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Big win for India: Beats Indonesia to lift maiden Thomas Cup

India scripted history on Sunday after thrashing the 14-time champions Indonesia 3-0 to lift the coveted Thomas Cup title for the first time ever.

Indian badminton team put out a performance of a lifetime with World Championships medallist Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth and the world number 8 doubles duo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy producing memorable performances.

The tournament was held at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, where India beat Indonesia 3-0.

The victory comes after 70 years when Indian men reached the Thomas Cup semi-finals in 1952, 1955 and 1979 while the women’s team made it to the Uber Cup top-four in 2014 and 2016.

The country’s best doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty showed nerves of steel as it saved four match points in the second game to eventually outwit Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 18-21 23-21 21-19.

In the second singles, Srikanth then produced a fine performance to outclass Asian Games gold medallist Jonatan Christie 21-15 23-21 in 48 minutes to claim the victory.

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