Chetan, Gopichand help ONGC, IOCL reach Men's Teams Events Final

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New Delhi, Mar 17 (UNI) The 29th Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) Badminton tournament, being hosted by GAIL (India) Limited, commenced at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here today.

On the first day of the tournament, matches for Team Events were played in the Men's, Women's and Veteran's categories.

In the Men's Team Event, ONGC and IOCL Teams have entered the finals. ONGC defeated GAIL 3-0 in the first semifinal whereas IOCL defeated BPCL 3-0 in the second semifinal.

In the first semi-finals, B Chetan Anand of ONGC defeated Ravinder Singh of GAIL 21-10, 21-11, Thomas Kurien of ONGC defeated R Parihar of GAIL 21-3, 21-11, Rupesh Kumar and V Deju of ONGC defeated Ravinder Singh and B K Gupta of GAIL 21-08, 21-10.

In the second semi-finals, Ajay Jayram of IOCL defeated Ajit Wijetilak of BPCL 21-12, 21-19, P Kashyam of IOCL defeated Arvind Bhat of BPCL 21-15, 11-21, 21-19, P Gopichand and JBS Vidyadhar of IOCL defeated S Chopda and RP Aditya of BPCL 21-16, 4-4 (conceded).

In the first semi-final of the Women's Team Event, Saina Nehwal of BPCL defeated Maya Dasrath of GAIL 21-0, 21-2, Jwala Gutta and Shruti Kurien of BPCL defeated Neelima and Maya Dasrath of GAIL 21-3, 21-4 to take BPCL to the final of the event.

In the second semi-final, B R Meenakshi of IOCL defeated Sampada of EIL 21-4, 21-5 and B R Meenakshi and Aparna Balan of IOCL defeated Vineeta and Richa of EIL 21-2, 21-1 to take IOCL to the final.

In the team event for Veterans, two quarter-finals were played today.

In the first match IOCL defeated GAIL 2-0 (Y Y Valde of IOCL bt Daimary of GAIL 21-6, 21-10 and Pradeep Chaliya of IOCL bt R D Goyal and R N Mittal of GAIL 21-17, 23-21).

In the second quarter-final, Pradeep Iyangar of BPCL beat Srikant Ramdesai, HPCL 21-14, 21-9 and M Ghate and Pradeep Iyangar of BPCL beat P B Shashidharan and P I Ibrahim 21-9, 21-8.

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