The Sri Lankan paddlers were in tough competition on Day 1 at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Indoor Stadium, India at the Odisha 2019 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship.
Sri Lanka was represented in both the Men’s and Women’s categories, and after a tough fight, both teams managed to qualify for the Super 08 Round. The Men’s Team consisted of Former Champion Rohan Sirisena, Krishan Wickkramarathne, Nirmala Jayasinghe and Milinda Lakshitha. The Women’s team was formed with Ishara Madurangi, Bimandee Bandara, Chamathsara Fernando and Jithara Warnakulasuriya
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Men’s Team Performance
Vs. England (1st Round Matches)
England took an unassailable 3-0 lead against Sri Lanka, in the 1st Round opening match. In the opening singles, Former National champion of Sri Lanka Rohan Sirisena lost to the England player Mcbeath David, with the scores reading scores read as 05/11, 9/11, 3/11. In the Second Singles, Walker Samuel wins over Krishan Wickkramarathne, as the scores read as 11/9, 11/7, 11/06.
In the Final Singles Jarvis Thomas defeated B.N.B Jayasinghe; The scores read as 11/2, 11/7, 11/6 as England won the overall 3-0.
Vs. Cyprus (1st Round Matches)
This match was important to the Sri Lankan team to enter the super 08 Round. However, the Sri Lankan paddlers managed to win against Cyprus 3-2. In the Opening singles Rohan Sirisena beat Yingou Yiangos, the scores read as 9/11, 12/10, 11/8, 13/15, 11/05. Second singles Krishan Wickramarathne lost to Yiango Marios with scores reading as 9/11, 11/4, 2/11, 9/11.
In the third Singles Nirmala Jayasinghe beat Eliya Losif, the scores read as 11/7, 17/15, 4/11, 11/7. In the 4th Singles Rohan Sirisena lost to Yiangou Marios the score read as 11/13, 3/11, 5/11. 5th Single was the most important match and was played by Krishan Wickkramarathne. However, he managed wins against Yiangou Yiangos the score read as 14/16, 11/7, 11/8, 11/6.
Women’s Team Performance
Vs. India (1st Round Matches)
In the opening singles Batra Manika beat Bimandee Bandara the score read as 11/8, 15/13, 11/9. Second Singles Kamath Archana beat Ishara Madurangi 11/5, 11/4, 11/5. Third singles Mukherjee Archana beat Chamathsara Fernando 11/3, 11/5, 8/11, 11/4 as India won the overall tie 3-0
Vs. South Africa (1st Round Matches)
The Sri Lankan Women’s team however managed to win against South Africa 3-0 in the overall.
In the opening Singles Ishara Madurangi beat Mookrey Simeen the score read as 11/8, 15/13, 11/9. In the Second singles Bimandee Bandara beat Patel Danisha the score read as 13/11, 9/11, 11/2, 11/6. In the Third singles Chamathsara Fernando beat Mtshoelibe Palesa the socre read as 11/9, 12/10, 11/8.
The super 08 round groups
- Group A – England / Australia/ Singapore/ Nigeria
- Group B – India/ Malaysia/ Sri Lanka/ Wales
- Group A – Singapore / England/ Sri Lanka/ Australia
- Group B – India / Malaysia/ Wales/ Nigeria
Sri Lanka Men’s Table Tennis Team will play their 1st match in the Super 08 against India, 2nd match against Wales and final match against Malaysia. Sri Lanka Women’s Table Tennis Team will play their 1st match against Singapore, 2nd match against Australia and final match against England.