Mumbai : Falcons TTC held a slender 7-5 lead over DHFL Maharashtra United after four matches in the crucial tie as the race for knockout spots heated up in the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT).

Briton Liam Pitchford put Falcons ahead with a 3-0 (11 -6, 11-4, 11-9) win over Harmeet Desai in the men’s singles, the tie’s opening clash.

Sutirtha Mukherjee rallied strongly to pull off a surprise 2-1 (7-11, 11-5, 11-9) win over China-born Portuguese international Fu Yu in the women’s singles to extend Falcons’ lead to 5-1. Next up was mixed doubles where Harmeet Desai and his China-born Austrian partner Liu Jia of Maharashtra United won the opening two games before Sanil Shetty and Lee Ho Ching pulled one back for Falcons, who led 6-3 after three matches.

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