The Indian quartet of Lovely Choubey (lead), Pinki (second), Nayanmoni Saikia (third) and Rupa Rani Tirkey (skip) produced a stunning comeback in the match to guarantee themselves of at least a silver medal. If they win the final then they will win gold.
The women’s fours team had qualified for the semifinals of the lawn bowls competition after defeating Norfolk Island at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.
This win is a huge upset as India has confirmed its first-ever medal by defeating a side that has 40 medals in the sport and is among the five most successful Lawn Bowls teams.
They defeated New Zealand by a margin of 16-13. The India quartet consisting of Lovely Choubey, Pinki, Nayanmoni Saikia and Rupa Rani started with a 0-5 trail in the semi-final. It kept its nerves and fought back to gain a 7-6 lead which eventually widened to 10-7.
From that point, there was no looking back for India as they kept scoring points and won the match.
India will now face South Africa in the final of the Women’s Fours event.
Earlier on Sunday, India’s Lawn Bowls men’s pairs team of Dinesh Kumar and Sunil Bahadur progressed to the quarterfinals of their event after a win over England in their Section C match.
With this victory, India finished at the second spot in the Section C table with three wins and a loss. After a loss to Malaysia in the first game, they went on to win against the Falkland Islands, Cook Islands and England. England were the table toppers with three wins and a loss.
Tania Choudhary on the other hand broke her losing streak in Lawn Bowls by defeating Shauna O’Neill of Northern Ireland by 21-12 after 19 ends. Despite winning the match, she will not be in the quarter-finals as she had registered three straight losses against Dee Hoggan (Scotland), Arthur Almond (Falkland Islands) and Laura Daniels (Wales) previously.
Commonwealth Games 2022 started in Birmingham from July 28 and will go on till August 8.
(with ANI inputs)
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