Manika powers IOCL to title

February 8, 2019, Chandigarh



Manika Batra blanked Yashini Sivashankar before taming Prapti Sen to help IOCL beat HPCL 3-2 and clinch women’s team title in the PSPB Inter-Unit Table Tennis Tournament at the Sector 23 TT Hall here on Thursday.
Manika registered a 13-11 11-5 11-6 win over Yashini after IOCL’s Archana Kamath had succumbed to HPCL’s Prapti Sen in the opening match. Archana lost 8-11 6-11 11-6 7-11.

HPCL, though, regained the lead when Poymantee Baisya overcame Reeth Rishya 9-11 11-6 14-12 11-8. Manika once again came to IOCL’s rescue, beating Prapti 11-4 11-2 12-10 in the reverse singles tie to restore the parity.
In the decider, Archana held her nerve to beat Yashini 11-8 11-5 11-8 and help IOCL clinch the title.

Meanwhile, it was an anti-climax in the men’s team finals as veteran Sharath Kamal-led IOCL bowed to ONGC without offering any resistance.

Sharath put a brave front in the opening game against ONGC’s Harmeet Desai, but Manav Thakkar and Sudhanshu Grover were no match to G Sathyan and Anthony Amalraj.

Desai raced to a 2-0 lead with 11-9 11-5 win the first two games, but Sharath fought his way back to restore the parity, clinching the next two games 11-5 13-11. Desai, though, kept his calm and wrapped up the decider 11-4 to put ONGC in front.

Sathyan tamed Thakkar 11-8 11-5 11-7 before Amalraj blanked Grover 11-9 11-7 18-16 to guide ONGC to the title.

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