India and hosts Australia will go head-to-head in a surprise Commonwealth Games Squash Mixed Doubles final after the top two seeds failed to survive three-game semi-finals at Oxenford Studios in Gold Coast, Australia.
It was the end of the line for the favourites when Dipika Pallikal Karthik & Saurav Ghosal, the fifth seeds from India, defeated New Zealanders Joelle King & Paul Coll, the reigning world champions, 9-11, 11-8, 11-10 in 53 minutes.
From 6-3 down in the third and final game, the Kiwis came back to take a 7-6 lead before India moved on to match-ball at 10-9. King & Coll grabbed the next point to force a sudden death 10-10 ‘match-ball’ for both pairs – but after a lengthy rally, King hit the ball into the tin to put Pallikal and Ghosal into the final.
The second semi immediately followed on the all-glass showcourt – with the capacity crowd eager to cheer on a home pair. Undoubtedly buoyed by the crowd, Donna Urquhart & Cameron Pilley recovered from the loss of the first game to beat Alison Waters & Daryl Selby, the No.2 seeds from England, 10-11, 11-7, 11-7 in 55 minutes.
Men’s Doubles quarter-finals:
 Daryl Selby & Adrian Waller (ENG) bt  Ryan Cuskelly & Cameron Pilley (AUS) 9-11, 11-8, 11-10 (73m)
 Declan James & James Willstrop (ENG) bt  Vikram Malhotra & Ramit Tandon (IND) 10-11, 11-8, 11-5 (48m)
 Zac Alexander & David Palmer (AUS) bt  Paul Coll & Campbell Grayson (NZL) 11-9, 6-11, 11-7 (64m)
 Alan Clyne & Greg Lobban (SCO) bt  Mohd Syafiq Kamal & Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 9-11, 11-6, 11-5 (52m)
Women’s Doubles quarter-finals:
 Laura Massaro & Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt  Rachel Arnold & Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) 11-8, 11-10 (25m)
 Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) bt  Samantha Cornett & Nikki Todd (CAN) 7-11, 11-5, 11-9 (39m)
 Rachael Grinham & Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt  Tesni Evans & Deon Saffery (WAL) 9-11, 11-10, 11-3 (48m)
 Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt  Jenny Duncalf & Alison Waters (ENG) 11-10, 11-5 (24m)
Mixed Doubles semi-finals:
 Dipika Pallikal Karthik & Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt  Joelle King & Paul Coll (NZL) 9-11, 11-8, 11-10 (53m)
 Donna Urquhart & Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt  Alison Waters & Daryl Selby (ENG) 10-11, 11-7, 11-7 (55m)