Doubles specialist Satwiksairaj Rankireddy’s absence proved essential as Indian males suffered a 4-1 loss to a younger Malaysian facet in its second group B match of the Badminton Asia Group Championships right here on Thursday.
India completed second within the group and can now tackle Thailand within the quarterfinals on Friday.
The outcome: Malaysia Four bt India 1 (Lee Zii Jia bt B. Sai Praneeth 21-18, 21-15; Aaron Chia & Soh Wooi Yik bt M.R. Arjun & Chirag Shetty 21-18, 21-15; Cheam June Wei misplaced to Okay. Srikanth 14-21, 21-16, 21-19; Ong Yew Sin & Teo Ee Yi bt Dhruv Kapila & Lakshya Sen 21-14, 21-14; Leong Jun Hao bt H.S. Prannoy 21-10, 21-15).