New Delhi: Riding on Harinder Pal Sandhu's perfect start, India defeated Austria 2-1 in the 17-24th place playoff match at the World Men's Team squash championship in Denmark.
The Indian challenge got off to a good start as Sandhu comprehensively beating Jakob Dirnberger 11-5, 13-11, 11-9 in 27 minutes.
India's number 4 Gaurav Nandrajog played steady drives and scored winners from all corners of the court to give India their first victory in the play offs.
Nandrajog ended the challenge of Stefan Brauneis 11-7, 11-3, 11-5, in 24 minutes.
However, world number 65 Ritwik Bhattacharya was not so lucky, losing his match against top seed Austrian Aqeel Rehman.
Bhattacharya, not at his usual best, suffered a straight set defeat 8-11 9-11 9-11 in 30 minutes. Muniyappa tied 7th, Gangjee and Ghei in trouble Taipei, Oct 1 (PTI) C Muniyappa's two-under 70 not only earned him a share of the seventh place but also made him the lone Indian with a sub-par card against his name after the opening round of the Mercuries Taiwan Masters golf tournament here today.
While a vastly improved second round might still help Himmat Rai (75) to make the cut in the USD 500,000 Asian Tour event, the trio of Anirban Lahiri (77), Rahil Gangjee (77) and Gaurav Ghei (78), who had won the title here in 2006, stare at an early exit after lacklustre rounds.
Thailand's Udorn Duangdecha made the most of the benign morning weather and blasted a seven-under 65 to begin his title defence with a bang.
Chinese Taipei's Chan Yih-shin spearheaded the local challenge by posting 67 at the Taiwan Golf and Country to take second place while Australian rookie Matthew Griffin carded 68 to lie third.