CWG W2W4: Mary Kom begins bid for elusive medal; Sidhu, Bhaker in shooting action

After weightlifters Sathish Sivalingam and Venkat Rahul Ragala starred for India on the third day of competition at the Commonwealth Games, here's what to look forward to on Day 4 at Gold Coast:

(all times in IST)

Heena Sidhu, Manu Bhaker gun for Gold

Of the 112 golds won by India in the last five editions of the Commonwealth Games, a staggering 48 of those medals have come from shooters The women's 10m air pistol will be the first shooting event at the 2018 edition and the toughest challenge for 2010 runner-up Heena Sidhu will come from fast-rising compatriot Manu Bhaker. Sidhu will look to improve on her seventh-place finish in the last edition and finish in the top two, but it's debutant Bhaker who has been creating waves in Indian shooting circles. She became the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at a Shooting World Cup when she won the 10m air pistol event in Guadalajara last month.

"I really want to win gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and also the Olympics. I'm very happy to have won here but it is only one win in a very long journey for me," she told ESPN after her win in Guadalajara. The competition at the World Cup was far superior to that at the Commonwealth Games and Bhaker will start as the firm favourite when she lines up at the range on Sunday.


Qualification: 4.30 AM

Final: 7.30 AM

Women's table tennis team eyes best ever display

The Indian team of Manika Batra, Mouma Das, Madhurika Patkar, Sutirtha Mukherjee and Pooja Sahasrabudhe advanced to the semifinals by blanking 2014 runners-up Malaysia 3-0 in the quarters. They will face England in the semi-finals, looking to go one better than 2010, when they lost in the final to Singapore.

Both Patkar and Das were a part of the 2010 team, but it's World No. 58 Batra who is currently India's highest-ranked player. England, without a single player in the top 100, will be the underdogs in this contest.


Semi-final: 6 AM (approximate)

Bronze medal match: 11.30 AM

Gold medal match: 2 PM

Badminton begins bid to improve on Delhi 2010

18 matches played, 18 matches won. India's star-studded badminton team has been invincible in this year's Games and it is hard to see them lose a single match in their semi-final against Singapore. None of the 10 players in Singapore's squad are ranked in the top 20 of the world rankings.

In contrast, four Indian players are ranked in the top 15 and such has been their dominance that PV Sindhu and HR Prannoy have not yet been called into action. That seems unlikely to change on Sunday as well as India will look to make quick work of Singapore and conserve their energy for a challenging final against Malaysia or England.


India vs Singapore - 6.31 AM

Women's hockey team faces another must-win clash

After a hugely successful 2017, where they won the Asia Cup and qualified for the Olympics, a lot was expected of the women's hockey team. However, their performance so far has been lackadaisical.

They lost 2-3 to unfancied Wales, who are ranked 16 spots below them, and then won 4-1 against Malaysia after a sloppy display in the first half. Captain Rani Rampal and drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur have been impressive but India will need the vastly-experienced Vandana Kataria and Poonam Rani to get among the goals if they are to pose any challenge to England, arguably the strongest team in the competition. A draw or loss might all but end India's hopes of reaching the last four.


India vs England - 5 AM

Mary Kom begins quest for elusive gold

MC Mary Kom's list of accomplishments is comparable to that of any other athlete in India. An Olympic medal, World Championships titles, Asian Championships titles -- you name it and she has won it. However, there is one notable medal that is missing from the CV of India's most successful boxer.

Women's boxing featured in the Commonwealth Games for the first time in 2014 but Mary missed out on that edition after she was edged out by Pinky Rani. Mary will kick off her campaign against Megan Gordon of Scotland in the quarters, after receiving a bye in the round of 16. It will be a surprise if the CWG gold medal is not a part of her trophy cabinet after this edition.


MC Mary Kom vs Megan Gordon - 7.47 AM