India blank Bermuda for a fine start, take on Pak next

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Chennai, Dec 6 (UNI) Hosts India got off to a spectacular start routing a lowly Bermuda 3-0 in a Pool G match while favourites Egypt won with an equal measure of comfort blanking Final 3-0 in the 21st ICL World men's Team Squash championship at the ICL Academy here this evening.

Gaurav Nandrajog gave the home team a perfect start, notwithstanding a close encounter in the second game, national champion Saurav Ghosal consolidated it and Siddarth Suchde delivered the knock out punch to end the day on a satisfying note.

Gaurav won the first singles against Robert Maycock 11-3, 11-10 (4-2), 11-8 in 25 minutes, before Saurav, displaying his wide repertoire of strokes, took just 24 minutes to wallop Chase Too Good 11-3, 11-5, 11-4.

Siddarth Suchde was even more emphatic as he conceded a mere eight points in his 11-1, 11-2, 11-5 mauling of Mel Carnes to complete the rout. Suchde just took 13 minutes to finish off the match.

India, seeded 11th, would be meeting arch rivals and seventh seeded Pakistan tomorrow, where a win would ensure them a berth in the last 16 stage.

'Egypt, led by world no 1 Amr Shabana, who had won the title in the world professional championship at Bermuda before coming here, were off to a fine start through Mohammmed Abbas who outplayed Finland's Henrik Mustonen 11-5, 7-11, 3-11, 3-11 in 34 minutes, after losing the second game.

Then Amr warmed up trouncing Olli Tuominen despite being stretched in the first two games to win 11-10(3-1), 11-10(5-3), 11-5, 11-9.

Then Karim Darwish, a doubtful starter on the eve of the championship outplayed Matias Tuomi 11-7, 11-5, 11-3 in straight games.

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