALL (1 - 0)

Drinkhall again takes the lead but Sathiyan gets the luck of the egde to level things again.

SATHIYAN 1 - 1 DRINKHALL (1 - 0)

Drinkhall again has the first point of the game but a wild forehand into Sathiyan's chest levels the game up.

SATHIYAN 11 - 9 DRINKHALL

Drinkhall defends well despite being pushed back by Sathiyan's attack and saves one game point. NOT THIS TIME!!! SATHIYAN HAS THE FIRST GAME IN THE BAG!

SATHIYAN 10 - 8 DRINKHALL

NOW HE LEADS!! Drinkhall's push goes out off the net. AND SATHIYAN GETS SOME MORE LUCK AS THE BALL GOES OFF THE EDGE!!! GAME POINTS!

SATHIYAN 8 - 8 DRINKHALL

Sathiyan has one back and another one! WE ARE LEVEL AGAIN! 

SATHIYAN 6 - 8 DRINKHALL

He finally misses on the forehand as Sathiyan is able to reduce the lead. The Indian though commits an unforced error to let the Englishman keep his lead intact.

SATHIYAN 5 - 7 DRINKHALL

Again he attacks the Sathiyan backhand to win a point. AND AGAIN!! FIVE IN A ROW FOR THE ENGLISHMAN! 

SATHIYAN 5 - 5 DRINKHALL

A big down the line forehand wins Drinkhall the first point before he repeats it to level things up.

SATHIYAN 5 - 3 DRINKHALL

Yes he can! An error from Drinkhall is followed by one from the Indian but he still has a two point lead. 

SATHIYAN 4 - 2 DRINKHALL

Sathiyan responds with back to back points to take the lead. Can he keep it now?

SATHIYAN 2 - 2 DRINKHALL

Drinkhall again takes the first point but commits an unforced error to see the scores level again.

SATHIYAN 1 - 1 DRINKHALL

Drinkhall starts off with a quick winner but Sathiyan levels the game by winning a point on this backhand.

SATHIYAN vs DRINKHALL

AND WE ARE OFF!!! Drinkhall to serve!

SATHIYAN vs DRINKHALL

The players are out and after a quick warmup we will have live action.

SATHIYAN vs DRINKHALL

Here we go! We will start with the bronze medal game. 

While Sathiyan Gnanasekaran will face off against England's Paul Drinkhall for a bronze medal, Sharath Kamal Achanta will take on Liam Pitchford for the gold medal. 

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