Both ace shutllers will collide against each other for glory which also means India will surely bag two medals, one silver and one gold. The Indian duo was outplayed 0-3 (5-11, 4-11, 5-11) by Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu of Singapore in the gold medal clash. Double win situation and proud moment for India.
The legendary M C Mary Kom (48kg) became India's first woman boxer to claim a Commonwealth Games gold before men joined the gold quest through Gaurav Solanki (52kg) and Vikas Krishan (75kg) as the team rejoiced its best ever medal haul at the mega-event in Gold Coast on Saturday.
But even at his erratic worst, the Malaysian, who has multiple Olympic silver medals to his credit, was simply unstoppable for the Indian and claimed the match pretty comfortably. The men's final went to the decider as Srikanth won the first game.
India's Mary Kom, devastated not to gain a wildcard for the 2016 Rio Olympics, gave mixed signals about whether she would now target the Tokyo 2020 Games and a first Olympic gold. Ponnappa and Reddy defeated Australians Setyana Mapasa and Gronya Somerville. Instead, the problems that have been plaguing the Men in Blue for long, all came to fore over the course of the 60 minutes of the match as they slumped to a 3-2 defeat. Vinesh defeated Miesinnei Genesis of Nigeria, Rupinder Kaur of Australia and Canada's Jessica MacDonald.
Mother-of-three Kom, the subject of a Bollywood film in 2014, won a unanimous points decision over Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara in their light-flyweight final on Australia's Gold Coast. "We have had a great Games so far and I am sure that the example set by Gold Coast will be worthy model to emulate for future host cities". England, in second place, have a total of 123 medals.
"In addition to the results, the Commonwealth Games has provided a valuable opportunity for our younger riders to gain experience of competing at a high worldwide level, and I'm sure they will take plenty of learnings away for this event to use at future major competitions".
India will look to wrap up a largely successful campaign by aiming for more gold on Sunday.
In squash, defending champions Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa from India settled for the silver in women's doubles after losing to New Zealand's Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy.
The first medal of the CWG 2018 came from weightlifter P Gururaja, who won silver in the men's 56kg event on Day 1.