The Indian team got off to a brilliant start and led 11-9 at the mid-break interval of the first game. Despite Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen drawing level at 13-13, Rankireddy and Shetty never gave up the lead, staying marginally ahead in the closely-fought first game.
At 18-18, the Indian pairing won two crucial points to open a small gap and held off the Chinese to claim the opening game 21-19.
Just like in the first game, the Indian duo got off to a fast start in the second game, taking a 4-1 lead. Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen did manage to fight back but Rankireddy and Shetty still went into the mid-game break 11-9 in the lead.
With not much to separate the two teams, they traded leads until the Chinese pair won three points on the trot to wrap up the second game and take the final into a decider.
In the final game, it seemed the third seeds had the measure of their opponents as they took a 6-3 lead but Rankireddy and Shetty didn’t give up and fought their way back to once again go into the mid-break with a 11-9 lead.
The Indians held the lead for the latter half of the game with the Chinese pairing playing catch up. However, Rankireddy and Shetty held off the Chinese charge to take the game and the title.
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