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India suffers 1-4 defeat against Indonesia in Thomas Cup group encounter despite Prannoy’s lone win


Falls Short Against Defending Champions Indonesia in Thomas Cup Encounter

The Indian badminton team faced a tough challenge against defending Thomas Cup champions Indonesia on Wednesday. While HS Prannoy's lone victory provided a confidence boost, India ended up losing the tie 1-4.

The high-stakes group encounter was a rematch of last year's final where Indonesia had come out on top. They once again proved too strong for the Indians on the day. However, Prannoy's win over no. 5 Anthony Ginting ensured the defeat wasn't a complete washout.

Struggling early in the first set against Ginting's pace and power, Prannoy hung in there and adapted his game wonderfully. He started taking the attack to the Indonesian and unleashing an array of shots from all areas of the court. This change in approach helped him dominate the second set utterly.

The deciding third set was tightly contested. But Prannoy's experience and tactical nuances made the difference as he inched ahead and closed out a fine 13-21, 21-12, 21-12 victory. His comments afterwards underlined the self-belief and strategic thinking that has taken him to the heights against top players.

Meanwhile, Lakshya Sen and the duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty narrowly lost their matches in three tough sets. While it was heartbreak for the Indian pairs, their fighting performances should stand them in good stead for future challenges.

India now face an uphill task against hosts and defending champions China in the quarterfinals, looking to create an upset. Much will depend on the likes of Sen bouncing back strongly and Prannoy pulling off some more surprises. But with the next clash being on home soil for the Chinese, India will need to summon all their prowess to advance.

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