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India's Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwik Rankireddy will play for bronze after going down closely 22-20, 18-21, 16-21 to England's Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith in their badminton mixed doubles semi-final at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Saturday.
The Indian duo squandered a fine start, which saw them come back from a 6-11 deficit at the break to square things at 20-20 and pocket the opening game in 21 minutes.
The World No.29 English pair, however dominated with a 11-3 till the breather in the second game, but Ahwini and Stwik managed to pull things back to cut the deficit to 17-18.
From there on, Marcus and Lauren maintained their lead to 19-18 before gaining the two points in the 21 minute affair.
With both the teams squared at 1-1, the decider witnessed a neck-to-neck contest with the English pair getting a slender 11-9 lead at the break.
Coming back, the English duo extended their lead to 14-11 even as the Indians managed to reduce the deficit and trail 13-16.
Marcus and Lauren, however managed to keep their composure and comfortably clinched the 20-minute third game and the contest at the end.
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