Shrugging off the disappointment of a 1-3 semifinal loss to England, Indian men’s team spanked Nigeria 3-0 in third place play-off to clinch the bronze in the Commonwealth Games’ table tennis competition here on Saturday.
It was an easy win for the Indians, who were off-colour in the final-four clash on Friday and had failed to match their opponents in every department of the game.
On Saturday, Olympian Achanta Sharath Kamal gave the hosts a winning start, beating Akinade A Quadri 3-0 and then A Amalraj eased past Monday Merotohun with an identical scoreline at the Yamuna Sports Complex.
In the third tie, Abishek Ravichandran lost the first set 14-16 to Seun Ajetunmobi, but soon found his touch and clinched three sets back to back (11-6, 11-8, 11-7) to ensure a podium finish for the home side.
Although the paddlers were happy with their performance on Saturday, they continue to rue their defeat to the British side in the previous match.