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Table tennis: Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan win men's doubles silver at CWG 2022

Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran pose with their silver medals in table tennis men's doubles at the 2022 Commonwealth Games Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Sharath Kamal Achanta and G Sathiyan got the silver medal in the men's doubles, losing to England's Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford in the final on Sunday at the Commonwealth Games.

In a rematch of the 2018 men's doubles final - which also saw the same result - the defending champions won 3-2 (8-11, 11-8, 11-3, 7-11, 11-4); backed to the hilt by the home crowd in Birmingham.

The Indians won the first game 11-8, taking the early momentum in the best of five clash. In the second game, the English pair surged to a 6-1 lead before the Indians pulled back for 6-5 and the English duo called for a timeout. They maintained a slender lead thereafter and clinched it 11-8 after a good couple of winners towards the end.

The English pair raced to a 3-0 lead in the third game, at which point India opted for a timeout. At 4-1, there was a stunning rally that had one English player on the floor before an over-hit gave India the point. It didn't deter the defending champions much as they kept at it and build a massive 9-2 lead and soon after clinched the game point with a forehand error from Sathiyan.

The third game saw Indians gain a slender lead before the English pair levelled for 3-3 and then began a mini comeback as the Indians began to attack and built a 9-5 lead. They forced the decider, converting the second game point via a forced error.

In the decider, Sathiyan began with a sizzling crosscourt winner and it was neck and neck till 4-4.... till the Englishmen grabbed seven straight points and the gold medal. On the first of six championship points, an error from Sharath meant the Indians had silver again.

This is the 40-year-old Sharath's 11th Commonwealth Games medal, he has already won the gold in men's team and is contention in singles and mixed doubles as well. Sathiyan also won the men's team event and will play his singles semifinal later.

The Indian duo had reached the final after a thrilling semifinal clash against the Australian pair of Nicholas Lum and Finn Luu, which went the distance before the Indians clinched it 3-2 (11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 12-14, 11-7)

In the quarterfinal, they had beaten another English pair of Tom Jarvis and Sam Walker 3-0 (11-6 11-8 11-4) in men's doubles event. Before that, they eased past Bangladesh's Bawm Ramhimlian and Ridoy Mohutasin Ahmed 3-0 (11-6 11-1 11-4) in their round of 16 clash.

Sharath will play the singles semifinal and mixed double gold medal match later in the day and will look to add both medals in both categories.