In a rare feat, India’s men’s table tennis team accounted for the hosts in a contest where they were required to recover from a two matches to nil deficit and won 3-2 games in a hard fought full distance contest. Similarly Iran caused a major upset to end the hopes of DPR Korea and emerged successful in the vital First Division fixtures on Sunday 27th September, to reserve places in the Championship Division at the Suzuki 2015 ITTF-Asian Championships in Pattaya, Thailand. However, they lost to champions China 3-0 in the quarter finals.
The India had won comfortably over Uzbekistan 3-0 in the first round before taking on Thailand. India’s Ghosh lost the first match against Padasak 6-11, 9-11,11-8,4-11, followed by another setback in Kamal Sharat losing to Pattaratom Pasara 11-7,9-11,11-7,9-11 and 7-11. Rom almost a no win situation Harmeet Desai brought India back into the game when he beat Chankam Udomsilp 11-7, 11-9, 5-11 and 11-9. Then Kamal Sharth downed the top Thai player Paasakk 13-11, 12-10, 10-12 and 14-12. Ghosh in the reverse singles beat Passara 11-8, 11-9 and 11-6.
The Indian could not win even one match. Xu Zin beat Harmeet Desai 11-9, 11-9, 11-3, Zhang Jike beat G Sathiyan 11-5,11-3 11-4 and an Zhendong beat Ghosh 11-6,11-7 and 11-8