The Indian contingent on Monday added a seventh medal to their kitty as the women’s fours lawn ball team beat New Zealand 16-13 in the final to enter the final. This was a historic achievement as it would be India’s first medal in the sport.
The Indian quartet of Lovely Choubey (Lead), Pinky (Second), Nayanmoni Saikia (Third) and Roopa Rani Tirkey (Skip) made an impressive comeback in the match to guarantee at least a silver medal. If they win the final they will win gold.
The women’s fours team qualified for the semi-finals of the Lawn Bowl event by defeating Norfolk Island at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.
The win is a huge turnaround as India beat a 40-medallist team to confirm their first medal in the game and are one of the five most successful teams in Lawn Bowles.
They beat New Zealand by a margin of 16-13. The India quartet of Lovely Choubey, Pinky, Nayanmoni Saikia and Roopa Rani started 0-5 in the semi-finals. It kept its nerves and struggled to hold a 7-6 lead which eventually escalated to 10-7.
Since that time, India did not look back as they scored points and won the match.
India will now face South Africa in the women’s fours final.
Earlier on Sunday, India’s Lawn Bowles men’s pair of Dinesh Kumar and Sunil Bahadur advanced to the quarter-finals after winning over England in their Section C match.
With this win, India finished second in the Section C table with three wins and one loss. After losing to Malaysia in the first game, they went on to win against the Falkland Islands, the Cook Islands and England. England topped the table with three wins and one loss.
Tania Choudhary, on the other hand, broke the losing streak at Lawn Bowles by defeating Northern Ireland’s Shauna O’Neill 21-12 after 19 ends. Despite winning the match, she would not make it to the quarterfinals as she had previously recorded three consecutive losses against De Hogan (Scotland), Arthur Almond (Falkland Islands) and Laura Daniels (Wales).
The Commonwealth Games 2022 will begin in Birmingham from 28 July to 8 August.
(with ANI inputs)
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