(MENAFN- AsiaNet News) The Indian men's table tennis team displayed remarkable resilience as they secured a place in the quarterfinals of the team event at the Asian Games. In an intense battle against Kazakhstan, India found themselves in a tight spot, but the seasoned player Sharath Kamal emerged as the hero with an outstanding comeback.
In the round of 16 match between India and Kazakhstan, Sharath Kamal initially faced a setback, losing the opener 1-3 to Kirill Gerassimenko. However, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran's determined performance helped India bounce back with a 3-0 victory in the second match against Aidos Kenzhigulov.
Harmeet Desai continued India's resurgence by defeating Alan Kurmangaliyev 3-0, briefly giving India a 2-1 lead in the tie. Sathiyan had an opportunity to seal the victory but found himself in a thrilling clash with Gerassimenko, eventually losing in the decider.
The tie ultimately came down to the decisive match between Sharath Kamal and Aidos Kenzhigulov. Sharath Kamal faced an early setback, dropping the first two games. However, he displayed remarkable determination, winning the third game.
In a dramatic turn of events, Sharath Kamal leveled the match at 2-2 by clinching the fourth game. The fifth and final game was a nail-biting affair, with Sharath Kamal ultimately emerging victorious. With this hard-fought victory, India secured a spot in the quarterfinals, where they are set to face South Korea on Sunday at 4 PM.
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