Good start for Indian colts

In the cadet (U-15) boys’ team category, Sarkar and Yadav mauled Maldives 3-0.
Indians struggled to negotiate some tougher challenges thrown by the Nepali paddlers and survived some anxious moments before carving out a 3-1 victory to be on top of Group I.

Mallika Bhandarkar led the attack in the cadet girls’ section as India outplayed both Nepal and Maldives 3-0 to emerge on top of the points tally.

Bhandarkar found able allies in compatriots Camelia Sil and RT Rishya.

The hosts continued their domination in the junior (U-18) category of the two-day tournament as girls mauled arch-rivals Pakistan and Maldives 3-0 to take the top spot.

Meanwhile, the junior boys’ team of India hardly broke a sweat to defeat Nepal and Maldives 3-0 to climb up the points table.

India has fielded a 16-member squad in the tournament which will be followed by the 15th Asian Junior Table Tennis Championship from July 22 at the same venue.

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