Welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the 2022 Thomas Cup semifinal between India and Denmark. This is Nihit Sachdeva taking you through the action as it unfurls at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
First Singles: Lakshya Sen vs Viktor Axelsen
First Doubles: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty vs Kim Astrup/Mathias Christiansen
Second Singles: Kidambi Srikanth vs Anders Antonsen
Second Doubles*: Krishna Prasad Garaga/Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala vs Anders Skaarup Rasmussen/Frederik SøGAARD
Third Singles*: H S Prannoy vs Rasmus Gemke
*= if necessary
Indian men’s badminton team will take on Denmark on Friday in Bangkok in what will be its first ever Thomas Cup semifinal in 43 years.
India booked its semifinal spot after a thrilling 3-2 quarterfinal win over Malaysia on Thursday, assuring itself of atleast a bronze medal. This will be India’s first-ever medal at badminton’s men’s world team championships.
India had previously reached the semifinal in 1952, 1955 and 1979 but post the change in format, this is the first time it has reached this far.
In the semifinal against Denmark, Lakshya Sen will be up against reigning Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen. The two shuttlers had last met in the final of the All England Open where the Dane had absolutely hammered the Indian.
India’s top-ranked men’s doubles pair of Satwik and Chirag will face Kim Astrup and Mathias Christiansen in the first doubles.
Second singles will be between world championships silver medallist Kidambi Srikanth and Anders Antonsen. Their last meeting was the Swiss Open quarterfinal in which Srikanth had won 21-19, 19-21, 22-20 in one hour 19 minutes.
If the tie is not settled in the first three matches, the inexperienced Indian pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala will play against the makeshift Danish duo of Anders Skaarup Rasmussen and Frederik SøGAARD in the second doubles as generally, Rasmussen pairs up with Astrup.
The third and final singles is scheduled between H S Prannoy and Rasmus Gemke. In their previous meeting, the Indian shuttler had won the 2021 World Championships third-round match 16-21, 21-8, 22-20.
Where to watch?
|The 2022 Thomas Cup semifinal between India and Denmark will be live telecast on Sports18 and live streamed on Voot Select from 4:30 pm IST onwards.|