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Air India retain men's team title, OIL wins women's final

Chandigarh, Sep 26 (UNI) Air India overpowered Oil India limited (OIL) 3-2 in a thrilling final to retain their men's team title of the All-India Public Sector Table Tennis Tournament here late last night.

However, in the women section, OIL won the team's title blanking Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) 3-0.

In the men's team final, tenth ranked Sanil Shetty gave Air India a winning start as he rallied to beat Devesh Karia 8-11, 11-6, 11-1, 5-11, 14-12.

Subhajit Saha drew parity for OIL defeating, Pathik Mehta 11-8, 11-9, 11-9.

However, Air India took 2-1 lead as Aniket Koparkar outpointed Anal Kashyap 11-9, 13-15, 10-12, 11-4, 11-4.

Subhajit Saha again came to the rescue of OIL overpowering Sanil Shetty 3-11, 11-6, 8-11, 9-11 to make it 2-2.

In the crucial fifth tie, Pathik Mehta, prevailed over Devesh Karia 11-7,8-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8 and helped Air India to retain the trophy.

Results (final): Men's : Air India bt Oil India Limited 3-2 Sanil Shetty bt Devesh Karia 8-11, 11-6, 11-1, 5-11, 14-12, Pathik Mehta lost to Subhajit Saha 8-11, 9-11, 9-11, Aniket Koparkar bt Anal Kashyap 11-9, 13-15, 10-12, 11-4, 11-5, Sanil Shetty lost to Subhajit Saha 11-3, 6-11, 8-11, 9-11, Pathik Mehta bt Devesh Karia 11-7, 8-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8.

Women: OIL bt IOC 3-0 Mouma Das bt K Shamini 11-6, 13-11, 8-11, 11-8, Nandita Saha bt Kasturi Chakraborty 11-8, 11-7, 11-6, Pooja Sahasrabudhe bt AV Nivedita 11-9, 6-11,11-2, 11-8.

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Story first published: Friday, September 26, 2008, 17:37 [IST]
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