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The Indians gave a tough fight to the World No. 1 Indonesian duo of Kevin San Jaya and Marcus Gideon before losing 12-21, 24-26. Also Read - Badminton Asia Team Championships: India Settle for Bronze After Losing to Indonesia in Semis
This was the fifth encounter between the two pairs, all of which have been won by the Indonesians. Also Read - Badminton Asia Team Championships 2020: Kidambi Srikanth Wins But India Lose 1-4 to Malaysia
The Indonesian took the early advantage when they opened up a 5-0 lead in the opening game.
Although the Indians started to get their act together in the midway stage of the opening game, it was not enough to stop their opponents from taking a 1 -0 lead.
The second game saw a tough, see-saw battle.
The Indian duo took a comfortable 5-1 lead before the world no 1 pair gradually started to close the gap.
The Indians however, were spot on with their defence and attacking combinations which made the going extremely difficult for Sanjaya and Gideon.
The Indonesian pair eventually managed to draw level at 17-17.
It was a neck and neck battle from there on with the lead changing hands after almost every rally.
The greater experience of the Indonesians eventually saw them through as they held their nerves to claim a narrow victory.