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Asia Team C'hips: India lose 2-3 to Indonesia in semifinals

Asia Team C'hips: India lose 2-3 to Indonesia in semifinals

Manila, Feb 15 (UNI) Youth sensation Lakshya Sen's magical win over Jonatan Christie went in vain as the Indian men's badminton team went down 2-3 to defending champions Indonesia in the semifinals to settle for a bronze at the Asia Team Championships, here on Saturday.

India were without former world no 1 Kidambi Srikanth or HS Prannoy going into the match with the pair leaving for the Spain Masters. World Championship bronze medallist Sai Praneeth had to retire midway through the opening match against Anthony Ginting, thus giving Indonesia a 1-0 lead.

However, world No 31 Lakshya produced a clinical performance to register a sensational 21-18 22-20 win over world no 7 Jonatan in the second singles to keep India in the hunt.

Doubles pair of M R Arjun and Dhruv Kapila then went down narrowly 10-21 21-14 21-23 to three-time world champions and second-ranked Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan as Indonesia made it 2-1.

Subhankar Dey then thrashed world no 20 Shesar Hiren Rhustavito 21-17 21-15 in the third singles as India once again drew level 2-2.

In the deciding second doubles, Chirag Shetty paired up with Lakshya but they were no match for the Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, who took just 24 minutes to register a 21-6 21-13 win and seal their place in the finals.

In the decisive fifth match, Lakshya teamed up with Chirag Shetty against world no 1 combination of Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo. The Indian pair however failed to provide much challenge and lost 6-21, 13-21 in 24 minutes.

Indian men thus settled for their second bronze medal, having won the first one at the 2016 Hyderabad edition.

Indonesia, who have won the previous two titles will face Malaysia in the final on Sunday.

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