Malaysia edge India 3-2 in Sudirman Cup

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Malaysia stayed alive in the Sudirman Cup World Mixed Team Championships with a narrow 3-2 win over India in a must-win match in a Group 1 D encounter in Nanning, China.
The Malaysians needed to beat the Indians to stay in the hunt after the 5-0 drubbing at the hands of 10-time champions in their opening match on Sunday.
Women doubles Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean clinched the winning point with both teams tied at 2-2 after the first four matches with India taking the first point through their mixed doubles Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Ashwini Ponnappa 16-21, 21-17, 24-22 in a 70-minute battle.
 Lee Zii Jia delivered a crucial win for Malaysia when he walked away with 21-13, 21-15 win over Sameer Verma in the men’s singles. It was a much-needed win for the Malaysian camp to regain their confidence.
India was back in front when P.V. Sindhu tamed Goh Jin Wei 21-12, 21-8 in the women’s singles but the fight stayed with Malaysians who drew level through Aaron Chia-Teo Ee Yi as the scratch pair beat Attri Manu-B. Sumeeth Reddy 22-20, 21-19.
It was left to Mei Kuan-Meng Yean to deliver and the responded well to keep their quarter-final hopes alive as India’s fate now is in the hands of the mighty Chinese.  – BY RIZAL ABDULLAH
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