The Indian team won the gold medal by defeating South Africa 17-10 in the final at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.
It was a similar start to the final, as India took the lead after the first end but South Africa went ahead after the second. After this, the in-form Indian team took an 8-2 lead till the seventh end. However, it failed to score a single point in the next four ends as South Africa returned to contention after the 10th end to level the score at 8-8.
At the 11th end, India were three balls ahead, but Nayanmoni Saikia rolled very accurately, hitting a jack that took her away from the Indian bowl and closer to South Africa, giving them a 10-8 lead. ,
India were in danger of losing further ground at the 12th end, but let alone Roopa Tirkey, with her two rolls, managed to push a South African bowl away, giving India two points and leveling them 10-10 Gave.
At the next end, India took a potentially decisive 12-10 lead. With the jack rolling less than usual, the bowlers had to measure their roll accordingly and a South African bowl hit the jack, bringing it closer to the two Indian bowls.
India took a 15–10 lead at the 14th end, as South Africa tried to get close to the jack or take away any Indian bowling, and failed. The distance between South Africa’s nearest bowl and India’s farthest bowl was barely a few centimeters, but the Indian bowl was considered closer to the jack, giving him three significant points.
The 15th and final saw India steadily getting closer to the jack and when South Africa’s final bowl was missed by the jack, it gave India two more points and confirmed a historic gold medal.
On the other hand, this was South Africa’s second consecutive silver medal in the women’s fours at the Commonwealth Games.
Earlier in the day, the India vs New Zealand rivalry, which began in the women’s fours semi-final, added three more chapters to Birmingham 2022.
The trio of Pinky, Roopa Tirkey and Tania Choudhary beat New Zealand 15-11 in their first sectional match of the women’s triple. However, the Kiwis returned to the women’s pair after losing 18-9 to the pair of Lovely Choubey and Nayanmoni Saikia in their first sectional match.
Mridul Borgohain also started his men’s singles campaign with a 21-8 loss to Shannon McIlroy of New Zealand in Section D. The women’s triple team will take action against England later tonight while the men’s fours team will play their first match at Lawn Bowles at the CWG. 2022.
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