JAKARTA, Aug 29: The Indian table tennis contingent�s dream run at the Asian Games got better today when the mixed doubles pairing of A Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra exceeded its own expectations to win a historic bronze.
It was only yesterday that the Kamal-led men�s team had secured a bronze, ending India�s 60-year-wait for a maiden medal at the Asian Games.
Today, Kamal and Batra played four matches in a day and only the opener against Malaysia was comfortable.
In the lead-up to the event, Kamal had slammed the scheduling of the competition.
In the semifinals, Kamal and Batra made life tough for China�s Yingsha Sun and Wang Sun before going down 9-11, 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 8-11. The semifinal was a best of seven games contest while the earlier rounds were played in the usual best of five format.
Their pre-quarterfinal was against the strong South Korean pairing of Lee Sangsu and Jeon Jihee but the Indians battled past them 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-4. � PTI