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India's star paddlers Achanta Sharath Kamal and Gnanasekaran Sathiyan lost the men's doubles table tennis final at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham on Sunday, August 7.

Achanta Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan came up with a valiant fight against England's Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall in a 5-game men's doubles tennis table final. The defending champions successfully retained the crown with an 11-8, 8-11, 3-11, 11-7, 11-4 win over the Indian pair, who also won silver in Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

Like Birmingham, the Gold Coast final also went down the wire and Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan lost after leading 2-0.

On Sunday, Sharath and Sathiyan fought back from behind as they took the fourth game



11-7. The two Indians made a solid start to the decider but from 4-4, they lost 7 successive points to lose the Gold medal match.

Notably, this is Sharath Kamal's 3rd medal in men's doubles and 11th overall in table tennis at the Commonwealth Games. The two played a crucial role in helping India retain the men's team Gold earlier this week at the Games.

Sharath had won the men's doubles Gold along with Subajit Saha in New Delhi in 2010.

Sharath Kamal will be in contention for Gold in the mixed doubles event when he pairs up with national champion Sreeja Akula, who lost the bronze medal match earlier in the day.

Sathiyan and Sharath will also be in action in their respective men's singles matches.
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